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

Recommended Reading List for Prospective Students

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

LACS faculty and students

LACS Graduate Students, Faculty, and Friends - Spring 2007

• 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 to Do with a Degree in LACS?

The best answer to answer this question is to describe the great variety of employment and career paths followed by our graduates. Here are a few examples:

• After receiving his Ph.D. in the LACS Cultural Studies concentration, Lomarsh Roopnarine became an Associate Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.

After receiving her Ph.D. in LACS, Carmen Caamaño Morua became Director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Costa Rica.

After receiving his Ph.D. in LACS, Alexander Lamazares became a professor at the City University of New York.

After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Elyzabeth Wenger became the Director, Office of Learning Services at the State University of New York, Oswego.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Nicole Delgado was hired as an Instructor at Boricua College in New York City.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Maritza Maymí pursued a Ph.D. in History and is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

• After receiving his M.A. in LACS, José Martínez-Fabre completed a Ph.D. in Political Science and is now an international analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

• After receiving an M.A. in LACS, Andrew Tishman was employed by an international business firm in Guatemala.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Karen Ferrer-Muñiz became an Associate Dean of Students and Director of Minority Student Affairs at RPI.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Maribel Cordero became a Social Studies and Spanish teacher in the New York City Public School system.

• After receiving his M.A. in LACS, Vernon Castillo became an Admissions Counselor at Union College.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Carol Archer returned to Jamaica to work for the School of Building and Land Management at the University of Technology.

• After receiving her M.A. in LACS, Yvonne Devineni became a grants writer for Mount Aloysius College.

• After receiving her MA in LACS, Bethann Stewart became part of the editorial staff of the newspaper Idaho Statesman in Boise.