Career outlook

What can I do with 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 skills in: 

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

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Graduate study

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

Notable people with an African American studies degree