Latinx communities are the fastest growing minority population in the United States, numbering between 50 and 60 million today. Our interdisciplinary program allows students in many majors to complete their existing studies while also deepening knowledge about the experience of the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora in the U.S.

With demographic trends and the need to work with diverse groups, employers will appreciate your specialized training in Latinx Studies. The certificate complements academic fields in Letters & Science (Spanish, Sociology, Anthropology, History, and Political Science among others) as well as professional fields such as Business, Criminal Justice, Health Science, Nursing, and Social Welfare. Latinx Studies courses also count towards the major in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies.

Students will find answers to these questions:

  • Who are Latinx people?
  • Why has the U.S. Latinx population grown so rapidly in recent years? Which groups are growing the fastest?
  • How have immigration policies affected population growth and change?
  • How do Latinx people engage in politics of their communities, states, and the nation?
  • Why has their growth spurred so much electoral attention?
  • What challenges do Latinx communities face in terms of racism, sexism, and discrimination?
  • What contributions have Latinx people made to US art, music, and literature?
  • What is the history of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in the U.S. from the 1600s to the present?

A certificate in Latinx Studies is similar to a minor, in that it demonstrates you’ve achieved substantial knowledge in this interdisciplinary area of study. 

The mission of the multidisciplinary Certificate in Latinx Studies is twofold:

  1. To enable students to understand and evaluate the impact of Latinx people on the history, culture, politics, and economy of the United States, and
  2. To foster the development of new, critical approaches that enable students to transform their world views and apply sound principles in their professional and personal interactions.


The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Latinx Studies is open to any University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the University as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the certificate program are awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already possess the bachelor's degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.


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
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
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:
Latino Politics
Advanced Independent Study
Perspectives on Latino Communities
Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers
Introduction to Latino Literature in English
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.