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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Phone: 845-257-3488
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 514
Web Address: www.newpaltz.edu/las Link opens in a new window

The Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program of academic work designed to give students a broad understanding of Latin America’s people, societies, cultures, history, literature and the arts. The courses on Caribbean and U.S. Latino topics bring the material closer to home as some students are heritage learners. The program enjoys good support from students and others who attend our lectures and artistic and cultural events every semester. It also offers study-abroad opportunities in Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

The program is coordinated by the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Committee, composed of faculty members from various disciplines who teach courses about Latin America and the Caribbean and provide academic advising to students. The Committee seeks to maintain high academic standards by reviewing the progress of students and approving appropriate courses for credit.

Graduates with expertise in Latin America are sought by employers in many professions, including academia, business, education, government, law enforcement, medical and social services, international companies/organizations, and non-profits. Combining a Latin American & Caribbean Studies major/minor with a Spanish major/minor enhances career options in the global market.

Members of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies faculty are:

Ligia Aldana, Program Director, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Christopher Albi, Department of History
Cesar Barros, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Devon Duhaney, Department of Secondary Education
Wilma Feliciano, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Patricia Fitzpatrick, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Anita Gonzalez, Department of Theatre Arts
Linda Greenow, Department of Geography
Benjamin Junge, Department of Anthropology
Joel Lefkowitz, Department of Political Science
Zelbert Moore, Department of Black Studies
Kenneth Nystrom, Department of Anthropology
Denise Oliver-Velez, Department of Women’s Studies
Ilgu Ozler, Department of Political Science
Jerry Persaud, Department of Communication & Media
Luz Porras, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Deyanira Rojas-Sosa, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Michael Vargas, Department of History
Roberto Velez-Velez, Department of Sociology

 

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program