LACUSL BA 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 one you took your first college class. LACUSL scholars are strongly encouraged to consult both their LACUSL Advisor and their L&S Advisor to ensure they stay on track towards their degree. Read more about the L&S 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. At least 9 of those credits must represent at least three curricular areas (i.e. one 3 credit course each in three different curricular areas) with no more than 18 credits of approved courses in a singular curricular area. Students are required to complete an e-portfolio for assessment purposes. Students will be assisted in the creation of an e-portfolio, and can ask the LACUSL advisor for direction to an appropriate faculty member.

Study of a language widely spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean is strongly encouraged, but not required. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue a combination of LAC area studies and U.S. Latinx-focused courses.

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 below may be substituted.

The following are required:

Core
Introductory courses
LACS 101Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies3
LATINO 101Introduction to Latino Studies3
Research Requirement
LACUSL 680LACUSL Senior Research Project3
or one course accepted for the LACUSL major and satisfying the L&S research requirement from table below 1
Electives
Select 24 credits from table of LACUSL-approved Electives below24
Total Credits33

 Courses accepted for the LACUSL major and the L&S research requirement

AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 344Global Black Social Movements3
AFRIC 414The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 326Brazilian Politics and Society3
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
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

Electives

Electives may be selected from the courses listed below. At least three different departmental curricular codes must be represented among the electives, with no more than 18 credits in any one curricular area. A maximum of 3 credits in an internship (LACS 289, LACS 489LACUSL 289LACUSL 489, LATINO 289 OR LATINO 489) may count as an elective for the major.

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

Electives approved for the LACUSL major
AFRIC 205The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers3
AFRIC 311African Religious Thought and Social Organizations3
AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 334Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies3
AFRIC 344Global Black Social Movements3
AFRIC 414The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 418Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AIS 225The Aztec Empire3
AIS 310Archaeology of Middle America3
AIS 311The World of the Ancient Maya3
ANTHRO 214Ancient Civilizations of Latin America3
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: 21-12
ANTHRO 570Issues in Bilingualism3
ARTHIST 104African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 251Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America3
ARTHIST 270Pre-Columbian Art, Myth, and Legacy3
ARTHIST 343Art and Culture of Spain and Latin America, 1500-17503
ARTHIST 372Art of the Inca and their Ancestors3
ARTHIST 373Art of Ancient Mexico and Central America3
ARTHIST 375Art of the Aztec Empire3
ARTHIST 474Maya Art3
ATM SCI 297Study Abroad: 21-12
ATM SCI 497Study Abroad: 21-12
BIO SCI 297Study Abroad: 21-12
BIO SCI 497Study Abroad: 21-12
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 450Cross-Cultural Communication3
COMMUN 550International and Global Communication3
COMMUN 675Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding3
COMPLIT 365Literatures and Cultures of the Americas:3
CURRINS 542History and Politics of Second Language Education3
CURRINS 550Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin Am/Latino Cultural Heritage3
DANCE 122African Dance & Diaspora Technique I2-3
DANCE 414Dance Composition III2-3
ECON 353Economic Development3
ED POL 212Educational Issues in Spanish Speaking Communities3
ED POL 460The Chicano Experience3
ED POL 560Education and Hispanics3
ENGLISH 279Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature:3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema:3
ENGLISH 374Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature3
ENGLISH 394Theories of Digital Culture:3
ENGLISH 404Language, Power, and Identity3
ENGLISH 523Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:3
ETHNIC 102Transnational Migrations: People on the Move3
ETHNIC 200Racial Minorities in the United States3
ETHNIC 245Indians, Artists, and Conquistadores: The U.S. Southwest3
ETHNIC 255Migration and Gender: Starbucks, Sex Trafficking, and Nannies3
ETHNIC/LGBT 275Queer Migrations3
ETHNIC 375Global Violence, Disease, and Death3
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 392Phonetics3
FRENCH 401French for Reading Knowledge3
FRENCH 410French Immersion: Advanced1-2
FRENCH 427Advanced Written Expression3
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:3
HIST 372Topics in Global History:3
HIST 393History of Mexico3
HIST 400Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History:3
HIST 404Topics in American History:3
HIST 436Immigrant America Since 18803
JAMS 450Race and Ethnicity in the Media3
LACS 289Internship in Latin American/Caribbean Studies, Lower Division1-3
LACS 489Internship in Latin American/Caribbean Studies, Upper Division1-3
LACUSL 200Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:3
LACUSL 201Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Arts and Culture:3
LACUSL 289Internship-Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latinx Studies, Lower Divison1-3
LACUSL 297Study Abroad:1-12
LACUSL 300Advanced Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies:3
LACUSL/THEATRE 324Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre3
LACUSL 489Internship in Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latinx Studies, Upper Level1-3
LACUSL 497Study Abroad:1-12
LATINO 267The History of Latinos in the United States3
LATINO 289Internship in Latino Studies, Lower Division1-3
LATINO 301Advanced Topics in U.S. Latino Studies:3
LATINO 323Perspectives on Latino Communities3
LATINO 388Latino Politics3
LATINO 489Internship in Latino Studies, Upper Division1-3
LATINO 523Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:3
LGBT/ETHNIC 275Queer Migrations3
LINGUIS 420Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3
LINGUIS 570Issues in Bilingualism3
POL SCI 215Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 326Brazilian Politics and Society3
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
POL SCI 368Gender and Politics in Developing Nations3
POL SCI 374Health, Wealth, and Democracy3
POL SCI 388Latino Politics3
POL SCI 415The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration3
PORTUGS 225Understanding Brazil:3
PORTUGS 310Advanced Composition and Conversation3
PORTUGS 313Advanced Speaking and Listening3
PORTUGS 360Luso-Brazilian Culture:3
PORTUGS 699Independent Reading1-3
SOCIOL 224Race and Ethnicity in the United States3
SOCIOL 323Perspectives on Latino Communities3
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 333Advanced Spanish Grammar3
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 371Introduction to Latino Literature in English3
SPANISH 388Health Issues in the Hispanic World3
SPANISH 470Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 472Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization3
SPANISH 507Seminar in Spanish-American Literature:3
SPANISH 541History of the Spanish Language3
SPANISH 575Seminar in 18th & 19th Century Spanish-American Literature & Civilization:3
SPANISH 577Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization:3
THEATRE/LACUSL 324Theatre in the Americas: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Theatre3