James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
African Studies Program
careers by degree
Dr. Afua Cooper is not only a scholar, historian, poet, and social and cultural commentator, she's also an African Studies grad.
Afua Cooper (Ph.D, African Canadian History) has expertise which includes slavery, abolition, and freedom, especially for the 18th and 19th centuries, gender studies, Black education, and Black literatures. Her work having been published and award-winning, she is an accomplished writer. As the Johnston Chair in Canadian Black Studies at Dalhousie University, Dr. Cooper has engaged in research, teaching, and publication on Black Canada. Read more about Afua here.
What do employers value about African Studies Program graduates?
think critically and creatively
write clearly and effectively
develop innovative solutions to unique situations
analyze policies for fairness and accuracy
develop strategies to address social issues related to power and authority, culture and communication, poverty and change
use quantitative and technological literacy in gathering and analyzing data
apply an interdisciplinary, global perspective to understand interactions of people, communities and organizations
Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $43,698/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
University of Toronto African Studies Alumni most frequently apply their research skills and global perspective in these industries:
- media and communication
- community and social services
- program and project management
- healthcare services
graduate or professional school
An African Studies degree equips students with critical thinking and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in
- African studies
- International and Public Affairs
- International Development
- Political Science
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.
Options in your Department
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.