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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides interdisciplinary academic programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to students preparing for careers in research, teaching, or management in public, private, or nonprofit sectors. CLACS offers an undergraduate minor and area certificate, a Master's degree, three-year Dual Master's Degree programs and a doctoral minor and certificate. CLACS also brings together approximately 120 affiliated faculty in 22 departments and 11 professional schools who teach and/or conduct research on topics relating to Latin America and the Caribbean. More Information

Department Spotlight

CLACS is pleased to welcome our new Director, Dr. Anke Birkenmaier, who is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portguese at IU and a specialist in Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. Her work has focused on the intersections between literature and modern mass media, on avant-garde movements in Latin America, and on critical race and cultural studies in the Americas. Read more about her publications and background.

Many of our students are conducting research this summer in Latin America or the Caribbean. Be sure to check out our blog to read about some of their experiences.

Course Spotlight

A Historical Introduction to Brazilian Popular Music
This graduate-level course, taught by Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Carlos Sandroni, will offer a panorama of popular music from Brazil with an emphasis on Rio de Janeiro and the Northeastern region. Read more.


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