Career Exploration

For more information on what you can do with a major in African American & African studies, visit CLA Career Services or explore Handshake, the U of M's exclusive online career database.

Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. The CLA Career Services staff and resources can help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process.


Students in the Department of African American & African studies go on to a number of different professional fields, as teachers, editors, historians, researchers, and more. The coursework you pursue provides a great foundation for many areas of interest upon graduation. The skills you gain in verbal and written communication, cultural competence and understanding, and critical thinking will be immediately applicable as you enter your field.


In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. You can also gain valuable and relevant skills in African American & African studies by studying abroad.


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. Schedule an individual appointment with a CLA career counselor and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network. You can also connect with us online via Facebook and Twitter.

CLA Career Services

411 Bruininks Hall


Career Counselor, Department of African American & African Studies

Contact Maggie Heier for specialized career and graduate planning for African American & African studies majors.