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 (

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 embrace 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.


    To obtain the certificate, students must complete 21 credits in approved Latino courses, including 12 credits at the 300 level and above, with a minimum grade point average of 2.500. 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. For additional program information, contact the Latino Studies Coordinator.

    LATINO 101Introduction to Latino Studies3
    Select 18 credits from the following: 118
    ANTHRO 313
    Archaeology of the American Southwest
    CURRINS 542
    History and Politics of Second Language Education
    CURRINS 550
    Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage
    ED POL 212
    Educational Issues in Spanish Speaking Communities
    ED POL 460
    The Chicano Experience
    ED POL 560
    Education and Hispanics
    ENGLISH 279
    Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    World Cinema: (Latina and Latin American Women Directors)
    ENGLISH 374
    Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature 2
    ENGLISH 394
    Theories of Mass Culture: (Latino and Latin American Popular Culture)
    ENGLISH 523
    Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    ETHNIC 250
    Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (Women as Migrant Workers)
    HIST 200
    Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (U.S.-Mexico Borderlands)
    HIST 267
    The History of Latinos in the United States
    HIST 372
    Topics in Global History: (History of Media: Latin American and U.S. Latino Worlds)
    LACUSL 200
    Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    LACUSL 300
    Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre
    LATINO 199
    Independent Study
    LATINO 201
    Special Topics in U.S. Latino Studies:
    LATINO 301
    Advanced Topics in U.S. Latino Studies: (subtitle)
    Latino Politics
    LATINO 699
    Advanced Independent Study
    SOCIOL 323
    Perspectives on Latino Communities
    SPANISH 319
    Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
    SPANISH 371
    Introduction to Latino Literature in English 2
    SPANISH 373
    Topics in Latino Literature in English:
    Total Credits21