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Become a Caribbean expert with a Caribbean Studies certificate

Expert knowledge about the Caribbean is a great asset in so many booming industries. Architectural science. Education. Politics and governance. Urban and regional planning. International economics and finance. Business. Healthcare. Hospitality and tourism. Immigration. No matter what sector you want to work in, boosting your expertise in the Caribbean can help you stand out to employers. The Chang School Certificate in Caribbean Studies will make you do just that.

The region has rich cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity, and many Caribbean people continue to settle in Canada, making a significant impact on Canada's cultural identity. The skills gained from this unique Caribbean Studies certificate offer a fresh perspective on and understanding of these communities. In our certificate, we cover everything from ecology, gender, kinship and sexuality to culture, literature, tourism, and international relations. You’ll learn about issues like colonialism, slave trade and enslavement, indentured labour, post-plantation economy, and migration and trans-nationalism as well.

Soft skills are more crucial than ever in getting senior positions. With this Caribbean Studies certificate, you can build transferable skill sets in critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, self-awareness, cultural competence, understanding how to form connections with people from diverse backgrounds and political structures, and developing new social perspectives.

Start getting to know the region and its many fascinating facets today.


Who should take this Caribbean Studies certificate?

  • You’d like to do business with or provide services to Caribbean communities in the region or the diaspora

What will you learn while taking the Caribbean Studies certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand the impact of global issues, such as climate change, forced and volunteer migration, food sustainability, international relations, and other social and political factors that impact small economies such as those found in the Caribbean

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

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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