This interdisciplinary major provides students with a broad, solid grounding in the language, culture, politics, economics, and social life of Latin America today and in the past. Students gain an understanding of the region and its peoples, develop strong skills in communication and critical thinking, and discuss and evaluate broad issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.
This standard major is ideal for those students who wish to pair a solid base in Latin American Studies with another field of study, like a second major or a minor in a humanities field, business or STEM. Given the increasing interdependency of nations and economies, and the growth of the Latino/Hispanic population in the United States, it's safe to say that a degree in Latin American Studies can open doors for nearly any career path.
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I believe that my LAS degree and knowledge of the Spanish language gained at UW-Eau Claire will allow me to be a better immigration lawyer and allow me to establish better relationships with my future clients.
What do I need to take when?
To see an example of what a degree plan for the culture, language and society emphasis major might look like, click the link below. Keep in mind that this is a sample plan, and your exact plan may vary.
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Don't worry, your advisors will be the experts to help with all the nuts and bolts, but the documents linked below can be helpful in reviewing the requirements and being sure you don't miss anything in your planning.
Language immersion requirement
Because of its invaluable benefits to students in terms of developing fluency in the target language and learning about Latin America, all LAS majors and the minor have a language immersion requirement of six weeks in a Latin American country, although a full semester is recommended if possible, especially for those doing the comprehensive teaching major. The requirement can be met through enrollment in an approved academic study abroad program, the National Student Exchange program, an internship or service/volunteer work. Students facing extenuating circumstances may participate in an alternative domestic language immersion experience pre-approved and determined in conjunction with the LAS Committee.
How do I declare a Latin American Studies major, minor or certificate?
If you're interested in any of the above, or in changing from your current major, see your academic advisor or contact the LAS program director at LAS@uwec.edu.