Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

African-American Studies - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Skills gained in this program, include:
  • Interpreting policy
  • Directing individuals to resources that can assist them
  • Organizing community action, and collecting funds to support an action
  • Analyzing policymaking processes, behaviors, and power struggles
  • Conducting effective research
  • Predicting the impact of change on quality of life
  • Supplying historical perspective with information on past experiences
  • Recommending measures to address social problems
  • Predicting how groups will react to new institutions or social changes/pressures
  • Applying knowledge of human relationships to social services, such as crisis intervention

Career Choices include, but are not limited to:
  • 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, but are not limited to:
  • Banking
  • Erie County government
  • Federal and New York State government service
  • Health related professions
  • Immigration services
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Local law enforcement
  • Film industry
  • Museums
  • News organizations
  • Nongovernmental Organization (NGOs)
  • Prisons/ correctional service
  • Professional sports
  • Sales
  • Social services agencies
  • Teaching
  • Television

Salary Trends
Our graduates receive salaries that are commensurate with salaries received by graduates in other arts, humanities, and social science fields.

Post-undergraduate Opportunities
Most of our graduates pursue a MA or MS, while some complete a JD or a doctoral degree. Students who graduate from our program are often 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 Department of Transnational Studies webpage (www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu).

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.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39