What Can I Do With My Africana Studies Degree?

Majors in Africana studies have continued on into graduate and professional schools and built successful careers in many fields, including public affairs, law, health, government, social work, education, the visual and performing arts, and business and management. Many students planning careers in medicine, law, public policy, social work and education pursue a second major or a minor in Africana studies.

Students with interest in foreign service in Africa and the Caribbean or students who intend to acquire graduate training with specialization on Africa or the Caribbean will be well-prepared in the department. The concentration in community involvement studies prepares students to work in community-oriented, community-based agencies or in local government.

The track in education enables students with career interest in elementary-and secondary-level teaching to prepare for Maryland Teacher Certification in social studies through the UMBC Department of Education.


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Community Service Agency Work
Recreation Coordinator
Family Services Specialist
Child Support Case Officer
Violence Prevention Educator
Race Relations Specialist
Volunteer Coordinator
Activities Leader
Teen Center Director
Community Outreach Worker
Social Service Administrator
Eligibility Specialist
Parent Educator
Youth Counselor
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Congressional/Legislative Aide
Legislative Research Assistant
Campaign Staffer
Committee Staff Person
Legislative Correspondent
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Press Secretary
Communications Director
Policy Organizations (Issue-Oriented/Non-Profits/National Associations)
Public Opinion Interviewer
Community/Field Organizer
Program Developer/Coordinator
Membership Coordinator
Political Organizaer
Convention Organizer
Public Analyst
Project Manager
Legislative Liaison
Conference Coordinator
Research Organizations (Issue-Oriented/Non-Profits/National Associations)
Project Assistant Research Associate Public Policy Analyst
Aide Researcher Proposal Reviewer
Health Hospital, Insurers, Government Non-Profits (Family Planning, Substance Abuse)
Research Assistant Medical Admissions Staff Patient Advocate
Probation/Parole Officer
Correctional Caseworker
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Customer/Immigration Officer
Police Officer
Court Appointed Advocate
Intelligence Support Analyst
Corrections Officer
Legal Assistant
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Population Studies Researcher
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