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.

LCST 3301 Justice and the Developing World    3 Credits

Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate, HASM Humanitarian Action Minor Skills/Method Course, INEL International Studies / International Business Elective, LCEL LACS Minor: Elective, PJST Peace and Justice Studies, WDIV World Diversity

This interdisciplinary course combines the insights of history, politics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, business, and economics to examine problems of poverty and justice in the developing world, including health, education, and environmental sustainability, with particular focus either on Central or South America or the Caribbean. Previously LAC 0300.

LCST 3980 Internship    3 Credits

Attributes: LCEL LACS Minor: Elective

Short-term internships in the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies combine academic work with service that answers a community-identified need, and critical reflection. Such internships are offered in a Latin American or Caribbean country generally during the summer for a four- to six-week period. Enrollment by permission only. Previously LAC 0373.

LCST 3990 Independent Study    1-4 Credits

Attributes: LCEL LACS Minor: Elective

Prerequisites: At least one course in LACS; junior standing.

A student may conduct a one-semester independent study on a defined research topic or field of study under the supervision of a Professor in the LACS Program. Enrollment by permission only. Previously LAC 0399.


Adair (History)
Garcia Iommi (Politics)

Steering Committee

Adair (History)
Adrada Rafael (Modern Languages and Literatures
Brennan (Communication)
Desgranges (English)
Farrell (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Franceschi (Economics)
Garcia Iommi (Politics)
Marsans-Sakly (History)
Perez (English)
Planas (Nursing)
Walker (Biology)

Contributing Faculty

Campos (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Garvey (English)