Broaden your career possibilities and perspectives with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Latin American and Latinx studies minor or certificate.
Given the increasing Latinx/Hispanic population in the United States, the global nature of the economy and the emerging markets of Latin America and Latinx/Hispanic people in the U.S. and elsewhere, 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, Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, Belize and Jamaica.
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 have 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 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.
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 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.
What classes do Latin American and Latinx studies minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Global environmental and public health
- Indigenous religions of the Americas
- Ancient art and architecture of Mexico and Central America
- Indigenous theory and methodologies
- Human geography
- Music and dance of Latin America
Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies minor in the UWEC catalog.
Learn more about the Latin American and Latinx studies certificate in the UWEC catalog.
Thinking about minoring in Latin American and Latinx studies? Here are other programs you may be interested in exploring.
- American Indian Studies
- Environment, Society, and Culture
- Geography - Environmental Geography
- Environmental Public Health
- Latin American and Latinx Studies - Culture and Society Emphasis
- Latin American and Latinx Studies - Language Emphasis
- Teaching - Spanish
- Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Women of Color Feminisms
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies