African And African American Studies : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Career Choices
  • Archivist
  • Banker
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Business manager
  • Diplomat
  • Educator
  • Foreign news correspondent
  • Freelance writer
  • Government official
  • Health specialist
  • Historian
  • Human services worker
  • Immigration official
  • Intelligence agent
  • International civil servant
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Mass media critic
  • Museum curator

Work settings include:
  • Banking
  • Erie County government
  • Federal and New York State government service
  • Health related professions
  • Immigration services
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Local law enforcement
  • Movie industry
  • Museums
  • Prisons/ correctional service
  • Professional sports
  • Sales
  • Social services agencies
  • Teaching
  • Television

Salary Trends

Our graduates receive salaries that are commensurate with entry-level skills. Most of our graduates pursue a MA or MS, while some complete a JD or a doctoral degree.

Post-undergraduate Opportunities

Students who graduate from our program are candidates for further degrees in:
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health sciences
  • History
  • Law
  • Social sciences

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

Our liberal arts curriculum allows our graduates to be employed in numerous areas. Of those not going on for advanced degrees, many were joint or double majors and/or double degree graduates and we estimate about 90% are employed.

Formal system of tracking graduates?

References letter requests, exit interviews and informal contacts. A link for alumni can be found on the African and African American Studies webpage (

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?

Over 50% of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate school in law, education, the Master of Arts in Humanities, divinity school and public policy.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:08 EST