Co-Major in Latino/a and Latin American Studies

The Latino/a and Latin American studies co-major is a multidisciplinary program that strengthens the career prospects of students who plan to work in national or international environments where knowledge about Latin America, the Caribbean, Latino/a studies and multicultural diversity would be a valuable asset.

This co-major is an excellent choice for students seeking a unique educational journey, embracing diversity and preparing for meaningful careers with a global perspective. Completion of the co-major is noted on the student's transcript as a dual degree in Latino/a and Latin American studies.

Why study Latino/a and Latin American studies at Wayne State?

  • Networking and community engagement: Detroit's close-knit Latino/a and Latin American community provides ample opportunities for networking, internships and community engagement, fostering personal growth and professional development.
  • Global perspective and history: Latin America plays a crucial role in the global economy and politics. By studying the region's history, societies and cultures, students develop a broader understanding of international relations and global dynamics.
  • Language proficiency: Language courses enhance students' proficiency in Spanish adding highly valuable skills valuable in a diverse job market, providing a competitive advantage in various fields.
  • Multinterdisciplinary approach to cultural studies: The co-major combines various disciplines such as history, sociology, literature, politics and art, providing a comprehensive and well-rounded understanding of the Latino/a and Latin American experience. Students can explore these topics from multiple perspectives, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills.

How to apply

Students must submit a declaration of major at the beginning of their junior year.

Latino/a and Latin American studies is also offered as minor to complement various majors.

Latino/a and Latin American Studies First-Year Interest Group

Designed to bring together students with similar interests or academic goals, First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) utilize block scheduling to create learning communities and simplify registration to two clicks. As part of First-Year Student Orientation, students will be invited to sign up for a FIG based on their interests and placement.

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Career outlook

Graduates with a Co-major in Latino/a and Latin American Studies are well-prepared for careers in education, government, non-profit organizations, international relations, journalism, business and more. The combination of cultural competency and interdisciplinary skills makes them attractive candidates in today's globalized world.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.