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African and African Diaspora Studies (AFR) Major Requirements: 14-16 Catalog

If your first semester at UT-Austin is Fall 2014, you are likely on the 14-16 catalog. The 14-16 AFR major requires a minor outside of AFR, and asks students to take 9 upper-division hours in one track, plus two other AFR courses. In this way, the 14-16 AFR major is specialized to each major's individual interests. Tracks are listed and described below.

14-16 Degree Plan

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

List of Fall 2014 Courses (for students on 14-16 catalog)


Descriptions of Each Track:

Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Theories

A track for students interested in a comprehensive investigation of the theoretical frameworks that shape Black Studies. This track is a good choice for students who want to pursue graduate study in either Black Studies or other subjects focused on social science/humanities with a diasporic focus. Courses in this track critique the discipline and the social theories that make up 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; Sex and Power in the African Diaspora; African Queer Studies

Performance, Music, Art, and Literature

A track for students who wish to focus on Black expression, Black art, and expressive culture, including dance, music, and poetry. 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; African Americans in Sports

Language, History, and Behavioral and Social Sciences

A track for students interested in a critical evaluation of the evolution of racial politics and race relations through the lenses of history, behavior, society, and the science of language.

Examples of courses in this track:

African-American History to 1860; Texas Black History; Psychology of the African-American Experience; Psychology of Race and Racism; Afro-Latin America; Jesus, Africa, and History; Apartheid: South African History; Atlantic Slavery: History and Memory

Law, Education, Health, and Policy

A track for students interested in public policy, urban planning, government, and/or sociology. Courses in this track use a critical race perspective to examine how policy and law affect communities of color, particularly around issues of education and health.

Examples of courses in this track:

Race and the Criminal Justice System; Black Church in American Politics; Tragicomedy of American Democracy; Urban Unrest; Black Women, Struggle, and the Transnational State; Race, Law, and U.S. Society; Black Literacy and Language; Sociocultural Influences on Learning; Sociology of Education; Culturally Alert Counseling; Life Span and Development of Black Women

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