The Interdisciplinary Program in Latin and Caribbean Studies is an area studies program that is designed to develop a student's competence in the language(s), history, culture, and the contemporary political and economic setting of a particular country or cultural region. The program is focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. The program combines area or country-specific courses that give students the needed cultural immersion with more general comparative course work. This is intended to provide students with the necessary intellectual tools, concepts and theories to understand their particular disciplinary concentrations. In addition, the program will enable students to pull from various disciplines the skills not only to evaluate the past, present, and future of Latin and Caribbean Countries, but also their place within the context of the world. Students are to select language and thematic specializations in line with their intellectual interests and career goals and design their program of studies accordingly.