African, African-American & Caribbean Studies

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"It is important to nurture any new idea and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa."
~Wangaru Maathai

What is Africana-World Studies?

This major is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to learn about the African cultures and sub-cultures through a wide array of disciplines. Students are required to learn about these cultures through the lens of history, literature, psychology, language, and other areas of scholarly research and study. The Africana World studies major at William Paterson University is a 36 credit major. Students choose between the Humanities and Arts track and the Social Sciences and community development track. There are 12 core credits, 15 from the student’s primary track and 9 from the second track.

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Interests and Skills

  • Ability to examine and interpret world events
  • Can see correlations and relationships between events and factors
  • Can write and present information in a clear, succinct manner
  • Can interpret ideas and events


Work Environment

Africana World Studies majors can work in a variety of different settings. They might work in non profit social organizations, youth organizations or correctional institutions. In education, they might work in Support programs, upward bound programs and universities. Other places of employment include organizations like National Association of the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network and 100 Black Men. Africana World Studies majors may work in community action agencies, federal and state agencies (other advocacy groups) faith based organizations and non-governmental organizations. In addition, they might work in business, in marketing and consulting firms. Other possible work environments include Public Relations agencies, lobbying groups, public interest groups and district attorney offices.

Possible Job Titles

Activities Coordinator
Affirmative Action Officer
Associate Editor
Banking Associate
Campaign Planner
City Manager
Commodities Broker
Community Agency Administrator Congressional Staff Member
Consular Assistant
Consultant/Cross Cultural Director
Cross Cultural Communication Specialist
Creative Director
Editor Export Documentation Agent
Export Manager
Extension Service Specialist
Philanthropic Fund Administrator
Foreign Correspondent
Foundation Representative
Grants Specialist


International Banker
International Money Transfer Specialist
Intelligence Agent Management Trainee
Journalist Insurance Claims Adjuster Marketing Assistant
Overseas Service Agent
Peace Corps Volunteer
Personnel Director
Probate Paralegal
Public Relations Representative
Sales Coordinator /representative Teacher/Bilingual Educator
Travel Agent
United Nations Guide
Urban Planner
Visual Aids Reviewer
Welfare Investigator

Enhance Your Qualifications

Students in the Africana-World Studies major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in such places as non-profit organizations, law offices, and in government offices. Finally, students can join various groups on campus such as the Brothers for Awareness (BFA), the Caribbean Student Association (CARIBSA), Haitian American Student Association (HASA), the university chapter of the NAACP and the Sisters for Awareness, Black Leadership, and Equality (SABLE) which will enable them to meet others with similar interests. Also, many students find that a study abroad experience enhances their curriculum because they are given the opportunity to experience other cultures.


Related Web Sites

The National Congress of Black Woman

Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in African Studies. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.