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International Journal of Africana Studies


Celebrating Student Excellence


Honor Society Nominations, Fellows Programs

44th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference
is going to Atlanta, GA

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What Can I Do With a Black Studies Major



The interdisciplinary field of Blacks Studies—alternatively called African American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Africana Studies, Pan African Studies, or Black World Studies, depending on the school where it is offered, is a relative newcomer on the academic scene and its proponents have had to defend its theoretical underpinnings and practicality, something which the traditional liberal arts fields are also challenged to do but not to the same extent. Since the establishment of the nation’s first Black Studies department in 1968 at San Francisco State University, and despite the wide acceptance and institutionalization of Black Studies in academia, there still remains the nagging question about its ability to produce outstanding citizens equal in quality to individuals who as undergraduates majored in, say, history or English or art. Black Studies has now been around long enough to notice its handiwork: men and women constructively contributing to society, employed in a wide variety of professions.

Robert Fikes Jr., librarian at San Diego State University has updated and expanded the fourth edition of “What Can I Do With a Black Studies Major?” which more than doubles the number of persons listed in the third edition and further establishes the viability of a Black Studies degree in the job market and as a stepping stone to most fields of graduate study.

This latest edition adds more than three hundred professionals who earned degrees in Black Studies. Among the new additions are 28 doctors, a Pulitzer Prize winner, 2 judges, 2 U.S. Ambassadors, 2 mayors, 5 Rhodes Scholars, 6 college presidents, a sommelier (wine steward), a sports photographer, 3 beauty queens, 5 filmmakers, a Rabbi, a Catholic priest, a sculptor, and a comic book artist.

 

National Council for Black Studies, Inc.
Promoting Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility

University of Cincinnati
Department of Africana Studies
3514 French Hall West
Cincinnati, OH 45221

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