Mona Scott Figueroa, Ed.D.

Residential Faculty - American Indian Studies and Sociology

Cultural Science

Office: SC 14 - Room: 73

480-461-7064

480-461-7064 (alt)

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
By appointmentBy appointmentBy appointmentBy appointmentBy appointment

Send a Google hangout invitation to mscott@mesacc.edu if you would like to meet.

Profile

Mona Scott Figueroa is Red Running into Water (T’achii’nii’), born for African Americans (Nahilii). Her maternal grandfather is from the Salt clan (Ashiihíí). She is from Birdsprings in the Navajo Nation. Her maternal grandparents are the late Louise Curley and the late Harris Curley. Her mother is Rene Scott and her father is the late Jimmy Scott, Sr. Her siblings are many! Jimmee Crystal Scott, Jimmy W. Scott Jr., Tina Scott, Kevin Scott, the late Sherrine Scott, Sheila Carter, Shirley Scott, and Kenneth Scott. Mona earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University (ASU) with an emphasis on American Indian Studies. Her dissertation focused on strategies for retaining Native students at Mesa Community College. She also earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Southern California and an MA from ASU. Since 1999 she has taught Sociology and American Indian Studies at Mesa Community College. She also teaches in the Hoop of Learning (HOL) and Achieving a College Education (ACE) programs, high school-to-college bridge programs. Her teaching and research background includes Indigenizing education, inequalities, and power, emphasizing race and ethnicity. She draws heavily from life experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Birdsprings on the Navajo Nation, and Winslow, Arizona.

Classes Taught

Spring 2024

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, sex/gender, age, class, and socio/cultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26747
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
MoWe
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Class Started

26774

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 03/08/2024

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 26774 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2024

AIS141 Sovereign Indian Nations 3 Credits

Explores the sovereign status of American Indians as it relates to social relationships, traditions, and culture of American Indians. Reviews historic relations with non-Indian societies, the development of federal Indian law, tribal governments and their functions. Examines treaty rights, environmental issues, public policy, economic development, other current issues, and contemporary social problems. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Historical Awareness [H], Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26797

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 26797 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, sex/gender, age, class, and socio/cultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28087

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28087 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

SOC130 Human Sexuality 3 Credits

Sociological study of human sexuality. Course examines the social forces that shape a culture's sexual practices, attitudes, and inequalities. Topics include the social construction of sexuality, social change, sexual identities, sexual inequalities, institutional influence and regulation of sexuality, as well as current trends and issues surrounding human sexuality.

Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26772

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/29/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 26772 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu.

SOC141 Sovereign Indian Nations 3 Credits

Explores the sovereign status of American Indians as it relates to social relationships, traditions, and culture of American Indians. Reviews historic relations with non-Indian societies, the development of federal Indian law, tribal governments and their functions. Examines treaty rights, environmental issues, public policy, economic development, other current issues, and contemporary social problems. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Historical Awareness [H], Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
26796

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 26796 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Summer 2024

AIS105 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3 Credits

Introduction to political, economic, and social structures of American Indian Nations. Provides overview of American Indian tribal cultures prior to contact, the impact of European contact, and the influence of western social systems on tribal nations. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15345
Dobson Campus

Hybrid
Lecture
05/28/2024 - 06/27/2024
-

Closed

Special Class Meeting Information
Location Start End Days Times
SC 256/3/2024 6/27/2024 TuTh 11:20 AM - 3:20 PM

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15345 For Hoop of Learning students only

Class 15345 This class meets online during the first week 5/28-5/30. The remainder of the class meets in-person. Students can contact the instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, sex/gender, age, class, and socio/cultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
17028

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/01/2024 - 08/01/2024

Open

17 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

SOC241 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 Credits

Examines how the social construction of race shapes social interaction and social institutions. Explores the consequences of power, privilege and oppression among major ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
14772

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/01/2024 - 08/01/2024

Open

13 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Fall 2024

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, sex/gender, age, class, and socio/cultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
14365
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/20/2024 - 12/13/2024
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

22 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

SOC130 Human Sexuality 3 Credits

Sociological study of human sexuality. Course examines the social forces that shape a culture's sexual practices, attitudes, and inequalities. Topics include the social construction of sexuality, social change, sexual identities, sexual inequalities, institutional influence and regulation of sexuality, as well as current trends and issues surrounding human sexuality.

Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13458

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 10/11/2024

Open

21 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 13458 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

SOC241 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 Credits

Examines how the social construction of race shapes social interaction and social institutions. Explores the consequences of power, privilege and oppression among major ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
14447

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/19/2024 - 10/11/2024

Open

23 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 14447 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Fall Flex Start 2024

AIS105 Introduction to American Indian Studies 3 Credits

Introduction to political, economic, and social structures of American Indian Nations. Provides overview of American Indian tribal cultures prior to contact, the impact of European contact, and the influence of western social systems on tribal nations. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
33339

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
09/03/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

23 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits

The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, particularly the influence of culture, socialization, social structure, stratification, social institutions, differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, sex/gender, age, class, and socio/cultural change upon people's attitudes and behaviors. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
13483

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
10/14/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

19 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 13483 Students may contact instructor at: mona.scott@mesacc.edu

Degrees & Awards

Arizona State University, Educational Leadership and Innovation| EdD 2018

Arizona State University, Sociology| MA 1997

University of Southern California, Sociology| BA 1994

Inducted into Mesa Community College Hall of Fame, Excellence in Teaching, October 2020

Received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Veora E Johnson, Spirit of Unity, Educator of the Year award 2015

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