Academic Units

Center for Latin American Studies

Lucy Stone Hall A251  
Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Dr.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-4406

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.

Visit the CLAS Website for more information

Latino and Caribbean Studies

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

Today, the Department of Latino & Caribbean Studies 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.

Visit the LCS Website for more information

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Academic Building
15 Seminary Place, 5th Floor
College Ave. Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-9323

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers majors in Literary and Cultural Studies and Spanish Linguistics, an undergraduate major and a graduate degree in Spanish Interpretation & Translation, and a Spanish Minor.

The department also offers certificates in Spanish-English Translation & Interpretation, interdisciplinary Global Studies (with options in Hispanic World, Luso-Brazilian World, Latin America, and Iberian Peninsula), and a Teacher’s Certificate.

Visit the Spanish and Portuguese Website for more information