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Careers in Africana & Latino Studies


What Can I Do with a Major in Africana & Latino Studies?

The Africana & Latino Studies Major combines methods of ‘tradition’ disciplines (history, economics, literature, philosophy, sociology, etc.)  with an intersectional approach (i.e., race, class, & gender) to analyze the Black and Latino experience in the Americas and nations of origin, e.g., in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Our curriculum focuses on issues, ideas, and historical movements that have had a direct impact on Latino peoples and peoples of African descent and their relationship with other communities.  Although the department continues to address race, class, and ethnicity, we are increasingly concerned with their intersection with today’s vexing issues.  Global warming, environmental degradation, income inequality, the socio-economic problems of minority youth, the needs of women of color, treatment of the LGBTQ community, interests of immigrants and refugees, bilingualism and language issues, global social justice, and the under-representation of minorities within the American business community are issues reflected in our current thrust of teaching, service, and research.

Functional Skill Set for Africana & Latino Studies Majors

  • Ability to develop ideas and use basic problem solving skills
  • Gathering information, conducting research and synthesizing information
  • Translating difficult concepts into practical terminology
  • Communicating effectively through writing and oral presentation to diverse populations
  • Understanding the role of race, gender, and class in the human experience
  • Developing cultural competence to negotiate cultural silos
  • Developing a nuanced view and practical approach to social justice
  • Ability to make judgment about people and systems in an unbiased manner
  • Comparing translations and interpretation of dated text
  • Understanding the construction and (mis)use of power

Related Career Titles for Africana & Latino Studies Majors

  • Anthropologists
  • Clergy
  • Community Activist & Organizer
  • Customs Inspectors
  • Diversity Trainer
  • Economists
  • Elected Officials
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • High School Teachers
  • Historians
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Immigration Officers
  • Import/Export Specialists
  • International Development Practitioners
  • Lawyers
  • Lobbyists
  • Managers
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Museum Technicians and Conservators
  • Political Scientists
  • Public Relations
  • Sociologists & Social Workers
  • Tour Guides
  • Translators
  • Travel Planners
  • University and College Professors
  • Urban Planners
  • Writers/Novelists

Some Organizations That Typically Employ Africana & Latino Studies Majors

  • Advocacy Groups
  • Airlines
  • Banks
  • Community Outreach Groups
  • Consulting Firms
  • Cruise Lines
  • Fashion
  • Government Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Hotels
  • International Development Consultancies
  • Labor Unions
  • Law Firms
  • Marketers
  • Military
  • Museums, Libraries
  • Public Policy
  • Publishing Companies
  • Radio and TV Stations
  • Retail
  • Travel Agencies
  • United Nations

Compiled by the staff at the SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center and adapted by the ALS department.

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