Undergraduate Programs

in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS)

The Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY works with many cross-disciplinary faculty who are prepared to train undergraduates for research, service, and applied careers related to Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino communities, histories, policies, and more!

What are LACS Courses Like?

We offer semester-length, summer, and winter-session course options, both in-person and online! Click here to search our current, previous, and upcoming schedule of classes. Most classes are in English.

A great benefit of LACS is that many of our courses are cross-listed with other departments such as Anthropology, Africana Studies, Political Science, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, to name a few! For example, your instructor may be faculty in the Sociology Department, but a class you are enrolled in that is preapproved to be cross-listed with LACS (with the prefix of ALCS in the course title), and therefore automatically counts towards your graduation requirements as a LACS major or minor.

Click here for a complete listing of LACS classes. Please note that each class listed here may not be offered every semester.

Requirements for a Major or Minor in LACS

Click the links below for more information about becoming a LACS major or minor.
Signs You’re a LACS Major

Email the LACS Undergraduate Program Director for the most current information concerning course offerings, scheduling, and degree requirements.

Requirements for a major in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (36 credits) Requirements for a Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. (18 credits)

Requirements for a Minor in U.S. Latino Studies (18 credits)

LACS Honors Program

Where are some of our students today?

LACS Library Resources

Things UAlbany Students Should Know

Studying Abroad and LACS

Many of our majors and minors choose to study abroad to regions in Latin America and the Caribbean during their time at UAlbany. You can study abroad up until the date you graduate, can study abroad multiple times, and we work with you so it fits into your schedule! There are overseas internship and service learning opportunities along with short-term and long-term options (one-week Spring Break; winter session; summer; semester; academic year; calendar year). Best of all, all credits earned during an approved study abroad option in Latin America and the Caribbean will count toward degree requirements in your LACS major or minor.

For more information about study abroad options in Latin America and the Caribbean with the University at Albany, click here.


Contact Information

For more information, please contact our Undergraduate Studies Director:

Christine Vassallo-Oby, Ph.D.
LACS Faculty and Undergraduate Program Director

Social Science Building 248c (office location)
Phone: 518/ 442-4891
Fax: 518/ 442-4790