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[DRAFT] 2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
[DRAFT] 2024-2025 Undergraduate 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 requirements outlined in Academic Policies 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION .


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Program Course Requirements

Core IMPACTS Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Core IMPACTS Curriculum  

Core Field of Study (18 Credit Hours)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in these courses.

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Select 9 credit hours of 1000-4000 level coursework from the University Catalog approved by the faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to take 1000-2000 level coursework from the following prefixes: BLCK, ASIA, AMST, GWST, ISD, LALS, LDRS, NAIS, PAX, RELS, or STS. Note: Per BOR Policy, HPE 1000-level courses cannot be used to fulfill Field of Study requirements.

Major Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in these courses.

Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

University Electives (21 Credit Hours)

In accordance with KSU Graduation Policy , students must earn a grade of “D” or better in these courses while maintaining a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.

Free Electives (21 Credit Hours)

Select 21 credit hours of 1000-4000 level coursework from the University Catalog. Students are encouraged to complete the Black & Minority Track in the Entrepreneurship Certificate  or the Diversity & Community Engagement Certificate .

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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