Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies

The Kennesaw State University BA in Black Studies will guide you through exploring, examining, and analyzing the African presence in a global context. This 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 Black 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.

With this degree, you can pursue a career with diverse liberal arts preparation in business, social service or government sectors. 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 Black 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 a Black Studies student, 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 also have the opportunity to Study Abroad to broaden your understanding through cultural immersion.



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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Face-to-Face and Hybrid

Number of Credit Hours: 120 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

Time to Complete: Four-year Program

Primary Campus: Kennesaw

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Degree Pathway

Stay on path for graduation by using the degree pathway that maps out your courses by semester and by year.

Black Studies Degree Pathway
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Black 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. 

What can you do with a Black Studies degree?

The Black 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
  • Political Analyst
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs and Policy
  • Social Worker
  • University Administration

Or, you may decide to pursue graduate studies.

Black Studies Salary and Career Information


Double Owl

Double Owl Pathway

Double Owl Pathways allows undergraduate students to obtain their undergraduate and graduate degrees at significantly lower costs and in less time than pursuing each degree separately. KSU offers a variety of Pathways to choose from various disciplines, allowing students to graduate sooner and get a head start on their future careers.

Double Owl Pathways

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Kennesaw State University
Interdisciplinary Studies Department
Horace W. Sturgis Library (Suite 401)
385 Cobb Ave MD 2208
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Phone: 470-578-2431

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