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Mexican American Studies: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Mexican American Studies Department offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Mexican American Studies (MAS), as well as a dual-degree program in collaboration with the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Management. In 2012, MAS established a Ph.D. degree.

The Masters of Science Degree

The Dual Degree Program in Latino Health and Public Health Policy and Management is offered through MAS and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. First implemented in 2007, it allows a student to earn a Master of Science degree in Mexican American Studies (MS) and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in less than three years.

A total of 33 units are required for the MS in Mexican American Studies.

  • A minimum of 19 core units taught by MAS Faculty.
  • Nine elective units.
  • Either 6 thesis units (for the thesis option) or 6 additional elective units (for the examination option).
  •  Students must select one option from the three strands of coursework available:
  1. Latina/o Health and Wellness
  2. Historical and Cultural Studies
  3. Critical Education and Migration

The Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. program was created out of recommendations that emerged from the 2007 Academic Program Review. The department moved forward and requested authority to implement the doctoral program in 2010. The program was approved in 2012 and implemented in the fall of 2013.

A minimum of 66 units are required for completion of the Ph.D. in MAS. All required units of credit must be at the graduate level at the UA, and more than 15 units from an accredited institution are transferable. Students must take 18 units of core graduate coursework offered by the MAS faculty. All Ph.D. majors and minor are required to take MAS 695A: Mexican American Studies Colloquium during their first semester in the program. The main goal of this course is to expose students to a wide range of theories and disciplinary perspectives.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Masters’ degree learning outcomes and assessment methods

Outcome Number

 

Students are expected to:

Proposed Assessment Methods

1

Acquire broad knowledge of Mexican American Studies

Indirect 1: exit survey

(Qualtrics n=2; Indirect 2: Internal department survey n=4)

Direct: thesis rubrics

2

Design and conduct original research

Indirect 1: exit survey

(Qualtrics n=2; Indirect 2: Internal department survey n=4)

Direct: thesis rubrics

3

Develop skills in critical analysis of research literature in the field

Indirect 1: exit survey (Qualtrics n=2; Indirect 2: Internal department survey n=4)

Direct: thesis rubrics

4

Learn and comprehend various theories that help explain the experiences of Mexican Americans

Indirect 1: exit surveys

Direct: thesis rubrics

(Qualtrics n=2; Indirect 2: Internal department survey n=4)

5

Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective

Indirect 1 : Qualtrics exit survey n=2; Direct: thesis rubrics

6

Be exposed to a variety of community learning experiences that enhance my ability to work with Mexican Americans 

Indirect 1: exit survey

(Qualtrics n=2; Indirect 2: Internal department survey n=4)

Direct: thesis rubrics

7

Cultivate cooperative, intellectual, and political relationships with university, government, and community leaders

Indirect 1: Qualtrics exit survey n=2

Direct: thesis rubrics

 8

Gain the academic, intellectual and communication skills for employment in positions at universities, colleges, government, NGOs, or the private sector

Indirect 1: Qualtrics exit survey n=2

Direct: thesis rubrics

 9

MAS courses were exciting

Indirect2: exit internal MAS exit survey n=4

Direct: thesis rubrics

 

Ph.D. degree learning outcomes and assessment methods

Outcome Number

Students are expected to:

Proposed Assessment Methods

1

Acquire broad knowledge of Mexican American Studies

Indirect: Qualtrics exit survey n=2;

Direct: thesis/doctorial rubrics

2

Design and conduct original research

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

3

Develop skills in critical analysis of research literature in the field

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

4

Learn and comprehend various theories that help explain the experiences of Mexican Americans

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

5

 

Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

6

Be exposed to a variety of community learning experiences that enhance my ability to work with Mexican Americans 

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

7

Cultivate cooperative, intellectual, and political relationships with university, government, and community leaders

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

8

Gain the academic, intellectual and communication skills for employment in positions at universities, colleges, government, NGOs, or the private sector

Indirect: exit survey

Direct: doctorial rubrics

 

 
Assessment Activities: 

Exit Surveys:

 

Assessment Findings: 

The Masters of Science Degree

Outcome Number

Outcome

Results

1

Acquire broad knowledge of Mexican American Studies

6 out of 6 rated excellent

2

Design and conduct original research

5 out of 6 rated excellent

3

Develop skills in critical analysis of research literature in the field

Excellent rating by 5 out of 6

4

Learn and comprehend various theories that help explain the experiences of Mexican Americans

5 out 6 rated excellent

5

Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective

2 of 2 rated good

 

6

Be exposed to a variety of community learning experiences that enhance my ability to work with Mexican Americans 

6 out of 6 rated excellent

7

Cultivate cooperative, intellectual, and political relationships with university, government, and community leaders

1 rating of excellent and 1 rating of good

 8

Gain the academic, intellectual and communication skills for employment in positions at universities, colleges, government, NGOs, or the private sector

1 rating of excellent and 1 rating of good

 9

MAS courses were exciting

4 out of 4 rated excellent

 

The Ph.D. Degree

Outcome Number

Outcome

Results

1

Acquire broad knowledge of Mexican American Studies

Rated good by 2 of 2

2

Design and conduct original research

Rated Excellent by 2 of 2

3

Develop skills in critical analysis of research literature in the field

Rated good by 2 of 2

4

Learn and comprehend various theories that help explain the experiences of Mexican Americans

Rated good by 2 of 2

5

 

Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective

Rated good by 2 of 2

6

Be exposed to a variety of community learning experiences that enhance my ability to work with Mexican Americans 

Rated good by 2 of 2

7

Cultivate cooperative, intellectual, and political relationships with university, government, and community leaders

Rated average by 2 out of 2

8

Gain the academic, intellectual and communication skills for employment in positions at universities, colleges, government, NGOs, or the private sector

Rated average by 2 out of 2

 

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

MAS Masters Degree Program

No changes are indicated for meeting in learning goals 1-4, 6, and 9

For learning goal 5, in which students are expected to "Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective" (2 out of the 2 rated good), our action plan for improving this score is:

  • Faculty will meet as a faculty in the spring to discuss how to improve the quality of this outcome through our curriculum, student input and strategic planning.

For learning goal 7, in which students are expected to "Cultivate cooperative, intellectual and political relationships with university, government and community leaders." (n=2: one rated excellent; one rated good), our action plan to improve this score is:

  • Using the list of community organizations that graduate students are involved with, indicating that there is a high level of community participation, faculty and advisors will seek to better clarify and measure their participation. We will add a category in their annual review, advise students during orientation as to what constitutes community involvement, and create a category in the evaluations that will help us to assess their participation over time.

MAS Ph.D. Degree Program

Based on the six responses from graduate students, we have identified goals to improve outcomes where students did not rate it is "excellent."

For expected outcomes in the Ph.D. program that received a less than “excellent” student ratings in criterion other than 5 and 7 (addressed above), these will be addressed in the following ways to improve outcomes.

 

Learning Outcome 1, in which students are expected to “acquire broad knowledge of Mexican American Studies, a plan to action consists of opening up the MAS Ph.D. Colloquium was opened to all students, implemented in Fall 2016. All students will now have a calendar at their fall orientation so that they have more opportunities to hear guest lecturers by faculty.

Learning Outcome 3, in which students are expected to “develop skills in critical analysis of research literature in the field,” a plan to action consists of developing and put into place,” faculty will meet to identify and become aware of how individual professors are developing their lists of key bodies of work with their students, and make this process more deliberate.

Learning Outcome 4 in which students are expected to “learn and comprehend various theories that help explain the experiences of Mexican Americans,” a plan to action consists of key theories bodies of work and incorporate these in core graduate courses.

For learning goal 5, in which students are expected to "Contextualize the experiences of Mexican Americans within a broader hemispheric perspective" (2 out of the 2 rated good), our action plan for improving this score is:

  • Faculty will meet as a faculty in the spring to discuss how to improve the quality of this outcome through our curriculum, student input and strategic planning.

Learning Outcome 6 in which students are expected to “be exposed to a variety of community learning experiences that enhance their ability to work with Mexican Americans,” a plan to action consists of clarifying if and in which courses offer these experiences, and as part of the TCE process, include a question that evaluates this exposure.

For learning goal 7, in which students are expected to "Cultivate cooperative, intellectual and political relationships with university, government and community leaders." (n=2: one rated excellent; one rated good), our action plan to improve this score is:

  • Using the list of community organizations that graduate students are involved with, indicating that there is a high level of community participation, faculty and advisors will seek to better clarify and measure their participation. We will add a category in their annual review, advise students during orientation as to what constitutes community involvement, and create a category in the evaluations that will help us to assess their participation over time.

Learning Outcome 8 where students are expected to “Gain the academic, intellectual and communication skills for employment in positions at universities, colleges, government, NGOs, or the private sector,” we will discuss implementing a “writing café” for all students and set more precise goals and to clearly indicate that our expectation is that they will:

i. Submit a certain number of journal articles;

ii. Attend a certain number of conferences;

iii. Apply for a minimum number of grants; and

iv. Participate in a variety of community/institutional engagement activities during the course of their academic careers.

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