What is the African & African Diaspora Studies major?
The African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) 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. Students who major in AADS join world-class UT faculty, staff, and students in conversations about race, gender, sexuality, class, and the concept of global Blackness. Coursework seeks to answer the questions “What does it mean to be Black?” and “What does it matter?” in areas such as law, anthropology, art, government, education, policy, health, identity, literature, sports, and music.
Why major in it?
Firstly, AADS majors get the chance to give back to the Black community with hands-on experience through a required Community Internship course, in which AADS majors directly support an Austin-area organization associated with social justice for Black people. The department also provides faculty-led study abroad programs to Nicaragua, Brazil, and San Francisco, where students can engage with global Blackness. The AADS major molds 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, and 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 fields such as education, law, politics, health, and the fine arts will find that an AADS major can benefit their future career and academic plans. Other potential careers for students majoring in AADS include museum curator, community service manager, cultural anthropologist, historian, human resources manager, and nonprofit manager.
What is the Latin American Studies major?
The LAS undergraduate program, housed in the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to provide students with an understanding of Latin America in all its aspects. In keeping with the Liberal Arts tradition, the Latin American Studies major teaches students to write cogently and think critically. The LAS major is designed to provide both a general, broad-based knowledge of Latin America, through the core curriculum required of all majors, and an opportunity for each student to pursue a more specialized area of interest. In pursuing the LAS major, students must also acquire fourth-semester proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.
Why major in it?
Latin American Studies students learn to appreciate and develop sensitivity to cultures beyond our borders. Many acquire proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, which are important assets for jobs in, or related to, Latin America. Many LAS majors go on to graduate school or find employment in international companies, non-governmental organizations, the Foreign Service, and the Peace Corps. Other potential careers include, bilingual educator, interpreter and translator, study abroad coordinator, biographer, museum curator, community service manager, cultural anthropologist, historian, human resources manager, lawyer, nonprofit manager, professor, or teacher.
What is the European Studies major?
European Studies (EUS) is an interdisciplinary major housed in the Center for European Studies. EUS students learn one or more modern European languages; gain an in-depth understanding of European culture, history, economics, business, and politics through the multidisciplinary curriculum; and deepen their interests by studying and often interning abroad. Within the major, students must select a track in either pre-1700 or post-1700 Europe. Every EUS major is required to study abroad in Western or Central Europe, and the foreign language requirement includes 6 hours of upper-division in either Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian/Croatian, Spanish, or Swedish.
Why major in it?
Today’s business and political relations with Europe allow for a high demand of EUS majors. Acquiring familiarity and some proficiency in at least two European languages is important for those wishing to travel or work in Europe after they graduate. This sets EUS majors apart from other job candidates, even in the U.S. For EUS graduates, potential careers include, but are not limited to, bilingual educator, interpreter and translator, Foreign Service officer, study abroad coordinator, consultant, biographer, museum curator, cultural anthropologist, historian, lobbyist, analyst, lawyer, nonprofit manager, or professor.