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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

About Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers a wide array of courses on Latin America, the Caribbean, and related diasporas in the United States. The programs coordinates courses from departments throughout the University, it also offers senior seminars and opportunities for independent course work.

By studying the geography, politics, economies, histories, cultures, and literatures of Latin American and Caribbean countries, LACS majors develop a solid knowledge of the region and its relations with both the United States and Europe. This knowledge is indispensable in the modern era of integrated economies and societies increasingly shaped by immigration and the coexistence of diverse cultures. Majoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies thus prepares students to be more informed and effective citizens. It also prepares them for careers in translation, international business, law and government, as well as for advanced study in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and in the sub-fields that feed into it, such as geography, history, political science, or literature and culture, or communication.

Please feel free to contact the Program Directors for more information about the LACS Major and Minor.

Brenda Elsey
Office: 308 New Academic Building
Phone: (516) 463-7003

Benita Sampedro
Romance Languages and Literatures
Office: 321 Calkins Hall
Phone: (516) 463-4521

Latin American & Caribbean Studies