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Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Franklin Arts and Sciences. The LACS academic programs are all broad-based and multidisciplinary, offering students a comprehensive perspective on the region and opportunities to explore targeted areas of interest. Course offerings represent a variety of fields, including: African-American Studies, agricultural leadership, anthropology, history, international affairs, journalism and mass communication, literature and culture, music, sociology, and theater. LACS programs also include substantial language training in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, and/or French. Students may earn: a major (Bachelor of Arts), minor, and both undergraduate and graduate certificates in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

LACS Undergraduate Major

Click on the link below for more information on the LACS Undergraduate Major.


Undergraduate Minor

Students are expected to fulfill any course prerequisite requirements as directed. See the requirements below.


Graduate Certificate Program

See the requirements below and then click on the application form link to learn how to apply for the Graduate Certificate Program.

Requirements Application Form

 LACSI Internships

LACSI student interns can participate in any aspect of the organization, including strategic planning, fundraising, public relations, translation, service & outreach projects, event planning, and grant writing, among other activities. We work with interns to find projects that they are passionate about and can take the lead on. LACSI Internships are tremendous opportunities to develop professionally and have an impact on the university and society at large. Please contact Associate Director Paul Duncan for more information about LACSI Internships.

The Portuguese Flagship Program

The Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) at the University of Georgia is the first and only of its kind. Intended for UGA undergraduate students with a unique commitment to reach the highest levels of Portuguese and apply those skills in a professional context, the PFP offers an unprecedented opportunity for motivated students to internationalize their academic experience. See the requirements below.

Requirements Application Form

Quechua Language Program

Quechua, spoken by more than 10 million speakers, is the language of the Incas and is currently spoken in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and parts of Argentina and Colombia. LACSI is proud to offer a four-semester Quechua language sequence that completes the foreign language requirements for the University of Georgia.

Quechua Course
LACSI Advisor Contact Information

To learn more about our academic programs please email Dr. Frans Weiser at frweiser@uga.edu.

Current Course Offerings

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 1001: Introduction to LACS, MWF 2:30-3:20, Sosa Lopez

LACS 1001: Introduction to LACS, TR 11:00-12:15, Quesada

LACS 1001: Introduction to LACS, MWF 10:10-11:00, Bentley

LACS 1001: Introduction to LACS, MWF 12:20-1:10, Weiser

LACS 1001: Introduction to LACS, TR 2:00-3:15, Instructor TBA

LACS 2222: Latin America Since 1800, TR 9:30-10:45, Chamosa (crosslisted with History)

LACS 3230: History of Brazil, MWF 9:05-9:55, Whigham (crosslisted with History)

LACS 4090S: Practicum in Service Learning, W 1:25-2:15, Instructor TBA (crosslisted with Spanish)

LACS 4280: Global Perspectives on Gender, TR 9:30-10:45, Richards (crosslisted with Sociology and Women’s Studies)

LACS 4380: Latin American Political Systems, MWF 11:15-12:05, Gell Redman (crosslisted with International Affairs)

LACS 4660: U.S. Latino/a Mental Health: An Introduction, TR 8:00-9:15, Delgado-Romero(crosslisted with Counseling and Human Development Services)

LACS 4710/6710: International Agricultural Development, TR 12:30-1:45, Navarro (crosslisted with African Studies and Agricultural Leadership)

LACS 4800: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Internship


QUEC 1001: Elementary Quechua I, MWF 10:10-11:00, Bateman

QUEC 2001: Intermediate Quechua I, MWF 9:05-9:55, Bateman

Course Descriptions

To view descriptions of all LACS courses, please visit the UGA Bulletin here

Course Syllabi

To download syllabi, please access the following website: https://syllabus.uga.edu/Browse.aspx

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome Assessment Requirements for LACS Majors:
All LACS majors will be required to submit a portfolio composed of materials from their major
course work. These portfolios will be submitted during the capstone course. As a minimum, each
student must assemble and submit a dossier that includes the following relevant materials:
(1) A paper in a target language of the region that displays analytical skills appropriate to
the discipline (This can be a copy of a paper you wrote for one of your upper division
language courses.)
(2) A paper from a course in geography, anthropology, history, or another relevant
discipline that demonstrates your basic knowledge of Latin American History and
(3) Your capstone term paper that sums up your understanding of the diverse cultural,
economic, linguistic, anthropological, and/or sociological backgrounds of Latin
America and the Caribbean.
(4) Letter from supervisor or other materials documenting community involvement
(participation in a study abroad program, participation in service learning, work in an
internship program, or in some other way participation in direct and meaningful
contact with Latin American or Caribbean communities).
(5) Email from faculty member indicating acceptable oral proficiency in your target
language from the region.

Portfolios will be reviewed and scored by a faculty member from the LACS Curriculum
Committee using the rubric. If portfolios do not meet the minimal performance
requirements, students will have the opportunity to make revisions and resubmit the portfolio.

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