¡Bienvenidos – Byenveni –
Bem vindo – Bienvenue – Welcome!
The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies (LACS) prides itself on promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service focused on the countries that comprise a large portion of the Americas, and on the (im)migrant populations from these countries living in the United States. Our programs reflect an interdisciplinary approach in the training of students. However, students also have the flexibility to pursue specific disciplinary interests in the social sciences, the humanities, or professional areas. Moreover, they can easily combine their culture and language interests and skills with a commitment to issues of diversity, civil and human rights, and social justice. We are among the first programs in the country to integrate area and ethnic studies into the curriculum of the department's various undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Understanding issues of race, ethnic, gender, and class diversity are also central to the curriculum and to the research endeavors of our faculty. If you are interested in learning about some of the major global challenges of the twenty-first century, about the multicultural character of U.S. society, and about the increased interdependence among the countries of the hemisphere, you have come to the right place.
We invite you to take an intellectually stimulating journey with us and:
Staff photo with President Kermit L. Hall
• 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 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.
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 Assistant Professor at the University of the West Indies in St. Croix.
• 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 Assistant 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.
• After receiving his B.A. in LACS, Martín Sánchez went to Law School and became an immigration lawyer.
• After receiving her B.A. in LACS, Jeanette Rondo became a Legislative Aide at the New York State Senate.
• After receiving his B.A. in LACS, Omar Torres became a Coordinator of Residential Life and Student Services at St. John's University.