Career Preparation

The National Council for Black Studies maintains a list of Africana Studies Graduate Programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Check with the current program director of AADS for more information. 

  • The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. 
  • The Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute at Louisiana State University is is a four week summer intensive program designed to promote the entrance of promising and talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds into graduate programs within the humanities and social sciences. 
  • The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute at The University of Texas at San Antonio is a preparatory program that guides students in learning about what it takes to become a Professor of African American literary and cultural studies. 
  • The Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI), founded by Professor Cheryl A. Wall, is a one-week summer program at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University. REDI is designed for advanced college students and recent graduates whose cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds may contribute to diversity in the fields of English and American literary studies. The purpose of REDI is to encourage students to attend graduate school and to pursue careers as teachers and scholars in the field. At REDI, students will learn about traditional and nontraditional subfields and critical approaches in English and American literary studies from Rutgers University faculty. REDI activities will include seminars, lectures, workshops on applying for graduate school and on digital resources in literary studies, a trip to a research library, and a cultural excursion to New York City. Up to fifteen students, chosen from a national pool of applicants, will each receive a $750 stipend for participating in the program. 


  • The Law School Admission Council provides resources and a guide for students interested in law school. 
  • The Council on Legal Education Opportunity has special programs for students interested in pursuing a law degree, including information about a six-week summer pre-law program and Super Saturdays pre-law seminars. 
  • The National Black Prelaw Conference and Law Fair is held each fall in Houston, TX.
  • The LSAC PLUS Program offers underrepresented undergraduate students one year away from graduating and interested in the field of law an introduction to the law school experience.  Through a unique immersive learning experience, the LSAC PLUS Program offers selected participants a window into what law school is really like while providing supportive insights about the law school enrollment journey. The PLUS Program is aimed at undergraduate students from minoritized groups who are underrepresented in the legal profession and one year away from applying to law school. There is no cost to apply or to attend the program if selected. All PLUS participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $1,000 stipend and an LSAC fee waiver. In addition to gaining insights on the law school admission process, future career options, and more, participants build confidence and community through supportive networking and mentoring relationships as they immerse in a program that intentionally addresses the challenges faced by minoritized students on their prelaw through practice journey. 
  • ABA/LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, 2009 Edition 
  • Barron’s Guide to Law Schools 
  • Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go), But Didn’t Know to Ask … And No One Else Will Tell You, Second Edition, by Atticus Falcon 
  • The Official Guide to Legal Specialties, by Lisa L. Abrams 
  • Ultimate Guide to Law Schools, by U.S. News & World Report 

Graduate Certificate Program in African and African American Studies at Duke University

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