Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Enrich your critical thinking and cultural understanding.
Introduced in Spring 2014, the LMAS program reflects the impact of changing demographics in the population and workforce throughout the country, most notably among the Latina/o community.

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Why Earn a Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Certificate?

The Latina/o & Mexican American Studies (LMAS) program mission is to create a student-centered, stimulating and innovative environment to advance and support the teaching, research and advocacy of LMAS knowledge at the University of North Texas. Goals of the LMAS academic program include providing students with an understanding of the implications of Latina/o and Mexican-American past, current, and future history and culture on regional communities and beyond.

LMAS is an interdisciplinary field designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Latinas/os in the United States. The curriculum promotes knowledge, and appreciation of the politics, history, language, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, economics, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Latina/o communities.

The interdisciplinary nature of Latina/o & Mexican-American Studies at UNT allows students to diversify their course work across multiple departments such as Anthropology, Economics, Dance & Theater, English, History, Political Science, and Spanish.

Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Certificate Highlights

We offer three Undergraduate Research Fellowships annually that are designed to reflect your unique interests, as well as foster work that is integrated into the faculty mentor’s ongoing research.
As a Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Undergraduate Research Fellow, you will receive a stipend and be required to successfully complete two semesters of research.
Multiple events are sponsored and co-sponsored by our program annually to promote community engagement and increase awareness and knowledge of the Latina/o diaspora.
Annually, we invite distinguished lecturers and artists to present their research and/or creative works. Some previous presenters include Julian Castro, Dolores Huerta, Sandra Luz Lopez Barroso, and John Valdez.
Program research goals include producing and promoting current salient theoretical and methodological ideas to enhance education, community development, and scholarship opportunities.
An interdisciplinary group of faculty affiliated with the program designed the curriculum to give students a competitive edge for careers in business or in the governmental or non-profit sector.

Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies Certificate Courses You Could Take

Historical and Cultural Development of the Mexican-American Community (3 hrs)
Historical evolution of Mexican-American culture, social structure, family patterns and community organizations, and their effects on education, economic and religious institutions.
Mexican Immigration and the Chicano Community (3 hrs)
Introduction to the history of Mexican immigration in the United States, focusing on the dynamic effects immigration has had throughout the 19th and 20th centuries on the formation of the Chicano community.
U.S.-Latin American Relations (3 hrs)
International relations of Latin America from independence to the end of the Cold War and the current period, with an emphasis on its relations with the United States. Topics will cover colonial rule in Latin America, experience from the early 1800s to World War II; .political and economic changes in the 1950s - 1980s; the impact of the Cold War on U.S. foreign policy making; and the end of the Cold War, immigration, NAFTA, and the spread of illicit drugs across borders.
Hispanic Culture in the United States (3 hrs)
The Hispanic historical and cultural presence in the United States through a multidisciplinary approach (film, short fiction, theater, music) including notions of identity and presence within literary and cultural canons focusing on the North/South relations of the American continent. Primary readings, class discussions, exams and student projects are in Spanish.
Migrants and Refugees (3 hrs)
Anthropological understanding of “uprooted” and displaced social groups who leave their country and culture. Worldwide political, economic and social issues are analyzed, as are the processes of accommodation, adaptation and re-creation of their cultural systems in different socioeconomic and political contexts. Beginning with general characteristics of the anthropological discussion on “displacement”, the course then ventures into different models for the analysis and understanding of migration and refugee movements.

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