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 bachelor's degree.
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 history, culture and current events. Taught by passionate, supportive faculty, you'll dive into fascinating coursework, sharpening your communication skills along the way. Small class sizes allow for group discussions, interesting projects and opportunities to travel.
An exciting and key component of this program is that all Latin American and Latinx studies - language majors are required to participate in an international immersion experience. Over the course of six weeks, you'll take what you've learned and put it into practice, all while immersing yourself in a new culture. Latin American studies students are also highly encouraged to study abroad or participate in international internships. Popular destinations include Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and Guatemala.
In a global market increasingly reliant on cultural and linguistic competencies to meet current demographics, a degree in Latin American and Latinx studies will put you in high demand.
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 - language 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 Argentina, where they learned about social, political and economic issues, and Guatemala, where they investigated social and environmental justice issues. These programs often leave quite an impact on students, helping them grow on both a personal and professional level.
Course variety. Dozens of electives allow you to personalize your education and study topics that interest you. Focus on linguistics 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.
Unique internships. UWEC students are strongly 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.
Holding a degree in Latin American studies — especially one with extensive language proficiency requirements like ours at UW-Eau Claire — will prepare you for graduate school or a successful career in almost any field.
Latin American and Latinx studies - language careers
- Medical interpreter
- Bilingual program aide
- International student advisor
- Teaching English as a foreign language instructor
- Study abroad coordinator
The Latin American and Latinx studies - language 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 a Spanish - teaching major, providing students with even more career opportunities.
Classes for Latin American and Latinx studies - language majors may include:
- Latin American Civilization
- Advanced Conversation and Composition
- Spanish Sociolinguistics in Latin America/USA
- Latin American Literature and Film
- Phonetics and Pronunciation
- Music and Dance of Latin America
- Politics of Latin America
- Economic Development of Latin America
Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies - language major in the UWEC course catalog.
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