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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered:

Academic Programs: Minor

Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Bilingual Education
  • Business
  • Government
  • Graduate Study
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

The Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore the civilization, culture, and society of the various sub-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, the program examines how its cultures have been shaped by the meeting of Amerindian, African, and European peoples as well as the modern-day commonalities and diversity within the region.

The program's diverse curriculum includes over seventy courses from a wide assortment of disciplines in the College and Williams' School. Our Core faculty is comprised of members from Art, History, Politics, Sociology, and Spanish with affiliated faculty from Anthropology, Business, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, and Portuguese. Students who major in any of these disciplines and who have strong regional interest in the Americas should consider a "LACS" Minor.

Program Highlights

  • W&L offers over 70 courses that treat topics relevant to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. Even universities that are much larger than W&L seldom have such a large Latin American and Caribbean curriculum.
  • The Program Faculty come from 10 departments in the College and Williams School and include representatives from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
  • There are a variety of LACS-related Study Abroad opportunities throughout the region. In recent years, different departments have hosted Spring Term trips to Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
  • There are also many exciting extra-curricular opportunities for students interested in Latin America and the Caribbean: practicing Spanish, Portuguese, or French in the Market Place; a February ESOL trip to the Dominican Republic; and a service learning trip to Nicaragua, among others. 
  • Among the many possibilities for careers, our most recent graduates list the following as their current status: the State Department, Post-Graduate Fellow, Public Health, Teacher, Law School, Urban Planning and Peace Corp.