LLILAS Graduate Program
Graduate work in our preeminent program in Latin American Studies provides outstanding interdisciplinary preparation for students planning a career grounded in the production of distinctive knowledge on a specific topic situated in Latin America, from a fundamentally interdisciplinary perspective.
The institute's academic framework comprises the great variety of courses offered by faculty affiliates in more than 30 departments across the university. While offering great breadth in disciplines and approaches, our program encourages students to focus their interests around a cohesive plan of study that incorporates basic theory and methodology courses relevant to a core discipline. Students meet with the LLILAS graduate adviser and their individual faculty adviser to plan their program.
The LLILAS doctoral program is dedicated to providing a flexible yet rigorous course of study for a select number of excellent students whose proposed doctoral program requires an interdisciplinary approach. In addition, our doctoral students are required to combine scholarly rigor with a focus on practical applications. Through this program, they acquire not only specialist knowledge of their subject, but also a range of skills and expertise that prepares them for work opportunities in areas outside of academia, from the private sector, to government, to activist or civil society organizations. The LLILAS Admissions Committee receives and reviews all applications for admission to the doctoral program. A strong application will outline reasons for choosing an interdisciplinary doctoral degree instead of a discipline-based PhD program, and will specify a proposed focus for the doctoral dissertation.
Malecón, La Habana, Cuba. Photo by Mario Mercado Díaz, LLILAS master’s student, summer 2014.