Undergraduate – Bachelor of Arts in African and African Diaspora Studies

The Kennesaw State University African and African Diaspora Studies will guide you through exploring, examining, and analyzing the African presence in a global context.  The degree is an interdisciplinary educational experience that fosters an understanding of the international experiences of African and African-descended peoples in Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Through the African Studies degree, you will gain an appreciation for the diverse character of humanity, explore the complex historical and cultural relations between Africans on the continent and African-descended peoples in the Diaspora, and engage in a comparative study of issues affecting Africans in the continent and the Diasporas.

Suppose you are interested in a career where strong liberal arts preparation is needed, such as areas in business, social service, or government sectors. In that case, the African Studies degree is for you.  Along with a deep historical understanding of African and African Diaspora, you will also acquire reading, applied writing, grammar, composition, public speaking, problem-solving, and research skills while earning your degree.

As an African and African Diaspora Studies student, you will complete 27 hours of common requirements, including two introductory courses, research methods, foreign language, Senior Seminar, study abroad, internship, or directed applied research. In addition, you will take classes in each of these concentrations:

  • Cultural Production and Expression
  • Social and Structural Analysis
  • Historical Investigation
  • Community and Professional Engagement

As a component of your degree, you will have the opportunity to Study Abroad to broaden your understanding through cultural immersion.

See our African and African Diaspora studies degree information in the KSU Undergraduate Catalog for more information on specific classes.

What Can You Do with an African and African Diaspora Studies Degree?

The African American and African Diaspora Studies program will prepare you for career fields like journalism, politics, public relations, and other lines of work that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Below are a few examples:

  • Civil Services Worker
  • Cultural Resources Manager
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Political Analyst
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs and Policy
  • Social Worker
  • University Administration

Or, you may decide to pursue graduate studies.

African and African Diaspora Studies Degree Salary and Career Information

An African and African Diaspora Studies career offers you many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a bachelor's degree in African and African Diaspora Studies from KSU.


*Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*Net Online

African and African Diaspora Studies Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Interdisciplinary Degree – You will gain skills that can be utilized in various fields and specialties, creating a more significant opportunity for faster employment.
  • Hands-On Experience – At KSU, hands-on training through classroom work is essential so that you are confident in your skills and knowledge when you begin your career.
  • Study Abroad – You have the opportunity to earn degree credits through Study Abroad opportunities. 

Interdisciplinary Studies Department Contact Information

Kennesaw State University
Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Social Sciences Building (402), Rm 2019
402 Bartow Ave MD 2208 
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144 

Email: isd@kennesaw.edu
Phone number: (470) 578-2431
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