The Latin American and Latinx Studies department at UW-Eau Claire offers unique programs that focus on international immersion experiences and a high level of language proficiency. In addition to these distinctive features, the LAS curriculum is interdisciplinary, multicultural, and offers a variety of transformative learning experiences.
Our Latin American and Latinx students develop a high proficiency in the Spanish language. As part of your studies, you'll experience a 3-week minimum immersion experience in a Latin American country to more fully develop your communication skills, and can choose from a broad range of courses that build deep and solid cultural competency and global awareness. Classes in American Indian studies, anthropology, art history, economics, history, geography, languages, linguistics, math, and religious studies are the building blocks of this interdisciplinary program.
The result is graduates who are ready to take on the world.
I see Latin American Studies as one of the best examples of the university mission in action — transformative liberal education and instilling a world-wide perspective.
What sets our Latin American and Latinx studies degrees apart are the high level of language proficiency and the minimum three-week international immersion experience. These factors, along with the breadth of topic area expertise represented by our faculty and staff make for a degree that creates standout applicants in all areas and serves as excellent preparation for graduate school in a multitude of disciplines. In any field requiring Spanish fluency, an understanding of the culture and solid knowledge of the region, Blugolds will be more prepared than graduates of less rigorous LAS programs.