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Africana Studies

 

What can I do with this major?


Area

Employer


Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Student Support Services
  • Student Affairs
  • Multicultural Programming
  • Administration
  • Information/Library Science

Employers:

  • Universities and colleges
  • Campus cultural centers
  • Support programs, e.g. Educational Advancement Program, Upward Bound School and community libraries
  • Community organizations

Area:

Human Services

Sub-Area:

  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Case Management
  • Programming
  • Community Relations
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Administration

Employers:

  • Mental health institutions
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Private and group practice
  • Correctional institutions
  • Federal, state, or local government, including:
    • Department of Human Services
    • Veterans Administration
  • Organizations that aid minorities, immigrants, and refugees or focus on cultural issues
  • Youth organizations and camps including YMCA, Boys and Girls Club
  • Nonprofit and social services organizations including United Way, Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, etc.

Area:

Advocacy

Sub-Area:

  • Domestic and International Advocacy
  • Humanitarian Services
  • Development:
    • Economic
    • Community
    • Housing
  • Disaster/Disease Relief
  • HIV/AIDS Advocacy
  • Policy Development
  • Program Administration
  • Education
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising/Development

Employers:

  • Black organizations, e.g. National Association of the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network, 100 Black Men
  • Community action agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations, e.g National Black Business Council
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Faith based organizations (FBO's) and churches
  • International aid and relief organizations
  • NGO's (Non-governmental Organizations), e.g. Action Aid, Oxfam, International Red Cross
  • Federal government agencies with an international focus, e.g. Peace Corps, USAID, and the Foreign Service (State Department) or focus on community assistance, e.g. Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • State and local government agencies

Area:

Business and Industry

Sub-Area:

  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Functions
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • Public and private corporations in various industries including:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Insurance companies
    • Retail stores
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Consumer goods manufacturers
    • Businesses targeting a Black clientele
  • Staffing agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Marketing companies
  • Public relations agencies

Area:

Communication/Writing

Sub-Area:

  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing
  • Research and Analysis

Employers:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies including television and movie industry
  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Publications and Internet sites marketed toward African Americans, e.g. Ebony, Essence
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing houses
  • Large corporations
  • Self-employment

Area:

Law & Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Law:
    • Corporate Practice
    • Public Interest Law
    • Civil Law
  • Lobbying
  • Government Relations
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Intelligence
  • Campaign Management
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Program Administration

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Public defenders offices
  • District attorneys
  • Public interest groups, e.g. Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Legal aid
  • Sole practitioner
  • Government agencies, e.g. US African Development Agency
  • Lobbying groups

General Information and Strategies

  • Africana Studies provides an interdisciplanary background that helps students develop analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills while gaining knowledge about the lives and conditions of people from African descent in Africa, the United States, Latin America, and other communities.
  • When paired with a major in another field, Africana Studies can enhance the employability of a student because of a deeper understanding of the African-American experience, culture, and history which many organizations will value. Training in this field can lead to a better appreciation of certain customers or clients.
  • Some students may choose to study Africana Studies because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring "any major." In this scenario, it is critical to develop skills relevant to targeted field through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences.
  • Africana Studies majors are excellent candidates for a number of graduate school options because of their broad liberal arts background as well as specific interests that may set them apart from other students. For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high GPA, establish relationships with faculty to secure strong recommendations, and gain experience through volunteer, work, or research opportunities.

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