Latin American and Caribbean Studies

(Regional, multi-disciplinary)

Program requirements:
Specialization in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Stream in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Sample course selection:
First Year: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Second Year: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Latin America and the Caribbean may seem far away and exotic but these regions are connected and close to Canada because of the intimate ties we share through people, politics, culture and the economy. This Specialization allows students to explore common experiences as well as our differences; it provides a platform for communication between cultures and regions. The broad multidisciplinary approach will challenge assumptions about the region and prepare students to become global citizens. It will allow students to connect with Latin America and the Caribbean whether it is their heritage or the background of someone they know and admire. Students will learn about the history, economy, politics, culture, environment, land and societies of the regions and their place with the global system.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies follows a multidisciplinary approach that draws on the many experts on the region who teach at Carleton.  Students in this program will acquire a deep knowledge of the region: its historical, political, legal, cultural, and socio-economic interconnections in an international global context. They will be able to challenge issues both from many different angles both within their disciplines and based on regional particularities.  They will contest both their own world views and mainstream ideas.  Because studying a foreign language is part of the curriculum, they will be ready to be global citizens and to engage with people and ideas from other parts of the world.

Future career paths: development, foreign affairs, graduate work in humanities and social sciences, Non-Governmental Organizations, human rights and social justice, business, journalism, travel industry, education, and research.