Latino Studies Certificate

The Latino Studies Certificate Program is designed for students who have an interest in Latinx* Studies, regardless of major or college affiliation. It utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examining the experiences, cultures and social conditions of Latinxs in the United States.

The program is open to any UWM undergraduate who has completed at least 45 credits and to those who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Joseph Rodriguez (joerod@uwm.edu).

Listed below are the requirements for the Certificate in Latino Studies. You are strongly advised to consult both the Latino 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.

* “Latinx” (La-teen-ex) is an inclusive term used to include all gendered and non-gendered identities of peoples with Latin American ancestry. “Latinx” specifically refuses to further silence and erase trans (non-binary and binary), gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer people.

Requirements

Total Credits Required

21 credits

Required Core Course (3 Credits)
  • Latino 101 - Introduction to Latino Studies, 3 credits
Electives (18 Credits)

* Only one of English 374 and Spanish 371 may count toward the minimum 21 credits required for the certificate. Consult the Certificate coordinator for approval to count additional appropriate courses not listed below.

  • Currins 542 - History and Politics of Second Language Education, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 212 - Educational Issues in Spanish-Speaking Communities (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 460 - The Chicano Experience (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 560 - Education and Hispanics (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • English 279 - Education and Hispanics (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • English 374* - Survey of Latino/a Literature, 3 credits
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: "Women as Migrant Workers" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Hist 267 - The History of Latinos in the United States, 3 credits
  • LACUSL 200 - Special 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
  • LACUSL/Theatre 324 - Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Theatre, 3 credits
  • Latino 199 - Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Latino 201 - Special Topics in U.S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Latino 301 - Advanced Topics in U.S. Latino Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Latino/Pol Sci 388 - Latino Politics, 3 credits
  • Latino 699 - Advanced Independent Study, 1-3 credits
  • Sociol 193 - First-Year Seminar: "Latinos and the City" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Sociol 323 - Perspectives on Latino Communities, 3 credits
  • Sociol 423 - Latino Immigration and Incorporation, 3 credits
  • Spanish 319 - Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers, 3 credits
  • Spanish 371* - Introduction to Latino Literature in English, 3 credits
  • Spanish 373 - Topics in Latino Literature in English, 3 credits


Additional Information

Students who are enrolled in the program must complete 21 credits in approved Latino courses, including 12 credits at the 300 level and above. Students must select courses from at least three curricular areas, including Latino 101. No more than 12 credits in a single curricular area may count toward the certificate, and a maximum of 3 credits of independent study may be applied to the 21 credit requirement. At least 12 credits for the certificate must be completed in residence at UWM, with at least 9 of the residence credits at the 300 level and above.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits taken for the certificate.