Lorena Vera came to the university because she could identify with the many Spanish speakers on campus, the presence of a soccer team instead of a football team and even the university’s location on the West Side of San Antonio.
She said that as a Mexican American, these characteristics make her feel comfortable—this is where she belongs.
Vera, a sophomore, is one of eight Spanish majors on campus who will graduate in this discipline without being affected by the major’s phase out in the next four years, after all current majors graduate.
With the Spanish major, Mexican American Studies and Music Theory with an emphasis in Mariachi are also programs that promote the Mexican American heritage on campus and that, after their phase-out, will only be offered as a minor, as a certificate or in general education.
“It’s ironic for a university that’s so focused on Mexican American studies (to cut these majors),” Vera said. “I was surprised, I didn’t expect for that to happen.”
The decision to cut the majors is part of a strategic plan created by President Tessa Pollack and approved by the Board of Trustees in October. The plan’s goal is to reallocate resources from existing academic programs that do not have high market demand to those that do.
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