Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Caribbean and Latin
American Studies (CLAS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to
introduce students to the richness and diversity of the cultures, societies
and ecologies of Central and South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.
Within the broader context of global processes and relationships, the
program emphasizes understanding the experiences of Caribbean and Latin
American peoples: political and economic structures and changes, both
peaceful and violent; population processes and transitions; environmental
stresses and local responses; post-colonial and cultural theories; forms
of expression in music, dance and literature. Because of the program's
global and comparative emphasis, the CLAS minor complements many of
the University's majors and minors.
A CLAS minor serves as a strong foundation for graduate and professional studies and a variety of professional careers by preparing students to be informed and responsible global citizens. Please see the new requirements for the minor on their website. CLAS minors are vigorously encouraged to study any of the major languages spoken in the Caribbean and Latin America.
CLAS courses available this fall and appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats, are:
- CLAS 104/HIST 115: Survey of Caribbean and Latin American Studies (HU)
- CLAS/SPAN 201: Advanced Spanish (LANG)
- CLAS/HIST 233: Colonial Latin America (HU)