Radek, what jobs can you get with an African-American Studies degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an African-American Studies degree?
African-American Studies is a liberal arts degree and as such, it doesn’t lead to a specific set of jobs or career opportunities. Neither does it limit you to a specific skill set or career direction. Instead, a degree in African-American Studies is largely what you make it. What you focus on during your studies will open doors for employment later on. A degree like this encourages you to follow your passions and interests.
Majoring in African-American studies will teach you to think, to analyze, and to communicate your ideas, skills that are invaluable in hundreds of career opportunities.
With that said, there is a need for an understanding of African-American history and culture in many areas, such as government, education, marketing, and public relations. For example, the current United States Ambassador to South Africa majored in African American Studies at Stanford University.
And African-American Studies creates a great foundation for graduate study. Many people who earn degrees in this area go on to study law, business, or medicine.
I chose to major in African-American Studies because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted for a career and I was passionate about my own heritage. I really love working with people, so after I graduated, I pursued certification and am now in my second year as a high school social studies teacher.
~ Rhonda A.
Careers you can get with a degree in African-American Studies include:
- Business Manager
- Community Developer
- Foreign Service Specialist
- Media Relations Consultant
- Multicultural Consultant
- Museum Curator/Director
- News Analyst
- Public Relations Specialist
- Social Worker
- Youth Pastor