Black Studies

General Career Information

Skills & Knowledge Developed in this Field

Cultural Sensitivity

  • Possessing a multicultural mindset
  • Working with competing notions and ideas
  • Understanding society through culture
  • Incorporating interdisciplinary methods
  • Examining the relationship of historical, economic and political forces
  • Understanding the practical significance of academic experiences
  • Developing appreciation for racial and class differences and perspectives

Project Development, Analysis, & Research

  • Identifying research topics
  • Gathering information
  • Assessing needs and interests
  • Generating ideas
  • Identifying resources
  • Developing sound research designs
  • Evaluating results
  • Translating theory into action
  • Working with community groups
  • Solving problems & thinking critically


  • Writing clearly
  • Speaking to groups
  • Expressing ideas through several media (e.g. film, music)
  • Listening to others
  • Challenging conventional ideas
  • Conveying ideas systematically
  • Explaining complex concepts

Interpersonal Relations

  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Acknowledging value systems
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Listening to other cultures
  • Listening carefully
  • Interviewing non-judgmentally


Graduate and Professional Schools

Black Studies Graduate Programs
Graduate programs in Black Studies in the U. S., provided by the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS).

African American Studies
Graduate Program in the Department of African and African American Studies at UC Berkeley.
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Job Listings

Black Collegian
Black Collegian is a career site for students of color.

Provides job listings and a career center with job & resume postings for African Americans.

Designed to help corporate recruiters find qualified minority applicants, and to help minority professionals find positions that best suit their needs, aptitudes and interests.

These sites are packed with information about planning your career

UCSB Career Services “Job Links” section
Check out job links in the following categories: Local/CA, National, International, Industry Specific, UCSB Careers by Majors and Diversity.

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Professional Associations

African Studies Association
Its mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa.

National Association for Ethnic Studies
Its basic purpose is the promotion of activities and scholarship in the field of ethnic studies.

Los Angeles Chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The branch continues to support the programs and policies of the NAACP with aggressive action at the local level resolving around issues concerning education.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America's darker citizens were denied.

National Urban League
The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

Black Culinarian Alliance
The mission is to create exposure and provide educational and professional opportunities for culinary and hospitality professionals of color.

Association of African American Sales Professionals
Serves to meet the needs of professional and developmental needs of African-American sales and sales management professionals.

Blacks in Government (BIG)
Enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

UCSB Resources

UCSB Library Black Studies Subject Homepage

Black Studies Departmental Web Page

Career Resource Room

UCSB Educational Opportunity Program
African American Cultural Services: serve as a centralized location for all individuals interested in learning more about the African American community at UCSB.

UCSB General Catalog

UCSB Office of Student Life

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UCSB Major Sheet

UCSB Minors related to this Major:
-Latin American and Iberian Studies
-American Indian and Indigenous Studies
-Asian American Studies
-Black Studies
-Feminist Studies
-Jewish Studies
-German Studies
-Italian Studies
-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages