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

AFR Major Requirements: 18-20 Catalog

If your first semester at UT-Austin was Fall 2018, you are likely to be on the 18-20 catalog. The 18-20 AFR major requires a minor or certificate outside of AFR, and asks students to take 9 upper-division hours in one track, plus two other AFR courses. In this way, the 18-20 AFR major is specialized to each major's individual interests. Tracks are listed and described below.

Approved Course Lists (For students on 18-20 catalog)

Fall 2018 Course List
Spring 2019 Course List
  Spring 2020 Course List


Twelve hours of coursework in AFR, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework and at least six hours in residence, are needed to complete an AFR minor. Minors under this catalog does not appear on the transcript. *

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.