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LACS in the community, featuring: "Mother Earth and the Moon" / Acrylic on canvas 24x30in / Blanca Santander


The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

The University of Washington's Latin American and Caribbean Studies program in the Jackson School of International Studies was established in 1992 and is committed to the advancement of scholarship and applied knowledge about Latin America.  Faculty, staff and students work in close collaboration to fulfill the program’s mission through research, interdisciplinary education, experiential and service learning, and community outreach.

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies major has become one of the largest and fastest-growing area studies programs in the School of International Studies. Graduates from this program go on to successful careers in business, government, education, non-governmental organizations, law, and other fields. Many also use the degree as a step toward graduate study in history, business administration, economics, anthropology, and other fields at top universities. The major’s popularity stems from an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines the strengths of regional and comparative international studies with study and research opportunities in specific academic disciplines. Students graduate with both a comprehensive understanding of Latin America and a rich knowledge of the global processes affecting the region and its people. Students can also pursue practical training in a thematic area of choice such as Media Studies, NGO Management, Immigration, or Gender Studies.

Check out the links to the left to find out more about our work, who we are, and what we can do for you!


"Extraction, Contention, Development: Symposium on Scholarship and Politics"

Organized by Ben Gardner, Jose Antonio Lucery and Sunila Kale

April 30th 2015, African Studies, South Asia Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mellon Foundation and the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies


Check LACS courses for Fall Quarter 2015!!


Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 419 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
(206) 616-0998