Career outlook

A degree in African American studies

Students earning a degree in African American studies (AFAM) will receive a foundation of critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills. Career options are limitless with a liberal arts foundation, and many AFAM majors continue on to graduate studies in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, law, medicine, business, and journalism.

Transferable skills

An African American Studies degree offers: 

  • Critical thinking 
  • Awareness of intercultural conflicts and perspectives 
  • Ability to relate societal and cultural issues to others 
  • Understanding of popular culture and trends

Some careers in African American studies

Career Median salary Market growth
Community Health Educator $43,830 13%
Fundraising $52,430 – $55,090 9% – 13%
Public Relations Specialist $52,970 6%
Real Estate and Community Association Managers $55,380 8%
Social and Community Service Managers $63,530 9% – 13%
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers (Diversity Consultant) $65,640 2% – 4%
Postsecondary Educator* $72,470 13% 
Management Analysts* $81,320 14%

*Advanced degree necessary for median salaries
Source: O*NET Online, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration

Graduate study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Law School 
  • Medical School 
  • MBA program 
  • Ph.D. program in cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Notable people with an African American studies degree