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Find your edge in Latin American studies

Work closely with faculty and students like David Romero to explore the geography, environments, peoples, politics, histories, cultures, languages and arts of Latin America.

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From México to Tierra del Fuego

Latin America is home to an ethnically diverse and culturally vibrant populations. Our program will provide you with a broad interdisciplinary understanding of this important geocultural region.

Areas of study
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A career that will take you far

Whether you want to work in Latin America or not, a degree in Latin American studies will provide you with life-long language skills and cultural competency that give your disciplinary training a competitive edge.

Career possibilities
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Make the world your classroom

Our field schools provide an academic framework to directly experience Latin America while our study abroad programs increase your abilities to communicate in Spanish and/or Portuguese. These are life-changing immersion opportunities.

Field schools

Discover a rich cultural history

From Mexico to Argentina, Latin America is home to an ethnically diverse, politically dynamic, and culturally vibrant population of over five hundred million.

Develop intercultural competencies through examining current and historical events in the region through our diverse classes, exciting field schools, and opportunities to study abroad.

Whether you want to build your language and cultural skills, prepare to live and work abroad, or engage in the politics of the region, the Latin American Studies Program has something to offer you.

Latin America is the crossroads of historical legacies, cultural diversity, political resistance, social resilience and change. Magical realism and surrealism are nothing but a by-product of the region's reality.
David Romero Espitia, Latin American Studies Alumni

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.