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Career Opportunities

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN AFRICANA STUDIES?

This is a typical question that many prospective students ask. Surprisingly , the answer is quite simple. Training in Africana Studies provides the foundation and tools needed not only to guide your personal and professional aspirations but to ensure success in an increasingly cross-cultural and inter-dependent world. Various career opportunities are available in law and education, government and policy studies, and international relations and diplomatic service. In addition, students can seek employment with non-profit organizations and public agencies.

Sample of Possible Occupations for Africana Studies Majors:

  • College Admissions Officer
  • Advertising Executive
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist/Librarian
  • Attorney
  • Clergy
  • Community Advocate/Action Specialist
  • Conflict Management Specialist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Editor/Writer/Copy Writer
  • Educational Consultant
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Relations Officer
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International Consultant
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • International Conference Planner
  • Journalist-Foreign Bureau
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Multicultural Educator
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Travel Consultant

Dual Degree Option for More Competitiveness

Although students may pursue a single major in Africana Studies, they may also enroll into a second major or a minor in order to be more competitive on the job market. To maximize employment opportunities, students may combine the Africana Studies major with a major or minor in fields such as art, business, communications, education, history, literature, languages, psychology, sociology, social work, political science, philosophy, recreation, family and consumer services, and studies in international, environmental, women’s, American culture, ethnic, pre-medicine and health, mathematics and the sciences, popular culture and film, Government, non-government public and private agencies, social and civic organizations, museums and arts councils, and libraries and archives employ graduates with Africana specialities. Semester hours required for a dual degree in Africana Studies and other disciplines are divided between the two fields by a cooperative plan. This plan allows majors to acquire the Africana Studies specialty while also majoring in another discipline in the arts and humanities or in scientific and technical fields, affording expanded career and employment opportunities. The Africana Studies Program gives students who have majored in marketing, publishing, advertising, consulting, Internet and media services and public relations an additional area of specialization.

Graduate Study

Africana Studies prepares students for graduate or professional training in languages, law, philosophy, social sciences, ethnic and women's studies, literature, communications and business, diplomatic services, library and archival services. Students are well equipped for graduate studies in the arts and humanities and those with a double major further increase their options.