The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was founded in 1963 (originally as the Latin American Studies Program) as an umbrella organization uniting Latin Americanists from all campuses of Indiana University (IU). CLACS, as one of the 11 federally funded Title VI area studies centers in the School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU, is a pivotal site for research, instruction, and outreach focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS also sponsors a wide range of lectures, conferences, and events highlighting aspects of the region’s cultures, societies, and languages in addition to providing information on Latin American and the Caribbean to local, regional, and national constituencies.
CLACS provides interdisciplinary academic programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to students preparing for careers in research, teaching, or management in public, private, or nonprofit sectors. CLACS offers an undergraduate minor and area certificate, a Master's degree, three-year Dual Master's Degree programs (Business Administration, Library Science, Information Science, Law, Public Health, and Public Affairs) and a doctoral minor and certificate. Financial assistance is available for undergraduate and graduate students through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships as well as summer research funding for graduate students.
The Center’s primary governing body is the Faculty Steering Committee, which the Director convenes from active affiliates in a broad range of Departments and Units. Currently, there are approximately 120 affiliated faculty in 22 departments and 11 professional schools in IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis who teach and/or conduct research on topics relating to Latin America.