Students interested in a self-designed major in Latin American and Caribbean studies should contact the LACS chair, Jorge Torres at


The LACS minor consists of six approved courses, one of which must be an upper-level course, an independent study, internship, or thesis directed by a faculty member affiliated with the minor.

See the list of approved courses

Students are asked to demonstrate intermediate level language proficiency in a language relevant to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Spanish or French is recommended.

It is also strongly recommended that students participate in one of the many approved study abroad programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, and/or in non-traditional LACS-related experiences like Engineers without Borders, Alternative Spring Break, problem-based learning, or community-based learning.

As per College policy, students can count up to three courses in their major toward the LACS major or minor as long as they are on the approved list of LACS courses. Students majoring in Spanish can count up to two major courses toward the LACS minor.