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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) engages with graduate and undergraduate students from across the disciplines working on Latin America and the Caribbean and/or Latinx and Caribbean diasporic communities. CLACS supports graduate students' work on the region through fellowships, grants, and activities. Graduate students from any discipline are invited to become affiliated students. The Center also has a lively and flexible concentration and graduates approximately ten concentrators each year. The CLACS Undergraduate Fellows Program also provides support and opportunities to undergraduates.

For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Erica Durante, erica_durante@brown.edu.  


Undergraduate Image

The concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA) leads to a strong, interdisciplinary understanding of culture, history, and contemporary issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Latino/a and Caribbean diaspora. Requirements are intentionally broad and flexible to accommodate the focused interests of students in understanding the diverse reality of this region. Concentration requirements include four themes: language, area studies, research, and internship/service work. The degree can be obtained with honors. 

The department also allows students to pursue the Engaged Scholars Program. The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACA) is designed for LACA concentrators who are especially interested in making deeper connections between their academic work and local communities in Providence and beyond. Engaged Scholars combine hands-on experiences such as internships, public service, humanitarian, and development work with their academic learning in order to develop a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, social engagement.


Graduate Student Opportunities

CLACS contributes to graduate education and training at Brown by supporting students' development through courses and events and funding opportunities such as the Tinker Field Research Grants, Sarmiento Fellowships, and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) Exchange Program. The Center also offers a Certificate Program and Interdisciplinary Opportunity through the Graduate School.