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What can I do with an AFAM Degree?

Anything you want!

Just ask these people, all of whom majored in African American Studies:

Marc H. Morial


Marc H. Morial: Former Mayor of New Orleans, President of the National Urban League. B.A., African American Studies and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1980. J.D., Georgetown University.


Jendayi Frazer



Jendayi Frazer: former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2005-2009) and U.S.Ambassador to South Africa (2004-2005). B.A., Political Science, African and African American Studies, M.A., International Policy Studies and International Development Education, Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University.


Mae Jemison



Mae Jemison: Astronaut. Rocketed into space aboard the shuttle Endeavor in 1992 as a mission specialist. Received her M.D. from Cornell University School of Medicine. B.A., African and African American Studies, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University. M.D.,Cornell University.



Angela Bassett



Angela Bassett: Actress. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1994 and an Oscar nominee for the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” B.A., African American Studies, Yale University. M.F.A., Drama, Yale University.


Ava DuVernay



Ava DuVernay: Sundance-award winning filmmaker. Director of Oscar nominated film Selma.  Founder of ARRAY, a distribution collective for filmmakers.  Owner of The DuVernay Agency, a marketing and PR firm. B.A., African American Studies and English, UCLA.



Aaron McGruder



Aaron McGruder: Creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip and TV show “The Boondocks.” B.A., African American Studies, University of Maryland.



Earning an African American Studies major or minor prepares students for careers in many different fields. Our students learn to think critically, to express themselves clearly, and to navigate diverse cultural environments successfully. Graduates of our program have gone on to work in law, policy analysis, business management, health care, higher education, and many other areas.


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