The Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) offers students a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the people, history, arts and literature, politics, economy, and geography of this vibrant region. Our program also promotes awareness of the relationships between Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States and of Latin communities in the United States. Our faculty are active teachers and scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines spread across multiple departments, including Anthropology, Black Studies, Communication, Economics, Geography, History, Language, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Faculty have ongoing research projects, using diverse methodologies, in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as well as among Latins in the United States. We sponsor and co-sponsor many academic, social and cultural events on campus every semester.
An Alum's Perspective: Nora Lang ’09
Ph.D. student and Spanish instructor, University of California, Santa Cruz
"My interests in the Spanish language, the complex nature of language learning, and issues surrounding equity in education emerged during my time at SUNY New Paltz. Today, I continue to work to weave those passions together."
Director: Benjamin Junge, PhD
Location: Wooster Hall 319
Secretary: Concetta “Cookie” Chandler
Location: Southside House
Mailing Address: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program
State University of New York at New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive, Wooster Hall 319
New Paltz, NY 12561
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