What are the benefits of an Africana studies minor?

Students of the Africana studies minor will have a competitive edge in the job market due to the knowledge, skills, and unique perspective gained from the study of the Africana experience. By engaging in diversity studies as a complement to their degree, graduates of the minor will be better qualified for a range of occupations.  The minor is particularly useful for those students wishing to enter into such fields as criminal justice, Law, medicine, non-profit work, and media-related fields.

Africana studies is designed to acquaint students with a critical perspective on the experiences of individuals from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas in the world.  Grounded in history, culture, and philosophy of Africana and Latino peoples, the program promotes knowledge of the contribution of these individuals to the world.

The program also seeks to develop a critical perspective to examine the experience, and cultivate a respect for the multiracial and multicultural character of our common world humanity and define that for the Africana experience.  As a result, the program expects its students to develop an intellectually critical and analytic tool to examine knowledge, seeks to contribute to a student's awareness, and attempts to broaden a student's perspectives in ways that allow him or her to understand the world in its diversity and complexity.  These skills are essential in a world that is rapidly growing smaller and an America that has to accept a more global perspective.  Thus students with a minor in Africana studies will be an advantage and a competitive edge in the job market over those lacking the global perspective that the minor provides.

What kind of jobs can I get with an Africana studies minor?

The Africana studies minor, one of whose objectives is to prepare students for careers in culturally diverse societies, complements almost all careers of interest to our graduates.  It is the thread that ties it all together; in addition to giving our students thorough knowledge of the peoples who make up our multi-racial society, it also equips them with the practical knowledge and skills they need to be successful employees in any career and proactive citizens who can coexist and function effectively in that society.

The Africana studies minor, whose foremost objective is to prepare students to be effective employees and proactive citizens in our very diverse society, complements almost all disciplines our students might be majoring in.  It adds value to BA degrees by equipping students with the practical knowledge they need to effectively carry out their responsibilities, and it enhances their PR skills they need to successfully coexist in a diverse people’s environment.   

Given the breadth, adaptability and utility of Africana studies, employment opportunities abound for graduates. You can secure entry level positions in many areas. The following list of possibilities is only illustrative--many other paths may be open to you.

Employment sectors include:

  • Business: Advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training, or sales
  • Publishing, journalism, and public relations: Writing, research, and editing
  • Social services: Rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration
  • Community work: Fund-raising for social service organizations, nonprofits, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups
  • Corrections: Probation, parole, or other criminal justice work
  • College settings: Admissions, alumni relations, or placement offices
  • Health services: Family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, and insurance companies
  • Government services: Federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture, and labor
  • Teaching: Elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification