African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

The AFR Advising Office

The goal of the AADS Advising Office is to create a community where students can discuss issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality as they relate to everyday life, becoming AADS ambassadors and critical scholars in the field of Black Studies. Our advisor is always available to work with students to make sure that their academic goals are reached and that the campus is a welcoming and accessible space for students of differing backgrounds, beliefs, and identities.

"I work with faculty to make their interesting coursework and research accessible to students, particularly those who major in AFR. The AADS program can make the UT campus seem smaller and less intimidating for all students, which makes for a more intimate, welcoming environment. I work directly with students who choose to major in AFR by helping them achieve their academic goals, on campus and beyond."

To set up a meeting, please email

The AFR Major

The links to the left describe the AFR requirements needed for different catalogs. Usually the catalog you are on depends on the first semester you came to UT-Austin. If you have questions about which catalog you're on, email the advisor. If you're curious about adding on AFR as a major, it's suggested you take "AFR 303: Intro to Black Studies" as soon as possible to orient yourself to the department's key aims. AFR 303 is a large lecture course open to all students, and will next be offered Spring 2016.

Running an Audit

As part of your responsibility as a student, you should know how to run an audit of your current courses so you can keep up with your degree requirements and your progress to degree. You can run an audit for yourself here; the AFR advisor will also run one for you every time you meet with her and go over your requirements with you. While looking at your audit, it might also be helpful to look at your degree plan.

Registration and Bars

As an AFR major, you will automatically have an advising bar each semester until you come meet with an AFR advisor. This measure is meant to be helpful, but if you do not want help with your degree each semester, you can email to get your bar cleared without having to meet. Just remember that it is in your best interest to be officially advised to ensure that you're not making mistakes about your degree progress.

Choosing Courses

Utilize all of the resources at your disposal to choose classes that you'll both enjoy and do well in!

Course Schedule

Course Descriptions (you can also find them on each department's website, such as under "Courses" on the left of this page)

Past Syllabi

Course Instructor Survey Results

Degree Plans (also available on the pages to the left)

Upper and Lower-Division Courses

In order to graduate, you need 36 hours of upper-division coursework, and you can only take upper-division courses when you have at least 60 total hours (including courses transferred in). Lower-division courses are numbered 319 and below (example, AFR 317D). Upper-division courses are numbered 320 and above (example, AFR 374D). The course schedule divides out courses by their level.

Your GPA

You need a GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate. You can use the GPA Calculator to figure out how your coursework will work into your GPA.

Resources for University/College Requirements

You should always stop first at the AFR advising office with questions about University and College requirements, but you may be directed to speak with some of the campus resources below:

UGS 302 or 303 (need to take one): UGS courses are maintained by the School of Undergraduate Studies. Sometimes there are restrictions on when non-freshmen can register for UGS courses. If you are having issues during registration with getting into a UGS course, contact their office.

Core English Composition (RHE 306)

Core Humanities (E 316L, M, N, or P)

Foreign Language - As an AFR major, you need 4th semester proficiency. This chart maps out which classes that would mean. For example, if you took Yoruba, it would take two semesters: YOR 601C in the Fall and YOR 611C in the Spring.

Core American and Texas Government (you need two, GOV 310L and GOV 312L or 312P. If you're transferring one in or getting credit some other way, please check with an advisor to make sure you're taking the correct parts)

Core US History (you need two, one US History and one US or Texas History - link to approved courses is on the right of this link)

Core Social and Behavioral Sciences

Liberal Arts Social Science - As an AFR major, AFR 303 counts for this requirement

Core Mathematics

Core Natural Science and Technology Part I (you need two courses in a sequence)

Core Natural Science and Technology Part II (you need one course that's not in the same field in your sequence)

Alternative Natural Science List - College of Liberal Arts (you need two either off this list or chosen from more traditional sciences on the back of the degree plans)

Core Visual and Performing Arts

CEHET List (Cultural Expression, Human Experience, and Thought) - College of Liberal Arts (you need one chosen from this list)