The Center for the Study of the Southwest offers an 18-hour minor in Southwestern Studies. The program engages the richness and diversity of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico and gives focus to intercultural studies through examination of the region's people, institutions, history, and physical and cultural ecology.
An intercultural, interdisciplinary approach increases awareness of and sensitivity to the diversity of ethnic and cultural traditions in the area. Students examine the images, myths, and perceptions of the region in light of historic records. Students also discover the physical and cultural characteristics that distinguish the Southwest from other regions of the United States.
Southwestern Studies minors are eligible for the Macaluso Scholarship, awarded annually. For more information click here.
Two core courses in Southwestern Studies provide the foundation for further in-depth study of the Southwest in specific fields such as literature, history, geography, art, music, biology, and many others:
These two courses provide the basis for a broad interdisciplinary survey of geophysical, cultural, social, literary, and political history of the Southwest, emphasizing regional and ethnic expressions of culture in architecture, art, literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, religion, science, and technology.
After taking these two required courses, students choose the remaining 12 semester hours from the following courses:
2421 - Range, Forage, and Pasture Crops
3314 - Latin American Cultures
3315 - Archaeology of the Southwest
3324 - Mexican American Culture
3331A - North American Indians
3331C - Indians of the Southwest
3345 - Archaeology of Mexico
3350 - Sex Roles
Curriculum and Instruction
3332 - Foundations of Bilingual Education
Finance and Economics
BLAW 3363* - International Business Law
*When taught with a regional focus as determined by the course syllabus.
3320 - History of Mexico
3325 - Selected Topics in Latin American History
3327 - History of Mexico to 1848
3329 - Spanish Borderlands
3353 - The Greater Southwest
3372 - Texas History: A Survey
4372 - Mexican American History
4376 - The History of Texas Music
3305 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature
3306 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature
3371 - Spanish-American Civilization
4350 - Latin American Novel and Film
4370 - Hispanic Literature of the Southwest
4310 - Social Services to Minorities