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Explore the Latin American and Latinx studies minor at UW-Eau Claire

Broaden your career possibilities and perspectives with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Latin American and Latinx studies minor.

Given the increasing Latinx/Hispanic population in the United States, the global nature of the economy and the emerging markets of Latin America, an understanding of Latin America is a valuable asset in nearly any field. From business to finance to healthcare administration, nursing, social work and education, our graduates are using the knowledge, skills and cultural competencies gained to better the world around them. 

An exciting and key component of this program is that all Latin American and Latinx studies minors are required to participate in a cultural immersion experience, such as study abroad, an international internship, a faculty-led international immersion experience, or a domestic immersion experience focused on Latinx/Hispanic communities in the U.S. Over the course of three or more weeks, you'll gain a deeper cultural awareness and a better understanding of Latin America and its people — both in the U.S. and abroad. Possible destinations include both Spanish- and English-speaking countries of the Americas, such as Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, Belize and Jamaica.

LAS minor Morgan Gerke at Machu Pich in Peru, where she completed an internship.

Minor helps bridge the gap

After declaring majors in sociology and Spanish, Morgan Gerke quickly found a passion for social justice. And upon exploring the many topics within diversity education, she knew a minor in Latin American studies would only enhance her education. 

“The Latin American studies program bridged the gap between sociology and Spanish and deepened my understanding of the Latino experience in the United States," she explained. It also opened doors to the internship of a lifetime. Working with a local organization in Trujillo, Peru, Morgan helped impoverished Peruvian children build a positive self-identity through daily after-school programs. It was, “without a doubt, the most powerful component of my college career,” she said. 

Following graduation, Morgan continued her passion of helping others by working through AmeriCorps VISTA with Adelante Hispanic Achievers in Louisville, Kentucky. There, she helps students face challenges in their transition to college, including those related to language barriers and legal status. It's a rewarding career that the minor prepared her well for. 

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Latin American and Latinx studies minor 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.

Course variety. A wide range of elective courses allows you to find your niche and specialize in areas that interest you. Taught by expert faculty, classes will explore topics like history, art history, the environment, geography, religion, public health, sustainability, math and more. This flexibility opens doors to new opportunities and job possibilities.

Unique internships. UWEC students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships prior to graduating. Work directly in Latin American countries or domestically with Latinx/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 review your resume and prepare you for interviews. 

Research opportunities. As a Latin American and Latinx studies minor, 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 department 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.

Classes for Latin American and Latinx studies minors may include:

Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies minor in the UWEC catalog.

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