Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is for students in the social sciences and humanities who seek a deeper understanding of the Latin American regions, their histories, cultures, and societies. Courses encourage students to situate their special interests in fields such as anthropology, political science, geography, history, or sociology within a broader interdisciplinary framework, while at the same time committing themselves to an emphasis upon the languages, and the historical and cultural experiences of Spanish and Portuguese America.


    Admission Information

    • Apply to the Humanities or Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • Grade 12 or the equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese is an asset but is not necessary; you can begin your study of these languages at the U of T
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

    • Latin American Studies (major and minor options)


    First-Year Courses

    • SPA 100Y1 - Beginners Spanish (see Spanish for details)
    • PRT 100Y1 - Beginners Portuguese or PRT 110Y (see Portuguese for details)


    Advice for First Year

    The Latin American Studies (LAS) major program requires two years of Spanish or Portuguese, or demonstrable equivalent proficiency. The beginners' language courses are waived for students with Grade 12 Spanish or Portuguese, or with demonstrable equivalent proficiency in either language. For the LAS minor, language study is recommended, but not a requirement. The foundation courses for Latin American Studies (for major and minor options) are LAS 200 H1 and LAS 201 H1, courses on Latin American History, Culture, and Civilization, offered at the second year level, and open to first-year students.



    The interdisciplinary program in Latin American studies is superb preparation for a variety of careers and academic pursuits. It offers students in Toronto valuable perspective, and deeper understanding of a fascinating and diverse neighbour region in the hemisphere.

    With its encouragement of Spanish and Portuguese language fluency, and its commitment to travel experience and in-depth study of Latin America, LAS@UofT prepares its majors for an increasingly international and multi-lingual world. 

    Direct career options include:

    International Development
    Foreign Affairs
    Public Health
    Foreign Service
    International Project Management
    Public Policy Analysis
    Hospitality Industry
    Community Work
    Travel Industry
    Public Relations
    Market Research and Analysis
    Immigration and Customs
    Technical Writing
    International Business and Trade
    Mining Industry
    Environmental Protection, Education, and Research



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    First Year