College of Arts & Sciences

the department of African American Studies


The World Awaits You . . . When You Have A Degree in African American Studies!

A degree in African American Studies, like all liberal arts degrees, provides students with the foundation to understand the world, how it functions, their responsibilities and opportunities in the world, and how to have an impact on the world, globally and locally. Specifically, however, African American majors learn about the experiences of African Americans in the United States.

According to the College Board:

From the slave economy to the civil rights movement, and from the blues to hip-hop, African Americans have had a huge role in shaping American society and culture. If you major in African American studies, you'll learn about their achievements.

You'll also examine the hardships African Americans faced during their history. Further, you'll dive into the difficult issues they deal with today, such as unequal educational opportunities.

Scholars in African American studies play a key role in the development of modern academics. By focusing on people and viewpoints that have been ignored in other fields, they lead the way in integrating minority experiences into all academic subjects.

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There are many possible career paths for students who major or minor in
African American Studies. As is true for most liberal arts majors and minors, some of these career paths will require further study.

Possible Career Paths for African American Studies Majors and Minors:

  • Actor, Filmmaker, Director, Producer
  • Government Service (domestic)
  • Law Enforcement Agent (Federal, State, or Local)
  • Psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O.) Psychologist (Ph.D.)
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Musician
  • Physician
  • Academician (University)
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Nurse or allied health care specialists
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Dentist
  • Minister
  • Linguist
  • Teacher (K-12)
  • Armed Services
  • Historian
  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker
  • Athlete
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Sociologist