Lucy Stone Hall, A-Wing 2nd Floor
Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Phone: 848-445-0011

Puerto Rican Studies was established at Rutgers University in the fall of 1970, as a result of demands by 16 Livingston Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students in the summer of 1969. In 2006 the department became the Department of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies to better reflect the department’s current course offerings, mission, student body, and faculty scholarship.

The department seeks to promote hemispheric and transnational approaches that more adequately consider the ways in which both U.S. Latino and Caribbean populations are transformed by globalization, while maintaining deeply localized historical legacies. As such, courses are organized around five themes Historical and Political Studies; Migration, Society and Community; Race, Ethnicity and Identity; Cultural Studies and Cultural Production; Gender and Sexuality studies. Both an undergraduate major and minor options are offered.

For more information contact visit the department’s website at, or contact Dr. Nelson Maldonado-Torres, department chair, at