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Africana Studies


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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:

Introduction to African Studies, African American Social and Political Thought, Hip Hop and Society, African Americans in Film

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Educational Instruction and Library Workers, All Other$34,930 - $98,520
Public Relations Specialists$38,610 - $136,450
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$49,750 - $196,020
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary Varies - Varies
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary$40,260 - $137,490
Self-Enrichment Teachers$22,350 - $100,810
Museum Technicians and Conservators$31,320 - $84,130
Archivists$33,760 - $92,680
Anthropologists and Archeologists$36,820 - $96,600
Historians$54,770 - $100,860
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators$51,940 - $153,520

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Success Stories
Hands-On Learning

Since many of your Africana Studies courses double-count, a large number of Africana Studies students 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, The Newark Museum, Englewood (NJ) One Community Black History Projects, and the New Jersey Historical Commission New Jersey Black Heritage Trail Program

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.