What Can I Do with a Major in Africana & Latinx Studies?
What is Africana and Latinx Studies?
The Africana & Latinx Studies Major combines approaches of ‘traditional’ disciplines (history, economics, literature, philosophy, sociology, etc.) with an intersectional lens (i.e., race, class, ethnicity & gender) to analyze the Black and Latino experience in the Americas and nations of origin, e.g., in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Our curriculum focuses on issues, ideas, and historical movements that shaped the lives of Latino peoples and peoples of African descent and their relationship with other U.S. communities.
We are equally concerned with the intersections of today’s vexing issues: global warming, environmental degradation, income inequality, unequal education and police treatment of minority youth, the needs of women of color, equitable treatment of the LGBTQ community, interests of immigrants and refugees, bilingualism and language issues, and the persistence of institutional structures of inequality.
Functional Skill Set for Africana & Latinx Studies Majors
- Ability to develop ideas and use basic problem-solving skills
- Gathering information, conducting research, and synthesizing information
- Translating difficult concepts into practical applications
- Communicating effectively (both writing and oral) to diverse populations
- Understanding the role of race, gender, and class in the human experience
- Developing a nuanced view and practical approaches to social justice
- Ability to make judgment about people and systems in an unbiased manner
- Comparing translations and interpretations of texts in all media
Career Job Titles for Africana & Latinx Studies Majors
- Community Builder, Activist & Organizer
- Diversity Trainer
- Elected Officials
- Foreign Service Officers
- Educators - College and Universities, Primary and Secondary Education
- Human Resources Personnel
- Immigration Officers
- International Development Practitioners
- Market Research Analysts
- Museum Technicians and Conservators
- Psychotherapists and Social Workers
- Public Relations, Advertising
Career Issue Focus
Employment in Advocacy
- Development, Community building
- HIV/AIDS Advocacy
- Immigrant Rights
- Refugee Advocacy, DISASTER Relief
- Fundraising &/or Grant Writing
- Victim Rights Advocates
- Labor and Worker Rights
- Policy Development
Specific Types of Employers
- Black &/or Latino organizations, e.g. (NAACP), National Action Network, 100 Black Men, National Council of La Raza, BLM/Black-Lives-Matter.
- Faith-based organizations/FBOs: Caritas, Church World Service.
- Federal Government agencies: Peace Corps, USAID + Foreign Service.
- International Aid and Relief organizations: Oxfam, MSF, ActionAid, CARENGOs (Non-gov’t Organizations), e.g. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, OUT/Right, amfAR.
- Nonprofits, e.g. National Black Business Council, Rape Crisis, Planned Parenthood.
- Federal, State and local government and trade unions.
COMPLEMENTARY PREPARATORY EXPERIENCES FOR CAREER SUCCESS
- Develop research, writing, communication & organizational skills.
- Learn to motivate others.
- Earn leadership roles in campus student organizations.
- Understand the history of people of color.
- Learn a language spoken in Africa-- Swahili or isiZulu; or for the Caribbean Latin America, (Creole, Spanish, or Portuguese).
- Participate in campus “alternative break” trips or church-led trips to Latin America, Asia, or Africa.
- Develop political economy language literacy.
- Seek cultural experiences on campus: Black, Latino, and international students.
- Volunteer at relevant local social service & community agencies for experience, e.g. JOBS Corps and Catholic Charities.
- Maintain a high grade-point average and secure strong faculty recommendations.
- Learn high demand languages: Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, and Chinese.
- Develop technical fluency in Spanish and French.