The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a range of subjects in order to encourage students to embrace a deeper and more rounded understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The program offers an opportunity for studying the experiences of indigenous peoples, the consequences of cultural encounters and the impact of colonialism and enslavement in the regions. In a variety of courses across the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, students are exposed to scholarship about the complex economic, political and socio-cultural relationships and hierarchies that exist in regions and to the experiences of the regions' peoples and institutions as they create and respond to local, national, regional and international forces.
Students can choose to pursue either an Honours Major or a Minor degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and students are exposed to the expertise of scholars who are dedicated to critical engagement with the regions. Students can expect to emerge from the LACS program having gained information and insight, critical skills and an appreciation for the multiple threads that together weave the tapestries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Students in the LACS program are encouraged to attend a variety of events, including conferences, art exhibits, film festivals and talks by scholars who work on the regions, and who are often from the regions. In the recent past, for example, LACS hosted internationally renown scholar of Latin America and the Caribbean, Franklin W. Knight.
On completion of their degrees, some LACS graduates go on to work in law, United Nations organizations, corporate consulting, cross-border relations, in all levels of government, business, community development, social work and education both internationally and in a multi cultural Canadaian society. The education that is possible in the LACS program will also be useful for students who might be interested in going on to graduate school; we are anxious to assist in the realization of those aspirations.
The LACS Program Office, which is expertly managed by Ms. Roberta Parris-Toney, is situated in 322 Founders College. We encourage LACS majors to become members of Founders College, so that they can benefit from the rich experiences offered in the many academic, social and cultural events sponsored by the program and the College.