Latin American & Caribbean Studies Certificate

UWM graduates in the 21st century will participate in a globalized economy with corresponding internationalization of the mass media, education and the arts. As the United States draws even closer to its neighbors in the Americas, students in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate Program (LACS) will be especially well prepared for this complex and ever-changing world.

Like a departmental minor, the LACS certificate offers a specific academic focus but differs by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore common themes. Students who earn a certificate demonstrate their intellectual commitment to a subject and their competence in scholarly areas, which can prove valuable at the graduate level or in the workplace.

The Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the university as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Personal experience and interests are considered in each individually designed plan of study. Students are encouraged to consult with the Advisor and to petition for the inclusion of relevant courses.

Listed below are the requirements for the Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. You are strongly advised to consult both the Latin American and Caribbean Studies 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 CERTIFICATE CREDITS

21 credits

Required Course (3 credits)
  • LACS 101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 3 credits
Language Proficiency Requirement

Proficiency in a language (other than English) widely spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean is required. The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will determine which languages will satisfy the certificate. This requirement may be fulfilled by either:

  1. successful completion (with a grade of C or above) of any upper-level (numbered 300 or above) course in the target language; or
  2. successful completion of a language proficiency examination
Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the LACS Certificate Committee

Requirements

Students must complete 21 credits in Latin American and Caribbean content courses, 12 of which must be at the 300 level or above. Students must take courses in at least two curricular areas, although three areas are recommended. No more than 12 credits in any one curricular area may be counted towards the certificate program, and no more than 3 credits may be in independent study courses.

In addition to any Latin American content courses taken in a semester-length, UWM-approved study abroad program in Latin America or the Caribbean, an additional three credits for participating also may also be counted, if courses are taken within an immersion setting (as determined by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies).

At least 12 credits of the Latin American/Caribbean content courses must be completed at UWM.



List of Courses that Meet Certificate Requirements

Courses that meet the certificate requirements include, but are not limited to, those in the following list. For the most current list of Latin American and Caribbean content courses, see the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NWQ B 2484.

Africology

  • Africol 205 - The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers
  • Africol 299 - Ad Hoc: "Sex in the Caribbean" subtitle
  • Africol 311 - African Religious Thought and Social Organization
  • Africol 320 - Black Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Africol 334 - Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies
  • Africol 414 - The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean
  • Africol 418 - Race, Class, and Gender in the Caribbean

Anthropology

  • Anthro 225 - The Aztec Empire
  • Anthro 309 - Archaeology of Central and South America
  • Anthro 310 - Archaeology of Middle America
  • Anthro 311 - The World of the Ancient Maya
  • Anthro 315 - Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America
  • Anthro 316 - Peoples and Cultures of South America
  • Anthro 317 - Peoples and Cultures of Brazil
  • Anthro 318 - Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • Anthro 328 - Comparative Studies of Music, Race, and Gender in Nationalism

Art History

  • ArtHist 104 - African, New World, and Oceanic Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 251 - Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America
  • ArtHist 367 - Latin American Modernisms
  • ArtHist 372 - Pre-Columbian Art of South America
  • ArtHist 373 - Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
  • ArtHist 375 - Art of the Aztec Empire
  • ArtHist 474 - Mayan Art
  • ArtHist 499 - Ad Hoc: "Modern Art of Latin America" subtitle

Atmospheric Sciences

  • Atm Sci 297 - Study Abroad: "Mexico - Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures" subtitle
  • Atm Sci 497 - Study Abroad: "Mexico - Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures" subtitle

Biological Sciences

  • Bio Sci 297 - Study Abroad: "Ecology of Tropical Streams in Costa Rica" subtitle
  • Bio Sci 497 - Study Abroad: "Ecology of Tropical Streams in Costa Rica" subtitle

Comparative Literature

  • CompLit 135 -Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: "Women and War in Latin America and the Caribbean" subtitle
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: "Cowboys, Gauchos, and Other Narratives of the Frontier" subtitle
  • CompLit 232 - Literature and Politics: "Gender and the Historical Novel"; "Women and War" subtitles
  • CompLit 350 - Topics in Comparative Literature: "Literary and Artistic Perspectives on Prostitution" subtitle
  • CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: "Narratives in Torture" subtitle
  • CompLit 365 - Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: "Comparative Caribbeans" subtitle

Conservation and Environmental Science

  • CES 297 - Study Abroad: "Ecology of Tropical Streams in Costa Rica" subtitle
  • CES 497 - Study Abroad: "Ecology of Tropical Streams in Costa Rica" subtitle

Dance

  • Dance 370 - World Movement Traditions: "Argentinian Tango" subtitle

Economics

  • Econ 193 - First-Year Seminar: "Prosperity, Poverty, and Economic Justice" subtitle
  • Econ 353 - Economic Development

English

  • English 297 - Study Abroad: "Mexico and Cuba - Comparative Globalization" subtitle
  • English 316 - World Cinema: "Caribbean Cinema"; "Latin American Cinema">
    "Mexican Cinema"; “Latina and Latin American Women Directors”
    "Mexican and Cuban Cinema" subtitles
  • English 320 - Studies in Film Authorship: "Cuban and Mexican Filmmakers" subtitle
  • English 366 - Non-Fiction Prose: "Caribbean Nonfiction" subtitle
  • English 463 - Writers in African-American Literature: "Caribbean Literature" subtitle
  • English 497 - Study Abroad: "Mexico and Cuba - Comparative Globalization" subtitle
  • English 625 - Seminar in Literary History: "Caribbean Literary History" subtitle

Film Studies

  • FilmStd 316 - World Cinema: "Caribbean Cinema"
    "Latin American Cinema"
    “Latina and Latin American Women Directors”
    "Mexican Cinema"
    "Mexican and Cuban Cinema" subtitles

Geography

  • Geog 297 -Study Abroad: "Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala" subtitle
  • Geog 421 - Geography of Latin America
  • Geog 422 - Geography of South America
  • Geog 462 - Cultural Geography of Latin America
  • Geog 497 - Study Abroad: "Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala" subtitle
  • Geog 654 - Tropical Field Course (Belize; Panama)

History

  • Hist 180 - Latin American Society and Culture
  • Hist 388 - Latin America: The Colonial Period
  • Hist 389 - Latin America: The National Period
  • Hist 390 - Latin America in the Age of Revolution, 1898 to the Present
  • Hist 391 - History of the International Relations of Latin America
  • Hist 393 - History of Mexico
  • Hist 400 - Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History: (all subtitles)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • LACS 101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Political Science

  • Pol Sci 320 - Politics of Developing Countries
  • Pol Sci 325 - Latin American Politics
  • Pol Sci 326 - Brazilian Politics and Society
  • Pol Sci 346 - U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • Pol Sci 373 - Societal Change in Contemporary Latin America: (all subtitles)

Portuguese

  • Portugs 103 - First-Semester Portuguese
  • Portugs 104 - Second-Semester Portuguese
  • Portugs 110 - Accelerated Portuguese
  • Portugs 192 - First-Year Seminar: "History of Brazil" subtitle
  • Portugs 203 - Third-Semester Portuguese
  • Portugs 204 - Fourth-Semester Portuguese
  • Portugs 225 - Understanding Brazil: (Subtitle)
  • Portugs 297 - Study Abroad: "The African Presence in Brazil" subtitle
  • Portugs 299 - Ad Hoc: "Accelerated Portuguese" subtitle
  • Portugs 310 - Composition and Conversation
  • Portugs 360 - Brazilian Culture: (Subtitle)
  • Portugs 380 - Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation: (Subtitle)
  • Portugs 457 - Seminar in Brazilian Literature
  • Portugs 497 - Study Abroad: "The African Presence in Brazil" subtitle
  • Portugs 499 - Ad Hoc: "Brazilian History and Culture" subtitle

Spanish

  • Spanish 192 - First-Year Seminar: "Virgins/Whores - Myths, Legends, and Women of the Hispanic World"
    "Latin American - Women Writers and Feminism" subtitles
  • Spanish 203 - Third-Semester Spanish
  • Spanish 204 - Fourth-Semester Spanish
  • Spanish 210 - Intensive Course in Spoken Spanish III
  • Spanish 211 - Intensive Course in Spoken Spanish IV
  • Spanish 308 - Advanced Writing and Reading
  • Spanish 315 - Spanish Immersion Experience
  • Spanish 318 - Advanced Speaking and Listening
  • Spanish 319 - Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
  • Spanish 332 - Business and Legal Spanish
  • Spanish 338 - Spanish for Health Professionals
  • Spanish 341 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • Spanish 347 - Introduction to Translation: Spanish to English
  • Spanish 348 - Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish
  • Spanish 349 - Introduction to Interpreting
  • Spanish 350 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • Spanish 383 - Spanish American Literature in Translation: (Subtitle)
  • Spanish 391 - Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World: "Latin America - Past and Present" subtitle
  • Spanish 441 - History and Dialectics of the Spanish Language
  • Spanish 442 - Business and Legal Spanish II
  • Spanish 443 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spanish 444 - Spanish Syntax and Morphology
  • Spanish 446 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish 447 - Seminar in Advanced Translation: Spanish to English
  • Spanish 448 - Seminar in Advanced Translation: English to Spanish
  • Spanish 461 (365) - Topics in Hispanic Culture: "The Spanish Renaissance and Its Cultures, 16th and 17th Centuries"
    "Exotic Stories from the Hispanic World - The Pleasure of Words" subtitles
  • Spanish 470 - Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization
  • Spanish 472 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization
  • Spanish 507 - Seminar on Spanish-American Literature: (all subtitles)
  • Spanish 571 (453) - Seminar on Spanish-American Colonial Literature and Civilization: (all subtitles)
  • Spanish 575 (455) - Seminar on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (all subtitles)
  • Spanish 577 (457) - Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization: (all subtitles)

Urban Planning

  • UrbPlan 692 -Special Topics in Urban Planning: "Latino Cities" subtitle


GPA Requirements

A 2.750 GPA or better must be achieved in all UWM coursework and in all certificate credits.