African-American & African Studies

Please visit The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.  

Field of Study: The study of the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of people descended from the African diaspora.

Post-Graduate Occupations of Past African-American & African Studies Majors 

  • Real Estate Investors
  • Security Analysts
  • Missionaries
  • Human Resource Managers
  • College Deans and Advisors
  • Consultants
  • Community Outreach Specialists
  • Historians 

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Seek out leadership roles across Grounds such as Career Peer Educator, Resident Advisor, or Orientation Leader.
  • Get involved in cultural organizations and programs on-Grounds.
  • Pair an interest in African-American & African Studies with communication and journalism skills to develop content of interest to an African-American audience.
  • Develop excellent research, writing, communication, public speaking, and organizational skills.
  • Volunteer to assist a professor with research or take an independent study class.
  • Join related professional associations as a student member. 
  • Get involved with multicultural programming boards.
  • Gain experience through volunteer opportunities, internships, and/or part-time jobs.
  • Learn a traditional African language. Study abroad or volunteer in an African country.
  • Secure strong recommendations from faculty and maintain a high GPA to gain admittance to graduate school.