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Latin American Studies

In this program you’ll study the area of México to Tierra del Fuego. You can take courses in:

  • Spanish language
  • Portuguese language
  • history
  • culture
  • literature

Potential careers

What can you do with a Latin American studies degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • communications coordinator
  • cultural programs coordinator
  • internal project coordinator
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence officer
  • curator      
  • program manager
  • social media manager
  • human resources coordinator
  • policy analyst
  • translator
  • interpreter
  • youth outreach worker
  • trade officer
  • territorial sales
  • teacher or instructor
  • entrepreneur

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the Latin American studies program

With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to Latin American Studies:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the Latin American studies program offer extensive hands-on learning.


Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

Field school

ANTH 393 - Selected Problems in Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 395 - Selected Problems in Anthropology: Method and Theory
(variable course topics and potential for international experience)
Gain practical field experience when these courses are offered as a field school

Research project

LAS 400 - Special Topics in Latin American Studies (in English)
Explore interdisciplinary perspectives by focusing on a topic of interest

LAS 499 - Honours Graduating Essay
Research, write and orally defend a graduating honours essay

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the Latin American studies program.

Spanish language

  • read and write in Spanish
  • speak in Spanish
  • use appropriate Spanish grammar, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary
  • prepare and deliver presentations in Spanish
  • understand the diversity and global dispersion of contemporary varieties of Spanish

Literature in Latin America

  • be familiar with Latin American literature from the sixteenth century to the present
  • understand the literary traditions, genres and styles in Latin America
  • understand Latin American literary history and literary movements

Literary interpretation

  • critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • understand major issues in literary criticism
  • read literature in relation to literary theory
  • use close reading skills and literary terminology
  • identify the critical questions to be asked of a body of material

Historical, social and cultural perspective

  • identify the historical, social and cultural contexts in which a text is produced
  • understand how historical, social and cultural contexts impact literary texts
  • explore historical, social and cultural perspectives with intellectual curiosity
  • consider nationalism, imperialism, militarism and politics in the context of literature
  • consider religion, ethnicity, race, gender and class in the context of literature

What's next?

To explore more visit the Latin American studies site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.