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  May 28, 2023
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Mexican-American Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Sociology, Social Work, and History (MESSH)

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Professor Dr. Ellen Marshall, PhD., Chairperson
ECSB 205, 210-486-0526

Mexican-American Studies

Dr. Lisa Ramos, Program Coordinator
CAC 100, 210-486-0761

Mexican-American Studies, or better referred to as “MAS,” is a new field of study (FOS) at San Antonio College.  MAS’s mission is to strengthen the next generation’s knowledge of Mexican-American communities and to share that information widely.  Students who take MAS courses will develop the ability to work effectively with diverse populations, and will formulate a deep understanding of the Mexican-American culture, history, language and artistic expression.

Course offerings will vary from semester to semester.

Beginning Fall 2016

  • Mexican-American History I (HIST 2327) 
  • Mexican-American Literature (ENGL 2351) 
  • Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 2312) 

Beginning Spring 2017 

  • Mexican-American History II (HIST 2328)
  • Mexican-American Literature (ENGL 2351)

Possible future offerings: 

  • Introduction to MAS (HUMA 1305)
  • Mexican-American Politics (GOVT 2311)
  • Spanish for Native Speakers II (SPAN 2315)
  • Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation (HUMA 1311) 

Early Childhood Studies

Terri Sinclair, Program Coordinator
ECSB 218, 210-486-0521

The mission of the Department of Early Childhood Studies is to provide quality educational experiences and to model best practices for all learners. The program is designed to provide students opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of settings that involve young children and their families.  The AAS degree in Early Childhood Education at San Antonio College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; it was the first community college Early Childhood degree in Texas to receive this recognition.

Students may qualify for advanced standing credit for high school coursework or for having a valid, up-to-date child development associate (CDA) credential. Some degrees or certificates require working or placement in the San Antonio College Early Childhood Center or a center that meets quality criteria such as National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards or the Head Start Program performance standards.

For students who are interested in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies transfers to a B.A.A.S. - Infancy and Childhood Studies (non-certification) at the University of Texas San Antonio.  It also transfers to a B.A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education (non-certification) or B.A.A.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (non-certification) - at Texas A&M - San Antonio.

Located at 210 W. Ashby, the San Antonio College Early Childhood Center is an educational lab facility for the Department of Early Childhood Studies program. Students, under the close supervision of faculty, early childhood teachers, and child development specialists, work with children as they train to be early childhood educators. In addition to providing this training, the center is designed to provide a model quality early learning facility for the community.

The Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for The Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC-accredited programs have demonstrated a commitment to providing high quality environments for young children and their families. Adults involved in the child’s life are viewed as partners in the educational process and are encouraged to actively participate in decisions affecting the care and education of the child. The program values diversity and offers an inclusive setting for children.  The center also houses an Early Head Start program operated by the Center for New Communities.

The center is open to children, ages 6 weeks to 4 years, of qualified San Antonio College students, employees, and the community. The program focuses on the unique ways in which young children learn. It strives to meet the needs of the “whole child” including the areas of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, creative, and language development. The curriculum emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning experiences through play.


Dr. Thomas Clarkin, Program Coordinator
CAC 303, 210-486-1714

Students may take a variety of courses offered by the History Department. For the student who enrolls in history classes for the first time, placement is made according to college entrance examination scores.  Students may take history courses if they place at college level reading and writing

HIST 1301 History of the United States Part I and HIST 1302 History of the United States Part II are designed to satisfy the legislative requirement of six semester hours of U.S. history and to fulfill six hours of the core curriculum required for the Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Sciences, (AS) Degrees, and Associates of Arts in Teaching (AAT).

HIST 2301 History of Texas may be taken to satisfy three hours of the legislative requirement of six hours of U.S. history. 

HIST 2321 World Civilization to the 15th Century and HIST 2322 World Civilization from the 15th Century fulfill core curriculum requirements for Language, Philosophy, and Culture for all Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching and many Associate of Applied Science Degree.

San Antonio College offers an Associate of Arts Degree with a Concentration in History in which students can complete the core curriculum plus take additional classes in World History, Texas History, Economics, Geography, and Foreign Language to satisfy requirements for Bachelor in Arts in History at local and state universities.  Students majoring in history should work with the faculty of the history program to determine the requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer.

The History Department will accept up to six hours credit in U.S. history and World history for those students making satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  Students should provide the San Antonio Testing Center in the Fletcher Administration Center 112 with their test scores on these exams in order to complete this option.


Beatrix Perez, Program Coordinator
CAC 328, 210-486-1327

The Sociology Department offers courses that are useful to students in the pursuit of various occupations and degrees in sociology. For students who need flexibility and cannot come to campus, the Sociology Department offers Internet courses as well as traditional classroom instruction.

While the study of sociology will prepare students for entrance into various careers, the relevance of sociology for all students is the expansion of human awareness and multiculturalism. In a society and world becoming more complex and interrelated, students increasingly need to be aware of the social and cultural environments affecting their lives in order to make responsible and free choices.

Social Work

Lisa V. Black, LMSW, Program Coordinator
MLC 323, 210-486-1003


The purpose of the social work profession is to promote human and community well-being. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons. Council on Social Work Education (2008)

Students are drawn to social work because it is more than a major.  If you are interested in a helping profession that has incredible employment opportunities - social work is for you.  Social workers are hired by hospitals, community agencies, military and government organizations and are the largest professional group providing mental health services  in the United States.

Social work is a way of viewing the world that establishes the importance of an empathetic perspective.  Service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry are among the core values of social work.

Our program is writing intensive and prepares you for your four-year journey by ensuring that your first two years - fully half of your baccalaureate degree are designed to help you grow interpersonally and academically. You will not just take courses - you will gain skill. We offer tremendous peer and faculty support as your progress through your courses. 

To learn more about social work please visit our website.


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