Mexican American & Latina/o Studies (MAS) Minor

Through the Office of the Provost, CMAS offers a Minor in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies to all UTA students. The Minor consists of 18 credit hours chosen from an interdisciplinary curriculum that examines the experiences of people of Mexican and other Latina/o descent in the United States. As a solid base for understanding the Latino heritage and its prominent future in the U.S., the Minor in MAS prepares students for success in contemporary society.

CMAS Graduates Spring 2023
CMAS Graduates Spring 2023

Why Minor in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies?

The rapidly changing demographics of the United States make knowledge of Latino culture a vital asset for any college graduate today. The minor in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary program that offers a strong complement to any undergraduate major and is especially practical for students majoring in Liberal Arts, Education, Business, Social Work, and Nursing. Through research, teaching, and service, the MAS minor enables the student to explore issues that are critical to understanding the Mexican American and Latina/o experience.

In addition, as private and government employers are increasingly requiring professionals with intercultural and international competence, the MAS minor provides the student a unique opportunity to be prepared for the challenges of a competitive global society. Minoring in MAS can help you better prepare to work and live in a society in which Latinos continue to become visible neighbors, fellow citizens, clients, and co-workers. Besides learning about Latino culture, you will also be awarded a MAS Certification after program completion.


A Mexican American & Latina/o Studies Minor consists of a total of 18 credit hours: one required class, two core courses, and three electives.

Benefits of a MAS Minor:

  • Qualify for our annual Manuel Gamio & Brandenburg MAS Scholarships.
  • Gain work experience with our unique internship opportunities.
  • Strengthen your leadership capabilities.
  • Engage in great community service and research opportunities.
  • Obtain valuable intercultural and international competence.
  • Network with students of similar interests.
  • Develop and strengthen important skills in research, analysis, and writing.

Degree Plan


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UTA Admissions

Basic university admission requirements must be met before a student can be accepted into the MAS undergraduate program. Prospective students must apply to the university through the Office of Admissions. Once all application steps (i.e. submitting transcripts, paying fees) are completed, a student may be enrolled in MAS.

After admission to the University of Texas at Arlington, our Academic Advisors will be available for you to enroll in the MAS program. Students should review the degree plan program-specific requirements which are listed on this page.