African Studies

Are you fascinated by Africa and passionate about its history and culture? African Studies at York focuses on issues of social, political, economic and cultural development from pre-colonial Africa to the present day. Majoring in African Studies will encourage you to grow intellectually beyond the confines of traditional academic learning. From inspiring political leadership to poverty, health issues, economic development and the challenges associated with it, you will discover why Africa is a continent of great historical and contemporary global importance.

Career Options in African Studies

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a African Studies degree than others.

  • Activist
  • Ambassador
  • Author
  • Charity Director
  • Conservationist
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Community Worker
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Editor
  • Event Coordinator
  • Foundation Director
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Administrator
  • Historical Researcher
  • International Development Worker
  • Institutional Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legislative Aid
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Correspondent
  • Mediator
  • Non-Profit Sector Worker
  • Paralegal
  • Policy Researcher
  • Policy Advisor
  • Political Advisor
  • Politician
  • Population Studies Analyst
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Writer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.