Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    May 27, 2024  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program

 In the College of Arts and Sciences  

Course Offerings  

190 Uris Hall


Ernesto E. Bassi Arevalo, History, Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Gerard Aching, Romance Studies; Ernesto E. Bassi Arevalo, History; Judith Byfield, History; Lourdes Casanova, Johnson School of Business, Director, Emerging Markets Institute;  Debra Ann Castillo, Comparative Literature; Julia Chang, Johnson School of Business; Ananda Cohen-Suarez, History of  Art; Angela Cornell, Law; Raymond Craib, History; Timothy John Devoogd, Psychology; Mary Jo Dudley, Global Development; Gary Fields, International Labor Relations Economics; Alexander Flecker, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Gustavo Flores-Macias, Government; Maria Cristina García, History; Miguel Gomez, Applied Economics and Management; John S. Henderson, Anthropology; Cecilia Lawless, Romance Studies; Alejandro Madrid, Musicology; Veronica Martinez-Matsuda, Labor Relations, Law and History; Edmundo Paz Soldán, Romance Studies; Simone Pinet, Spanish Literature; Kenneth Roberts, Government; Amanda D. Rodewald, Director of Conservation Science, Lab of Ornithology; Casey Schmitt, History; Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, Anthropology, Latino Studies; Irina Troconis, Romance Studies; Matthew Velasco, Archeology/Anthropology; Wendy Wolford, Global Development.


The Cornell University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) is an interdisciplinary program for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors with interests in Latin America and the Caribbean. LACS (formerly LASP) was founded in 1961, and it is celebrating its 60th anniversary during the 2021-2022 academic year. It is part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies located in Uris Hall.  LACS has over 30 core and 60 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, including disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, law, and natural sciences.  LACS expands the intellectual presence of Latin America and the Caribbean across campus by organizing an array of  activities related to the region, including a weekly seminar series run by our Graduate Fellows, with presentations by local, national, and international scholars; workshops, films, symposia, and conferences; an annual visiting distinguished lecture; initiatives to take undergraduate students on experiential field study trips to Latin America and the Caribbean; grant programs for graduate student field research and undergraduate internships or undergraduate senior thesis research; a Latin American Studies undergraduate minor and a graduate minor certificate.

Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Latin American Studies requires language proficiency as demonstrated by successful completion of SPAN 2095  (or having tested out of SPAN 2095 and taken 1 additional higher level non-FLAC Spanish course) or PORT 2010 /PORT 2020  or higher (non-FLAC course).

An additional minimum of 15 credits in Latin American and Caribbean Studies courses need to be completed from course selections that represent at least two fields, including one course from an advanced level (3000 or 4000).

If you have studied abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country and want the credits to be evaluated for the minor, please contact the LACS Program Manager (at The list of approved minor language and elective courses is available on the Latin American and Caribbean Studies website. This list includes all LATA cross-listed courses as well as courses in other colleges and schools that have at least fifty percent or more Latin American content. Quechua I and Quechua II courses may count as fulfilling elective course credits beginning AY ‘21-‘22.

While not a course requirement for a Latin American Studies undergraduate minor, we encourage students to take at least one semester of LATA 4000 . Courses on our website list related to the Caribbean count towards the elective credits for a Latin American Studies minor.

Graduate Minor

The graduate minor in Latin American Studies is earned by completing the following requirements: 

1. The graduate student should select a member of the Graduate Field in Latin American Studies to serve on their special committee. Find the selection of LAS Graduate Field Members.

2. Graduate students must comply with the Graduate School’s Code of Legislation.

3. The graduate student must complete the Graduate Student Minor form (available by email from the Latin American Studies program at:, Subject Line: “Grad Minor Applic.”

While there is no specific course credit requirement for the Latin American Studies graduate minor, we encourage at least one semester of LATA 6000 .