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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Welcome to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) at the College of Charleston!

Housed in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program promotes cultural exchange and interdisciplinary research in a key region of today's globalized communities and economies. The Program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of the languages, literature, history, politics, art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean. It allows for faculty members and students coming from a wide range of areas but with a common interest in the region to benefit from an intellectually stimulating trans disciplinary environment.

The Program provides our Majors with full linguistic and cultural immersion by requiring them to spend a semester or a summer abroad in one of the many College of Charleston programs sponsored by LACS; at renowned Latin American or Caribbean universities affiliated with the College of Charleston; or through approved independent programs. The LACS Program is also committed to assisting its students with their post-graduation job searches by tailoring an internship opportunity to each LACS Major's area of interest and needs.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr. Lola Colomina-Garrigos, Program Director, at

Read about one student’s experiences in the LACS program here.

Cuba study abroad program spring 2017

Check out the 'The College Today' coverage of the Cuba study abroad program

and this video by Julie Kramer who went on the Cuba program.

Upcoming Events

study abroad panel


Collin Laverty is president of Cuba Educational Travel, a company that offers curated travel to the island for bar associations, business groups, companies, think tanks, trade groups, and universities,. He is also a senior partner at Havana Strategies, a boutique consultancy offering assistance to U.S. companies operating in Cuba or hoping to enter the Cuban market.

Considered a leading Cuba expert, Mr. Laverty has a decade of experience working on Cuba policy and business issues. He is an advisory board member at the Center for Democracy in Americas and a member at Engage Cuba’s National Advisory Council.

Mr. Laverty is the author of "Cuba's New Resolve: Economic Reform and Implications for U.S. Policy," and has been published and quoted extensively by the Associated Press, Miami Herald, New York Times, Reuters, Wall Street Journal and a number of other media outlets. Mr. Laverty is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he double majored in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Political Science. He also holds a Masters in International Affairs from the International Relations and Pacific Studies program at UC San Diego.