What Can I Do With a Degree in African American Studies?

Like Temple Owls, graduates of Africology and African American Studies are everywhere. Training in African American Studies provides the foundation and tools needed not only to guide your personal and professional aspirations, but also to ensure success in an increasingly cross-cultural and inter-dependent world. Our graduates work in professional areas that include government, social work, international relations, education, nonprofits, and cultural and artistic institutions. Many of our former doctoral students head African American Studies departments at major universities. Some of our graduate school alumni have earned doctorates in other fields and are now professors.

Africology and African American Studies students develop the following skills that are applicable to many careers:

  • Research skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to analyze and think critically
  • An in-depth understanding of the African American or African experience
  • Knowledge of social and economic development issues
  • A solid understanding of cross-cultural and diversity issues
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages

Some job titles and careers opportunities include

  • child welfare worker
  • college professor/administrator
  • corporate Trainer
  • criminal justice administrator
  • development director
  • high school teacher
  • journalist
  • social worker
  • urban planner

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