Attention: This program is currently under review by the faculty and may be suspended pending Senate approval. If you wish to enroll in this program, please contact the undergraduate program advisor.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Latin American Studies

Explore a rich panorama of perspectives that spans anthropology, history, indigenous studies and political science.

Latin American Studies Top Image Latin American studies at UBC Okanagan provides a vibrant understanding of disparate territories, countries and cultures. Photo by Prof. Adam Jones

What You Need to Know

Why study Latin American studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Access to professors

Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on genocide, critical security and political economy, and transatlantic modernism—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Study abroad

Absorb and further develop your language skills. Spend a semester or school year abroad through UBC’s Go Global program or another approved, credit-granting university program in Latin America or Spain.

Career opportunities

Build the foundational skills needed to pursue a career in international law, international business and politics, and foreign service, or to pursue graduate studies in Latin American and Iberian studies.

Co-op experience

Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Details

Get your UBC degree in Latin American studies and develop a rich understanding of Latin America in contemporary regional and international contexts. Examine language, culture, society, geography, political systems and histories of the continent.

Students can focus their studies on concentrated areas or select varied courses from an assortment of departments, including anthropology, history, indigenous studies, political science, Spanish and sociology.

In undergraduate Latin American studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Latin American Studies.


UBC Okanagan’s Latin American studies program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students for careers in international law, foreign service, and international business and politics.

Sample courses:

  • HIST 240 – Pre-Independence Latin American History
  • SPAN 408 – Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • SOCI 440 – Sociology of Latin America

Browse Latin American studies courses and descriptions.

Degree Overview

The following link takes you to Latin American Studies program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academics policies at the University of British Columbia:

Learn about Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

Visit the Latin American studies homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program.

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

This program is currently under review by the faculty and may be suspended pending Senate approval. If you wish to enroll in this program, please contact the undergraduate program advisor.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Latin American Studies. Career options range from social worker and international relations manager to Peace Corps worker.



  • Admissions counsellor
  • Advertising executive
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Business manager
  • Columnist
  • Community affairs specialist
  • Consultant
  • Counsellor
  • Coordinator of international programs
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Federal agent
  • Hospitality manager
  • Human resources professional
  • Import/export specialist
  • International financial advisor
  • International media planner
  • International relations manager
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Marketing assistant
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Social worker
  • Special events coordinator
  • Technician
  • Tour manager

Potential Employers

  • Agencies for international development, Bureau of International Labour Affairs, chambers of commerce, civil rights commissions.
  • Foreign service, government agencies, human service agencies, political offices, social service agencies.
  • Advertising agencies, broadcasting companies, magazines and newspapers, public relations firms, international exchange programs.

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PHD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. Students may choose to complete an IGS Themed Option in Latin American & Iberian Studies, or build an individualized program and have a Latin American studies department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with fellow students.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Acquire real-world job skills and strong connections at a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Latin American studies program:
Jessica Stites Mor

Jessica Stites Mor, UBC Professor

“Making a lot of noise doesn’t often change the world, but hard work, research, and reaching out to others can.”

Luis Aguiar

Luis Aguiar, UBC Professor

“UBC Okanagan allows me to do the research that I want, and encourages me to see it through.”

Andrew Geistlinger

Andrew Geistlinger, UBC Alumnus & Graduate Student

“I am driven to find out why violent conflict is a continual presence in countries around the world.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Latin American Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence.

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle.


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