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

The AADS 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 afr@austin.utexas.edu.

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 afr@austin.utexas.edu 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 

Past Syllabi

Course Instructor Survey Results

Degree Plans 


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 remain in good academic standing and 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 consult the AADS Advising Office with questions about degree requirements. However, below are campus resources that address general University and College requirements.

Signature Courses UGS Signature Courses (UGS 302 and UGS 303) are maintained by the School of Undergraduate Studies. These courses are restricted to first-year students. If you need to satisfy this requirement beyond your first year, you will need to contact their office for assistance with registration.

University Core and Liberal Arts Core Course List This advising handout lists courses that satisfy the University Core and Liberal Arts Natural Science, Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought (CEHET), and Social Science requirements

Foreign Language - As an College of Liberal Arts student, you need intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language. Many AADS students choose to satisfy their foreign language requirement by completing YOR 601C Introduction to Yoruba and YOR 611C Intermediate Yoruba.