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, alida cardós whaley (

Listed below are the requirements for the Certificate in Latinx Studies. You are strongly advised to consult both the Latinx 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
    Archaeology of the American Southwest
    History and Politics of Second Language Education
    Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage
    Educational Issues in Spanish Speaking Communities
    The Chicano Experience
    Education and Hispanics
    Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    World Cinema: (Latina and Latin American Women Directors)
    Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature 2
    Theories of Digital Culture: (Latino and Latin American Popular Culture)
    Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
    Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (Women as Migrant Workers)
    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)
    Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:
    Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre
    Independent Study
    Special Topics in U.S. Latino Studies:
    Advanced Topics in U.S. Latino Studies: (subtitle)
    Latino Politics
    Advanced Independent Study
    Perspectives on Latino Communities
    Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
    Introduction to Latino Literature in English 2
    Total Credits21