Take your Spanish language and cultural proficiency to the next level with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis bachelor's degree. (For those who are less interested in the language and more interested in the culture and society of Latin American and Latinx/Hispanic peoples, see our Latin American and Latinx studies - culture and society emphasis major.)
One of only a few programs like it in the region, our exceptional program will help you to become fluent in Spanish while expanding your knowledge of Latin American and Latinx/Hispanic history, culture and current events. Taught by passionate, supportive faculty, you'll dive into engaging coursework, sharpening your communication skills along the way. The small class sizes of language classes allow for group discussions, interesting projects and opportunities to gain cultural competence.
An exciting and key component of this program is that all Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis majors are required to participate in a cultural immersion experience, such as study abroad, an international internship, and/or a faculty-led international immersion experience. Over the course of six or more weeks, you'll take what you've learned and put it into practice, all while immersing yourself in the culture. Possible destinations include Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala.
In a global market increasingly reliant on cultural and linguistic competencies, a degree in Latin American and Latinx studies will put you in high demand.
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 Guatemala, where they learned about the efforts of a local coffee co-operative to create a model of coffee production that would provide greater earnings and a more sustainable livelihood for local coffee farmers. Students also traveled to Argentina where they examined human rights through the lenses of history, economics and social justice efforts. Students even traveled to Puerto Rico where, under the guidance of local community members, they contributed to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico after several years of hurricane devastation.
Course variety. A large number of electives allow you to personalize your education and study topics that interest you. Focus on the Spanish language with classes like The Craft of Translation and Advanced Conversation or explore environmental health with classes like Water Problems, Water Solutions and Sustainability Basics and Beyond.
Outside-the-classroom learning. Each year, the Latin American and Latinx studies program hosts Latin American and Latinx Studies (LAS) Week, which includes a number of events related to Latin American and Latinx topics. This is an exciting way to learn even more about Latin American and Latinx people as the week often includes opportunities to hear from renowned speakers, experts, artists, educators and students.
Research opportunities. As a Latin American and Latinx studies major, you'll have a variety of research opportunities available to you, from exploring Latin American and Latinx culture to studying interdisciplinary topics related to Latin America and its people. Our collaborative faculty will do all they can to ensure you get the most out of your UWEC education.
Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Related student organizations
- Latinx Student Association
- Spanish Club
- Sigma Delta Pi
Holding a degree in Latin American and Latinx studies — especially one with extensive language proficiency requirements like our language emphasis major at UW-Eau Claire — will prepare you for graduate school or a successful career in almost any field.
Our grads go on to work in healthcare, economic/international development, environmental organizations, immigration services, nonprofits and a variety of other fields and industries. Many Blugolds have also received Fulbright awards and fellowships, making it possible for them to teach or conduct research abroad.
I’m interested in so many different subjects, so choosing one major felt like a letdown. With Latin American studies, I was able to take courses in everything from sociology, geography, history and political science to even biology — all with a focus on Latin America.
The Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis major will allow you to master the Spanish language while providing you with a broad base of cultural and historical knowledge. The major is sometimes paired with other majors, including geography, social work, history, chemistry, English, business or Spanish, providing students with even more career opportunities. A Peace Corps Certificate is also available.
What classes do Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Latin American literature and film
- Indigenous theory and methodologies
- Language in culture and society
- Hispanic linguistics
- Latin American civilization
- Phonetics and pronunciation
- Spanish sociolinguistics in Latin America/USA
Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
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