CLAS is a clearinghouse and center of coordination at Rutgers University for research, pedagogy, and extra-curricular events pertaining to Latin America and its worldwide diasporas. The mission of the Center is to foster learning and research across disciplines and geographic boundaries and to share the richness of the student and faculty scholarship on Latin America with our Rutgers colleagues, the wider scholarly community, and the local communities of New Jersey.
Each year, in coordination with our many Center affiliates, we sponsor talks and events dedicated to Latin American themes. One example is our Thursday film series at the Rutgers Cinema—Jueves de Cine—which features a monthly screening of some of the latest and award-winning new works in Latin American Cinema. The Center also offers a major and minor in Latin American Studies for undergraduate students and a certificate for graduate students. We are especially active in international service-learning. In recent years, through the Center for Global Education, Latin American Studies students have participated in service-learning programs, learning about topics ranging from Anthropology and Human Rights, to Education, Health, and Sustainability, in places such as Córdoba, Argentina, Cochabamba, Bolivia, Oaxaca, Mexico, Cuzco, Peru, the Costa Rican rainforest, and the Guatemalan highlands. Our students also take advantage of traditional academic semester and year-long programs in Latin American and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and Spain.