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 groundbreaker 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 features a variety of internships and study abroad opportunities.

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, communication across cultures and languages, critical thinking and problem solving. 

Career Opportunities

Majors in Africana Studies are marketable for many different careers. These industries like the very 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. Schedule an appointment with Career Services on the UA campus. 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 double major in Africana Studies can do for you.