• Del Mar College Mexican-American Studies

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What courses am I required to take to earn a Mexican-American Studies Associate in Arts degree at Del Mar College? 

      In addition to the Core Curriculum, the Major Requirements for the degree are:
      1. HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
      2. HUMA 1311 Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation
      3. HIST 2327 Mexican-American History I
      4. HIST 2328 Mexican-American History II
      5. GOVT 2311 Mexican-American Politics
      6. ENGL 2351 Mexican-American Literature
      7. Any Spanish course
      8. Any approved elective
      Click here to view a degree plan. 
    • What knowledge will I gain by majoring in Mexican-American Studies? 

      Graduates in Mexican-American Studies will
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, and contemporary experiences of Mexican-American men and women in the United States, specifically in the region of South Texas.
      2. summarize demographic trends in the Unites States of the past, present, and future.
      3. recognize the main elements of the Mexican-American aesthetics as displayed in literature, language, music, visual arts, and cultural practices.
      4. practice and demonstrate oral, written, and research skills.
    • Are Mexican-American Studies courses transferable to other colleges and universities? 

      The Texas Coordinating Board has designated the Mexican-American Studies courses in the degree as "fully transferable" to Texas public colleges and universities. A student planning on transferring to a private or out-of-state college or university should address all transfer questions to that institution.
    • I'm interested in Mexican-American Studies courses, but I would like to major in another field.  Will Mexican-American Studies courses also count towards other degrees at Del Mar? 

      Students seeking a variety of degrees take Mexican-American Studies courses to meet their core requirements. Below are four Mexican-American Studies courses and the core requirements they fulfill.

      1.      HUMA 1305 and HUMA 1311 (Creative Arts)
      2.      ENGL 2351 ( Language, Philosophy and Culture)
      3.      GOVT 2311 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
      4.      HIST 2327 and HIST 2328 (American History)

      Check with your adviser to see if these Mexican-American Studies courses meet the core requirements for your degree.  

    • How can Mexican-American Studies help prepare me for the job market? 

      According to the U.S. Census Bureau
      1. Over half of the population growth in the entire United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the growth in the Hispanic population. Mexican-Americans make up the largest Hispanic subgroup in the nation.
      2. Hispanics make up 61% of the Nueces County population, and 60% of the population in Corpus Christi.
      3. It is projected that by 2050 the Hispanic population will make up 30% of the population in the United States.
      You can be sure that the career you choose will be impacted by the growth of this dynamic population. Mexican-American Studies courses offer you a working knowledge of the changing demographics in the nation and will make you more competitive as you seek employment and advancement in your career.
    • Are there organizations I could join at Del Mar that will help me learn more about Mexican American culture and higher education opportunities? 

      An excellent organization open to all Del Mar students, faculty, and staff is the Foreign Languages Club. This club sponsors a variety of educational and entertaining campus activities, including Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos observances, and also engages students in community activities. For more information about the Foreign Languages Club, go to www.delmar.edu/Languages/Foreign_Languages_Club.aspx.

      Another excellent organization is the Del Mar chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). TACHE Del Mar sponsors public forums and brown bags, holds fundraisers, and works actively in support of the Mexican-American Studies Program at Del Mar. For more information about TACHE Del Mar, go to www.delmar.edu/tache.
    • How do I apply for admission to Del Mar College? 

      Visit the Becoming A Student page for answers to your admissions questions.
    • Who do I contact at Del Mar to learn about financial aid, scholarships and work study opportunities? 

      Go to the Paying for College page for financial aid information.
    • How do I find out more information about Mexican-American Studies at Del Mar College?  

      Contact Dr. Jonda Halcomb, DMC Dean of Arts of Sciences, at (361) 698-1218. Also, visit the Mexican-American Studies page.