Why Major or Minor in Latin American Studies?


How can Latin American Studies expand your horizons?

The Latin American Studies (LAS) program is an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the region.

The program is designed to give students the flexibility to pursue their interests by taking courses from multiple departments related to language, culture, society, geography, political systems, and history. LAS students graduate with wide-ranging linguistic and intercultural competencies that are in demand in governmental settings and diverse industries.

What career options are out there?

Graduates will develop transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of contexts.

Students from Latin American Studies graduate with wide-ranging skills that are in demand in diverse industries and governmental settings. Our graduates are equipped for any field in which connection and internationalism count. These include careers in:

  • Government and politics
  • Public service, foreign service
  • Global health care
  • Business
  • Human resource management
  • Project management
  • Education, academia, research
  • International law
  • Cultural and historical organizations
  • Humanitarian work
  • Non-profits, NGOs
  • Tourism
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Land and food industries
  • Public relations, journalism
  • Many more!

Many students find that a Major or Minor in one of our programs pairs well with other specializations, including International Relations, Political Science, Geography, Human Resource Management and more.

You will develop transferable skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. These skills include:

  • Language proficiency (hard skill)
  • Cultural awareness
  • International & intercultural know-how
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills

Here's what former students have been up to since graduating:

What can you expect from the Latin American Studies program?

Latin American Studies provides interdisciplinary training and dynamic exposure to the diversity and complexities of the region by giving students the flexibility to learn from different disciplines.

Students may take courses from multiple departments, including Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Hispanic Studies, Geography, History, Social Work, Sociology, or Political Science, as well as Spanish or Portuguese language. Graduates will gain considerable insight into a region that has a significant impact on cultural, economic, and political matters around the globe.

You can select a Major or Minor in Latin American Studies, as well as a term abroad in alternating years.

  • UBC offers study abroad programs every summer in various cities and regions of the Italian peninsula through Go Global.
  • UBC has exchange agreements with 13 universities in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. The Tec de Monterrey relationship is especially close, with a Tec de Monterrey undergraduate residential house at UBC.

From Latin music dance parties to film screenings, there are plenty of opportunities for students to deepen their cultural awareness and linguistic skills through events organized by Latin American Studies and by student clubs and associations.

  • The Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies offers free tutoring in Spanish, Portuguese, and other languages, and educational support to students through the Learning Centre.
  • The Department also hosts language conversation tables and cultural events through the Cultural Club, giving students a chance to further their exploration of language and culture outside of the classroom.

Here's what undergraduate students have been up to:

How do you declare a Major or Minor?

You can declare your specialization in one of two ways:


  1. Login to the Student Service Centre (SSC) and select your campus and session.
  2. Select specialization from the browse menu to see a list of all degree programs with specializations.
  3. Select your degree program.
  4. Select your area of specialization from the subject list.
  5. Click add spec.
  6. If the specialization indicates that you must contact the department, you will not be able to declare it online. Contact your academic advising office for details.
  7. (To make changes: use the switch spec. button)

Arts Advising can adjust your specialization on your behalf by filling out their online form.

Arts Advising only accepts online specialization requests outside of the registration period (registration runs from mid-June to mid-September). During registration periods, declare your specializations via the SSC.

For further assistance, contact an advisor.