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Graduate Career Ready with Africana Studies

Put your degree in Africana Studies to work by pursuing a career that interests and challenges you. Africana Studies majors are trained in the investigation of sociocultural norms and a well-rounded understanding of theoretical, historical, literary, and artistic developments on the African continent and in the African Diaspora, in both past and present. Africana Studies majors learn to research and contextualize information, producing insightful analyses and evidence-based conclusions.  

Through their interdisciplinary approach, Africana Studies majors embody the critical thinking skills to explore, apply, and disseminate, both established and new, scholarship in pursuit of academic excellence and social responsibility. Africana Studies majors have broad perspectives and pursue many avenues of further study or career opportunities. 

Explore the ways to use your Africana Studies education during a career conversation with the Center for Career Readiness.

Africana Studies at Work

UNC Africana Studies graduates pursue careers in companies and organizations around the country. Among our alumni, you will see many working in these industries:

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Social Services
  • Journalism, Media and Publishing
  • Nonprofits
  • Hospital and Health Care
  • Legal

UNC Alumni Careers

Using their Africana Studies degree, UNC alumni go on to successful careers in a variety of interesting and in-demand professions. Learn more about the popular professions these and other alumni are pursuing.

Management and Operations

UNC alumni are prepared to serve in leadership and operational management roles within non profit organizations, educational institutions and private and publicly held companies.


Tyrell Allen B.A. ’14, Metropolitan State University of Denver LGBTQ Student Resource Center Director 


While many alumni working in education-related roles may be teachers, several others use their degree and training in an educational services roles like instructional design.


Kevion Ellis minor ’18, Education Minnesota Lobbyist  

Social and Community Services

Alumni are committed to serving and supporting their communities. Through non profit, social services and public sector work, alumni coordinate and direct programs, outreach and services to improve the lives of others.


Tangier Barnes Write B.A. ’05, People for Bikes Senior Partnership and Program Manager, formerly Director of Land Use and Transportation with Groundwork Denver  

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Access recorded alumni career panels and LinkedIn tutorials to strengthen your network and professional connections to the UNC Bear Network.

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Bears Go Big

UNC Bears go out into the world to do BIG and significant work. Meet Tangier Barnes Wright, BA Africana Studies, 2005 and Director of Transportation Programs at Groundwork Colorado.

[UNC] had opportunities to connect with a multicultural student body

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Africana Studies Alumni: Update your career information through the alumni association.