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Center for Southwestern & Mexican Studies

The Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies (CSMS) promotes collaborative learning between students of the College and faculty members, with special emphasis on the historical, cultural, social, economic, and political issues facing Texas and Mexico.  

The Center seeks to prepare its students, and the College community at large, to meet challenges and opportunities focusing on the relationship between Mexico and the southwestern United States. In doing so, it fosters campus outreach and communication of the Austin College community with the greater Southwest and Mexico in a variety of ways, including public programs and seminars.  

Summer Internships

to make an impact

CSMS Internships offer a stipend of $2,500. The Center has funding for internships at the Sherman Museum, Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham, and other locations. For students who do not have a permanent address in Sherman or Bonham, funds are available for room and board.

Guest Lectures 2024

“De tlaxcaltecas a motecas: La presencia indígena en el realismo y la magia de la narrativa” [From Tlaxcaltecas to Motecas: Indigenous Presence in the Magical Realism of Narrative]  

presented by Edita Solís Hernández, Professor of Literature and Communications Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, and Aurora Velasco, Writer and Specialist in Community Radio Querétaro, México 


Infusing Languages and Global Competency Across the Disciplines (iLAD) introduces language across the Austin College curriculum and infuses area studies and world cultures into disciplines across the College. The initiative expands offerings in Spanish language and Latin American and Iberian Studies, especially related to experiential learning and training in programs in the health fields, business and finance, and international relations. 

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Meet our Faculty

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