Over the years, parts of the LLILAS program have developed along certain lines sufficient to warrant recognition as program concentrations at the graduate level.
These include Brazilian and Mexican Studies, both of which incorporate country and topic foci of interests.
Environmental Studies Concentration
The Environmental Studies Concentration at the Teresa Long Institute of Latin American Studies seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study and research environmental processes and issues as related to Latin America, through taking course work in participating environmental disciplines, and writing an M.A. thesis on an environmental studies topic.
Development Studies Concentration
The Development Studies Concentration is designed for those planning a future career in public sector, community, and nongovernmental organizations in or relating to Latin America, as well as in multilateral institutions and international organizations. This concentration is also appropriate for students intending to pursue development issues further in an academic context or within other professions.
Cultural Politics of Afro-Latin and Indigenous Peoples Concentration
This graduate concentration in the master’s program of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies trains students to analyze the politics of racialized peoples at the margins of Latin American societies, through the lens of culture theory. Within this broadly defined approach, the particular strength of LLILAS faculty and greatest diversity of course offerings can be found in topics that cluster around the study of racial formation, language politics and ideologies, gender relations, identity politics and social movements, and ideologies of nation building, with a strong emphasis on historical analysis.
Human Rights Concentration
This graduate concentration in the master's program of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies trains students in the field of human rights by providing a multidisciplinary array of courses that consider the history, theory, rhetoric, and doctrine of human rights.