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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

As a Latin American and Caribbean studies major at Rollins, you’ll immerse yourself in the diverse cultures, history, languages, natural environment, and political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean and confront the challenges facing this critical region in the 21st century.

Through our interdisciplinary curriculum and hands-on experience in the field, you’ll explore the forces that have shaped Latin America and the Caribbean, learn to think critically about the region and its place in the world, and achieve competence in Spanish, Portuguese, or French. With the personalized support of our expert faculty, you’ll develop a unique expertise on a region with ever-increasing economic and geopolitical significance.

A springboard for careers in everything from business to government, our program is dedicated to developing culturally sensitive, responsible leaders committed to enacting positive social change.

Why Study Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Rollins

Interdisciplinary Approach

You’ll examine key issues confronting the region from an array of disciplinary angles—from anthropology and political science to economics and environmental studies.

Individualized Attention

You’ll develop your passions and hone in-demand skill sets with the guidance and mentorship of expert professors in small classroom settings.

International Experience

Enhance your classroom learning on short field studies to Cuba and Costa Rica and by studying abroad for a semester in Argentina, Chile, or Peru.

Jane Lombardi
“My LACS coursework, hands-on experience throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and work with professors who are experts in their field prepared me well for my Fulbright and beyond. Now, as the director of immigration legal services at a local nonprofit in Chicago, I’m able to relate with the community I serve because I’ve spent time in their home countries and because of the language and service skills cultivated through the LACS program.”

Jane Lombardi ’11

Director of Immigrant Justice Partnerships
The Resurrection Project

Rollins Latin American & Caribbean Studies Careers

Rollins Latin American and Caribbean studies majors are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

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Jose Fernandez ’92

President, Florida Compass Group

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Jennie Jester ’13

Senior Commodity Manager, Siemens Gamesa

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Kajsa Mashaw-Smith ’13

Meetings and Events Sales Manager, Venture Café Providence

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Samar Shaukat ’14

Recruitment Coordinator, Google

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Enrique Buck ’14

Analyst, Citibank

Robert Burns

Robert Burns ’18

Automation Engineer, Avalara

Real World Experience

From internships and community engagement courses to student-faculty collaborative research, Rollins Latin American and Caribbean studies majors hone their skills and expertise in the real world.

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Popular Courses

Our interdisciplinary curriculum gives you the flexibility to pursue courses in everything from history and humanities to international business and modern languages.

LAC 200
Foundations of Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Society

Investigate the historical forces that have shaped Latin American and Caribbean culture and examine key challenges facing the region.

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POL 321
Politics of Latin America

Examine problems of underdevelopment, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions, and learn about the challenge of winning and maintaining political power.

ENV 348
Sustainable Development

Delve into both theoretical and actual development strategies that are ecologically and socially acceptable.

ANT 201
Cultures of the Caribbean

Explore Caribbean history and culture, including the region’s prehistory, colonialism, slavery, kinship, music, dance, literature, art, race, identity, tourism, and globalization.

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LAC 205
Women and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean

Learn about the history of women’s lives—from colonial cross-dressing nuns to modern guerrilla fighters—and how they influenced Latin American and Caribbean culture.

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SPN 338
Latin American Literature: Race/Class/Gender

Examine marginalized segments of Latin American society through literary expressions.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Latin American & Caribbean Studies Major

“I chose this major because I am interested in immigration law specifically from Latin America and the Caribbean. I find it necessary to be educated on the history of the region in relation to what is currently happening in those countries and why people migrate.”

Giselle Perez Guzman '20

Beyond the Classroom

Study Abroad Examine conservation and ecotourism in the rainforests of Costa Rica. Explore social awareness and sustainability in Cuba. Study indigenous peoples and globalization in the Peruvian Andes. From semester- and summer-long programs to faculty-led field studies, you’ll immerse yourself in Latin American and Caribbean culture and enhance your classroom learning in the field.

Community Engagement From working with immigrant communities in Central Florida to installing water filtration systems throughout rural areas in the Dominican Republic, you’ll engage some of the world’s most pressing issues in our backyard and around the world.

Campus Connections Present your original research at the Latin American Latinx Studies Symposium, an annual Rollins-hosted conference exploring the region, its culture, and the challenges it faces. Share Latin American and Caribbean culture with your classmates through campus-wide events like Semana LAC and the Hispanic Film Festival. LACS majors have an array of options to apply their knowledge in the real world without leaving America’s most beautiful campus.

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Expert Faculty

Our faculty are as passionate about Latin America and the Caribbean as they are about grooming the next generation of global citizens. Whether their expertise lies in anthropology or environmental studies, political science or music, our professors are dedicated to enriching students’ lives inside and outside the classroom.

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program
1000 Holt Ave. – 2744
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2295

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