What Can I Do With a Major In African American & African Studies?
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- Graduate Programs
- Alumni Career Examples
Learn more about a major in African American & African Studies. All 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.
- HECUA internship program
- African Studies Internet Portal
- United States African Development Foundation
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Idealist (Nonprofit positions in the US and internationally)
- USA Jobs (Find jobs with the U.S. federal government)
- Public Service Careers (Check out “Why Public Service?”)
- Go Government (Overview of public service careers from Partnership for Public Service)
- Devex International Development Job Board
- African Studies Association
- African Politics Group (part of American Political Science Association)
- Africana Librarians Council
- National Council for Black Studies
- And more!
This is a small sample of programs alumni have gone onto, to find graduate programs in this field, search the Grad School Directory, Peterson's Guide or a listing of graduate programs from the National Council for Black Studies.
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!