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