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A bachelor's degree in African American Studies provides excellent preparation for graduate studies, earning degrees in subjects
such as law and journalism, pursuing careers in education, politics, health care delivery
and administration, social work, tourism, business, non-profit management and more.
Students can major or minor in African American Studies. Some very prominent Black Americans have earned bachelor’s degrees in African American Studies and have gone on to have careers in professions such as law, former First Lady Michelle Obama ; astronaut Mae Jemison, or 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.
Much has changed in the world since 1971. The intervening decades have brought a massive and still-growing body of new scholarship on the life and culture of peoples of African descent. Increasing public interest in the African American experience has spurred radical changes in popular culture and American society. Greater awareness of black intellectual traditions has enriched current studies. More extensive access to scholarship across the African Diaspora has reconfigured the possibilities for all scholars of the African American experience.