Careers Using Africana Studies Skills

Some things worth thinking about:

  • Many international organizations value the historical and contemporary context of knowledge of African continental cultures that one learns in the African Studies minor.
  • Learn one or more foreign languages.
  • Plan to study, volunteer, or intern abroad more than one time if possible.
  • Seek cultural experiences on campus and get involved with the international student population, particularly Kent State African Student Association (KASA).
  • Participate in an international service learning experience or go on a mission trip to Africa or the Caribbean.

Social Services

  • Parenting
  • Social Work
  • Government
  • Probation Officer
  • Counseling
  • Community Education
  • Community Activism
  • Case Management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Volunteer Services
  • Programming
  • Advocacy
  • Crisis Services (pregnancy, housing, etc.)
  • Nonprofit and Social Services Organizations
  • Immigrant and Refugee Service Providers
  • Migrant Service Providers
  • Hospitals and Hospices
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Youth Organizations and Campus including YMCA, YWCA, Young Life, etc.
  • Churches, synagogues and mosques
  • Lobby Agencies

International Areas

  • Nongovernmental Organization Staffing
  • International Diplomacy
  • Humanitarian Services
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Policy Development
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International Security
  • International Aid and Relief Organizations
  • Think Tanks

Jobs in Business

  • Public Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Personnel Management/ Diversity/ Inclusion
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Human Resources: Training and Development, Recruitment or Equity and Diversity Functions
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Staffing Agencies
  • Learn how to sell your Pan-African Studies major to business employers that value employees who understand and tolerate cultural diversity.
  • Double major in Business, Public Health, Geography, or History.

Jobs in Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Student Affairs Administration
  • Multicultural Programming
  • Programs/ Study Abroad Administration
  • Earn Certification/ Licensure to teach in Public Secondary Schools.  Choose a double major in area such as history.
  • Volunteer to assist a faculty member with research

Communication and the Arts

  • Journalism/ Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Theater
  • Music Management
  • Visual Arts
  • Arts Education
  • Dance
  • Film-making
  • Museum and other curating