• 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 OR HIST 2328 Mexican-American History II
      4. GOVT 2311 Mexican-American Politics
      5. ENGL 2351 Mexican-American Literature
      6. SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I
      7. SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II
      You'll find the degree plan at http://www.delmar.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=5166.
    • 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? 

      For students seeking other degrees 
      1. HUMA 1311 can meet the Visual/Performing Arts core requirement.
      2. ENGL 2351 can meet the Sophomore Literature core requirement.
      3. Students can choose from GOVT 2311, HIST 2327 and HIST 2328 to meet their Social/Behavioral Science core requirement.
      4. All Mexican-American Studies Major Requirements courses can be taken as general electives for all degrees.

        Additionally, some Mexican-American Studies courses may be required courses or course options for other degrees. Ask your adviser if Mexican-American Studies courses can meet the Major 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.
    • Is there an organization 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 faculty, staff and students is the Del Mar chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). TACHE sponsors public forums and brown bags, holds fundraisers, organizes trips, awards student scholarships, and works actively in support of the Mexican-American Studies Program at Del Mar. For more information about TACHE, go to www.delmar.edu/tache/.
    • How do I apply for admission to Del Mar College? 

      Go to the Del Mar College website at http://www.delmar.edu/. Click on "Becoming A Student" 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 Del Mar College website at http://www.delmar.edu/. Click on "Paying for College."
    • 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 webpage at http://www.delmar.edu/Mexican_American_Studies.aspx.