Dec 07, 2019  
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in Latin American Business Studies [Business]

Description of Field

The Faculty of Business, through its Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages, has developed this innovative and unique program. It has been designed to produce business graduates with an expertise in the language, culture, history, and economics of the Spanish-speaking nations of North, Central, and South America. Formal international study exchanges in Mexico, Chile and elsewhere are available and would enhance the experience in the program.

Career Opportunities

On graduation, students would have the functional business skills required of today's managers as well as the language capability and cultural sensitivity that would enable them to interact comfortably with Alberta's and Canada's trading partners. A graduate would also qualify to assume an overseas posting or to pursue further studies in Mexico or Central and South American countries. Opportunities in all areas of business would exist in the government and the private sector, particularly in connection with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Sequence of Courses

Year Three

Year Four

  • ★9 Latin-American electives (See Note 3)
  • ★9 International Business electives (See Note 3)
  • ★6 Senior Business electives
  • ★6 in free electives (See Notes 2 and 4)


  1. Language Sequencing is shown for non-Heritage Speakers. Heritage speakers are required to begin with SPAN 306 . Such students should consult with the Department of Modern Languages on appropriate sequencing of courses.
  2. See Policy on Elective Courses 
  3. Latin American electives should be chosen from courses in culture, history, political science, economics and geography (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) relating to their area of interest. As available and appropriate courses will vary from year to year, students should consult the Undergraduate Office for approval of Latin American electives.
  4. Language Studies majors are encouraged to use their free electives, particularly in Year Three, to acquire broader skills in functional areas of Business. Students are advised to see Minors for Business Students   and the following section of Minors.
  5. International Business electives may be chosen from the following: ACCTG 442; B LAW 442 , B LAW 444 ; BUEC 342 , BUEC 442 , BUEC 444 ; FIN 442 ; MARK 442 ; SMO 417 , SMO 435 . BUEC 342  is recommended as a first course in an International sequence.


  1. Students with a declared major in Latin American Studies may choose to do a minor in any subject area of Business. See Minors for Business Students  . Minors are recommended but not required.
  2. Students with a declared major in another area may not complete a minor in Latin American Studies.