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Enrich your knowledge of the Caribbean through this fascinating interdisciplinary program.

Learn about the Caribbean’s history, politics, and economy. Examine the region’s rich cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Explore the importance of the Caribbean community in Canada.

A diverse selection of courses will allow you to engage with contemporary issues in the Caribbean region and its diaspora, including:

  • Tourism Impacts and Resistance
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Globalization
  • Migration
  • Multiculturalism
  • Transnationalism
  • Creolization
  • Diaspora
  • Racism
  • Sexualities
  • Equity
  • Inclusion

If you want to learn more about contemporary issues in the Caribbean and the region’s influence on the world, this program is for you.

What Will You Learn?

  • Caribbean history, culture, and traditions.
  • The Caribbean’s incredible diversity as it relates to:
    • culture
    • ethnicity and race
    • sexuality
    • geography
    • language
  • The strong cultural, social, academic, and commercial links between the Caribbean and Canada.
  • Contemporary issues facing the Caribbean.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

The Certificate in Caribbean Studies is for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of Caribbean history, culture, and contemporary issues in the region.

You may be interested if you:

  • have cultural roots in the Caribbean or the global South
  • intend to work in the Caribbean region
  • work with Caribbean communities in Canada
  • want a solid foundation for further study of Caribbean Studies at the undergraduate or graduate level

Canada has a significant population of the Caribbean diaspora in Toronto and across the country. The number of Canadians who visit the Caribbean is growing every year. But many Canadians, even those of Caribbean origin, are not familiar with the Caribbean in all its diversity and cultural influence.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Caribbean Studies.

Many instructors come from departments at Toronto Metropolitan University, including Sociology, History, English, and Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


Industry and Careers

Many graduates find that the Certificate in Caribbean Studies enhances their expertise in fields including:

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Social Services
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Business
  • Languages
  • Immigration
  • Healthcare
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Festival management
  • Performing Arts
  • Education


“I can't speak highly enough about the Certificate in Caribbean Studies and the positive impact that it's had on my life. The courses are interesting and are taught by passionate, knowledgeable instructors. In just eight months, I feel that I have a much stronger foundation for my personal identity and family history, and an increased sense of pride in and awareness of my roots. It has been wonderful to learn about the various challenges and celebrations that contribute to the Caribbean experience in both local and global contexts, and I know that I will use what I've learned throughout my life!”  – Laila Zahra Harris

“I initially registered in the Caribbean Studies certificate program for personal interest, as I grew up in Jamaica but realized how much I did not know about the history and dynamics of the overall region. Interestingly, due to the range and depth of the material covered, I soon realized that the course material would be very useful in my professional work as a community development worker. Many of the people who I work with have a Caribbean background and having a broader knowledge of the Caribbean has definitely enhanced my ability to have meaningful discussions and interactions with them. Thanks to Toronto Metropolitan University and the professors for putting this program together. The material covered has added significant value to my professional work.” – Louis March, Graduate

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid




Contact Us

Questions? Contact Dr. Camille Hernández-Ramdwar, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 4193
Email:  chernand@ryerson.ca

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