Given multiple factors like the increasing Latino/Hispanic population in the United States, the global nature of the economy as a whole, and the emerging markets of Latin America, it's hard to think of many career fields for outgoing college grads that wouldn't benefit from employees with the skills and cultural competencies gained through a minor in Latin American Studies.
Think about it — from business, to finance, health care administration, nursing, social work, and education (to name a few) — an understanding of the language, culture, history and geography of Latin America is a valuable asset in nearly any field.
Our LAS minors gain the same language proficiency as our majors, and are likewise required to spend a minimum six week immersion in a Latin American country through either an approved academic study abroad program, the National Student Exchange program, an internship or service/volunteer work, ensuring a level of comfort and cultural competency living and working in and among these populations, in the U.S or abroad.
Latin American Studies Minor
The requirements for the LAS minor include 15 core credits in Spanish, history, and culture. Students then have 20 electives to choose from for a total of 9 credits.
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.