Your degree in Latin American Studies

Skills you’ll develop

During your Latin American Studies degree, you’ll gain broad exposure to the peoples and places of Latin America, and you’ll gain an understanding of the cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the region. You’ll develop important skills through flexible interdisciplinary course work in anthropology, art history, geography, history, political science, literary and cultural studies, and languages.

These skills may include:

  • Critically thinking about and analyzing concepts while demonstrating intercultural awareness
  • Applying problem-solving to examine issues relevant to Latin American regions and cultures
  • Demonstrating an understanding of historical and contemporary issues and events used to assess and anticipate future needs
  • Language proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Creating and evaluating translations of original texts
  • Researching, collecting data, synthesizing, and analyzing large amounts of information
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning abilities that are evidence-based and acknowledge the influence different perspectives can have on facts
  • Written and verbal communication skills used to identify and examine contemporary issues in Latin American societies

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, foreign service, global health, business, translation, non-profit, law, journalism, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Activist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Child welfare policy analyst
  • Communications specialist
  • Community development worker
  • Community programs director
  • Conservator
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Documentarian/Filmmaker
  • Economist
  • Event planner
  • Foreign service officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government official
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historian
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International development worker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Library director
  • Lobbyist
  • Media or Information consultant
  • Media relations officer
  • Museum administrator
  • Museum educator
  • News analyst
  • Policy advisor
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Records technician
  • Regional development analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Social policy researcher
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • Writer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Latin American Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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