African-American/Black Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of the African Continent, usually with an emphasis on Africa south of the Sahara and including the African diasporas overseas.
African-American/Black Studies majors and degree programs are typically multidisciplinary and include instruction in the history, culture, and literature of Africans and African Americans.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in African-American/Black Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " African-American/Black Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in African-American/Black Studies?
Typically, this area of study is a liberal arts degree program. As such, it doesn’t lead to a specific set of jobs or career opportunities. What you focus on during your studies will open doors for employment later. There is a need for an understanding of African-American/Black history and culture in many areas, such as government, education, marketing, and public relations.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in African-American/Black Studies:
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- African Studies Association
- African Studies Outreach Association
- National Association of African American Honors Programs (academic organization)
Publications/Magazines in African-American/Black Studies: