L&S-IRIS-LACIS

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program is one of the major U.S. centers for research about Latin America. This program is for those who seek a multidisciplinary education on Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. It offers a wide range of courses in fields such as anthropology, business, economics, geography, history, journalism, music, political science, sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, and indigenous languages such as Yucatec Maya.

The aims of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies major are to provide:

  1. a broad exposure to Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies by requiring students to take area and language content courses;
  2. basic working knowledge in Spanish and/or Portuguese;
  3. flexibility which allows students to take courses of interest, study abroad, and develop innovative academic projects; and
  4. career-related advice and opportunities including volunteer work and internships with international organizations.

Students should contact the undergraduate advisor to determine which courses may satisfy major requirements. A minimum of 40 credits is required for the LACIS major. Upon declaration of the LACIS major, an assessment file is opened for each student which will include:

  1. the development and submission of an "area of concentration,"
  2. writing samples,
  3. results of a language proficiency exam, and
  4. an exit survey.

Students should contact Sarah Ripp, the LACIS undergraduate advisor, at skripp@wisc.edu, to declare the major and to determine which courses may satisfy major requirements.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Letters & Science Breadth and Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science curriculum. View a comparison of the degree requirements here.

Bachelor of Science DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics Two (2) 3+ credits of intermediate/advanced level MATH, COMP SCI, STAT
Limit one each: COMP SCI, STAT
Foreign Language Complete the third unit of a foreign language
Note: A unit is one year of high school work or one semester/term of college work.
L&S Breadth
  • Humanities, 12 credits: 6 of the 12 credits must be in literature
  • Social Sciences, 12 credits
  • Natural Sciences, 12 credits: must include 6 credits in biological science; and must include 6 credits in physical science
Liberal Arts and Science Coursework 108 credits
Depth of Intermediate/Advanced work 60 intermediate or advanced credits
Major Declare and complete at least one (1) major
Total Credits 120 credits
UW-Madison Experience 30 credits in residence, overall
30 credits in residence after the 90th credit
Minimum GPAs 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison
2.000 in intermediate/advanced coursework at UW–Madison

Non–L&S Students PURSUING AN L&S MAJOR

Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements and do not need to complete the L&S breadth and degree requirements above.

Requirements for the Major 

Introductory Requirement
Select one of the following: 13-4
Latin America: An Introduction
Latin America from 1780 to 1940
Modern Latin America, 1898 to the Present
Language Requirement12-16
Students must either complete or test out of the fourth semester of Spanish or Portuguese.
Students must also take an additional four courses in Spanish and/or Portuguese language, literature, and civilization above the 220 level. 2
ANTHRO 330 Topics in Ethnology (Section 004)3-4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  361 Elementary Quechua4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  362 Elementary Quechua4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  363 Intermediate Quechua4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  364 Advanced Quechua4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  376 First Semester Yucatec Maya4
LACIS/​ANTHRO  377 Second Semester Yucatec Maya4
PORTUG 207 Portuguese for Business4
PORTUG 221 Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Literatures4
PORTUG 225 Third Year Conversation and Composition3
PORTUG 226 Third Year Conversation and Composition3
PORTUG 230 Brazil and Brazilians in the United States3
PORTUG 299 Directed Study1-3
PORTUG 301 Intensive Portuguese4
PORTUG 302 Intensive Portuguese4
PORTUG 311 Fourth Year Composition and Conversation3
PORTUG 312 Fourth Year Composition and Conversation3
PORTUG 330 History of the Portuguese Language3
PORTUG 361 Portuguese Civilization3
PORTUG 362 Brazilian Civilization3
PORTUG 364 Historical and Cultural Traditions of Brazil2
PORTUG 411 Survey of Portuguese Literature before 18253
PORTUG 412 Survey of Brazilian Literature before 18903
PORTUG/​FRENCH/​ITALIAN/​SPANISH  429 Introduction to the Romance Languages3
PORTUG/​GEN&WS  450 Brazillian Women Writers3
PORTUG/​AFRICAN  451 Lusophone African Literature3
PORTUG/​GEN&WS  460 Carmen Miranda3
PORTUG 467 Survey of Portuguese Literature since 18253
PORTUG 468 Survey of Brazilian Literature since 18903
PORTUG 573 Topics in Portuguese: Study Abroad1-6
PORTUG 640 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature3
PORTUG 642 Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture3
PORTUG 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
PORTUG 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
PORTUG 699 Directed Study1-6
SPANISH 223 Introduction to Hispanic Cultures3
SPANISH 224 Introduction to Hispanic Literatures3
SPANISH 226 Intermediate Language Practice with Emphasis on Writing and Grammar3
SPANISH/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SOC  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
SPANISH 299 Directed Study1-3
SPANISH 311 Advanced Language Practice3
SPANISH 319 Topics in Spanish Language Practice1-3
SPANISH 320 Spanish Phonetics3
SPANISH 321 The Structure of Modern Spanish3
SPANISH 322 Survey of Early Hispanic Literature3
SPANISH 323 Advanced Language Practice with Emphasis on Expository Writing3
SPANISH 324 Survey of Modern Spanish Literature3
SPANISH 325 Advanced Conversation3
SPANISH 326 Survey of Spanish American Literature3
SPANISH 327 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics3
SPANISH/​INTL BUS  329 Spanish for Business3
SPANISH 331 Spanish Applied Linguistics3
SPANISH 359 Spanish Business Area Studies3
SPANISH 361 Spanish Civilization3
SPANISH 363 Spanish American Civilization3
SPANISH/​MEDIEVAL  414 Literatura de la Edad Media Castellana (ss. XII-XV)3
SPANISH 417 Literatura del Siglo de Oro3-4
SPANISH/​FRENCH/​ITALIAN/​PORTUG  429 Introduction to the Romance Languages3
SPANISH 435 Cervantes3
SPANISH 446 Topics in Spanish Linguistics3
SPANISH 451 Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries3
SPANISH 453 Literature of the Twentieth Century3
SPANISH/​CHICLA  459 Mexico in the Chicano and Chicana Literary Imagination3
SPANISH 460 Literatura Hispanoamericana3
SPANISH 461 The Spanish American Short Story3
SPANISH 462 Spanish American Theater and Drama3
SPANISH 463 The Spanish American Novel3
SPANISH 464 Spanish American Poetry and Essay3
SPANISH 465 Literature and Film in Spanish America3
SPANISH 466 Topics in Spanish American Literature1
SPANISH 468 Topics in Hispanic Culture3
SPANISH/​CHICLA  469 Topics in Hispanic Cultures in the U.S.3
SPANISH 470 Undergraduate Seminars in Hispanic Literature/Culture/Linguistics3
SPANISH 471 Topics in Hispanic Literature3
SPANISH 472 Hispanic Screen Studies3
SPANISH 473 Study Abroad in Spanish Language Practice1-4
SPANISH 474 Study Abroad in Spanish Linguistics1-4
SPANISH 475 Study Abroad in Hispanic Literatures1-4
SPANISH 476 Study Abroad in Hispanic Cultures1-4
SPANISH 501 Survey of Spanish American Literature from the Discovery to Modernismo3
SPANISH 502 Survey of Spanish American Literature from Modernismo to the Present3
SPANISH/​MEDIEVAL  503 Survey of Medieval Literature3
SPANISH/​MEDIEVAL  504 Survey of Medieval Literature3
SPANISH 505 Advanced Survey of Spanish Literature3
SPANISH 506 Advanced Survey of Spanish Literature3
SPANISH/​MEDIEVAL  541 Old Spanish3
SPANISH 543 Spanish Phonology3
SPANISH 544 Contemporary Issues in Applied Spanish Linguistics3
SPANISH 545 College Teaching of Spanish2
SPANISH 548 Structure of the Spanish Language: Morphology and Syntax3
SPANISH 564 Theory and Practice of Hispanic Theatre4
SPANISH 627 Historia de Teoria Literaria: de Platon Al Siglo XVIII3
SPANISH 628 Historia de Teoria Literaria: Siglos XIX-XX3
SPANISH 630 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics3
SPANISH 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
SPANISH 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
SPANISH 691 First Semester Senior Thesis3
SPANISH 692 Second Semester Senior Thesis3
SPANISH 699 Directed Study1-6
Area of Concentration15-20
Students must take at least five courses in an area of concentration that the student self-selects.
The concentration may be disciplinary (history, anthropology etc.) or topical (poverty, gender, social justice etc). The courses in the area of concentration CAN NOT be Spanish or Portuguese language or literature courses.
A A E/​ENVIR ST  244 The Environment and the Global Economy3
A A E/​AGRONOMY/​INTER-AG/​NUTR SCI  350 World Hunger and Malnutrition3
A A E/​INTL ST  373 Globalization, Poverty and Development3
A A E/​INTL ST  374 The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy3
A A E 375 Special Topics (LACIS-related topic only)1-4
A A E/​ECON/​INTL BUS  462 Latin American Economic Development3
AFRICAN/​PORTUG  451 Lusophone African Literature3
AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
AFROAMER/​HISTORY  347 The Caribbean and its Diasporas3
AFROAMER/​AFRICAN  413 Contemporary African and Caribbean Drama3-4
AFROAMER/​ART HIST  643 Selected Topics in African Diaspora Art History (LACIS related topic)3
AGRONOMY 377 Cropping Systems of the Tropics3
AN SCI/​DY SCI  370 Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development3
ANTHRO 102 Archaeology and the Prehistoric World3
ANTHRO 104 Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity3
ANTHRO 212 Principles of Archaeology3
ANTHRO 237 Cut 'n' Mix: Music, Race, and Culture in the Caribbean3
ANTHRO/​AFROAMER/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
ANTHRO 310 Topics in Archaeology (LACIS related content)3
ANTHRO 322 The Origins of Civilization3
ANTHRO 327 Peoples of the Andes Today3
ANTHRO/​LACIS  361 Elementary Quechua4
ANTHRO/​LACIS  362 Elementary Quechua4
ANTHRO/​LACIS  363 Intermediate Quechua4
ANTHRO/​LACIS  364 Advanced Quechua4
ANTHRO 490 Undergraduate Seminar (LACIS related topic)3
ART HIST 390 Pre-Columbian Art3-4
ART HIST 500 Proseminar: Special Topics in Art History (LACIS related content)3
BOTANY 400 Plant Systematics4
BOTANY/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO  474 Ethnobotany3-4
CHICLA/​POLI SCI  231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies3-4
CHICLA 301 Chicana/o and Latina/o History3
CHICLA/​HISTORY  461 The American West to18503-4
CHICLA 519 Transnational and Comparative Working-Class Cultures3-4
CHICLA 530 Advanced Topics in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies1-4
C&E SOC/​SOC  140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology3
C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL/​SOC  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST/​GEOG  434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes3
C&E SOC/​SOC  630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World3
COMP LIT 202 Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Literature3
COMP LIT 205 Intro to Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity, In & Beyond the U.S.3
COUN PSY 620 Special Topics in Counseling and Guidance (LACIS related content)1-6
CURRIC 243 Practicum in World Languages (K-12)3
CURRIC 375 Proseminar (Internationalizing Education)1-3
ECON 364 Survey of International Economics3-4
ECON 448 Human Resources and Economic Growth3-4
ECON/​A A E/​INTL BUS  462 Latin American Economic Development3
ECON 464 International Trade and Finance3-4
ECON 467 International Industrial Organizations3-4
ECON/​A A E  474 Economic Problems of Developing Areas3
ECON 475 Economics of Growth3-4
ECON/​A A E  567 Public Finance in Less Developed Countries3
ENVIR ST 200 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (LACIS related content)1-4
ENVIR ST/​C&E SOC/​GEOG  434 People, Wildlife and Landscapes3
ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​HISTORY  452 World Forest History3
ENVIR ST/​ATM OCN/​GEOG  528 Past Climates and Climatic Change3
F&W ECOL 100 Introduction to Forestry2
F&W ECOL 375 Special Topics (LACIS related content)1-4
F&W ECOL 379 Principles of Wildlife Management3
F&W ECOL/​BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  651 Conservation Biology3
GEN&WS 102 Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective3
GEN&WS 424 Women's International Human Rights3
GEN&WS/​PORTUG  450 Brazillian Women Writers3
GEN&WS/​PORTUG  460 Carmen Miranda3
GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography4
GEOG 104 Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  339 Environmental Conservation4
GEOG 340 World Regions in Global Context3
GEOG 348 Latin America4
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development4
HISTORY 240 Colonial Latin America from Conquest to Insurgency4
HISTORY 278 Africans in the Americas, 1492-18083-4
HISTORY 279 Afro-Atlantic History, 1808-Present3-4
HISTORY 329 History of American Capitalism4
HISTORY 355 Work, Freedom and Democracy in the Americas, 1491-the Present3
HISTORY 403 Immigration and Assimilation in American History3-4
HISTORY 434 American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present3-4
HISTORY/​CHICLA  435 Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World3
HISTORY 441 Revolution and Conflict in Modern Latin America3-4
HISTORY/​CHICLA  461 The American West to18503-4
HISTORY 525 The World and the West from 14923-4
HISTORY 533 Multi-Racial Societies in Latin America3-4
HISTORY 555 History of Brazil3-4
HISTORY/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  564 Disease, Medicine and Public Health in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean3
HIST SCI/​HISTORY/​MED HIST  564 Disease, Medicine and Public Health in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean3
HORT 370 World Vegetable Crops3
HORT 372 Colloquium in Organic Agriculture1
HORT 374 Tropical Horticulture2
ILS 209 Introduction to Global Cultures3
ILS 401 Global Cultures Capstone Seminar (LACIS related content)3
INTL BUS/​GEN BUS  320 Intercultural Communication in Business3
INTL BUS/​SPANISH  329 Spanish for Business3
INTL BUS/​M H R  403 Global Issues in Management3
INTL BUS/​MARKETNG  420 Global Marketing Strategy3
INTL ST 101 Introduction to International Studies3-4
INTL ST/​A A E  373 Globalization, Poverty and Development3
INTL ST 402 Topics in Politics and Policy in the Global Economy (LACIS related topic)3-4
INTL ST 603 Topics in Culture in the Age of Globalization (LACIS related content)1-4
JOURN 621 Mass Communication in Developing Nations4
LACIS/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
LACIS 440 Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies1-4
LACIS 681 Senior Honors Thesis3
LACIS 682 Senior Honors Thesis3
LACIS 698 Directed Study1-6
LACIS 699 Directed Study1-6
LITTRANS 226 Introduction to Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature3
LITTRANS 252 Spanish Literary Masterpieces in Translation3
MEDIEVAL/​SPANISH  414 Literatura de la Edad Media Castellana (ss. XII-XV)3
MEDIEVAL/​SPANISH  503 Survey of Medieval Literature3
MEDIEVAL/​SPANISH  504 Survey of Medieval Literature3
MEDIEVAL/​SPANISH  541 Old Spanish3
MED HIST 559 Topics in Ethics and History of Medicine3
MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  564 Disease, Medicine and Public Health in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUSIC 270 Ensemble-Guitar1
MUSIC 340 Pedagogy1-2
MUSIC/​AFROAMER  400 Music Cultures of the World: Africa, Europe, the Americas3
MUSIC 469 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts1-4
MUSIC 572 Advanced Ensemble-Classical Guitar1
POLI SCI/​CHICLA  231 Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies3-4
POLI SCI 321 Latin-American Politics3-4
POLI SCI 348 Analysis of International Relations3-4
POLI SCI 350 International Political Economy3-4
POLI SCI 353 The Third World in the International System3-4
POLI SCI 359 American Foreign Policy3-4
POLI SCI 377 Nuclear Weapons and World Politics3-4
POLI SCI 400 Topics in Political Science1-4
POLI SCI 401 Selected Topics in Political Science3-4
POLI SCI 421 The Challenge of Democratization3-4
POLI SCI/​CHICLA/​HISTORY  422 Latino History and Politics3
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  423 Social Mobilization in Latin America3
POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  429 Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective3-4
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  431 Contentious Politics3-4
POLI SCI 652 The Politics of Development3-4
POP HLTH 644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease1
POP HLTH 660 Communicating Public Health Information Effectively1
PORTUG 361 Portuguese Civilization3
PORTUG 362 Brazilian Civilization3
PORTUG 364 Historical and Cultural Traditions of Brazil2
SOC/​C&E SOC  222 Food, Culture, and Society3
SOC/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​POLI SCI/​SPANISH  260 Latin America: An Introduction3-4
SOC/​CHICLA  470 Sociodemographic Analysis of Mexican Migration3
SOC 620 Comparative Racial Inequality3
SOC 626 Social Movements3
SOC/​C&E SOC  630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World3
URB R PL/​GEN&WS  644 International Development and Gender3
URB R PL/​ENVIR ST  668 Green Politics: Global Experience, American Prospects3
Breadth Requirement9-12
Select three courses outside the area of concentration from the following:
Additional courses in Spanish and Portuguese language, literature and civilization over the 220 level (see courses listed under the language requirement above)
Courses in Quechua or Yucatec Maya (see courses listed under the language requirement above)
Additional LACIS courses outside the area of concentration(see courses listed above)
1

The POLI SCI/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 course is a 4-credit, interdepartmental course (crosslisted in anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology, or Spanish). This course is generally available only in the spring semester. Students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their undergraduate careers. A student may also take HISTORY 241 or HISTORY 242 to satisfy this requirement. Occasionally, specially assigned courses will fulfill this requirement.

2

With approval of the undergraduate advisor, courses in Yucatec Maya or Quechua may apply. 

Area of Concentration

Students must take at least five courses with a minimum of 25 percent Latin American, Caribbean, and/or Iberian content in an area of concentration that the student self-selects. The concentration may be disciplinary (history, anthropology, etc.) or topical (poverty, gender, social justice, etc.). The courses in the area of concentration cannot be Spanish or Portuguese language or literature courses. Study abroad courses often satisfy major requirements, but students should consult with the advisor before and during the study abroad program to ensure that the credits transfer. Courses for the concentration can be chosen from the LACIS Master Course List, or the LACIS-Approved Course List published each semester—both lists are available on the LACIS website. Note: These lists may not reflect all current offerings.

Notes

Students are encouraged to register in this major by the beginning of the junior year. Those considering a major in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies should consult the undergraduate advisor as early as possible in their academic career since a number of L&S requirements in humanities and social sciences may be met by courses in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies. Students who enter the university without previous training in Spanish or Portuguese are urged to begin language study in the freshman year.

Select at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses numbered 300–699 count toward this requirement.

SAMPLE PROGRAMS

The following list illustrates examples of "area of concentration" programs selected by Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies majors:

  • History and Culture Emphasis
  • Environment and Development Emphasis
  • Media and Politics Emphasis
  • Gender Studies and Human Rights Emphasis

Residence and quality of work

2.000 GPA in all LACIS and major courses
2.000 GPA on 15 upper-level major credits, taken in residence1
15 credits in LACIS, taken on the UW–Madison campus

1

Courses in SPANISH and PORTUG and major courses in ANTHRO numbered 300 and higher are considered upper-level in this major.

 

Honors in the Major

Students may declare Honors in the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Major in consultation with the LACIS undergraduate advisor.

Honors in the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Major Requirements

To earn a B.A. or B.S. with Honors in the Major in LACIS students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:

  • Earn a 3.300 overall university GPA
  • Earn a 3.400 GPA for all major courses
  • Complete 18 credits, taken for Honors, with individual grades of B or better, to include:
Select one of the following LACIS Introductory Course taken for Honors:3-4
Latin America: An Introduction
Latin America from 1780 to 1940
Modern Latin America, 1898 to the Present
Senior Capstone Seminar taken for Honors:1-4
Topics in Culture in the Age of Globalization
Select one of the following Research Experiences:6
Senior Honors Thesis
and Senior Honors Thesis
A two-semester research-based alternative
Additional LACIS Honors to achieve 18 credits

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Interdisciplinarity: analyzing contemporary political, economic, and cultural realities in the LACIS regions from multi-disciplinary perspectives, ideally including humanities, social sciences and sometimes natural science approaches.
  2. Depth of knowledge: mastering at the undergraduate expert level a particular disciplinary (e.g. history, anthropology etc.) or topical (e.g. poverty, gender, social justice etc.) theme in the LACIS regions by taking five courses in an area of concentration.
  3. Historical and cultural grounding: understanding the historical, political, and cultural forces and conditions that have given rise to the unity and diversity in LACIS regions today.
  4. Language knowledge: mastering at the undergraduate generalist level a particular facet of life in one or more LACIS regions by studying a foreign language to the advanced (3rd year) level and beyond.
  5. Analytical skills: demonstrating the ability to think critically and analytically, the capacity to write clearly and effectively, and the ability to identify and evaluate research methods and outcomes.

Students should contact Sarah Ripp, the LACIS undergraduate advisor, at skripp@wisc.edu, to determine which courses may satisfy major requirements.

Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of L&S Career Services early in their academic career.  Take advantage of all the services they offer such as mock interviews, resume and cover letter review sessions, career preparation workshops, and so on.

Students interested in international internships should contact the International Internships Program office. 

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) teaching staff consists of all faculty who teach Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian language and area content courses.

Undergraduate students (from any major or discipline) can apply to receive one-time funds for internships or volunteer programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula. Domestic programs will be considered if the work is related to the LACIS field of study. The internships and volunteer programs will be carried out in public institutions, or well-established NGOs. Students from any nationality and citizenship are eligible to apply. Please note that preference is given to declared LACIS majors. Please check with the LACIS undergraduate advisor, Sarah Ripp, about your plans before submitting an application to ensure it meets our criteria. Read post-internship reports from former grant recipients.