Latinx Studies Certificate

The Latinx 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 Latinx peoples within the so-called 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, Julie Kline (

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


    To obtain the certificate, students must complete 18 credits in approved Latinx courses, including 9 credits at the 300 level and above in residence at UWM, with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Students must select courses from at least three curricular areas, including LATINX 101. No more than 9 credits in a single curricular area may count toward the certificate. Students may count up to 3 credits of a related independent study and up to 3 credits of a related internship. For additional program information, contact the Latinx Studies Coordinator (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies).

    LATINX 101Introduction to Latino Studies3
    Select 15 credits from the following: 115
    Archaeology of the American Southwest
    Cities and Culture
    Issues in Bilingualism
    Intercultural Communication
    Cross-Cultural Communication
    History and Politics of Second Language Education
    Developing Biliteracy
    Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage
    Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata I
    First-Year Seminar: (subtitle: Prosperity, Poverty, and Economic Justice)
    Educational Issues in Spanish Speaking Communities
    The Chicano Experience
    Education and Hispanics
    Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature:
    Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    World Cinema: (Latina and Latin American Women Directors)
    Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
    Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
    Theories of Digital Culture: (Latino and Latin American Popular Culture)
    Language, Power, and Identity
    Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    Transnational Migrations: People on the Move
    Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (Women as Migrant Workers)
    Migration and Gender: Starbucks, Sex Trafficking, and Nannies
    Queer Migrations
    Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Milwaukee:
    Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (U.S.-Mexico Borderlands)
    The History of Latinos in the United States
    Topics in Global History: (History of Media: Latin American and U.S. Latino Worlds)
    Immigrant America Since 1880
    Race and Ethnicity in the Media
    Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Arts and Culture:
    Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre
    Internship in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latinx Studies, Upper Level
    LACUSL Senior Research Project
    Independent Study
    Special Topics in U.S. Latino Studies:
    The History of Latinos in the United States
    Internship in Latino Studies, Lower Division
    Advanced Topics in U.S. Latino Studies:
    Perspectives on Latino Communities
    Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
    Latino Politics
    Internship in Latino Studies, Upper Division
    Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    Advanced Independent Study
    Queer Migrations
    Issues in Bilingualism
    Introduction to Health Disparities
    Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
    The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
    Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, and Health
    Race and Ethnicity in the United States
    Perspectives on Latino Communities
    Third-Semester Spanish
    Fourth-Semester Spanish
    Advanced Writing and Reading
    Advanced Speaking and Listening
    Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
    Using Spanish in the Business World
    Advanced Spanish Grammar
    Spanish for Health Professionals
    Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    Business and Legal Spanish
    Introduction to Translation: English to Spanish
    Introduction to Literary Analysis
    Introduction to Latino Literature in English
    Topics in Latino Literature in English:
    Health Issues in the Hispanic World
    Special Topics in Urban Planning: (subtitle: Latino Cities)
    Total Credits18

    Must include 9 credits numbered 300 and above. Consult the Certificate coordinator for approval to count additional appropriate courses with at least 25% Latinx content not listed here.