Career Opportunities for Majors in Africana Studies


Africana Studies involves the study of the history, culture and art of Africa and the African Diaspora. The program seeks to provide students with a thorough and accurate understanding of the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. It looks at the development of culture in the United States for the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora by focusing on the economic, social and political forces shaping life in the States. The study of the people of the African continent includes the origin and rise of different cultures and religious practices, as well as the emergence of the northern and southern national groups, colonialism and political movements of the twentieth century.

Courses include but are not limited to the study of language, literature, politics, psychology, history, law and religion as they relate to the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora. This interdisciplinary major promotes academic and social growth while emphasizing research and community service.

Africana Studies offers many career pathways based on your areas of interest. There are opportunities in the areas of business, communications, counseling, public administration, research, law, politics, public health, and teaching to mention a few. Africana Studies as a major is versatile and helps develop skills useful anywhere. Your major is only one of many variables to be considered when developing career plans. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, research projects, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor FBI/CIA Agent Outreach Coordinator
Advertising Account Executive Foreign Service Officer Peace Corps Worker
Anthropologist Foreign Student Advisor Policy Developer
Archivist Government Agency Specialist Politician
Attorney Health Education Coordinator Professor/Educator
Business Manager Historic Preservation Specialist Project Leader
Claims Representative Historic Site Administrator Psychologist
Clergy Member Human Resources Specialist Public Administrator
Community Action Specialist Import/Export Specialist Public Information Officer
Consultant International Advocate Public Policy Specialist
Consumer Advocate International Banker Public Relations Specialist
Copy Writer International Consutant Publications Specialist
Corporate Trainer International Relations Specialist Researcher
Counselor International Trade Specialist Sales Representative
Cultural Affairs Officer Journalist Senior Program Coordinator
Curriculum Developer Labor Relations Specialist Student Affairs Specialist
Customer Relations Rep Lawyer Teacher/Professor
Customs/Immigration Officer Lobbyist Translator
Domestic/International Advocate Market Research Specialist Translator/Interpreter
Editor/Writer Multicultural Educator Travel & Tourism Consultant
Educational Consultant Multicultural Program Coordinator Travel Consultant
Employee Relations Specialist Museum Curator Volunteer Coordinator
Event Organizer Nonprofit Administrator Writer/Author

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Airlines/Airports Cultural Organizations Public Interest Groups
American Friends Service Entertainment Firms Public Relations Firms
American Schools Abroad Foundations Red Cross Int'l.
Amnesty Int'l. Historic Sites/Historical Societies Retail Stores
Archives Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts School Systems
Banks Int'l. Exchange Programs Social Service Agencies
Book Publishers Law Firms Television/Radio Stations
CARE, Inc Libraries Travel Agencies
Civic Organizations Museums United Nations
Clinics Newspapers/Magazines World Health Organization
Colleges/Universities Pan American Health Org. YMCA/YWCA
Consulting Firms Professional Associations
Consumer Organizations Project Hope
Government Agencies
Administration for Children and Families Department of Human Services Office of Int'l. Coop. & Development
Agency for Int'l. Development Foreign Commercial Service Office of Int'l. Education
Bureau of Export Admin. Immigration & Naturalization Service Office of Int'l. Policy & Programs
Bureau of Industry and Security  Int'l. Trade Administration Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution
Bureau of Intelligence & Research NJ Governor's Commission on Int'l. Trade Telecommunications Satellite Organization
CIA/FBI NJ Int'l. Trade Division U.S. Customs Service
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services NJ Travel & Tourism Division U.S. Department of State
Civil Rights Commission National Endowment for the Humanities US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Consumer Affairs Office National Security Agency
Department of Commerce Office of Int'l. Affairs

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Africana Studies

Organization Job Title
Rutgers University Administrative Asst.
JP Morgan Chase Analyst
St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Claims Representative
Juvenile Justice Comm. Community Program Specialist
Somerset Home Counselor
Cuisinart Customer Service Representative
NatWest Bank Customer Service Representative
Wachovia Bank Legal Asst
Division of Criminal Justice Records Management Asst
New Brunswick Board of Education Substitute Teacher
City of Newark Operations Specialties Managers
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Africana Studies

Kmart Apparel Corp. Asst. Fashion Mngr.
Legal Services of New Jersey (JD) Attorney
Baan Company Director of Human Resources
NJ Dept. of Labor Disability Claims Adjudicator
Newark Pre-School Council Head Teacher
Middlesex Cty. Social Service Income Maintenance Supvr
Northwestern University (PhD) Lecturer
White and Williams Paralegal
Morris County Probation Officer
Newark Urban Coalition Research Asst.
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Cornell PhD Africana Studies
Johns Hopkins University Education Elementary Education
Seton Hall University Other Juris Doctorate
UMDNJ MD Medicine

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