Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Latin American & Caribbean Studies




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Latin American & Caribbean Studies (LACS) offers you a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the history, geography, economies, political systems, artistic and literary expressions, and activism of this vibrant region. Our program gives you insight on both the common cultural formations and the different and unique cultures that give life to this region of the world. Following a Hemispheric approach, our program focuses on the many relationships between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, and enables you to learn about Latinx experiences, memories and histories. By studying South-North migratory movements and diasporic experiences, our program focus is dynamic and in touch with the most current issues in the field. Our faculty are active scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines spread across multiple departments, including Anthropology, Black Studies, Communications, Economics, Education, English, Francophone Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, Theater Arts, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The interdisciplinary character of our program and faculty lets you approach Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx experience from a wide variety of perspectives; it also lets you combine it with other courses of study as a double major or minor. As a program we are committed not only to providing you with a rigorous and wide interdisciplinary academic preparation but also enabling you to relate directly to the region through study abroad programs, internships, talks by prominent Latin American artists and scholars, and many other extra-curricular social and cultural activities.

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."

Read more from Nora.

Welcome to LACS!

Cesar Barros

Latin American & Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary program and we try to assist and accompany you throughout the construction of your program of study. Please come to my office or contact me to talk about our program. Please feel free to email me at, or if you are planning a visit, feel free to stop by our offices at Old Main 303-C. Please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

César Barros A.
LACS Program Director
Associate Professor

Contact Us

César Barros A.
Location: Old Main 303-C
Phone: 845-257-3489

Alaine Salvati
Location: Faculty Office Building West 2
Phone: (845) 257-2760
Fax: (845) 257-2768

Mailing Address
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program
State University of New York at New Paltz
Faculty Office Building West 2
New Paltz, NY 12561

Phone and Fax
845-257-3467 (fax)


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