The LACS faculty and students have broad research interests and strengths. The program has identified four areas (Thematic Initiatives) in which LACS offerings are especially strong:
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate degree program within the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. LACS offers a major and a minor for Jackson School students. Requirements include training in two foreign languages of Latin America (Spanish, Portuguese, or French).
The Jackson School of International Studies offers a Master of Arts in International Studies. Latin America can be chosen as the regional focus.
The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) is designed for two kinds of students. First, students concurrently pursuing another graduate degree in one of six professional schools at the University: the Foster School of Business Administration, the School of Forest Resources, the School of Law, the School of Marine Affairs, the Evans School of Public Affairs, and the School of Public Health. Second, students enter the program after already having gained professional experience or education. All graduate students participate in a year-long core series dealing with a broad framework for the study of international issues and institutions. In addition, students take a two-course practicum series, and concentrate in two of the following three supplemental foci: regional, professional, or special topics. The graduate program requires proficiency in a modern foreign language.