Jun 27, 2022  
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS)

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Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS)

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2647
Fax: 401.865.1193
Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities 113

The Faculty


Anthony D. Affigne, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Nuria Alonso García, Ph.D. (Global Studies/Secondary Education)
Nicholas V. Longo, Ph.D. (Global Studies/Public and Community Service Studies)

Associate Professors

Alison Caplan, Ph.D. (World Languages and Cultures)
Kara B. Cebulko, Ph.D. (Sociology/Global Studies)
Terence A. McGoldrick (Theology)
Edgar Mejía, Ph.D. (World Languages and Cultures)
Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D. (History), Program Director
Carmen A. Rolon, Ed.D. (Secondary Education/Women’s Studies)
Monica Simal, Ph.D. (World Languages and Cultures)
Eve Veliz-Moran, Ph.D. (Sociology)

Assistant Professors

Ana Cecilia Iraheta, Ph.D. (World Languages and Cultures)
Mintzi A. Martinez-Rivera, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Javier I. Mocarquer, Ph.D. (World Languages and Cultures)
Cristina Rodriguez, Ph.D. (English)
Thea N. Riofrancos, Ph.D. (Political Science)

The Program

Focused and flexible is the best way to describe the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Minor.  By minoring in LALS, students can supplement a major by studying the languages, cultures, peoples, and nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Atlantic World (e.g. Spanish and Portuguese-hispano-luso-regions of the circum-Atlantic areas), or by studying U.S. Latina/o communities in the United States, including how this domestic reality is related to and distinct from its international origins. In addition to such conceptual bridging, the program also offers opportunity for practical field experience, including study abroad and/or participation in the Model Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Furthermore, through this program, students can plan and implement a concentration that best serves their post-graduate goals-whether these include a career in business, government, education, foreign service, foreign languages, or postgraduate studies. Because the LALS program is interdisciplinary in its course offerings, students can tailor their studies in the minor to meet their individual interests and needs. For more information, please contact Fr. David Orique, O.P. or consult the website.

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