Letter from the Director
Welcome to the MA program at CLACS!
This handbook has been created through the collaboration of CLACS faculty and staff with the aim of guiding you through your progress in the degree program. It also serves as a first reference to the program's policies and procedures.
As students, you are joining one of the first and most well established area studies centers in the vibrant, global city of New York--a nexus for the peoples and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.
CLACS' different Master's programs seek to advance knowledge and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean through international research opportunities, nationally-recognized library resources, and its outreach programs to K12, post-secondary institutions, and the community at large. Through these, CLACS is closely connected to the cultural, social, and linguistic dimensions of the Latin American and Caribbean networks of the area. Moreover, CLACS is especially proud to offer students the unique opportunities to study indigenous and diasporic languages, particularly Haitian Kreyòl and Quechua. To succeed at CLACS, then, you will not only be fulfilling course requirements, but also engaging with these multiple dimensions of the Center's intellectual life, and of the greater City beyond its doors.
The Master's programs are designed according to the principle that original, student-centered research constitutes the foundation of graduate training in area studies. And CLACS is committed to guiding you in the development of your field research so that you may hone, through practice and preparation, the skills and methodologies of area studies. We hope that the sample timelines and other information in this handbook will help you navigate the process of developing hands-on research as part of your final Master’s project. The faculty are eager to learn about your research interests and to provide you with guidance, support, and mentoring in their development.
Dylon Lamar Robbins