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Degree Planning

Argentina in Summer 2017!

Study Abroad Argentina 2017

Study Abroad!

Looking for a place to fulfill your language immersion requirement but still not sure where you'd like to go? Consider the many options for Latin American countries offered through CIE at You can fulfill your language immersion through various programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, or out new program in Puebla, Mexico.

Fulfill GE/LE requirements and get an authentic experience by living with a host family!

For more information including language requirements, costs, and full program descriptions check out the CIE website!

NEWS FLASH! An agreement has been reached with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Pontifical Catholic University of Perú), or PUCP, in Lima, Perú. You can now also study there for a year, a semester or in summer. See further details on the CIE website! (Note that the summer program in Peru is only for four weeks and therefore does not by itself fulfill the six week immersion requirement for LAS, and that only the Spanish-language summer program would fulfill the immersion requirement.)

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Course Offerings

LAS spring 2017 course offerings

Some other IMPORTANT AND USEFUL comments:

  • There will be an online SPAN/LAS 150 Introduction to Latin American Studies as well as a "regular" (in-person) SPAN 325 in Summer 2017.

  • An online NRSG 389 Cross Cultural Health course, which can be used as one of the Humanities and Social Sciences electives for LAS majors and minors, will be offered in Summer 2017. A petition may have to be filled out, but you CAN take this course as one of your Humanities and Social Sciences electives. (An extra heads up: The Spanish Section of the Languages Department has also agreed to have it count as one of the "outside"" courses (courses not in Spanish) for your Spanish major.)

  • LAS 222 has been approved to count for R1, K3 and DDiv (Design for Diversity) as of Spring 2017.

  • AIS 444 Theory and Methodologies in American Indian Studies is not being offered in Spring 2017, but it HAS been approved to be used as one of the Humanities and Social Sciences electives for LAS majors and minors.

  • Prof. Carter Smith's SPAN 491 course in Spring 2017 will be a course focused on Spain, not Latin America, and therefore it will NOT count as an advanced literature course for LAS majors; it will count for an advanced literature course for majors in Spanish, not LAS.

LAS Electives

Not sure which elective to take? Check out Dr. Gerardo Licon's video explanation of what LAS 314 is all about. See if this course is for you!

Math 107 "Mathematics in Latin American Cultures"

Latin American Studies students will be very interested in taking Math 107, "Mathematics in Latin American Cultures," to fulfill their math requirement. This course covers mathematical concepts through a discussion of how they were and are used and by indigenous peoples of the Americas. It's math with a cultural focus! Click here to see pictures of the quipus and the Nasca lines, both of which are projects done by students as part of the class. (You'll have to take the class to understand how they work and what they mean.)

When the class is taught in the Spring, it's possible to do the Nasca lines in something other than snow. Click here to see pictures from Spring 2014 of the lines on the sand at a baseball field.

Degree Planning Checklists

The materials below are here to help you, but you should double check with an LAS advisor as they may be outdated.  These are based on the 2016-17 catalog.

LAS Comprehensive Major, Liberal Arts (60 credits)

LAS Comprehensive Major, Teaching (60 credits)

LAS Liberal Arts Major: Language Emphasis (36 credits)

LAS Liberal Arts Major: Culture, Language and Society Emphasis (36 credits)

LAS minor (24 credits)

LAS Certificate (12 credits)
NOTE: This certificate has been approved but will not appear in the UWEC Catalog until 2017-18. However, you CAN begin to take courses in Spring 2016 and have them count towards completion of the certificate requirements. Contact Prof. Fernández ( for details.

The materials below are here to help you, but you should double check with an LAS advisor as these may be outdated. These are based on the 2013-14 catalog. If you are on a more recent catalog, please use the sheets above.

  • Can I major / minor in LAS and Spanish? ( Short answer: YES YOU CAN! We are in the process of updating a sheet to explain based on the requirements in our different catalogs! For the time being, talk to your LAS adviser and keep in mind that YES YOU CAN! Or, as some would have it, ¡SI SE PUEDE!)

Degree Planning Packets

The four year plans below are based on the 2016-17 Catalog and the Liberal Education (LE) requirements.

Latin American Studies GE's

Latin American Studies Internships