Why Study Africana Studies?

Career Possibilities

The interdisciplinary field of Black Studies, alternately called African American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Africana Studies, Pan African Studies, or Afro-Ethnic Studies (depending on the school where it is offered) has graduated thousands of men and women who have gone on to stellar professional careers.  Graduates of this major pursue many different careers. A few examples include:

  • Banker
  • Community organizer
  • Foreign service
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Philanthropy
  • Politicsl
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Business
  • Writer

Amongst thousands, a few notable Black Studies Majors include:

Dr. Mae Jemison... Astronaut. She rocketed into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor in 1992. She received her B.A from Stanford and her M.D. from Cornell University (Science & Technology)

Dr. Dwight Hopkins... Theology Professor, University of Chicago. He received his B.A from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary (Religion)

Ms. Angela Bassett... Actress. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1994 and an Oscar nominee for the movie "What's Love Got To Do With It".  She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.A. in Drama from Yale University (Performing Arts)

Dr. Michael Drake... Ophthalmologist and Chancellor of the University of California at Irvine. He received his B.A from Stanford and his M.D. from UCal at San Francisco (Medicine)

Ms. Yolanda King... Actress-instructor. Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Taught theater at Fordham University.  She received her B.A. from Smith College (Performing Arts)


Additional career options are listed on the Career Development Center's Web site.