Career Information

The Africana Studies program at UNC takes an interdisciplinary approach to education, allowing students to gain a broad perspective and pursue many avenues of further study or career opportunities. 

  • What are some potential occupations?
    • Attorney
    • Archivist
    • Biographer
    • College Faculty Member
    • Counselor
    • Curator
    • Demographer
    • Economist
    • Genealogist
    • Government Administrator
    • Hospitality Director
    • Human Relations Director
    • Historical Materials Consultant
    • Historical Preservation Specialist
    • Journalist
    • Labor Relations Specialist
    • Lecturer
    • Librarian
    • Market Analysis
    • Museum Specialist
    • News Analyst
    • Political Scientist
    • Research Assistant
    • Teacher
    • Travel Agent
    • Urban Planner
  • What are some of the job tasks?
    • Advise on, design, or prepare museum displays 
    • Collect and organize data 
    • Conduct surveys 
    • Conduct and explain scientific research 
    • Conduct genealogy research 
    • Examine groups and social institutions 
    • Examine human interaction 
    • Give presentations, lead seminars, teach 
    • Resolve conflicts 
    • Study aspects of human and pre-human behavior and history 
    • Write about historical events and individuals
  • Who hires AFS students?
    • Affirmative Action Offices
    • Industry Civil Rights Agencies
    • Hospitals Education Institutions
    • Government Agencies
    • Historical Associations/Societies
    • Hotel Chains
    • Labor Unions
    • Law Firms
    • Libraries
    • Museums
    • Newspapers
    • Ombuds Departments
    • Personnel Departments
    • Publishing Houses
    • Social Services Agencies
    • Travel Agencies
    • Television Stations
    • Youth Organizations
  • What personal qualities do employers desire?
    • Ability to communicate ideas clearly, both in writing and verbally 
    • Ability to work independently
    • Academic aptitude
    • Analytical skills
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Interest in and the ability to perform research
    • Intellectual curiosity and creativity
    • Organized and reliable 
  • Things to consider when thinking about your career
    • Experience acquired through cooperative education or internships can prove valuable in obtaining professional positions.
    • At least one class in multicultural studies or one focusing on another face/ethnic group, plus a women’s studies or womanist class will prove beneficial.
    • Graduates should be prepared to work in any area of the country and at any size institution.
    • Presentation or attendance at national association meetings is desirable.
    • Training at the doctoral level is necessary to become employed as a university faculty member.
    • Training beyond the master’s level is usually required for professional positions.
    • Training in both qualitative and quantitative analysis is desirable for research at any level.