Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Black Studies, BA

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Black Studies prepares students for careers in a broad range of professions requiring cultural literacy, emotional intelligence, and evidence-based advocacy. Graduates with degrees in Black Studies have found rewarding careers in schools and universities; as counselors in family services and juvenile justice agencies; as diversity consultants; as entrepreneurs; as community organizers, diplomats and ambassadors in the foreign service; as cultural and content specialists in non-governmental organizations; and numerous specialized positions in the private sector. The interdisciplinary degree program fosters an understanding of the global experiences of African, African American, and African-descended peoples with a range of intellectual tools and practical strategies for engaging race, gender, class, and culture. Students will gain an appreciation for the diverse character of humanity through the lens of the Black experience, 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 contemporary issues. In consultation with an advisor, students will discuss a specialized degree program that complements core areas of cultural production, social and structural analysis, historical investigation, and community engagement with hands-on experiential and applied learning.  Students will apply course concepts in study abroad and/or virtual exchange, internships and/or co-op programs, or entrepreneurship and/or community engagement projects.

This program is a part of the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences .


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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admission Requirements

This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required. For more information visit the Admissions  section of the catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the requirementst outlined in Academic Policies 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION  .


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Program Course Requirements

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Core Curriculum   

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Lower-Division Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Select any three 1000 or 2000 level courses in the undergraduate catalog approved by the faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to take any 1000 or 2000 level courses with the following prefixes: BLCK, ASIA, AMST, GWST, ISD, LALS, LDRS, NAIS, PAX, RELS, or STS.

Note: Per BOR Policy, physical activity courses (HPE 1000-level courses) cannot be used in Area F.

Upper Division Field Major Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Required Course (6 Credit Hours)

Free Electives (21 Credit Hours)

Choose any courses from the KSU undergraduate catalog. Students are encouraged to complete the Certificate Track in Black & Minority Entrepreneurship or the Certificate in Diversity & Community Engagement.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)