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, Geography, History, Language, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Sociology, 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."
Location: Old Main 304
Concetta “Cookie” Chandler
Location: Southside House
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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