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Are you interested in a degree that can prepare you for a career on a global level? Do you want to study different cultures and political systems?

The Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African American studies is an interdisciplinary degree program housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Its comparative focus and multidisciplinary emphasis complement many existing programs that seek to prepare undergraduate students for competitive careers and productive work in a global world of different cultures, political systems and economic infrastructures.

Students pursuing a degree in African and African American studies will develop a broad “perspective on human” values and ethnic diversity, as well as an understanding of the socio-political, religious and historical evidence related to African peoples, both in Africa and the diasporic communities of North America and the Atlantic world. Students are encouraged to combine a major in AAAS with others at East Carolina University.

A bachelor’s degree in African And African American studies will allow students to pursue various careers in the public and private sector. Graduates go on to become lawyers or politicians, hold political office, become astronauts, entertainers, and teachers/professors, and serve as United States ambassadors, historians, journalists/writers, business managers, foreign service specialists, social workers, and museum curators/directors.

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