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Career Planning for AFR Undergraduates


Hear from AADS faculty about how an AFR major can fit into your future career plans:

We believe that classrooms are powerful sites for social change. We encourage our students to be critical thinkers, skillful writers, thorough researchers, politically conscious participants in popular culture, and active community members. AADS prepares students to think critically about social relations in the U.S. and around the world. In today's global society, nearly every career requires knowledge about the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, and class impact transnational populations.

Students interested in careers in such fields as education, law, politics, health, and the fine arts will find that an AFR major can accommodate any future career and academic plans. We encourage careers literacy for each of our AFR majors. To this end, the AADS department provides our majors with the following career-building opportunities:

Relevant Coursework.

We offer courses that give students the chance to "apply" Black Studies theory, including our mandatory "AFR 375: Community Internship" course in which AFR majors work with an Austin-based community organization.

Specializations in the Major.

If you are on the 12-14 or 14-16 catalog, you can choose a track to focus on during your time as an AFR major, which can help you focus you coursework on a career interest. Talk to the AFR advisor or find out more on the left about these degree plans.

Exclusive Internship Opportunities.

Coming soon!

Job Week.

Job Week is a weeklong series of events taking place in the Spring semester, where students can prepare for the job market by learning how to apply their Black Studies coursework to their job or graduate school search. Learn more here.

Career Advising.

Take advantage of Liberal Arts Career Services on campus. This office has a close relationship with the AADS department and can talk to you about possibilities.

Four Year Plans.

We've worked with offices on campus to create four-year plans detailing how to balance an AFR major with another program, giving you an advantage on the job and grad school market:

Pre-Med Four Year Plan [created with consultation from the Health Professions Office (HPO)]

Texas Teaching Certificate Four Year Plan [created with consultation from UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT)]

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