Majors in the African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) department join world-class UT faculty, staff, and students in conversations about race, gender, sexuality, class, and the concept of global Blackness.
Coursework in our department seeks to answer the questions "What does it mean to be Black?" and "What does it matter?" in such diverse, interdisciplinary areas as law, anthropology, art, government, education, policy, health, identity, literature, sports, music ... the list goes on!
The AADS Department is the premier Black Studies department in the state of Texas, and the first to have a Ph.D. program in the southern and southwestern United States. Students interested in pre-med, pre-law, and pre-grad school options will find that an AFR major can conform to any future career and academic plans. With a combination of service and academics, the AADS department ensures a unique education. Majors get the chance to give back to the Black community with hands-on experience through a community internship course, in which students directly support an Austin-area organization associated with social justice for Black people. The department also provides faculty-led study abroad and domestic programs to Nicaragua, Brazil, and Los Angeles where students can engage with global Blackness.
The African and African Diaspora Studies Department is dedicated to the study of the intellectual, political, artistic, and social experiences of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, including the United States. In this endeavor, it works in concert with The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis.