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Department of African American Studies


African American Studies graduates can think critically, develop creative solutions and work collaboratively in careers ranging from education to criminal justice, law or journalism. 

Workforce success

An African American Studies degree will equip you with a variety of skills important for workforce success. Some of those transferable skills you will develop in our program include:

  • Critical thinking and strong analytical reasoning
  • Cultural awareness
  • Decision making and ethical judgement
  • Examining evidence
  • Intercultural competence
  • Multifaceted approach to problems
  • Oral communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Strong research techniques
  • Translating theory into action
  • Written communication 

Career prospects

A major in African American Studies can prepare you for careers in:

  • Education
  • Government agencies
  • Graduate school (including law, medical, business, theology)
  • Human rights advocacy
  • International services
  • Leadership in community organizations
  • Publishing
  • Sales
  • Social work
  • Theater 

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