Building upon the University's historical strength in issues relating to Latin America, this state-of-the-art degree program offers students diverse learning environments, and seeks to maximize opportunities for students to experience Latin America first-hand. The program stresses the development of a critical and informed view of Latin America, linguistic skills, independent research and writing abilities, and cultural sensitivity. This major program prepares students for work in the public and private sectors in Canada that deal with Latin American countries and cultures. Graduates may find work opportunities in the diplomatic and the civil service, business, journalism, teaching and tourism.
Students are strongly encouraged to combine the Latin American Studies Major with another major or minor and to take a semester of study at a Latin American university through one of the many exchange agreements that the University of Calgary maintains.