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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



We have a unique history of achievement, innovation and questioning of power and intellectual paradigms. In 1967, student militants forced the State University of New York at Buffalo to establish a Program in Puerto Rican Studies (PRS). First of its kind in the country, the PRS Bachelors and Masters programs were in existence for thirty years until being transformed into a Masters in Humanities Program in Caribbean Cultural Studies. That MAH, launched in 2002, was the first—and still the only—joint degree program ever established between a US and a Cuban institution of higher education: the University of Havana. Continued expansion led to the current multi-sited Masters in Humanities in Caribbean and Latin/o American Studies program with its broad hemispheric and trans-disciplinary projections. For almost half a century now, our programs have been at the forefront of social change, anticipating new trends in intellectual traditions and promoting innovation in academia and beyond.

Our program is currently nestled in UB’s Department of Transnational Studies, a cutting-edge outfit that is redefining interdisciplinary initiatives worldwide. This means that you and your classmates will get the benefits of being part of a small and rigorous program that is in active interaction and exchange with programs in US-American, Afro-American, Canadian Studies, Native American, Sexuality and Gender Studies. We also put before you the awesome resources of the flagship university in the State of New York system while guaranteeing the one-to-one attention from professors enjoyed by students in elite schools. Moreover, the language and cultural immersion semesters in Mexico and Spain give you exposure to two other approaches to advanced studies in graduate education and put you in direct contact with public intellectuals and world-class researchers and scholars beyond US Academia.