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

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, Peru, 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. 

Courtney Brost on study abroad program in Costa Rica

From undecided to teaching abroad

After Courtney Brost returned from studying abroad in Costa Rica, one thing was clear: she wanted to major in Latin American studies. 

“I really valued the diversity of classes I could take in the program,” Courtney explained. “I’m interested in so many different subjects, so choosing one major felt like a letdown. With Latin American studies, there is no compromise. 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.”

Graduating with a double major in English and Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish, Courtney quickly landed a job as a study abroad coordinator with the Center for International Education. Here, she found her Latin American studies background to be critical in coordinating the many Spanish-speaking programs.

And it wouldn't be long before those same skills would be used again. Courtney just recently received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and is moving on to her next adventure: teaching English in Brazil to university students who are studying to become English teachers.

Why Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis at UW-Eau Claire?

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. 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.

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.   

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.

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Quick facts

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

What can I do with a Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis degree from UWEC?

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.

LAS graduate at Machu Pichu in Peru.

Helping shape meaningful travelers

Sarah (Vowels) Miracle's international immersion experiences were the perfect addition to her Latin American studies coursework. From touching the 12-sided stone in Cusco, to salsa dancing, to reading letters from imprisoned Chileans in detention centers in the Museo de la Memoria in Santiago, Sarah made lifelong memories and experienced life-changing learning —  something she wants others to have, too.

After graduation, Sarah went on to become a study abroad coordinator for Colorado State University, where she spent her days helping students find the same quality study abroad experience she had here at UW-Eau Claire.

"I use the knowledge from my Latin American studies degree to assess best program options for prospective study abroad students in Latin America, to communicate with our partner universities in the region, to prepare my students for culture shock, and to inform my students on the rich history and traditions they will experience — all with the goal of shaping them into meaningful travelers and global citizens," she said.

Latin American and Latinx studies - language emphasis bachelor’s degree program curriculum

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: 

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

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Latin American and Latinx Studies

Hibbard Humanities Hall 384
124 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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