The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is an organizational home for scholarship and pedagogy on the Latin American region at Rutgers University.
CLAS offers both major and minor degrees in Latin American Studies and provides students with a strong grounding in Latin American history, culture, economics and languages. Affiliated faculty come from the departments of Anthropology, Spanish and Portuguese, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Africana Studies, History, Political Science, Economics, Music and Sociology among others.
The mission of CLAS is to promote pedagogy, research, and service in and about the broader region known as Las Américas. We aim to educate undergraduate and graduate students about the region, through courses, programs of study, and extracurricular events, so as to increase awareness and understanding of Latin America.