African Studies Major

African 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 Studies majors and degree programs are typically interdisciplinary and include instruction in the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of the African continent.  An emphasis may be placed on Africa south of the Sahara and including the African diasporas overseas.  As well, studies may be devoted to the history, culture, and politics of black people in the United States.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in African Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " African Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Area (Ethnic/Gender/Group) Studies?  Learn more on the Careers/Jobs/Internships in Area Studies Page.

What can you do with a major/degree in African Studies?

Typically, this area of study leads to a liberal arts degree and as such, may not 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 history and culture in many areas, such as government, education, marketing, and public relations.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in African 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.

Publications/Magazines in African Studies: