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

Career Planning for AFR Undergraduates

Hear from AADS faculty about how an AFR major can fit into your future career plans:

We believe that classrooms are powerful sites for social change. We encourage our students to be critical thinkers, skillful writers, thorough researchers, politically conscious participants in popular culture, and active community members. AADS prepares students to think critically about social relations in the U.S. and around the world. In today's global society, nearly every career requires knowledge about the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, and class impact transnational populations.

Students interested in careers in such fields as education, law, politics, health, and the fine arts will find that an AFR major can accommodate any future career and academic plans. We encourage careers literacy for each of our AFR majors. To this end, the AADS department provides our majors with the following career-building opportunities:

Relevant Coursework.

We offer courses that give students the chance to "apply" Black Studies theory, including our mandatory "AFR 375: Community Internship" course in which AFR majors work with an Austin-based community organization.

Specializations in the Major

If you are on the 12-14 or 14-16 catalog, you can choose a track to focus on during your time as an AFR major, which can help you focus you coursework on a career interest. Talk to the AFR advisor or find out more on the left about these degree plans.

Job Week

Job Week is a weeklong series of events taking place in the Spring semester, where students can prepare for the job market by learning how to apply their Black Studies coursework to their job or graduate school search. Learn more here.

Career Advising

Take advantage of Liberal Arts Career Services on campus. This office has a close relationship with the AADS department and can talk to you about possibilities.

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