Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Fairfield University's commitment to a humanistic perspective and to the concept of social justice requires that students be introduced to the "other" Americans who inhabit this hemisphere. The vibrant cultures of the Caribbean and Central and South American nations, blending indigenous, European and African influences, provide a rich field of study that can be approached from many points of view.

The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the multifaceted aspects of the Latin American and Caribbean countries, including the political and economic involvement of the United States. The pre-Columbian indigenous cultures, the systems of African slavery, economic dependency, 20th-century revolutions in politics, poetry, painting, literature, the churches, and the reassertion of negritude and Indian rights are some of the themes considered in the courses offered in the program.