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Latin American Studies Major

Latin American studies gives you the opportunity to connect with diverse cultures in Latin America through an intellectual approach. We focus on providing you with opportunities to work outside of your communities to acknowledge different Latin American countries, dialectics and culture. Heritage speakers can expect to connect to their identity through the understanding of their own and others cultures. We provide real life practice to polish our speaking, writing, and interpreting skills. 

Latin American Studies

Common Careers

Gaining a sense of cultural awareness will benefit you in any career. Regardless of your profession,  understanding cultural differences allows you to interpret the context of any conversation. 

Common career areas...
  • Business
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Journalism
  • Social Work

Relating majors at Stritch:

Program Overview

This major gives you an in-depth understanding of the diverse and complex experiences of Latin American communities. Through the study and research of the history, language, art, cultural, and political and socio-economic realities of this region, you will develop valuable skills in today’s global society, including an appreciation of cultures and worldviews, effective communication, information literacy and critical-thinking skills.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

Students who complete this concentration will gain the language skills, cultural understanding, and intellectual abilities to communicate effectively in Spanish in a variety of settings.

Concentration Overview

This concentration is interdisciplinary in nature. Strategies to do research, communicate information effectively in Spanish, and to think critically in an ever changing, more connected world will be developed through the study of the rich and diverse history, civilization, literary and cultural products of Latin American communities and Latinos in the United States.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Experiential Learning

Students are given the opportunity to receive real world experiences. Skills learned in the classroom can be applied to their internship site setting. 

Placement sites may include: 

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • Voces de la Frontera
  • Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
  • Ambas Financial Services
  • Futura Language Professionals
  • St. Anthony Schools and Pre-K Program
  • Greentree Apartments (Tutoring program)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic - at UCC
  • Soberalski Immigration Law, LLC
  • Empowering Citizens | Empoderando Ciudadnos
  • United Community Center
  • Dismas Ministry
  • Gringas, Thomsen, and Wachs Law Firm
Dreamers Welcome

Community Building Organizations

Dreamers Welcome

Dreamers Welcome is a student-led group seeking to advocate for the rights of undocumented students by fostering an environment that promotes connections between them and resources at Cardinal Stritch University. We firmly believe that having a group like this at Stritch is of dire importance; to give students a voice, a space and the necessary informational resources to aid them in their pursuit of personal and academic success.

Hispanic Club

Hispanic Club

Bienvenidos! The purpose of this organization is establishing a club that is united with dedicated members who will reach out to the Stritch and Hispanic communities in bringing cultural awareness and promoting diversity. We do this by celebrating Hispanic holidays, having food fairs, being part of volunteer projects and taking trips. All students are welcomed to learn and celebrate the Hispanic culture with us. Hasta luego.

Community Building

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Student Chapter

HPGM Student Chapter is a club dedicated to help any student obtain scholarships, internships and professional development via workshops and events throughout the semester. Members of the club are also able to learn from professionals within the greater Milwaukee area about what it takes to be successful during and after college. All students of any major and field are welcome, since we are able to connect with a variety of professionals.

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Marilyn Jones

Chair-Humanities|Faculty - Foreign Language