Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latin@ Studies major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the LACUSL advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Requirements

TOTAL LACUSL CREDITS

33 credits

REQUIRED COURSES (6 CREDITS)
  • LACS 101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 3 credits
  • Latino 101 - Introduction to Latino Studies, 3 credits
REQUIRED: TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (6 CREDITS)
  • CompLit 365 - Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • CurrIns 550 - Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin America/Latino Cultural Heritage, 3 credits
  • English 316 - World Cinemas (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 394 - Theories of Mass Culture: “Latino and Latin America Popular Culture” subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 372 - Topics in Global History: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • LACUSL 200 - Selected Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • LACUSL 300 - Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • LACUSL/Theatre 324 - Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre, 3 credits
  • LACUSL 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Latino/Sociol 423 - Latino Immigration and Incorporation: (Subtitle), 3 credits
CAPSTONE COURSE: ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (3 CREDITS)

  • LACUSL 680 - Senior Research Project, 3 credits
  • LACUSL 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 credits

In semesters when LACUSL 680 is not offered, students may complete the capstone requirement by taking LACUSL 699, Advanced Independent Study, with an appropriate faculty member from the LACUSL associated faculty. L&S guidelines require that the student: 1) conduct independent research; 2) evaluate and integrate prior research; and 3) present the findings in a professional manner and context; and that the sponsoring faculty member provide clear guidelines on how performance will be evaluated. The student also may substitute an existing course in one of the curricular codes represented by the major's electives, provided that it satisfies the L&S research requirement for that major and provided that the major research project undertaken as part of that course has a distinctly LACUSL topic.



ELECTIVES (18 CREDITS)

Electives may be selected from integrated courses as well as from the three course clusters listed below. Students must take at least two courses from Cluster 1, at least two from Cluster 2, and up to two from Cluster 3. At least three different departmental curricular codes must be represented among the electives. A course taken to satisfy the Integrative requirement may not count as an elective. A maximum of 3 credits in an internship (LACUSL 289 or LACUSL 489) may count as an elective for the major.

Cluster 1 - Artistic Expression:

  • ArtHist 104 - African, New World, and Oceanic Art and Architecture, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 251 - Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 367 - Latin American Modernisms, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 373 - Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica, 3 credits
  • ArtHist 375 - Art of the Aztec Empire, 3 credits
  • CompLit 365 - Literatures and Cultures of the Americas, 3 credits
  • Currins 550 - Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage, 3 credits
  • Dance 414 - Dance History: African Dance Through the Diaspora, 3 credits
  • English 279 - Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature, 3 credits
  • English 316 - World Cinemas (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 374 - Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature, 3 credits
  • English 394 - Theories of Mass Culture (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature, 3 credits
  • LACUSL/THEATRE 324 - Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre, 3 credits
  • Portugs 225 - Understanding Brazil, 3 credits
  • Portugs 360 - Brazilian Culture, 3 credits
  • Portugs 380 - Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation, 3 credits
  • Portugs 457 - Seminar in Brazilian Literature, 3 credits
  • Spanish 371 - Introduction to Latino Literature in English, 3 credits
  • Spanish 373 - Topics in Latino Literature in English, 3 credits
  • Spanish 472 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization, 3 credits
  • Spanish 507 - Seminar on Spanish-American Literature, 3 credits
  • Spanish 575 - Seminar on 18th and 19th Century Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Spanish 577 - Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits


Cluster 2 - Social and Natural Sciences:
  • Africol 320 - Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 334 - Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies, 3 credits
  • Africol 414 - The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 418 - Race, Class, and Gender in the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Anthro 225 - The Aztec Empire, 3 credits
  • Anthro 309 - Archaeology of Central and South America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 310 - Archaeology of Middle America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 311 - The World of the Ancient Maya, 3 credits
  • Anthro 315 - Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 497 - Study Abroad Peru: Peru Past and Present, Archaeological Perspectives
  • Atm Sci 297/497 - Study Abroad Mexico: Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures
  • Bio Sci 297/497 - Study Abroad Panama: Tropical Biology
  • Econ 353 - Economic Development, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 212 - Educational Issues in Spanish-Speaking Communities, 3 credits
  • Ed Pool 460 - The Chicano Experience, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 560 - Education and Hispanics, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 102 - Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American, and Latino Identity, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 245 - Indians, Artists, and Conquistadores: The U.S. Southwest, 3 credits
  • Geog 421 - Geography of Latin America, 3 credits
  • Geog 482 - Cultural Geography of Latin America, 3 credits
  • Hist 180 - Latin American Society and Culture, 3 credits
  • Hist 267 - History of Latinos in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 290 - Topics in Global History: Ethnicity and Media: U.S., Latin America, and Caribbean subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 372 - Topics in Global History: “Latino and Latin American/Caribbean Cities” (previously offered as UrbPlan 692); “History of Media” subtitles, 3 credits
  • Hist 393 - History of Mexico, 3 credits
  • Hist 400 - Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 404 - Topics in American History: “Tale of Two Cities – Milwaukee and Los Angeles” subtitle, 3 credits
  • LACUSL 200 - Selected Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, 3 credits
  • LACUSL 300 - Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 325 - Latin American Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 346 - U.S.-Latin American Relations, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci/Latino 388 - Latino Politics, 3 credits
  • Sociol 323 - Perspectives on Latino Communities, 3 credits


Cluster 3 - Language and Communication Skills:
  • Anthro/Linguis 570 - Issues in Bilingualism, 3 credits
  • Commun 350 - Intercultural Communication, 3 credits
  • Commun 550 - International and Global Communication, 3 credits
  • Commun 675 - Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding, 3 credits
  • Currins 542 - History and Politics of Second Language Education, 3 credits
  • English 404 - Language, Power, and Identity, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 200 - Racial Minorities in the U.S., 3 credits
  • French 303 - Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level, 3 credits
  • French 311 - French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis, 3 credits
  • French 325 - Intensive Grammar and Usage, 3 credits
  • French 361 - French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus, 3 credits
  • French 401 - French for Reading Knowledge, 3 credits
  • JAMS 450 - Race and Ethnicity in the Media, 3 credits
  • Linguis 420 - Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, 3 credits
  • Portugs 310 - Composition and Conversation, 3 credits
  • Portugs 446 - The Portuguese-Speaking World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives, 3 credits
  • Sociol 324 - Comparative Race Relations, 3 credits
  • Spanish 120 - Spanish for Health Professionals I, 3 credits
  • Spanish 121 - Spanish for the Health and Social Services, 3 credits
  • Spanish 308 - Advanced Writing and Reading, 3 credits
  • Spanish 318 - Advanced Speaking and Listening, 3 credits
  • Spanish 319 - Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers, 3 credits
  • Spanish 332 - Business and Legal Spanish I, 3 credits
  • Spanish 338 - Spanish for Health Professionals I, 3 credits
  • Spanish 341 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, 3 credits
  • Spanish 347 - Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English, 3 credits
  • Spanish 348 - Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish, 3 credits
  • Spanish 349 - Introduction to Interpreting, 3 credits
  • Spanish 350 - Introduction of Literary Analysis, 3 credits
  • Spanish 388 - Health Issues in the Hispanic World, 3 credits
  • Spanish 441 - History and Dialects of the Spanish Language, 3 credits
  • Spanish 442 - Business and Legal Spanish II, 3 credits
  • Spanish 446 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics, 3 credits
  • Spanish 449 - Advanced Court Interpreting, 3 credits
  • Spanish 595 - Spanish for Reading Knowledge, 3 credits


A 3-credit internship course may count toward elective credit:
  • Lacs 289 - Internship, Lower Division
  • Lacs 489 - Internship, Upper Division
  • LACUSL 289 - Internship, Lower Division
  • LACUSL 489 - Internship, Upper Division
  • Latino 289 - Internship, Lower Division
  • Latino 489 - Internship, Upper Division


With approval of program coordinator, a relevant course not currently listed above may be substituted.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete at least 15 advanced (level 300 and above) courses in residence at UWM.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

The College requires that all students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.