Career possibilities

Rebecca Oudman standing with two girls in front of a Guatemala flag
You can create specialized fields of expertise combining your knowledge of Latin America with disciplines such as anthropology, business, education, environmental studies, geography, Hispanic studies, history, music, political science and others. Rebecca Oudman is the director of a sponsorship program in Guatemala.

What can I do with a degree in Latin American Studies?

The Latin American Studies Program can open the doors to exciting careers in education and research, governmental agencies or non-governmental organizations, international relations, media, law and commerce.

Knowledge of other cultures and languages enhances your understanding of the world. Studying Latin America encourages students to develop a passion for other cultures and languages. Our graduates end up with in-depth knowledge of the region, sophisticated skills in critical thinking and analysis, as well as in oral and written communication.

Some career options for Latin American Studies graduates

  • Archaeologist
  • Business consultant
  • Communications advisor
  • Community or youth worker
  • Community organizer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Filmmaker/photographer 
  • Foreign service officer
  • Forensic anthropoloist
  • Healthcare
  • Historical interpreter
  • International development coordinator
  • Journalist, new media
  • Multiculturalism educator
  • Museum educator/curator
  • Political aide
  • Public health educator
  • Public policy analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Social service worker
  • Support worker for immigrants and refugees

Additional education and training may be required.

More information from Co-op + Career Services (PDF)

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Meet our alumni

Emily Bibby

Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Playa Del Carmen

Emily worked as an intern for six months in the entertainment team at an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen. She now works there full-time and her duties include leading multiple sport and fitness-oriented activities in English, Spanish and French, encouraging guests to participate in games and activities through public relations, communicating with guests and providing tour and travel advice and recommendations. Read more

BA in Latin American Studies (2013)

Rebecca Oudman

Child Sponsorship Program Director

When she started out at UVic, Rebecca wasn't really sure what she should major in, but she knew she loved different cultures. After a trip to Guatemala, she decided to pursue Latin American studies, as she fell in love with the people and their language. Her studies gave her insight into the culture and history of Latin America. She took courses ranging from politics, to geography, to Spanish. It helped her appreciate the culture more because she knows more of the history of Latin America and how that has shaped people over generations. Read more

BA in Latin American Studies (2014)

Kate Williams

Beekeeper / Baker / Yoga instructor

Kate says the language and anthropology courses from her LAS degree have helped her connect with people at work from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. She is motivated to continue studying Spanish, as she will be travelling to Central America. She says she is grateful to have a foundation in Spanish, because it opens the door to communicate as she travels, and to speak with new Canadians and travellers where she currently lives in Canmore. It also deepens her appreciation for Latin American news, music, and food! Read more

BA in Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies (2015)

Emily Braden

Professional vocalist

Emily is a professional vocalist in New York City who performs regularly with an Afro-Cuban band and sings and composes in Spanish. She previously worked as a bilingual research interviewer at the Hebrew Home for the Aged and for three years at a fully bilingual syringe exchange in upper Manhattan. She also works as a freelance interpreter and translator. Read more

BA in Latin American Studies (2005)