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Career Opportunities with a Major in Africana Studies

Agencies and organizations in the public and private sectors need staff capable of working with individuals of all backgrounds; therefore a major in Africana Studies greatly enhances an applicant's ability to meet position qualifications. Many students enter the teaching field and/or pursue graduate degrees. All students are encouraged to consider a double major which combines Africana Studies with another academic discipline, such as sociology or psychology, to ensure their knowledge, skills, and special insights are exceptionally marketable.

MSU Denver Africana Studies Website

Skills Related to Africana Studies

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Proficiency in interpersonal communication

  • Thorough knowledge of community resources

  • Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations

Potential Careers Related to Africana Studies

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with an Africana Studies major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Africana Studies majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Affirmative Action Officer Artist Attorney
Brand Manager College Professor Community Liaison
Counselor Credit Manager Criminologist
Cultural Anthropologist Education Administrator  Equal Employment Officer

Employment Counselor

Fashion Marketer Government Relations Officer
Grant Writer Health Services Administrator Historian
Human Resources Manager Human Rights Worker Insurance Examiner
Journalist Librarian Market Researcher
Minister Museum Curator Nutritionist
Nurse Ombudsman Physician
Personal Trainer Police Officer Politician
Psychologist Public Relations Worker Real Estate Agent
Social and Human Service Assistant Social Change Agent Sociologist
Social Worker Social Scientist Sports Manager
Teacher Training and Development Specialist Victim Advocate
Urban Planner Writer  

Employers in Africana Studies 

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Consulting Firms

  • Federal/State/Local Agencies

  • Publishing Companies

  • Research Firms

  • Social Service Agencies

  • Urban Planning Agencies

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Africana Studies


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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