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Explore the Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Explore Latin American history, culture and society with a Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. One of only a few programs like it in the region, our unique major is designed for those who are less interested in developing Spanish language skills and more interested in learning about Latin America and Latinx people, including those in the U.S. 

Through fascinating coursework, taught by supportive faculty experts, you'll be immersed in all things Latin American. Dozens of electives allow you to personalize your education and study topics that interest you. Explore classes in theory, art, public health, sustainability, politics, literature and business. This flexibility opens doors to new job possibilities and helps you to find your niche. 

An exciting and key component of this program is that all Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society majors are required to participate in an international immersion experience. Over the course of three weeks, you'll gain a deeper cultural awareness and a better understanding of Latinx people. Latin American studies students are also highly encouraged to study abroad or participate in international internships. Popular destinations include both Spanish- and English-speaking countries, such as Puerto Rico, Belize and Jamaica.

Because of the broad, interdisciplinary approach to the major, students are introduced to an array of subjects and career paths. Prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector, education, healthcare, law, journalism, international business or any other field in which knowledge of Spanish and Latin America can be an asset. With a Latin American and Latinx studies degree, you'll find a world of opportunity available to you. 

Erin Kelly in front of Target Field

The value of a versatile education

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Latin American studies, minors in Spanish and international business relations and a certificate in advanced business communication, Erin Kelly entered the job search with quite the resume. And it wasn't long before she landed her dream job. 

Working as an intern for the Minnesota Twins, Erin worked on diversity marketing for the team, with duties ranging from writing articles and scripts about Latin American players to coordinating a Jackie Robinson-themed literacy program in local elementary schools in the Twin Cities. The job aligns well with her passions for baseball and cultural studies — and proves just how worthwhile a degree in Latin American studies is. 

“People are skeptical about a major like Latin American studies. They don’t think it’s going to be as relevant as a major in something like science or technology,” Erin explained. “Science and technology are very important, but so are international affairs and intercultural communication. If you don’t know how to adapt and interact with emerging markets, your static skills in a globalizing workplace become irrelevant.”

Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society degree scholarships

Through the generosity of alumni and other partners, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer many different scholarships to incoming and current Blugolds. For example, the Hilda Belle Oxby Spanish Scholarship awards a number of scholarships (up to $1,000) to students majoring in Latin American and Latinx studies. 

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your Latin American and Latinx studies degree.  
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC

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Quick facts

Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major requires a minor.
Student organizations
  • Latinx Student Association
  • Spanish Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi

Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society bachelor's degree program highlights

Cultural immersion experiences. Covering almost 13% of the Earth's land surface area, there is a lot of ground to cover in Latin America. And we encourage you to explore it. Recent immersion experiences have taken students to Nicaragua, where they learned of the social struggle for women's rights, and Ecuador, exploring global forces impacting the Andes Mountains and Amazon Jungle. These programs often leave quite an impression on students, helping them grow on both a personal and professional level. 

Unique internships. UWEC students are highly encouraged to pursue internships prior to graduating. Work directly in Latin American countries or domestically with Latino/Hispanic communities in the United States. Our caring faculty and the Advising, Retention and Career Center will not only help you find a promising internship but will prepare you for interviews and review your resume.

Research opportunities. As a Latin American studies major, you'll have a variety of research opportunities available to you, from exploring Latin American culture to studying interdisciplinary issues affecting Latin America. If an ongoing project isn't exactly what you are looking for, you are actively encouraged to bring new research ideas forward. Our collaborative faculty will do all they can to ensure you get the most out of your UWEC education.

What jobs can you get with a Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society degree from UWEC?

Latin American studies graduates are prepared well for graduate school and a variety of jobs. Given the increasing interdependency of nations and economies, as well as the growth of the Latino/Hispanic population in the United States, a degree in Latin American studies can open doors to nearly any career path.

Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society careers

Studying abroad was a truly eye-opening, life-changing experience for me. I was immersed in Costa Rican culture and the Spanish language, and I learned to think more globally. I was humbled when I came to realize how narrow my thinking had been prior.

Eric Duwe  |  Latin American Studies
Anna Waller

Using lessons learned to help others

Anna Waller never dreamed of traveling to another country to conduct research that could improve the quality of life for a generation of newborn babies — but that is exactly what the Blugold alumna did. Recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright research grant, Anna, a triple major in chemistry, Spanish and Latin American studies, used lessons learned throughout her UWEC education to conduct her Ph.D. research in Mexico.

Anna's goal is to develop a portable vitamin A sensor to test the nutritional value of breast milk. Breastfeeding rates in Mexico are among the lowest in Latin America, with only 14% of women breastfeeding their children exclusively in the first six months, according to a recent National Public Radio story. Poverty and poor nutrition are among the main reasons why, and after Mexico banned the giveaway of free infant formula in 2015 in an effort to increase the number of mothers breastfeeding, Anna’s work to develop technologies that address nutritional gaps for infants and mothers is not only relevant but critical to future generations.

“The development of technologies that are simple, inexpensive and require little-to-no personnel to operate are practical for many settings, but particularly resource-limited settings,” she said. “We are trying to address both of these points for the context of Mexico, and hope that it can be applied to other foods as well as implemented in other parts of the world.”

Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society major will provide you 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 people, develop strong skills in communication and critical thinking, and discuss and evaluate broad issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.

The growing major is sometimes paired with a Spanish - teaching major, providing students with even more career opportunities.

Classes for Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society majors may include:

Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society major in the UWEC course catalog.

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