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Certificate in
Caribbean Studies

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to enrich students’ knowledge of the Caribbean, a key region with increasingly strong socio-cultural ties to Canada. Students will learn about the Caribbean’s historic, political, economic, cultural, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity. This region provides an excellent site for studies of multiculturalism and creolization. Additionally, students will learn about the important Caribbean community in Canada, thereby engaging with issues such as migration, transnationalism, diaspora, racism, and equity.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/caribbean.

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Academic Coordinator: Dr. Camille Hernández-Ramdwar, chernand@ryerson.ca

Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six OAC credits or Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Course

CCRB 100   Caribbean Studies:  Introduction to the Caribbean


Electives (select five)

CCRB 500   Caribbean Studies:  Families in the Caribbean
CCRB 501   Caribbean Studies:  Racism and Caribbean Peoples in Canada
CCRB 502   Caribbean Studies:  Cultural Traditions in the Caribbean
CCRB 600   Caribbean Studies:  Postcolonial Caribbean Society
CCRB 603   Caribbean Studies:  Special Topics in Caribbean Studies
CCRB 605   Caribbean Studies:  Caribbean Tourism: Impacts and Resistance
CCRB 614   Caribbean Studies:  Caribbean Critical Thought
CENG 620   English Literature:  English Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
CFRS 602   French Studies:  French Caribbean Literature and Culture
CHST 222   History:  The History of The Caribbean
CSPN 804   Spanish:  Latin American Culture II
CSPS 502   Spanish Studies:  Spanish Caribbean Literature and Culture


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CCRB 100   Caribbean Studies:  Introduction to the Caribbean
CCRB 502   Caribbean Studies:  Cultural Traditions in the Caribbean
CFRS 602   French Studies:  French Caribbean Literature and Culture
CHST 222   History:  The History of The Caribbean
CSPS 502   Spanish Studies:  Spanish Caribbean Literature and Culture