Prospective Students

Meet our Latino and Caribbean Studies Majors and Alumni

 

Majoring in Latino and Caribbean Studies can take you where you want to go!

Our program is relevant for lawyers, social workers, teachers, researchers, journalists, doctors and nurses, sports managers, and more…

  • DIVERSITY
  • MULTICULTURALISM
  • BILINGUALISM
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • INEQUALITY
  • CULTURAL DIFFERENCE

These concepts will become increasingly important in 21st Century American society. A major or minor in Latino and Caribbean Studies will give you the needed competency in these areas, a key asset when seeking employment or admission to graduate programs.

There are over 50 million Latinos in the US and a long history of Caribbean migration to New Jersey and the northeast. Between 2000 and 2010 alone Latinos grew 39.2 percent in New Jersey. Whether you’re of Latin American or Caribbean descent—or any background—our courses provide you with tools to better understand the politics, culture, and history shaping the experiences of US-born Latinos as well as migrant and Caribbean populations—people you’ll encounter in your professional lives.

 

Arts and Sciences in Action: Latino and Caribbean Studies Style

 

Jonelsy Gonzalez says the major opened up new worlds of knowledge that spanned politics, culture, history, and literature. She also developed a new depth in her understanding of her family’s Dominican heritage. “Every single topic we covered just stretches your intellect and makes you question your assumptions,” she said. “It’s a whole new learning experience.”

Study Latino and Caribbean Studies

Our program is…

  • INTERDISCIPLINARY: Our curriculum promotes interdisciplinary research and training. It reaches across social formations and helps understand the complex interactions of nation, race, gender, sexuality, and class.
  • LOCAL: We aim to understand the diverse identities, struggles, and experiences of Latinos and Caribbean people in New Jersey/New York and the US.
  • GLOBAL: We also cross national borders and compare racial and social formations transnationally and globally.

 

The Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies part of the School of Arts and Sciences

As a Latino and Caribbean Studies major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.

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