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African and African Diaspora Studies (AFR) Major Requirements: 12-14 Catalog

If your first semester at UT-Austin was between Fall 2012 and Summer 2014, you are likely on the 12-14 catalog. The 12-14 AFR major asks students to choose a track and take 12 upper-division hours in that area, which often is linked to the student's career and academic goals. In this way, the 12-14 AFR major is specialized to each major's individual interests. Tracks are listed and described below.

12-14 Degree Plan

Approved Courses Lists for Tracks (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Fall 2014 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Summer 2014 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Spring 2014 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Fall 2013 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Summer 2013 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)

List of Spring 2013 Courses (For students on 12-14 catalog)


Descriptions of each track:

Critical Black Studies

Designed for students who desire to be a graduate student of Black Studies or other subjects focused on social science/humanities with a Black Studies focus. Courses in this track critique the discipline and the social theory of Black Studies. Students in this track learn to evaluate the ways in which Black Studies theories have been put together, and gain the ability to critically synthesize the state of Black Studies.

Examples of courses in this track:

African-American Social and Political Thought, Black Studies and Social Media, Rethinking Blackness, Women Behaving Badly, Gender and Slavery in the United States, Property in American Culture, Race, Gender, and Surveillance


Education, Psychology, and Mental Health

Designed for students interested in taking Black Studies principles and applying them to the fields of education, psychology, and mental health. Students not only learn the content of these fields but also are encouraged to use critical thinking skills in each subject. These professions will be viewed through a black studies lens.

Examples of courses in this track:

Psychology of the African-American Experience, Black Literacy and Language, Sociocultural Influences on Learning, Psychology of Race and Racism, Sociology of Education, Culturally Alert Counseling, Life Span and Development of Black Women


Black Popular Culture

Designed for students who wish to focus on Black expression, Black art, and expressive culture, including dance, music, poetry, and sport as a form of cultural expression. Courses in this track look at the way Black cultures and sensibilities have influenced the development of global popular culture. 

Examples of courses in this track:

African-American Literature Through the Harlem Renaissance, 20th Century African-American Art, Hip Hop Rhetorics, Producing the Black Performing Arts, Black Queer Literature and Film, Black Women and Dance, African American Concert Dance, Race, National Identity, and the Media


Blacks in Government, Law, and Policy

Designed for students interested in the discipline of policy studies, urban planning, government, and sociology. Courses in this track examine how policy and law affect Black people, and introduce a critical race perspective on political power and political institutions that helps to build a foundation for further studies in policy and legal systems.

Examples of courses in this track:

Race and the Criminal Justice System, African-American History to 1860, Black Church in American Politics, Texas Black History, Tragicomedy of American Democracy, Urban Unrest, Black Women, Struggle, and the Transnational State, Race, Law, and U.S. Society


African and African Diasporic Cultures and Languages

Designed for students interested in expressions of Blackness in Black Diasporic areas, including Africa. Courses in this track critically evaluate racial politics and race relations through the lens of culture and history.

Examples of courses in this track: 

Sex and Power in the African Diaspora, Literature of AIDS in Africa, African Queer Studies, Jesus, Africa, and History, Histories of African Liberation, African Cinemas, Afro-Latin America, Caribbean Literature and the Environment

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