Latin American and Caribbean Studies (BA, minor)

Program Overview

The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America, the Caribbean and people of Latin American and Caribbean descent in the United States. LACAS majors examine culture and economic and social problems throughout the Americas. By choosing this major, students not only learn more about a range of cultures and societies, but also about global interconnectedness.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


  • Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

LACAS encourages students to diversify their experiences by participating in study-abroad opportunities and by combining their LACAS major with a major or minor in another department.

LACAS offers an honors program as well as an accelerated-degree program in which students earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five years.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

LACAS prepares students for graduate study and/or a wide array of careers such as teaching, research, social service and activism. LACAS prepares you to work with peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Latino/a and Caribbean communities in the U.S. Your ability to synthesize information, analyze and express ideas, and communicate across cultures will help you in careers such as:

  • activism
  • business
  • community organizing
  • research
  • education
  • foreign service
  • government
  • healthcare
  • international development
  • journalism
  • law
  • museums
  • non-governmental organizations
  • politics
  • social work
  • technology

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Latin American and Caribbean Studies website.