About Us

The Ohio State University is one of the largest research and teaching institutions in the United States, with a global strategy that connects the Midwest to the nation, and the local to the world. Founded in 1962, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Ohio State—home to 125 faculty members among 14 colleges and 44 departments—has become a leading promoter of the university’s efforts to internationalize the curriculum, foster multidisciplinary initiatives, and increase diversity of perspectives. CLAS works to increase the supply of Latin American specialists at all levels of the educational system for service in areas of national need. An integral part of its mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about Latin America among P-12 and postsecondary educators, the business community, media, and the community at large.