Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) — The foremost center of Latin American Studies in the United States, LLILAS offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; and promotes interdisciplinary research about Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as socially engaged scholarship and horizontal collaborations with scholars, students, and communities in the region.
Since 1949 the Department of Geography and the Environment has provided multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, analyze diverse cultural landscapes, and solve problems related to local and global change.
Department of History at UT Austin offers an undergraduate major that prepares students not only for diverse workplaces, but also for a life of engaged citizenship in an ever more complicated and interconnected world. The department’s graduate program offers an exceptionally wide range of resources for graduate study in many fields of history.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is committed to fomenting a deep and complex understanding of the heterogenous cultures we research and teach, from their earliest inceptions on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas, to their most current linguistic and cultural manifestations in Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies is the academic department under the umbrella of Latino Studies,a powerhouse of Latino thought and advocacy at The University of Texas at Austin which fearlessly upholds the mission of ethnic studies by creating space to explore and understand the lives of Latinos in the U.S. while using its knowledge and resources to support Latino communities everywhere.
Established in June 1969, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS) is the research, programming, and community engagement division of the Black Studies Collective at the University of Texas at Austin. WCAAAS supports the research and programmatic initiatives of its faculty affiliates and students, collaborates with local organizations, and encourages creative work that seeks to foster social justice for people of African descent around the world.
The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies at UT Austin has grown from offering a few courses in 1979, to a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate program. Their mission is to create committed communities that address the challenges faced in the areas of gender, sexuality, diversity, and equity.
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Program (NAIS) program at UT Austin has a global, comparative focus with a particular strength in the Americas. NAIS fosters and supports teaching and intellectual engagements around the languages, cultures, knowledges, histories, and current political struggles of indigenous peoples. NAIS is particularly concerned with scholarship and intellectual exchange that contributes to the economic, social, and political advancement of indigenous peoples.
The Beach Lab Group, directed by Dr. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Dr. Tim Beach, investigates questions of landscape and environmental change through the lenses of geomorphology, geoarchaeology, soil science, hydrology, and water chemistry. Their work focuses on the Maya world of the Neotropics, the Mediterranean, Iceland, the Andes, Texas, and other corners of the globe.