Your degree in Latin American Studies

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:

  • Critical thinking and analysis of concepts while demonstrating intercultural awareness
  • Application of  problem solving to the examination of issues relevant to Latin American regions and cultures
  • Demonstrated understanding of historical and contemporary issues and events used to assess and anticipate future needs
  • Language proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Ability to create and evaluate translations of original texts
  • Research, data collection, synthesis, and analysis of 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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.




Charitable organization director

Child welfare policy analyst

Communications specialist

Community development worker

Community programs director



Cultural anthropologist



Documentarian or Filmmaker


Event planner

Foreign service officer


Government official

Heritage interpreter


Human rights officer

Immigration officer

International development worker



Library director


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


Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Departmental events
Network with Latin American Studies students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Latin Dance Club
Make new friends and join beginner-friendly Latin dance classes.

Model United Nations Student Association at UBC
Collaborate with other students to propose resolutions to global issues through United Nations-style simulations.

UBC Journal of International Affairs 
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Outside-In: International Photojournal
Contribute to UBC’s only peer and faculty reviewed student publication for photojournalism.

Explore local events that bring together Latin Americans and Latin enthusiasts living in British Columbia.

International Experience Canada
Check out opportunities for Canadians to do a working holiday in Latin America and around the world.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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