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African and Afro-American Studies

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in African and Afro-American Studies
Graduate School Information


The African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) Department offers opportunities to explore cultural expressions, economic issues, religious practices, social arrangements, intellectual developments, and political trends among Africans and people of African descent. The department is multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary in its approach to the broad range of issues and experiences that comprise this field. It offers courses in the humanities and social sciences using the methods of several disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, literature, politics and sociology. Specific courses focus on people and developments in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable excel spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) major at Brandeis.

AAAS Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as an AAAS major at Brandeis.

Year Title Company Industry
2011 Operations and Development Assistant Breakthrough Human Rights Group Nonprofit Organization Management
2011 Assistant Content Management OgilvyEntertainment Marketing and Advertising
2008 Legislative Aid Office of Vice Mayor Robert Garcia Government Administration
2007 Program Officer Global Health Initiatives at Heartland Alliance International Healthcare Services
2006 Associate Attorney Tate & Associates Law Practice
2004 Social Media Strategist The World Bank- Africa Region International Trade and Development
2002 Innovative Tecnical Education and Workforce Manager City University of New York (CUNY) Education Management


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in African and Afro-American Studies (.pdf)

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity – Adapting to other cultures and communicating between cultures.


  • Oral and Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
  • Oral and Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in speaking and writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.


  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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Family Service Counselor
Employment Recruiter
Field Archaeologist
Immigration Inspector
Information Officer
Legislative Aide, Attorney, Paralegal, Judge
Marketing Researcher, Marketing Manager
Multicultural Program Leader
Peace Corps Volunteer
Probation Officer
Program Coordinator/Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Research Associate
Writer, Editor
Academic Advisor/Counselor
Art Conservator
Behavioral Science Advisor
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
Collections Manager
College Professor
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Employee Relations Specialist
Foreign Affairs Officer
Forensic Anthropologist
Foundation Program Manager
Program Director
Health Science Administrator
Human Resources Manager
Industrial Psychologist
International Agency Representative
Management Consultant
Media Planner
Medical Anthropologist
Multicultural Education Specialist / Director
Museum Education Director
Public Health Educator
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
Teacher - ESL Analyst
Caseworker, Social Worker
Community Development Specialist
Curatorial Assistant
Ecotourism Director Ethnologist

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development