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 more and more crucial for the next generation of young adults. This program is also broad and interdisciplinary in its scope, with ties to courses in economics, English, global studies, government, history, sociology, religious studies, and modern languages. Students explore current issues of power and human rights, social justice, development and sustainability, and migration and transnational identities. Students from a multitude of different majors have sought regional specialization through the CLAS minor, including majors from history, biology, economics, government, Spanish, global studies, environmental studies, anthropology and mathematics.
In addition, there are study abroad options in locations like Trinidad and Tobago, Spain and Costa Rican and students proficient in Spanish can spend a semester or even a full year at one of 17 Latin American and Caribbean universities. There are also exciting St. Lawrence University based opportunities for short summer courses abroad, which vary annually, and research grants for individual projects guided by faculty experts in the field. Those interested in exploring the world of international relations can also participate in the Model OAS program, which includes a chance to collaborate with students from across the country at the annual meeting in Washington, DC.
The future career paths of CLAS minors are as diverse as the program itself. This minor offers distinct advantages to graduates looking for employment in any field with connections to Latino populations in the United States. Other graduates go on to further explore in-depth academic studies in PhD programs in history and sociology. Government focused students with CLAS minors often find work in both the government and NGO sector, using their regional expertise to give them a competitive edge over other candidates. Finally, many CLAS minors are inspired by their experiences abroad to pursue opportunities in teaching Spanish and English as a second language, in the United States and internationally.