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Certificate in Latin American Studies

Start something extraordinary with the interdisciplinary study of Latin America.

About the certificate

The Latin American Studies (LAST) embedded certificate at the University of Calgary is a chance to complete your degree in your chosen field while you:

  • ignite your passion
  • expand your worldview
  • develop a nuanced understanding of Latin American countries, cultures, politics, and societies

Show your unique background to potential employers. Set the stage for exciting opportunities.

Who can earn a LAST certificate and what will you study?

Open to all UCalgary students ready to start something new in their academic journey.

Examine the people, places, and perspectives of Latin America in two interdisciplinary classes. Explore Latin America from the perspectives of at least two disciplines, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Development Studies
  • Spanish literature and language. 

Are you ready to start something? Speak to a program advisor today about adding this certificate to your degree.

As easy as 1, 2, 3

Follow these steps to enroll in the certificate

Talk to an advisor

See if the certificate is right for you. Work out a roadmap to finishing your degree and certificate successfully.

Book an appointment

Declare the certificate

Add the program to your student centre: Under the “Admissions” header, select “Change of Program” and complete the online application to add the embedded certificate to your degree.


For more information about the embedded certificate, contact the academic coordinator, Dr. Hendrik Kraay.



To earn the embedded certificate in Latin American Studies, you will successfully complete 18 units of coursework.

Core courses

  • 6 units (2 courses)

Elective courses

  • 3 units in the Field of Latin American Studies at the 400 level
  • 9 units chosen from the Field of Latin American Studies in a minimum of 2 subject areas

To learn more about courses constituting the field of Latin American Studies, please visit Program Details in the academic calendar below.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will: 

  • Identify and explain the significance of the major social and economic trends in Latin America  
  • Explain the significance of major socio-economic indicators for Latin American countries and the differences among these countries. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key developments in Latin American societies and cultures 
  • Analyze the role of political, social, economic, and cultural issues in Latin American societies and cultures 
  • Demonstrate understanding of and evaluate debates regarding ideas of cultural change 
  • Gain exposure to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of Latin America