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.
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.
Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- Latinx Student Association
- Spanish Club
- Sigma Delta Pi
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.
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
- Global program manager
- Bilingual training specialist
- International programs associate director
- Account director
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.
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:
- Intermediate Spanish I and II
- Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America
- Latin America Through Independence
- Latin America Since Independence
- Indigenous Religions of the Americas
- Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
- Latin American Modernismo
- Latin American Literature and Film
Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society major in the UWEC course catalog.
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