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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies have entered graduate schools in the fields of African and Afro-American studies, history, political science, public health, industrial relations, urban planning, law, literature, and several other areas. They have secured employment in areas such as teaching, journalism, television communications, criminal justice, insurance sales, and community organizing.

Please click "What Can I Do With A Black Studies Major? 222 Answers" by Robert Fikes, Jr., Librarian, San Diego State University, for more information (PDF).

The Field

The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies is one of the largest and most comprehensive departments in the country, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees for students seeking in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Black people in Africa and the New World. The program of study is interdisciplinary with courses in African and African-American participate in a variety of on-campus and off-campus learning situations. The training and experience of the faculty provides a perspective on the history, culture, and place in the world of Africans and African-Americans that differs markedly from that of the traditional disciplines. Our department seeks to reproduce both the scholarship and the social commitment of Du Bois in a new generation of scholars who will carry into the twenty-first century the work that Du Bois accomplished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rigorously trained by our faculty in the highest ideals and most advanced techniques of scholarship, our students are urged to carry that scholarship out of the academy and into the world, for the good of the community and the nation. We endeavor to produce well trained scholars who will bring a unique fusion of cross-disciplinary scholarship and social commitment to the communities in which they live.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Britt Rusert

     Contact: Tricia Loveland
     Office: 329 New Africa House
     Phone: (413) 545-2751

Chair of Department (Interim): Dean Robinson, Associate Professor

Professors: Bracey, Jimoh, Shabazz, Smethurst, Tracy

Associate Professor: Parker, Rusert, Lao-Montes (Sociology)

Assistant Professors: Kerth, Losier

Adjunct Professors: Bowman, Higginson