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Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino Studies

About Our Program

Explore the vibrant cities of Mexico, the diverse islands of the Caribbean, and the rich culture of Latin America as you journey from the world’s most transited border to the southernmost tip of Argentina.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of current and historical issues as you examine issues of power and human rights, social justice, development and sustainability, and migration.

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

As our world becomes smaller and our country more diverse, understanding the cultures, societies and ecologies of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean is crucial. This broad, interdisciplinary program gives you the chance to explore current issues of power, human rights, social justice, development, sustainability, migration and transnational identities.

Research

Explore Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino topics further by conducting research on campus and abroad. You may even get to travel to Santiago, Chile, like Janis Broder ʼ20 and Ryan Hutchins ’16 did. They worked with other students and faculty to conduct research on arpilleras, Chilean patchwork tapestries depicting the hardship, repression, survival skills, and daily struggles of Chileans following a military coup in 1973.

Washington Model Organization of American States 

Engage in diplomatic exchanges and pass resolutions as you represent a country of the Americas at the Washington Model Organization of American States conference in Washington, D.C. You’ll spend a week negotiating with peers from other institutions as you debate current issues.

In addition to defending your countries’ best interests, you’ll explore potential career paths as you meet with representatives from non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Department of State.

Off-Campus Study in the U.S. 

You’ll have the chance to further your studies with domestic travel. You may even travel to the U.S.-Mexico border with a faculty member like professor Martha Chew Sanchez, who has taken students to El Paso, Texas, to learn about immigration, border industries, and shelters for undocumented immigrants. 

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Costa Rica and Trinidad.

St. Lawrence is also a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a network of over 300 colleges and universities in 50 countries cooperating to provide access to international education for a diverse student population in locations all over the world.

Volunteer Abroad

Gain experience while making a difference through service work abroad. While studying in Costa Rica, students have maintained national parks, worked with Habitat for Humanity, and taught English to local college students.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve your passions and interests, including: 

  • Anthropology Club
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Euphrates Club
  • I-House
  • Model United Nations
  • La Sociedad

Why St. Lawrence for Caribbean, Latin America, and Latino Studies

17

Latin American and Caribbean universities to choose from for your study abroad experience

77%

of St. Lawrence graduates studies more than one discipline

65%

of St. Lawrence students study off-campus

Graduates who studied CLAS found careers in:

  • Government
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Human Rights
  • Business

22

students have won Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino Studies research, writing, and creative work, or service awards

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino studies minor requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

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