The globally interdependent nature of today’s world makes second language proficiency and cross-cultural understanding valuable assets for students in any field. Students in the Latin American Studies program (LAS) can develop a high proficiency in Spanish through the LAS core language courses and language immersion requirements. Students also gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of Latin America and Latinos/Hispanics in the United States through an array of courses from multiple disciplines including economics, geography, political science, art history, religion, history, anthropology and public and environmental health.
Why Latin American Studies?
The significant Latino/Hispanic population in the United States and the increasing social, cultural, and economic interconnectedness between the countries and peoples of the hemisphere will increase the demand for professionals who are both proficient in the Spanish language are prepared to work with Latinos/Hispanics and the people of Latin America.
Our graduates pursue an exciting array of professions and research opportunities:
- Medical interpreter for Interpreter Services at the Austin Medical Center-Mayo Health System, in Austin, Minnesota.
- Medical Interpreter for ARCH Language Network
- Program Development Officer at Partners of the Americas
- Outreach Specialist working with Latino migrant farm workers at the New Iowans Center in northeast Iowa
- Interpreter/Translator/Trainer at Ashley Furniture Industries in Arcadia, WI
- Advertising Renewal Sales Representative
- Nurse in the Cardiology/Progressive Care Depatment at Sacred Heart Hospital
- Fulbright-García Robles Research Fellowship in Mahuixtlán, Mexico 2008
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Argentina Spring 2012
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil Spring 2012
- Bilingual Education and Spanish teacher in Marshall, Wisconsin
- Bilingual Program Aide and Latino Community Liaison with Minneapolis Public Schools
- Student Services Coordinator at UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs
- AmeriCorps volunteers working with the diverse immigrant communities in Western Wisconsin at UW-Eau Claire's Educational Opportunity Center
- Intern for Puentes/Bridges interpreting for Mexican dairy workers and local dairy producers
- Masters in International Public Affairs at UW Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs
- Masters in Public Administration in the International Public Service and Development program at Rutgers-Camden University
- Masters in Sustainable International Development program at Brandeis University
- Masters in ELL/Bilingual Education and Bilingual Education teacher in the Darlington School District, in Darlington, Wisconsin
- Masters in Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University
- Economic Advocate for the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs
- Spanish teacher at Chatfield High School in Chatfield, MN
- Academic Advisor at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN