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Graduate Cluster

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Cluster

The LACS cluster is one of the first initiatives in the country to offer a formal structure for interdisciplinary training in Latin American and Caribbean studies.  The LACS cluster makes it possible for affiliated students to develop connections with our exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary faculty base.  Our goal is to foster innovative questions and develop an appreciation of the methodologies that underwrite the various approaches adopted by LACS faculty. The cluster serves as the core intellectual community for participating students, as the number of students who work on Latin American and Caribbean topics in each department is relatively small.  The LACS cluster does this in three specific ways.  First, it is built around a core curriculum consisting of courses taught in any one of three core areas of inquiry, chosen because of their enduring interdisciplinary importance.  Second, the cluster runs an ongoing faculty and graduate colloquium in which students at all levels of the program present their works in progress.  Students who complete courses from each of these three areas, and attend the colloquium for credit, are be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  And third, the cluster seeks to strengthen formal ties between Northwestern and partner institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to promote graduate and faculty research and exchange. LACS also makes research and travel funds available to participating graduate students on a competitive basis. 

There are many different ways for faculty and students to participate in the intellectual life of the cluster. Many cluster events, such as visiting lecturers and conferences, are open to all members of the University. Cluster seminars are open to graduate students across the University. We encourage all students, faculty and staff of Northwestern to learn more about our research and activities by participating in our public events.

Current graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should explore the TGS site or contact Professor Mark Hauser, 

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