What Can I Do With a Major In African American & African Studies?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about a major in African American & African StudiesAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and African American & African Studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include an in-depth understanding of the cultural and historical experiences of African American or African peoples, knowledge of social and economic development issues, and a broad understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

Internship & Job Search Websites

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Professional Organizations

Graduate Programs in African American & African Studies

This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School DirectoryPeterson's Guide or a listing of graduate programs from the National Council for Black Studies.

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Associate Educator - After School Programming, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Community and Family Engagement Specialist - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Academic Tutor - TLC Education Foundation
  • Teacher Assistant/Higher Education Advising Associate - University of Minnesota
  • Coordinator - Great River School
  • Assistant Admissions Counselor - University of Minnesota Office of Admissions
  • Enrollment Specialist - Regency Beauty Institute

Experienced

  • Adjunct Faculty - Minnesota School of Business*
  • Mathematics Instructor - Miami-Dade County Public Schools*
  • School Director - Teach For America
  • Social Studies Teacher - North Miami Beach Senior High School*
  • Ethnographic Researcher - University of Minnesota*
  • Equity & Diversity Associate - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Virtual ESL Teacher - Englishunt
  • Online Instructor - Self Employed
  • Researcher - National Afterschool Matters Initiative Practitioner Fellowship
  • Lead Teacher - Progressive Early Childhood Education Center, Progressive Baptist Church
  • GEAR UP Site Coordinator - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Equity Teacher - Osseo Area Schools
  • Head Coach - STARS Athletic Collective
  • College Advisor - Great River School/Twin Cities Academy
  • After School College Outreach Advisor - Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • Admissions Counselor - 2U
  • Program Associate - The Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education
  • Director/Instructional Dean - Teach for America*
  • Founding Schools Leader - Beacon College Prep*
  • Dance Teacher - Dance Theater of Jacksonville, NC
  • Student Advocate - Women's Resource Center, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Graduate Programs

  • MEd, Professional Studies, Family, Youth, and Community - University of Minnesota CEHD
  • MA, Multicultural Teaching and Learning - University of Minnesota CEHD
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern, Office for Equity and Diversity - University of Minnesota
  • Student Support - AmeriCorps
  • Servant Leader Intern - Freedom School, Children's Defence Fund

Entry-Level

  • Program Coordinator - University of Minnesota YMCA
  • AmeriCorps VISTA Circle of Care Coordinator - Boys Totem Town
  • Residential Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center
  • Family/Child Advocate - Wayside House, Inc.
  • Young Women's Mentoring Program Coordinator - YouthCARE
  • Program Coordinator - Wingspan Life Resources
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist - Youth Homes, Inc.
  • Manager, Youth Services and Development - Community Action in Minneapolis
  • Regional Youth Director - NAACP
  • Acting Executive Director, Program Director, Fundraising - At Home Group
  • Youth Division Director - YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Prevention Education Director - YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis

Experienced

  • Director, Innocent Community Development - Innocent Technologies
  • Employment Counselor - Goodwill/Easter Seals
  • Mental Health Counselor - Fred Finch Youth Center*
  • Case Manager - College Bound Brotherhood Hayward*
  • Executive Director, Fundraising, Community Engagement, Relationship Management, Operations - Dress for Success Twin Cities *
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Business Analyst Intern - Target

Entry-Level

  • Executive Team Leader Human Resources - Target
  • Associate Recruiter - Target
  • Business Analyst - Target
  • HR Specialist/Residential Lease Administrator - Property Management Concepts, Ltd.
  • New Hire Champion - Victoria's Secret
  • Human Resources Lead - American Eagle Outfitters
  • Human Resources Analyst - Berkshire Associates Inc.
  • Merchandise Specialist - Target
  • Quality Assurance Manager - Bay Valley Foods
  • Bilingual Customer Service Assistant - Honeywell International
  • User Support Desk - Concur
  • Implementation Project Manager Associate - Concur
  • DOL Facilitator - GBX Consultants, Inc.
  • Administrative Assistant - Fairview Hospital
  • Agency Manager - Optima Drive Services, Inc.

Experienced

  • HR Business Partner - Target*
  • HR Consultant - Target*
  • Partnership Coordinator - Parents in Community Action, Inc.
  • Senior Business Analyst - UnitedHealthcare*
  • Human Resources Assistant - School of Visual Arts
  • Senior Human Resources Coordinator - Stroz Friedberg
  • HR Lead, Learning & Organizational Development - Stroz Friedberg
  • Manager - Snap Fitness 24/7
  • Office Manager - American Family Insurance
  • General Utility - Ford Motor Company
  • Senior Merchandise Specialist/Interim Business Analyst - Target
  • Project Manager - Concur

Graduate Programs

  • Business Analyst Certificate - University of Minnesota CCE
  • MBA - Fontbonne University
  • MBA, Technology Management - University of Phoenix
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern - Minnesota State Senate
  • Intern - Torre de San Miguel, CommonBond Communities
  • Researcher - Council on Crime and Justice
  • Intern - Thomas Vaughn Chapter 13 Trustee's Office
  • Case Management Assistant Intern - Hennepin County
  • Women's Advocate Intern - Saint Anne's Place

Entry-Level

  • Citizen Assistant Analysis - Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
  • In-House Attorney - Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Healthcare Law - Olusina Consult

Experienced

  • Juvenile Case Manager - 180 Degrees, Inc.
  • Law Clerk - New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division
  • Certified Student Attorney - Ramsey County Attorney's Office
  • Attorney - Blackwell Burke P.A.*
  • Mediator - Office of the Minnesota Attorney General*

Graduate Programs

  • JD - University of Minnesota Law School

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.