African and African American Studies (BA)
Accelerated Program

The African and African American studies program at ASU has assembled a dynamic faculty engaged in investigating the riveting complexities of Africa. Trained in a variety of disciplines that include anthropology, health, history, journalism, literature, sociology, political science and women's studies, the faculty examine a wide array of critical issues facing African-descended peoples across the stages of life at various times and places in history.

Degree Offered

African and African American Studies (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of


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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Financial Aid
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Career Outlook

Because of its emphasis on various social aspects and groups, the African and African American studies program provides students with practical applications useful for various workplaces. This program helps students develop cultural sensitivity and prepares them for careers in:

  • administration
  • advertising
  • business
  • counseling
  • education
  • human resources
  • international relations
  • journalism
  • justice
  • law
  • management
  • travel

The program prepares students for work in:

  • civil rights organizations
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • government agencies
  • hotel chains
  • law firms
  • libraries
  • museums
  • nonprofit organizations
  • political action groups
  • public relation firms
  • research organizations
  • sales departments
  • social service agencies
  • the insurance industry
  • the Peace Corps
  • travel agencies

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$81,580
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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