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African American and African studies

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Interested in a degree in African and African American studies?

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and African studies study social justice, Black feminisms, genders and sexualities studies, performance, film, institutions, religion and more — all with respect to the diversity and complexity of Black communities and Blackness as it is lived, imagined and created. Students also have the opportunity to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and creative study. A degree in African American and African studies gives students a nuanced understanding of African and African American cultural, historical and political impact — in addition to the structural challenges Black people continue to face today — and offers the opportunity to advocate for and contribute directly to Black communities throughout the diaspora.

The African American and African studies degree program offers three concentrations: communities in action; creative expression, culture and performance; and black institutions, sustainability and statecraft.

ALUMNI PURSUITS

Graduates with a degree in African American and African studies pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that require critical thinking, creative problem-solving, data analysis, the ability to evaluate, communicate and understand people from any background, excellent writing and communication skills, and the ability to take initiative and handle difficult and abstract tasks. With the following career paths, having a degree in African and African American studies also allows for graduates to have a more in-depth focus and understanding on how to build community with, support and advocate for Black people and communities.

Alumni work at: 

  • Publishing companies
  • Nonprofits and NGOs
  • Schools (K-12 and higher education)
  • Medicine and health institutions
  • Performing arts and entertainment companies
  • Tech industry businesses
  • Political organizations and government

Alumni work as: 

  • Archivists
  • Writers
  • Educators (K-12 and higher education)
  • Lawyers
  • Nurses, doctors, health practitioners
  • Film directors
  • Content creators
  • Activists
  • Policymakers
  • Entrepreneurs

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