Majors in the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) department join world-class UT faculty, staff, and students in conversations about race, gender, sexuality, class, and the concept of global Blackness. Coursework in our department seeks to answer the questions "What does it mean to be Black?" and "What does it matter?” in such areas as law, anthropology, art, government, education, policy, health, identity, literature, sports, music ... the list goes on!
The AADS Department at UT-Austin is the premier Black Studies department in the state of Texas, and the first to have a PhD program in the southern and southwestern United States. Students interested in pre-med, pre-law, and pre-grad school options will find that an AFR major can conform to any future career and academic plans. Faculty in our department study Queer Theory, Diaspora Theory (particularly Central and South America), Performance Theory, Engaged Scholarship, Social Justice, Policy, Black Feminism, and Black Women’s Studies.
AFR majors get the chance to give back to the Black community with hands-on experience through our AFR community internship course, in which students directly support an Austin-area organization associated with social justice for Black people. The department also provides faculty-led study abroad programs to Nicaragua, Brazil, and San Francisco where students can engage with global Blackness.
The African and African Diaspora Studies Department is dedicated to the study of the intellectual, political, artistic, and social experiences of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, including the United States. In this endeavor, it works in concert with The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and The Institute for Critical Urban Policy.
For more information on the AFR degree, including additional information about our classes, please see the Requirements and Planning page. Students who wish to be advised on coursework, as well as academic and research projects, should contact Nia Crosley, the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Department Undergraduate Advisor. Her office is in Bellmont on the 2nd floor, room 228. You can also reach her on Facebook and Twitter.