Undergraduate Programs in

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) offers a wide array of courses on Latin America, the Caribbean, and related diasporas in the United States. This interdisciplinary program features courses from departments throughout the University, and it also offers senior seminars and opportunities for independent coursework and study abroad.

An LACS major or minor would be an asset to any student planning a career in business, law, communications, travel, government, nongovernment agencies, environmental organizations, and other areas.


By studying the geography, politics, economies, histories, cultures, and literatures of Latin American and Caribbean countries, you will 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.

Our Programs

Majoring in Latin American and Caribbean studies 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 America and the Caribbean, and in the sub-fields that feed into it, such as geography, history, political science, literature and culture, or communication.

Study Abroad

Hofstra offers a selection of study abroad programs during the January and Summer sessions that fosters both a student’s personal and academic growth. More about our study abroad opportunities


Student in Costa Rica

Contact the Co-Directors

Visit the program website

Brenda Elsey
Professor of History
301C Shapiro Family Hall

Benita Sampedro
Professor of Spanish
321 Calkins Hall