Mexican American Studies
UNC’s Mexican American Studies program works to achieve a strong, culturally-based
education for you to thrive in. Through community engagement and small classes guided
by top faculty who are well rounded on contemporary culture and history, our deeply
experienced teachers ensure that our students receive personal attention. The superb
education practices will assist all students in meeting their professional career
The variety of program concentrations available through the MAS department provides plenty of opportunities to expand your career path. Students will gain sophisticated skills to work with complex and changing populations in the U.S. In recent years, undergraduates have been involved in celebrating Dia de los Muertos and the Chicana/Chicano Festival de Artes; they have participated in UNC’s World Language Day.
Teaching English as a Second Language & Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
Ideal for education majors in any program, the undergraduate Teaching English as a
Second Language—also referred to as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
(TESOL)—and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education programs examine
current theories and practices of language acquisition and multilingual language development
in global contexts. You’ll be thoroughly versed in the cultural development of multilingual
learners, and the varied experiences of multicultural and multilingual families and
communities in the United States, even other countries. Completing this program can
either be done through a Teaching English as a Second Language minor (non-licensure),
a K-12 teaching endorsement (the CLD Education Endorsement), and/or a CLD Bilingual
Education Specialist Endorsement.
The undergraduate TESOL and CLD Education endorsements are housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Candelaria Hall. Although numerous immigrant groups are addressed in TESOL coursework at UNC, there is a special focus on Spanish-speaking children and youth. An appropriate decision, this was reached considering that in Colorado 84% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking; in the U.S., 75% of all English language learners are Spanish-speaking, the majority of whom are from Mexico. Approximately 75% of students seeking endorsement are Elementary Education majors; the remainder are Secondary Education or K-12 licensure students.
The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2020, youth from ethnic/racial minorities will together comprise half of the population under the age of 18. Use your education to examine concepts of race, ethnicity, class, gender and diverse family experiences to assist this quickly-growing population. Some careers include: residential youth advocacy programs, juvenile corrections, new-corner programs, probation offices and many more.
Social Justice and Public Policy
For those pursuing careers in such places as immigration law, education, political office and many others, the Social Justice and Public Policy concentration is a superb place to start. This will introduce students to human rights and political issues through the lens of social justice. They will be led to navigate frameworks and theories of poverty, inequality and intersectionality among diverse Latinx populations.
Globalization, Borders, and Migration
With global migration patterns becoming an ever-prevalent modern dynamic, students in the Globalization, Borders, and Migration concentration will be introduced to the complex migratory concerns that have evolved in the 21stcentury. Internships complementing the concentration are available for students in many various local and state non-profit organizations.
Community Health and Nutrition Professions
Combine your passion for health professions with your understanding of the Humanities in the Community Health and Nutrition Professions concentration. Since Latinx are the second largest ethnic population in the United States, information about specific health and nutrition concerns among these populations is a growing concern—here, you can use your studies to help assess this concern.
Secondary Teaching Emphasis
UNC’s reputation as a teacher-training university is unparalleled in the state of Colorado. Proudly sporting an excellent education in the history, geography, political science and cultural studies of Mexican-American cultures, graduates of this program are perfectly suited to teach a culturally diverse social studies curriculum.
News & Announcements
Students Recognized at 2019 Honors Convocation
Spanish students Maren Barger, Miriam Hernandez, Diana Keever, Samuel Kloeckner, Carlos Montes Mujica, and Monica Perez Nunez were recognized on April 14th for excellence in their program. Congratulations! View the event program. See all the event photos.
Mexican American Studies Students Recognized
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mexican American Studies Department recognized outstanding undergraduates on April 8, 2018.
The Life and Times of Dr. Martin Candelaria
The mural on the three walls of the north stairwell of Candelaria Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, Colorado reflects the life of Dr. Martin Candelaria. On the stairwell tower are scenes reflecting the culture and heritage of Dr. Candelaria’s Hispanic Colorado and New Mexico heritage, beginning from lower left.