Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

The interdisciplinary program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies allows students to explore the region's civilizations, culture, and society, with particular attention to the ways the region has been shaped by the meeting of Amerindian, African, and European peoples.

The LACS curriculum includes over 70 courses from disciplines both in the College and Williams School, including Anthropology, Art, Business, Economics, English, French, History, Politics Portuguese, Sociology, and Spanish. A Minor in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program provides a logical complement to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in any of the majors from these and other departments.

Students who complete the Minor can gain the background necessary for careers in journalism, law, teaching, bilingual education, social work, business, government and international organizations, as well as graduate work in Latin American Studies and related disciplines. Recent graduates have pursued careers in medicine, law, specialized non-profit organizations, business, science research, and urban planning, among others.

LACS Fieldwork

LACS offers a variety of engaged learning opportunities for EXP credit that allow students to interact with the issues and people that define the Americas.  For more information see the Summer Opportunities page.

Our Students: Summer Abroad

Costa Rica

EXP credit for 4, 6, and 8-week programs that combine Spanish language instruction with practical work assignments in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Volunteer opportunities include primary and secondary schools, a local bank and restaurants, the courthouse and nursing home, among others.


EXP credit for a 6-week experience at Holy Trinity College in Mar de Plata, Argentina. Students work as teacher’s assistants in various fields.