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Collin Offers New Field of Study in Mexican Culture

Collin Offers New Field of Study in Mexican Culture

June 7, 2006 – Collin County Community College District (Collin) is giving students a different route toward an associate’s degree.

Starting the fall of 2006, the college will offer the Mexican-American Field of Study Program. The field of study totals 18 hours of core classes with a focus on Mexican-American culture.

This fall, five courses will be offered including Mexican-American Literature, humanities, history, government and Spanish. Like most courses at Collin, the courses are fully transferable to most Texas universities.

The Mexican-American Field of Study Program is the result of a Texas bill that requires community college districts with a substantial or growing Mexican-American population to create a corresponding program with the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Collin’s enrollment mirrors the growth of the Hispanic population of the area. About 10 percent of the college’s enrollment is Hispanic.

“The program is constructed for several of our divisions, and it is really intended to appeal to a broad section of students interested in Mexican-American literature, politics, history and art,” Gerry Perkus, interim dean of the Communications and Humanities Division, said. “We are hopeful the enrollment will be significant because we are meeting a need that has never been addressed. We have had Mexican-American curriculum of this kind in bits and pieces but never in a fully articulated program.”

The program will prepare students for careers in education, business, journalism, public service, law, criminology, social work, psychology, urban affairs and foreign affairs.

Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis, professor of English, specializes in Latino literature and was named the director of the Mexican-American Field of Study Program task force.

“We have an opportunity to pull in people from the community and have a program that appeals to them,” Roy-Davis said of the field of study. “I think we are building a program that is exciting as well as accessible and affordable.”

Collin’s e-schedule can be downloaded from . The e-schedule includes a list of class times, days, professors and important class notes for the fall 2006 semester and summer classes.

Registration for fall classes begins Tuesday, June 27.

Students can register for fall online via Webline at the college website or by calling 469.452.2222 for Dallas and Collin county residents, or 469.757.2222 for Rockwall County residents. All other students can call toll free at 1.877.COLLIN1. Early registration is available online or by phone from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.