Why choose Africana Studies?


The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona prepares future leaders of a global and diverse economy as far reaching as the Caribbean, North and Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

The program equips future leaders with critical thinking and communication skills that are in high demand in any profession. A ground-breaker in the digital humanities, the Department of Africana Studies embraces new technologies and boasts a multitude of face-to-face and online offerings. Choose an interdisciplinary major/minor, or a minor focusing on Hip-Hop Cultures! Our program also features a variety of internships and study abroad opportunities that are open to our students.

Did you know?
  • African, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean cultures, traditions, and values are crucial in understanding world economies, global relations, and international development.
  • Graduates possess in-demand skills for the 21st century; the ability to adapt and function in unfamiliar environments, to communicate across cultures and languages, think critically, and problem solve effectively.

Career Opportunities

Majors in Africana Studies are marketable for many different careers. Businesses, industries, and employers like the important and marketable skills that our majors master: ability to understand people from any background, great writing and analytical skills, higher than average memorization skills, capacity to speak in public anywhere, capacity to handle abstract tasks, creativity, and initiative. Graduates enter the global workforce with the ability to adapt and function well in unfamiliar environments and new situations.

Our Africana Studies majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries:
  • Medicine & Health
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Retailing
  • Law
  • Politics & Government
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Education
  • Social and Humanitarian Services

If you are an Africana Studies student entering the job market, consider applying for positions in any African companies/organizations that have offices in the United States. Similarly, consider American companies and organizations that have offices in Africa. Consider scheduling an appointment with Career Services on the UA campus to see all of the many options open to you on the job market. They can identify the databases where all jobs are posted and help you create a competitive CV and letter of application.

Contact a faculty advisor to discuss what a major in Africana Studies can do for you.

Jennifer Donahue



Aja, Africana Studies student

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