Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies (LACUSL)

Degree 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 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all credits attempted, including transfer work.

Core Courses (LACS 101 and Latino 101)

Introductory courses in Latin@ studies and in Latin American and Caribbean studies will provide a solid foundation in the history and cultures of these areas that will inform the remaining coursework that students complete in the major. (6 credits)

Integrated Courses

Many of these unique courses were designed especially for this major. They contain a balanced amount of course coverage on both U.S. Latin@ studies and Latin American/Caribbean studies in an effort to treat the “LACUSL” world as an integrative whole. (6 credits)

Elective Course Clusters

Electives may be selected from the three course clusters listed below. They must include at least two courses each from Clusters 1 and 2 and can take up to two courses from Cluster 3. (Selecting courses from Cluster 3 is not a requirement.) At least three different departmental curricular codes must be represented among the electives chosen. 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. (18 credits)

  1. Artistic Expression
  2. Social and Natural Sciences
  3. Language and Communication Skills

Senior Research Project

LACUSL 680 - Senior Research Project (previously offered as LACS/Latino 698) or
LACUSL 699 - Advanced Independent Study

In semesters when LACUSL 680 is not offered, students may complete the research requirement by taking LACUSL 699, Advanced Independent Study, with an appropriate faculty member from the LACUSL associated faculty. L&S guidelines require that the student:

  1. conduct independent research;
  2. evaluate & integrate prior research; and
  3. present the findings in a professional manner & context; and that the sponsoring faculty member provide clear guidelines on how performance will be evaluated.

The student also may substitute an existing course in one of the curricular codes represented by the major’s electives, provided that it satisfies the L&S research requirement for that major and provided that the major research project undertaken as part of that course has a distinctly LACUSL topic. (3 credits)