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.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Global and International Studies (B.G.In.S.)

Note: Details regarding graduation requirements, the international experience requirement, and the language requirement for the B.G.In.S. degree can be found at the B.G.In.S. program page.

Specialization in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
B.G.In.S. Honours (20.0 credits)

A. Credits Included in Major CGPA (12.0 credits)
1.  4.5 credits in: Core Courses 4.5
GINS 1000 [0.5]
Global History
GINS 1010 [0.5]
International Law and Politics
GINS 1020 [0.5]
Ethnography, Globalization and Culture
GINS 2000 [0.5]
Ethics and Globalization
GINS 2010 [0.5]
Globalization and International Economic Issues
GINS 2020 [0.5]
Global Literatures
GINS 3010 [0.5]
Global and International Theory
GINS 3020 [0.5]
Places, Boundaries, Movements and Global Environmental Change
GINS 4090 [0.5]
Honours Seminar in Global and International Studies
2.  0.0 credit in: International Experience Requirement Preparation
GINS 1300 [0.0]
International Experience Requirement Preparation
3.  7.5 credits in: the Specialization 7.5
Note: Language Requirement – Students choosing the Latin America and Caribbean Studies Specialization must fulfil their language requirement with a language relevant to Latin American and the Caribbean other than English. The Program Director will maintain a list of those languages suitable for meeting this requirement.
a. 1.0 credit in : Foundations
LACS 1001 [0.5]
Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies I
LACS 1002 [0.5]
Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies II
b. 1.0 credit from: History
HIST 2308 [0.5]
Colonial Latin America
HIST 2309 [0.5]
Modern Latin America
HIST 2710 [0.5]
Introduction to Caribbean History
c. 0.5 credit from: Politics
PSCI 3204 [0.5]
Politics of Latin America
PSCI 3205 [0.5]
Mexican Politics
d. 3.0 credits from: Courses with LACS Content
ANTH 2640 [0.5]
Andean Ethnography
ANTH 2650 [0.5]
Ethnography of Mesoamerica
ENGL 2956 [0.5]
Literatures of the Americas I
ENGL 2957 [0.5]
Literatures of the Americas II
GEOG 3023 [0.5]
Cities in a Global World
GEOG 3025 [0.5]
Geographies of Selected Regions
GEOG 3030 [0.5]
Regional Field Excursion
GINS 3900 [0.5]
International Placement
GINS 4900 [0.5]
Tutorial in Global and International Studies
GINS 4908 [1.0]
Honours Research Essay
HIST 3704 [0.5]
HIST 3710 [0.5]
Themes in Caribbean History
HIST 3712 [0.5]
Social History of Mexico
HIST 3713 [0.5]
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
HIST 4700 [1.0]
Seminar in World History
HIST 4915 [0.5]
Topics in History (topics in LACS)
e. 1.5 credits from: Context
ANTH 2020 [0.5]
Race and Ethnicity
ANTH 2040 [0.5]
Anthropology and Gender
ANTH 2850 [0.5]
Development and Underdevelopment
ANTH 3020 [0.5]
Studies in Race and Ethnicity
ANTH 3027 [0.5]
Studies in Globalization and Human Rights
ECON 3508 [0.5]
Introduction to Economic Development
ENGL 3965 [0.5]
Intro to Postcolonial Theory
GEOG 2200 [0.5]
Global Connections
GEOG 2300 [0.5]
Space, Place and Culture
GEOG 3021 [0.5]
Geographies of Culture and Identity
GEOG 3024 [0.5]
Understanding Globalization
GEOG 3209 [0.5]
Sustainability and Environment in the South
GEOG 3404 [0.5]
Geographies of Economic Development
GEOG 4024 [0.5]
Seminar in Globalization
HIST 3217 [0.5]
Empire and Globalization
HUMR 2202 [0.5]
Power Relations and Human Rights
HUMR 2401 [0.5]
Political Repression: Impacts and Responses
HUMR 3501 [0.5]
Social, Economic and Cultural Rights
HUMR 3502 [0.5]
Corporations and Human Rights
HUMR 3503 [0.5]
Global Environmental Justice
HUMR 4402 [0.5]
Terror and Human Rights
LAWS 3208 [0.5]
International Trade Regulation
PSCI 2102 [0.5]
Comparative Politics of the Global South
PSCI 3105 [0.5]
PSCI 3307 [0.5]
Politics of Human Rights
PSCI 3502 [0.5]
Gender and Politics: Global South
PSCI 3600 [0.5]
International Institutions
PSCI 3802 [0.5]
Globalization and Human Rights
PSCI 4104 [0.5]
Development in the Global South – Theory and Practice
PSCI 4500 [0.5]
Gender and Globalization
PSCI 4505 [0.5]
Transitions to Democracy
f. 0.5 credit in: Capstone Seminar
LACS 4001 [0.5]
Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
PSCI 4819 [0.5]
Latin America in the World
B. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (8.0 credits)
4.  8.0 credits in: Free Electives 8.0
C. Additional Requirements
5. The International Experience requirement must be met.
6. The Language requirement must be met.
Total Credits 20.0

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

Second Year: Latin American and Caribbean Studies