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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 Latino/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 an international immersion experience. Over the course of three weeks, you'll take what you've learned and put it into practice, all while immersing yourself in a new culture. 

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

Fascinating curriculum. A wide range of elective courses allows you to find your niche and specialize in topics that interest you. Explore classes that focus on history, art, the environment, politics, geography, religion or math. Taught by expert faculty, our courses involve unique, experiential learning opportunities that will enhance your Spanish language proficiency. 

Cultural immersion experiences. One of the best ways you can better understand Latin American culture, history, geography and society is to see it for yourself. A three-week minimum immersion experience is required for all minors. Popular destinations for UWEC students include both Spanish- and English-speaking countries such as Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, Peru and Jamaica. 

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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