African, African-American & Caribbean Studies
"It is important to nurture any new idea and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa."
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.
To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit this link: http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/aacs/curriculum.htm
WPUNJ Admissions information on Africana-World Studies is located here: http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/academic-programs/programs_detail.dot?id=124199
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
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
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.
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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.
The Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center
Student Center 301, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone 973.720.2281/2282 Fax 973.720.2074