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Mexican American Studies: Undergraduate Programs

Overview: 

The general goal of the MAS undergraduate curriculum is to provide a fundamental social science study in contemporary Mexican American issues, and to train students in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Currently, the academic undergraduate degree program is titled “Mexican American Studies: Communities, Culture and Identity.” A major and minor are available. For the major degree, each of the three required courses (MAS 265, MAS 317, and MAS 498) address public policies and the science related to Latino communities and emphasizes the importance of understanding and critically analyzing evidence-based research. The additional MAS elective courses provide students the opportunity to examine areas of social science and policy studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. The senior capstone (MAS 498) course is meant to bridge the overall knowledge each student has gained throughout his/her academic program. In this course, students are required to conduct a research-based project and to give a detailed presentation on the results of their investigation. The course includes a student-community engagement component that is based on theories of the discipline.

MAS does not require undergraduate students to take any pre-requisite courses prior to admittance into the major or minor, nor is there a grade point average requirement.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

The Department of Mexican American Studies has developed an assessment tool for expected Student Learning Outcomes. A student graduating with a BA in the general Mexican American Studies (as of 2016 re-titled as Mexican American Culture, Community, and Identity) will:

  1. Social change: Students will demonstrate their ability to apply insights from Mexican American Studies theory/theories to think critically about the social context of Mexican American communities in order to create social change and/or public policy.
  2. Social Justice: Students will develop awareness and knowledge of current and historical social justice issues impacting the Mexican American community/communities.
  3. Evidence-based research: Analyze evidence-based research to construct a culturally responsive approach to a problem or issue occurring in the Mexican American community/communities.
  4. Communication skills: Communicate clearly in writing and speaking by constructing an evidence-based argument.

 

 

Assessment Activities: 

Regular or Recurring Activities

Course-embedded evaluations of student work:

Exit Survey BA in MAS (for majors and minors)

Alumni Survey

 

Assessment Findings: 

Assessment Findings MAS Major Fall 2016

Outcome Number

Outcome

Proposed Assessment Methods

Results

1

Demonstrate the ability to apply insights from Mexican American Studies theory/theories to think critically about the social context of Mexican American communities in order to create social change and/or public policy.

Direct 1: Rubric Evaluation of MAS 498 Final Project (N=2)

Direct 2: MAS 498 Supervisor Assessment (N=1)

Indirect 1: Exit Survey (N=4)

Indirect 2: Alumni Survey

Direct 1: M=87.5

Direct 2: Student was able to establish a positive relationship with “at-risk” youth and his/her ability to relate to students and share his/her academic background was key to our students, he/she was a positive role model.

Indirect 1: 50% extremely well, 50% very well

2

Develop awareness and knowledge of current and historical social justice issues impacting the Mexican American community/communities.

Direct 1: Rubric Evaluation of MAS 317

Indirect 1: Exit Survey (N=4)

Indirect 2: Alumni Survey

Indirect 1: 25% extremely well, 50% very well, and 25% moderately well.

3

Analyze evidence-based research to construct a culturally responsive approach to a problem or issue occurring in the Mexican American community/communities.

Direct 1: Rubric Evaluation of MAS 498 Final Project (N=2)

Indirect 1: Exit Survey

Indirect 2: Alumni Survey

Direct 1: M=87.5

Indirect 1: 100% extremely well and 100% extremely well

4

Communicate clearly in writing and speaking by constructing an evidence-based argument.

Direct 1: Rubric Evaluation of MAS 498 Final Presentation (N=2)

Indirect 1: Exit Survey (N=4)

Indirect 2: Alumni Survey

Direct 1:

M=100.0

Indirect 1: 75% extremely well, 25% very well

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

Outcome Number

Outcome

Changes Made Based upon Results

1

Demonstrate the ability to apply insights from Mexican American Studies theory/theories to think critically about the social context of Mexican American communities in order to create social change and/or public policy.

Based on our first year of exit survey results, we will add an additional question asking if the graduate is a major or a minor.

2

Develop awareness and knowledge of current and historical social justice issues impacting the Mexican American community/communities.

 

3

Analyze evidence-based research to construct a culturally responsive approach to a problem or issue occurring in the Mexican American community/communities.

Although two of the exit survey questions address culture and diversity, we will add a direct question that asks about the student’s experience with evidence-based research in a culturally responsive way.

4

Communicate clearly in writing and speaking by constructing an evidence-based argument.

 

 

Updated date: Tue, 02/07/2017 - 07:52