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School of Social Justice and Global Stewardship

Latin American Studies — Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor's degree

Four years

minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Study abroad to gain a global education
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Immerse yourself in the literature, sports, music, and politics of Latin America. UFV Latin American Studies minor or extended minor introduces you to the dynamics of this significant economic zone and offers insight into the diversity, drama, and beauty of the region. 

Explore issues facing by developing countries using an interdisciplinary approach. In your lower level courses, learn about the Aztecs, Mayas, and Spaniards, the importance of soccer and songs, and the impacts of globalization. Your upper-level courses examine African slavery, religion, sexuality, and gender, and the processes of development and underdevelopment. 

Additional opportunities:

Travel the globe and earn university credit by participating in a Latin American study tour or field school. You may also choose to complete a foreign co-op work placement. Opportunities are available in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Chile.

Open your world and communicate globally by pairing your studies with a minor or extended minor in Modern Languages.


With more than 400 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is the most spoken language in the Americas and the third most spoken language on the planet after Mandarin and English. The official language of 21 countries, Spanish continues to gain ground as a widely-spoken international language, making the ability to communicate fluently and understand Latin culture valuable assets for professionals in a global marketplace.

Multi-national corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations value employees that are familiar with the language and culture of the countries where they operate.

Put your global perspective and Latin American savvy into use in varied fields including: 

  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Student affairs administration
  • Advocacy/Non-profit
    • Domestic and international advocacy
    • Humanitarian services
    • Development 
    • Disaster/disease relief
    • Community education and outreach
  • Human Services
    • Counseling
    • Case management
    • Community relations
  • Business and Industry
    • International development
    • Importing/exporting
    • Public relations 
    • Agriculture economics

You may also opt to pursue a graduate education in a field such as law, business, medicine, public policy, or global development.



This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Book an appointment with the Upgrading and University Preparation department to discuss your upgrading needs.


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