Department of Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latino Studies


Distinguished Professor Emerita
Edna Acosta-Belén, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow and O'Leary Professor)
Columbia University

Professors Emeriti
Christine Bose, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Johns Hopkins University
Colbert I. Nepaulsingh, Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Distinguished Professors
Daniel C. Levy, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
Pedro Cabán, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
Columbia University
Max Lifchitz, M.M.
Harvard University

Associate Professors
José Cruz, Ph.D.
City University of New York
Susan Gauss, Ph.D.
SUNY-Stony Brook
Walter Little, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Patricia Pinho, Ph.D. (Graduate Program Director)
State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Blanca Ramos, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Barbara Sutton, Ph.D.
University of Oregon
Gilbert Valverde, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Assistant Professors
Ruth Felder, Ph.D.
York University
Gabriel Hetland, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Johana Londoño, Ph.D.
New York University

Visiting Assistant Professor
Christine Preble, Ph.D. (Undergraduate Program Director)
University at Albany

Library Bibliographer for LACS
Jesús Alonso Regalado, MA.
University of Pittsburgh

Adjuncts (estimated): 1
Teaching Assistants (estimated): 5

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latino Studies has a cross-disciplinary faculty prepared to train undergraduates for research, service, and applied careers dealing with the U.S. Latino communities and with the Caribbean and Latin American regions.

The department offers two undergraduate major options: 1) Latin American and Caribbean studies and 2) Puerto Rican studies.

The interdisciplinary major in Latin American studies has been designed to prepare students for professional and research careers; domestic service with federal and state governmental agencies; careers in the United States foreign service; careers with business and educational organizations, public and private foundations, and other private or public agencies engaged in developing, improving, and promoting trade and the social, political, and economic life of the peoples of Latin America; editing and journalism; and paramedical and paralegal careers.

This major requires interdisciplinary course work with Latin American content and competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Opportunities for study abroad are also available through the University’s Office for International Education.

The interdisciplinary major in Puerto Rican studies has been designed to provide students with an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary exploration of the Puerto Rican experience in the Caribbean and in the United States. In addition the program provides an integrated, broadly based knowledge of the islands of the Caribbean, the rest of Latin America, and the United States. Courses deal with aspects of the life of Puerto Ricans: cultural, social, political, and economic processes; language; literature and the arts; and education. In addition, the program provides the opportunity for comparative study of other Latino groups in the United States.

Undergraduate students in the department are also provided with opportunities for community-oriented research, community service, and study abroad. Upon completion of the program requirements, students should possess a reading knowledge of Spanish. Most students enrolled in Puerto Rican studies are also encouraged to have a second major in one of the traditional disciplines.

Minor sequences in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in U.S. Latino Studies, and in Globalization of the Americas are also currently offered by the department.

Courses focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean are also offered in the Departments of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, History, Geography and Regional Planning, Anthropology, Sociology, Africana Studies, Education, Economics, and Political Science, and Women's Studies.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Latin American Studies

General Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits, 18 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows:
Introduction (3 cr.): A LCS 100 or 145.
Latin America and the Caribbean (3 cr.): A LCS 102, 150, 269, 360, 369, 371, 402, 405, 407, 412, 413.
Latinas/os in the United States (3 cr.): A LCS 201, 302, 375, 415.
Social Sciences Requirement (3 cr.): A LCS 233, 250, 341, 354, 357, 358, 359, 361, 371, 373.
Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement (3 cr.): A LCS/A MUS/T LCS/T MUS 216, 230, 268, 312, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 326, 327, 414, 415.
Race, Gender and Ethnicity (3 cr.): A LCS 103, 130, 165, 203, 240, 255, 282, 410, 451.
Introduction to Theories and Research Methods in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (3 cr.): A LCS 300.
One of the three capstone seminars (3 cr.): A LCS 411, or 412, or 413 (may not double count with Latin American and the Caribbean category).
Electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised: (12 cr.).

Degree Requirements for the Major in Puerto Rican Studies

General Program B.A.: A total of 36 credits, 12 of which must be at or above the 300 level, as follows:
Core Courses on Puerto Ricans (9 cr): A LCS 150, 329, and 429.
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (9 cr): A LCS 102, 269, and 405.
Puerto Rico and Latin America (3 cr): A LCS 100 or 357 or 361.
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (3 cr): A LCS 201 or 240 or 282 or 302 or 451.
Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 cr): A LCS 400Z.
Electives with Latin American or Caribbean content as advised (9 cr).

Honors Program

The Honors Program in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latino Studies consists of at least 12 credits of course work designed to enhance and intensify the undergraduate experience for the honors 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.

To be admitted to the Honors Program, majors with the required grade point averages must complete A LCS 400 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 3 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.