Graduate Programs

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies offers an M.A. and a Ph.D concentration (part of the doctoral degree in Spanish) for students interested in advanced study.

Graduate Program Director - Prof. Patricia Pinho

  1. LACS Graduate Student Handbook
  2. Recommended Reading List for Prospective Students


We invite you to take an intellectually stimulating journey with us and:

Gabe Sanchez

“We’re living in an age of crisis,” said Sanchez, who is a Ph.d. candidate in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies. “We need to recognize a problem, search for alternatives, and then combine old and new ideas to form new tools to combat these crises.”

• Learn about the wide diversity of peoples, cultures, and races with which we share the American hemisphere.

• Learn more about the lives of Latinos, the largest and fastest growing minority group in U.S. society, whose population will represent over one fourth of the total US population by the year 2050.

• Enjoy opportunities to study abroad in Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Trinidad, and improve your Spanish or Portuguese language skills.

• Learn more about the relations and interdependence of the United States with the countries South of the border.

• Develop a better understanding of how ethnic, gender, race, and class differences shape the lives of these populations in their countries of origin and in US society.

• Learn more about the impact of globalization processes on the human and natural resources of the Americas.

• Understand the complex dynamics of immigration from the perspectives of both the sending and receiving societies.

• Take advantage of opportunities for community engagement and service.

• Find numerous opportunities to become a critical thinker and develop your research, writing, and oral skills in English and Spanish.

REcent Graduates


What are some of LACS Students doing today?

The best answer to answer this question is to describe the great variety of employment and career paths followed by our graduates. Below we share some of the paths our students have taken after completing their LACS degrees. Please note that there are too many to list but we hope these provide you a measure of insight into what our students are doing.

• Ph.D. - M. Dustin Knepp - Associate Professor at California State University- Bakersfield.

• Ph.D. - Lissette Acosta Corniel - Research Associate at CUNY Dominican Studies Institute in New York City.

• MA - Israel Jerry Soto - Social Studies teacher at the New York City Department of Education.

• MA - Catia Laird de Polanco - faculty member at Schenectady County Community College in New York and is additionally a Ph.D. candidate in LACS.

• MA - Luis Barcelo - School Counselor at Pelham Memorial High School in New York.

• Ph.D. - Lomarsh Roopnarine - Associate Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.

• Ph.D. - Carmen Caamaño Morua - Director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Costa Rica.

• Ph.D. - Alexander Lamazares - Assistant Professor at the City University of New York.

• M.A. - Elyzabeth Wenger Gannon - Director, Office of Learning Services at the State University of New York, Oswego.

• M.A. - Nicole Delgado - Instructor at Boricua College in New York City.

• M.A. - Maritza Maymí - pursued a Ph.D. in History and is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

• M.A. - José Martínez-Fabre - pursued a Ph.D. in Political Science and is now an international analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

• M.A. - Andrew Tishman - International business - Guatemala.

• M.A. - Karen Ferrer-Muñiz - Associate Dean of Students and Director of Minority Student Affairs at RPI and is now a Ph.D. candidate in LACS.

• M.A. - Maribel Cordero - Social Studies and Spanish teacher in the New York City Public School system.

• M.A. - Vernon Castillo - Admissions Counselor at Union College.

• M.A. - Carol Archer - School of Building and Land Management at the University of Technology - Jamaica, W.I.

• M.A. -Yvonne Devineni - grants writer for Mount Aloysius College.

• M. A. - Bethann Stewart - editorial staff of the newspaper Idaho Statesman in Boise. 

• B.A – Samira Sierra - Communications Specialist at Human Network International – Madagascar.

• B.A – Ana Yazmin Verdejo - pursued professional degree in Accounting and is now Senior Accountant at Global Imaging Systems in Florida.