Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latinx 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.

Major Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits in the major, at least 15 of which must be taken at the advanced level (300 and above) in residence at UWM. The College requires that all students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

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

The following are required:

LACS 101Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies3
LATINO 101Introduction to Latino Studies3
Latinx and Latin American-Caribbean Integrative Content
Select two of the following:6
Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: (subtitle)
Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage
World Cinema: (with appropriate subtitle)
Theories of Mass Culture: (Latino and Latin American Popular Culture)
HIST 372
Topics in Global History:
Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies:
Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies:
Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre
Advanced Independent Study
LACUSL 680LACUSL Senior Research Project 13
or LACUSL 699 Advanced Independent Study
Select 18 credits (see below)18
Total Credits33


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 Artistic Expression, at least two from Social and Natural Sciences, and up to two from Language and Communication Skills. 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.

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

Artistic Expression

ARTHIST 104African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 251Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America3
ARTHIST 367Latin American Modernisms3
ARTHIST 373Art of Ancient Mexico and Central America3
ARTHIST 375Art of the Aztec Empire3
COMPLIT 365Literatures and Cultures of the Americas:3
CURRINS 550Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage3
DANCE 414Dance Composition III2-3
ENGLISH 279Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema:3
ENGLISH 374Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature3
ENGLISH 394Theories of Mass Culture:3
ENGLISH 523Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:3
LACUSL/THEATRE 324Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Theatre3
PORTUGS 225Understanding Brazil:3
PORTUGS 360Luso-Brazilian Culture:3
PORTUGS 380Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation:3
PORTUGS 457Seminar in Luso-Brazilian Literature3
SPANISH 371Introduction to Latino Literature in English3
SPANISH 373Topics in Latino Literature in English:3
SPANISH 472Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 507Seminar in Spanish-American Literature:3
SPANISH 575Seminar in 18th & 19th Century Spanish-American Literature & Civilization:3
SPANISH 577Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization:3

Social and Natural Sciences

AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 334Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies3
AFRIC 414The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean3
ANTHRO 225The Aztec Empire3
ANTHRO 309Archaeology of Central and South America3
ANTHRO 310Archaeology of Middle America3
ANTHRO 311The World of the Ancient Maya3
ANTHRO 497Study Abroad: (Peru Past and Present, Archaeological Perspectives)1-12
ATM SCI 297/497Study Abroad: (Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures)1-12
BIO SCI 297/ATM SCI 497Study Abroad: (Tropical Biology)1-12
ECON 353Economic Development3
ED POL 212Educational Issues in Spanish Speaking Communities3
ED POL 460The Chicano Experience3
ED POL 560Education and Hispanics3
ETHNIC 102Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity3
ETHNIC 245Indians, Artists, and Conquistadores: The U.S. Southwest3
GEOG 421Geography of Latin America3
HIST 180Latin American Society and Culture3
HIST 267The History of Latinos in the United States3
HIST 290Topics in Global History: (Ethnicity and Media: U.S., Latin America, and Caribbean)3
HIST 372Topics in Global History: (“Latino aLatin American/Caribbean Cities [previously offered as UrbPlan 692] or History of Media)3
HIST 393History of Mexico3
HIST 400Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History:3
HIST 404Topics in American History: (Tale of Two Cities – Milwaukee and Los Angeles)3
LACUSL 200Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies:3
LACUSL 300Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies:3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 326Brazilian Politics and Society3
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
SOCIOL 323Perspectives on Latino Communities3

Language and Communication Skills

Students are allowed to count up to two courses from this cluster. Courses from this cluster are not required.

ANTHRO/LINGUIS 570Issues in Bilingualism3
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 550International and Global Communication3
COMMUN 675Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding3
CURRINS 542History and Politics of Second Language Education3
ENGLISH 404Language, Power, and Identity3
ETHNIC 200Racial Minorities in the United States3
FRENCH 303Conversation and Composition: Intermediate Level3
FRENCH 311French for International Business/Professional Communication: Oral Emphasis3
FRENCH 325Intensive Grammar and Usage3
FRENCH 361French for International Business/Professional Communication: Writing Focus3
FRENCH 401French for Reading Knowledge3
JAMS 450Race and Ethnicity in the Media3
LINGUIS 420Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3
PORTUGS 310Advanced Composition and Conversation3
PORTUGS 446The Portuguese-Speaking World: Sociolinguistic Perspectives3
SOCIOL 324Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts3
SPANISH 308Advanced Writing and Reading3
SPANISH 318Advanced Speaking and Listening3
SPANISH 319Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers3
SPANISH 332Business and Legal Spanish I3
SPANISH 338Spanish for Health Professionals3
SPANISH 341Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
SPANISH 342Business and Legal Spanish II3
SPANISH 348Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish3
SPANISH 350Introduction to Literary Analysis3
SPANISH 388Health Issues in the Hispanic World3
SPANISH 446Hispanic Sociolinguistics3
SPANISH 541History of the Spanish Language3
SPANISH 595Spanish for Reading Knowledge3
A 3-credit internship course may count toward elective credit:3
LACS 289
Internship in Latin American/Caribbean Studies, Lower Division
LACS 489
Internship in Latin American/Caribbean Studies, Upper Division
Internship in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies, Lower Div
Internship in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies, Upper Level
Internship in Latino Studies, Lower Division
Internship in Latino Studies, Upper Division