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Latin American Studies major

Students who major in Latin American studies forge new and critical questions about Latin American and hemispheric identity, diversity, borders, sustainability, and social justice. Environmental crises, such as the continued extraction of petroleum from the Amazon rainforest, and recent events, like the normalization of relations with Cuba, have widespread implications. Understanding this area and its cultures will open the door to a better understanding of the U.S. Latino population, of U.S.-Latin American relations and of the history of this dynamic region.

Follow your interests.

A Marquette Latin American studies student can choose 12 of their courses from a list of electives, including development economics, global aid and humanitarianism, Hispanic film and society, human security and immigrants and their communities while developing a strong overall understanding of the region.

Live it.

Put your skills to use through our study abroad programs, service trips to Central and South America and service learning opportunities in Milwaukee’s Latino communities. The Latin American studies major has built-in electives to allow for flexibility in choosing when to study abroad.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Survey of Latin America
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish 1 & 2 or Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition 1 & 2
  • UCCS - Mathematical Reasoning*
  • UCCS - Science and Nature*
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • UCCS - Science and Nature*
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Elective


  • Immigrants and Their Communities
  • Latin American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Spanish 2
  • Advanced Communication in Spanish
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • Elective


  • People and Cultures of the Hispanic World
  • Latin American Philosophy
  • Intro to Literary Analysis in Spanish
  • Electives (could be study abroad)


  • Development Economics
  • Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World*
  • Global Aid and Humanitarianism
  • Spanish-American Literature: The Boom to the Twenty-First Century
  • Human Security
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Latin American Studies

You might like the Latin American Studies major if you:

✓ Like Spanish language and culture

✓ Have strong written and spoken communication skills

✓ Are interested in studying abroad

What can you do with a major in Latin American Studies?

Students in classMany Latin American studies graduates succeed in a variety of careers, including education, law, international affairs, business, international news agencies and foreign service.

Visit the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for more information on the interdisciplinary Latin American studies major. Courses are also offered by Political Science, History and more.

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