Undergraduate Honors Program
The Honors Program in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies consists of a structured sequence of at least 12 credits of course work designed to insure that the honors student receives a rigorous and thorough mastery of the discipline. These courses may be drawn from the department's regular offerings for the student's major (either Latin American Studies or Puerto Rican Studies).
To be admitted to the Honors Program, majors with the required grade point averages must complete A Lcs 400Z Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 credits) with a grade of A or A-.
After admission to the Honors Program, the student must complete with a grade of A or A- a specifically designed three credit junior- or senior level independent honors project (A Lcs 497) under the direction of an Honors Committee selected by the Chair of the department in consultation with a faculty director chosen by the student.
To be eligible for admission to the honors program, the student must have declared either the Latin American Studies or the Puerto Rican Studies major The student must also have completed at least 12 credits of course work within the given major. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in the major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.
University Honors, Awards, and Prizes
All undergraduate financial support requests are handled by the University's Office of Financial Aid. At the graduate level limited opportunities for assistantships, and tuition for doctoral students only, waivers are offered by the LACS Department. Disciplinary Ph.D. departments with Latin American specialties also offer these opportunities on a competitive basis.
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The University's Office for International Programs administers undergraduate study abroad programs in Brazil, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Spain. Other SUNY units sponsor opportunities in other Latin American countries. Faculty research collaborations have been established with universities in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. In addition, most of LACS faculty members do field work in Latin American and Caribbean countries and often involve their graduate students.