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Caribbean, Latin American & Latino Studies

Masters of Arts in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies (CLAS)
A Multi-Sited Pre-Professional Program in Advanced Studies and Research

First Semester: Buffalo

Located half way between New York City and Chicago, by the shores of the widest inland seas and at the border of the two largest countries in North America, Buffalo has been a major crossroads since the early days of the Industrial Revolution. A significant legacy of Latin American and Caribbean migrants have shaped the city since the middle of the 19th Century. This explains why our program began in 1967 with the launching of the first degree in Puerto Rican Studies ever established. We have continued to grow with Buffalo and UB, one of the largest public research universities in the United States.

Starting the program in Buffalo introduces our students to the seminar format that is, without question, the most important contribution of US Academia to higher education in the Humanities and Liberal Arts worldwide. Nowhere else are students made to question all assumptions and placed around a table in an egalitarian position in relation to their professors. It is in the seminar room that you will learn to think critically, read on multiple levels of interpretation and express yourself with authority. You will be in class with both Masters and Doctoral students. This will challenge you like never before assuring the highest degree of benefit and intellectual growth.

Once you are accepted into the program you will receive a set of instructions, readings and exercises to be completed over the summer. Your first semester begins with an orientation in late August and by early September you are immersed in your coursework at UB. You will take two required classes: Caribbean & Latin/o American History and Caribbean & Latin/o American Thought. This will help you acquire a broad historical and cultural panorama of the Caribbean and Latin America focusing on cultural diversity, the public sphere and intellectual traditions. You will then choose two electives from a wide variety of offerings in multiple disciplines.

During your Buffalo semester you will also have the chance to attend and participate in the many academic talks, film series and other events on campus that our program hosts and sponsors, as well as the Caribbean/Latin American cultural events that are part of the fabric of city life in and around Buffalo, Western New York and Southern Ontario.