Latin American and Caribbean Studies


The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA) leads to a strong, interdisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino/a diaspora.

Requirements are intentionally broad and flexible to accommodate the focused interests of students in understanding the diverse reality of this region. Concentration requirements include four themes: language, area studies, research, and internship / service work. A wide selection of courses from departments across the University expose students to the methods and materials of different disciplines and provide a background in the contemporary and historical contours of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a societies. For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jeremy Mumford.

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the politics and expressive cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean from several disciplinary perspectives
  • Acquire advanced speaking and writing abilities in Spanish, Portuguese, or another language of the region
  • Develop theoretical acumen in humanistic and social scientific research methods
  • Design a unique concentration based around a geographic region or critical question
  • Complete a substantial research project related to Latin America and the Caribbean


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Honors and Capstones

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All LACA concentrators must complete a research project (thesis, project, or seminar paper). Options for the research project include: 1) senior thesis; 2) research project; 3) research paper. 

Qualified undergraduates may work towards the AB in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with Honors. Review the requirements, guidelines, and timeline of graduating with Honors here.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Affiliated Departments


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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201511 11 
201710 10 

Alumni Pathways

LACA alumni have pursued a range of professional careers in/on the region. Many have completed graduate degrees in law, medicine, or the social sciences. They have worked as policy analysts, in the financial services sector, in public interest, and for the US State Department.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Katherine Grusky

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.