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About Africana Studies

Are you fascinated by learning about the diversity of Africa’s people and their wide-reaching contributions to world culture? Do you strive to make the world a better place by being an active participant in the world community?

Africana Studies prepares you to be a global citizen in our technologically advancing world by developing your critical thinking skills, oral competence, writing ability, technological, and ecological literacy in order to facilitate positive change for the betterment of the African Diaspora and humanity.


Classes you can take:

African American Social & Political Thought, U.S. Relations Toward Africa, Development in Ethiopia, The New South Africa, African Americans In Film, Hip Hop & Society

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Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other$21,250 - $91,130
Public Relations Specialists$34,320 - $114,850
Reporters and Correspondents$22,900 - $80,040
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$53,620 - $145,310
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$42,280 - $154,030
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary$38,510 - $150,600
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers$22,480 - $90,790
Librarians$45,280 - $97,060
Museum Technicians and Conservators$33,580 - $80,640
Archivists$34,680 - $89,560
Teacher Assistants$18,180 - $38,200
Anthropologists and Archeologists$34,180 - $88,350
Historians$49,910 - $88,890
Court Reporters$23,830 - $67,340
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators$42,530 - $132,130

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Since many of your Africana Studies courses double-count, a large number of Africana studies student choose to double major. For example, an Africana Studies major with literature, business, international studies, music, history, or communications is recommended and a good way to diversify your knowledge base.

Looking for internship experience? Recent Africana Studies majors have participated in co-op programs with Harriet Jacobs Papers Project, Mahwah Museum, Center for WWII Studies & Conflict, Resolution Jewish Heritage Museum, New York Public Library, and The Newark Museum.


Africana Studies Minor

The African American Studies minor focuses on African and African American history and culture related especially to the experiences of African people living in the Americas. The program provides students with knowledge and an understanding of an Afrocentric world view and traces the roots of oppression of African people. Additionally, the minor encourages students to continue their involvement in African American scholarship and make strong contributions to the increasingly multicultural American society by becoming proactive members of their communities.