Black American Studies
Black American Studies (BAMS) provides students with a broad critical exposure to the multidisciplinary study of people and cultures of African descent in the United States as well as the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Majors in BAMS develop critical skills in the analysis of social, cultural, political and economic factors that influence their status and overall well-being. BAMS courses and program experiences prepare majors to participate in society with a firmer understanding of the dynamics of race and culture that may affect them. The program provides students the opportunity to experience other cultures in the African Diaspora outside of the United States; engage in research, and develop practical understanding of issues of social justice in communities, institutions and social policies.
Students in this major acquire the skills and general knowledge typical of most liberal arts programs that prepare them for a variety of specific careers and advanced professional training. BAMS majors find employment in the fashion industry, journalism, advertising and marketing, human resources, personnel management, and social services. They also find career opportunities in education, legislative and public affairs, counseling and community organizations. Many go on to law school or enroll in graduate programs in social or behavioral science, history or literature fields. With the growing attention to human diversity in our society, the skills of comparative cultural analysis offer a major advantage to graduates pursuing careers in diverse organizations.
Interested students should contact Tammy M. Jackson-Harmon, Senior Administrative Assistant, 417 Ewing Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831 – 2897.
Sample Job Titles
Bachelor’s Degree/Entry Level
Further Education/Experience Often Required
*civil service worker
*higher education administration
*youth/community center coordinator
- Participate in Internships, Field Experience Placements and Alumni Career Network.
- Participate in undergraduate research, participate in volunteer work, acquire positions of leadership in on-campus organizations, and create an extensive network of students, faculty and other professionals in your field.
Some Employers of Black American Studies Majors
*business and industry
Other Sources of Information
Careers for Graduates with a Degree in African American Studies
American Association of Museums
American Historical Association
American Society of Associations Executives
Jobs in Nonprofit Organizations
Museum Employment Resource Center
National Association of Independent Schools
National Association of Social Workers
National Council on Public History
Opportunities in Public Affairs
Organizations of American Historians
Society of American Archivists
Resources for Finding Employment
Found at the Career Services Center's Career Library (first floor):
- Blue Hen Careers -- Internships, Part-time, Summer, and Full-time Jobs -- All in one place
- Internships in Law and Policy (EXR 1)
- Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law & Social Work (GS 40)
- Game Plan for Getting Into Law School (GS 101)
- Best 117 Law School (GS 108)
- Careers for Bookworms and other Literary Types (CSE 240)
- The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management (CSE 249)
- So You Want to be a Professor? (CSE 270)
- Opportunities for Travel Careers (CSE 400)
- Top Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates (CSE 559)
- Opportunities in Social Science Careers (CSE 572)
- Great Jobs for History Majors (CSE 574)
- Careers for Extroverts & Other Gregarious Types (CSE 590)
- Careers for Born Leaders & Other Decisive Types (CSE 591)
- Careers for Introverts and Other Solitary Types (CSE 594)
- 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For (CSE 650)
- Career Opportunities in the Nonprofit Sector (CSE 654)
- www.udel.edu/CSC/netresources.html CSC's Internet Resources
Further information including: Skills to Develop, Strategies for Contacting Employers, Graduate School Information and where to get assistance is available in the CAREER LIBRARY located at 401 Academy Street.
Last updated: December 15, 2011 (CH)