What Can I Do With a Major In African American Studies?
UGA Specific Information for African American Studies
African American Studies at UGA is a richly integrated interdisciplinary and multicultural course of study intended to give specific attention to the historical, cultural, intellectual, and social development of people of African descent. Because of the major’s interdisciplinary nature, courses are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, African American Studies, Speech, and Theater. Because African American studies has a deep and broad focus, the course not only prepares students for understanding the black experience but also helps them understand and examine American society, as well as important continuities and commonalities across other national and racial boundaries.
Many students in this degree program go on to pursue careers in the following areas:
- Human Services
- Business and Industry
- Law and Politics
Class of 2018 Career Outcomes for African American Studies*
** Includes Self-Employed
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General Information and Strategies
- African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary background that helps students develop analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills while gaining knowledge about the lives and conditions of people from African descent in Africa, the United States, Latin America, and other communities. This understanding of multiculturalism is valued by employers in industries such as education, government, and business.
- Consider obtaining a double major or minor in another area to demonstrate specialized interests and increase your job prospects.
- Some students may choose to study African American Studies because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring “any major.” In this scenario, it is critical to develop skills relevant to targeted field through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences.
- African American Studies majors are excellent candidates for a number of graduate school options because of their broad liberal arts background as well as specific interests that may set them apart from other students. For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high GPA, establish relationships with faculty to secure strong recommendations, and gain experience through volunteer, work, or research opportunities. Research areas of interest for specific program requirements.
- Find opportunities to get involved in campus organizations and activies related to multiculturalism and diversity. Seek leadership roles on programming boards or join minority mentoring programs.
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Additional Career Research Resources
- Handshake - scroll down to the bottom of the page to log in
- GoinGlobal - International
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- African Studies Internet Portal
- African Studies Center Job Listing
- DevNet - International Development Jobs and Consulting Opportunities
- H-Net - Humanities and Social Sciences Online
- Diversity Employers
- Museum of African American History
- National Association for Ethnic Studies Jobs
- National Civil Rights Museum Employment
- The Black Collegian - The Career and Job Site for African American College Students
- Peace Corps
- African Studies Association
- Association for the Study of African American Life & History
- National Association of African American Studies
- Africana Librarians Council
- National Association for Ethnic Studies
- College Board
- Black Voices
- Journal of Black Studies
- The Black Scholar
- U.S. African Development Foundation
- National Consortium for Study in Africa
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA African American Studies - Bachelors MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**