The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was founded in 1963 (originally as the Latin American Studies Program) as an umbrella organization uniting Latin Americanists from across Indiana University (IU). CLACS, as part of the School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a pivotal site for research, instruction, and outreach focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS also sponsors a wide range of lectures, conferences, and events highlighting aspects of the region’s cultures, societies, and languages, in addition to providing information on Latin American and the Caribbean to local, regional, and national constituencies.
IU WorldwideFor a snapshot of Indiana University activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, see the IU Worldwide interactive map.
CLACS provides interdisciplinary academic programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to students preparing for careers in research, teaching, or management in public, private, or nonprofit sectors. CLACS offers an undergraduate minor, an area certificate, a Master's degree, three-year Dual Master's Degree programs (Business Administration, Library Science, Information Science, Law, Public Health, and Public Affairs) and a doctoral minor and certificate.
The Center’s primary governing body is the Faculty Steering Committee, which the Director convenes from active affiliates in a broad range of departments and units. Currently there are 122 affiliated faculty in 24 departments and 9 professional schools at IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU East, IU Northwest, and IU South Bend who teach and/or conduct research on topics related to Latin America.