What can I do with an Africana Studies major?

What can I do with an AFS degree?

Students who major or minor in an Africana studies degree program have unlimited opportunities in the career field of their choice. Students graduate with a keen understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues facing people of African descent and other Peoples of Color. They graduate as competent and skilled professionals who are able to assist organizations in a variety of ways.  

List of Career opportunities include:

  • Community organizing
  • Social work
  • Advocacy
  • Higher education
  • Doctors, astronauts (Mae Jemison)
  • Actors (Angela Bassett)
  • Attorneys (Michelle Obama) 
  • Judges   


Kent State University Africana Studies graduates make an impact every day.




Below is a list of our recent graduates who are placing Africana studies in action.

Advocacy & Community Organizing

Preston Mitchum ‘10

  • Director of Policy, URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity)

Robin A. Wright

Associate Director of Social Change and Leadership, Diversity Leadership Coach, Racial healing

DaMareo Cooper ‘08

Executive Director, National Organizing Director BlackPAC and board member of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. Former Executive Director Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Krista Franklin ‘94

Poet and visual artist, co-founder of Tres Colony: an artist collective, artwork has been displayed on the FOX television drama series “Empire” and on the covers of award winning books.