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1.2. Descriptions of Organizational Divisions, Colleges, and Departments

Academic Affairs Office
The Office of Academic Affairs is the administrative unit that oversees the university’s entire academic affairs division. This office is centrally involved in university-wide academic administration. It is headed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is assisted by the Senior Vice Provost, Associate Vice President for Curriculum, Associate Vice President for Faculty, , the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, the Assistant Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning and Executive Director of the Distance Learning Center, the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College, , the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, and the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Strategic Initiatives.

As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is the university’s principal academic administrator and liaison with the President and the university system’s staff in matters involving the university’s a) curriculum and degree program approvals; b) enrollment services, including student admissions, registration, and financial aid; c) faculty appointments and contracts; d) promotion and tenure recommendations; e) capital improvement proposals for the academic division; f) academic budget allocation and redirection; and g) follow-up on strategic priorities and academic policy directives set at the levels of the university system and/or KSU. Working with the teaching faculty and other academic administrators, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is expected to provide leadership, direction, and support for the planning, operation, evaluation, and advancement of the university’s academic programs, services, and research. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is a member of the president’s administrative team, providing support and assistance to the president and the other vice presidents as necessary.

The Senior Vice Provost serves as a key member of the Provost’s administrative team for academic affairs.  The Senior Vice Provost assists the Provost with a wide range of tasks including: initiatives focused on student retention, progression and graduation, and providing campus-wide leadership in achieving the academic goals and objectives of KSU.  

Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief International Officer oversees the functioning of the Division of Global Affairs.  The Division of Global Affairs promotes and collaboratively leads global learning and regional studies among KSU's faculty, students, staff and the community through academic services and programs, research and scholarship, international student and scholar services, and domestic and international partnerships.

Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for ensuring that Kennesaw State University can provide clear, convincing, and consistent evidence that meets federal, regional, state, and institutional standards.

The Associate Vice President for Curriculum works with the Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (UPCC), the Graduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (GPCC), and the General Education Council on curriculum matters, and with the BoR on KSU’s new degree program proposals.

The Associate Vice President for Faculty is primarily responsible for overseeing faculty searches, supporting and facilitating the success of KSU’s teaching faculty and department chairs, providing leadership in supporting and strengthening the KSU faculty by developing and implementing sound policies, practices, and programs regarding faculty recruitment, appointments/hiring, performance reviews (e.g., tenure, promotion, post-tenure review, 3rd and 6th year reviews, etc.), leaves, and terminations, and overseeing the work of the Director of Faculty and Academic Services and performs other duties as assigned. In addition, the Associate Vice President for Faculty oversees the work of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Services oversees all enrollment-related functions. The Enrollment Services division is a collaborative unit comprising the Offices of Undergraduate and Global Admissions, Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

The Associate Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning  is responsible for formulating and executing university level distance learning strategy, oversight of all Distance Learning related compliance, maintaining KSU’s position as a Distance Learning leader in the USG, managing Distance Learning Center day to day operations and communication, and operationalizing improvements to the online course quality program and oversee its functionality and performs other duties as assigned.

The website address for the Academic Affairs office is http://web.kennesaw.edu/academicaffairs/.


The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs oversees all operations of the academic division, providing administrative oversight, academic leadership, and external representation. The following units are included in the Academic Affairs division.

Enrollment Services Division
The Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services oversees all enrollment-related functions. The Enrollment Services division is a collaborative unit comprising the Offices of Undergraduate and Global Admissions, Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The website address for Enrollment Services is http://www.kennesaw.edu/enrollmentservices/.

Office of Undergraduate and Global Admissions
The Offices of Undergraduate and Global Admissions are primarily responsible for the supervision and management of undergraduate recruitment and admission procedures. The offices consist of four basic functions: counseling, recruitment, admissions operations, and telecounseling. These offices provide enrollment services for new traditional, nontraditional, international, and readmit students. The website address for the undergraduate admissions office is http://admissions.kennesaw.edu.  The website address for the global admissions office is http://www.kennesaw.edu/globaladmissions.

Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar is the central administrative office responsible for registering students, maintaining permanent academic records, performing degree audits, enforcing the academic policies of the University and generally ensuring that students’ academic issues are handled accurately and professionally. The registrar’s staff also handles transfer evaluations and veterans’ benefits. Requests for data from the computerized student records system are approved by this office. The website address for the Office of the Registrar is https://web.kennesaw.edu/registrar.

Office of Student Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid ensures the compliance of state and federal regulations and, thus, provides eligible students financial funding to assist them with successful enrollment.   The Office of Student Financial Aid handles applications for scholarships, grants, loans, and the Emergency Loan Fund.  The website address for student financial aid is http://financialaid.kennesaw.edu.


Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate College
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College directs graduate studies, administers sponsored programs, and assists the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on various matters. The Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College provides leadership for the University’s graduate programs, including promoting and ensuring graduate program quality, identifying graduate faculty, and advancing graduate student success; overseeing the Graduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (GPCC), the Graduate Council (comprised of all Graduate Program Directors), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); producing the Graduate Catalog and publications; adjudicating appeals of college deans’ graduate program and graduate admission decisions; awards graduate assistantships and tuition waivers; fosters the development of new graduate programs; awards status in the Graduate Faculty; and serves as the University’s chief research officer. The Vice President for Research is also responsible for reviewing and adjudicating matters relating to research integrity. The website address for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College is http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduatedean/index.html.

The office plays a key role in the promotion and support of scholarship on campus through two special units: the Office of Research and the Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation.

OVPR/DGC Special Units:

The Graduate College (please see listing under “Academic Colleges”).

The Office of Research serves faculty seeking external funding for research, service projects, and creative activity. The Office of Research provides information on federal, corporate, and private funding sources; serves as a liaison with agency program officers; assists faculty with identification of potential sponsors; offers technical assistance for proposal development; reviews proposals for compliance with agency, Board of Regents, and KSU policies; and facilitates the internal administrative review process. When awards are made to the university, Office of Research staff negotiate the terms and conditions with sponsors, set up grant accounts, maintain auditable records of expenditures, prepare fiscal reports, handle billing, and support faculty with administrative activities such as procurement and hiring. The Office of Research is responsible for ensuring that the University is compliant with federal regulations governing human and animal research (IRB and IACUC, respectively), conflict of interest, responsible conduct of research, and export controls. The website address for the Office of Research is http://www.kennesaw.edu/research/.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulates all research activities involving human subjects on the campus of Kennesaw State University, ensuring that people who participate in research are treated ethically and in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations.  KSU requires prior review and approval to be obtained from the IRB for all research involving human participants, including plans to gather data from participants for master’s theses and other student projects. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications (to secure approval), and disapprove research proposals and to suspend or terminate research that is not conducted in accordance with the IRB's requirements or that has been associated with any possible harm to subjects.  The website address for the IRB is http://www.kennesaw.edu/irb/.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)regulates all activities involving the use of live vertebrate animals in research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, and related activities at KSU, ensuring research is performed at the highest ethical manner in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.  The IACUC is responsible for the review of all protocols for consideration of humane animal care and use and review of university facilities housing animals.  The committee advises the Institutional Officer regarding problems or deficiencies and recommends corrective steps.  The committee has the authority to approve, require modifications (to secure approval), or disapprove research proposals and to suspend research that is not conducted in accordance with the IACUC’s requirements.  The website address for the IACUC is  http://www.kennesaw.edu/research/compliance/index.html#section-4.

The Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. (KSURSF) is the contracting entity for externally funded projects at KSU. KSURSF is the applicant for all proposals for external funding, and project work is subcontracted to KSU under a master agreement between KSURSF and the University.  KSURSF manages intellectual property and performs technology transfer functions for the University, taking assignment of inventions and obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright or other intellectual property protection. KSURSF works with faculty to patent discoveries that have commercial and economic potential. To further the University’s research mission and support expanded faculty scholarship opportunities, KSURSF licenses inventions to the private sector in return for sharing royalty income with the faculty inventors. KSURSF may also secure venture capital to support incubators and startups for relevant intellectual property development by KSU faculty and staff. The website address for KSURSF is http://www.kennesaw.edu/ksursf/.


Academic Deans
Each of the degree granting colleges, as well as the College of Continuing and Professional Education, is headed by an academic dean.  The dean provides administrative oversight and academic leadership for all aspects in the operation of their area. The deans are centrally involved in the planning, resource acquisition, program operational administration, personnel decisions, and external relations of their college/division/office. The academic deans are members of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs' administrative team. A college’s/division’s/office’s administrative team typically includes associate and/or assistant deans, department chairs and directors, led by the dean.


Department Chairs, Directors, and Coordinators
The head of a degree credit instructional department carries the title Department Chair. The administrative head of other departments and units is typically titled Director or Coordinator. All of these administrative faculty are responsible for managing the personnel and operations of their departments and serving on the administrative team of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean, or Dean to whom they report organizationally. Department Chairs are centrally involved in program oversight and development, class scheduling, student advisement and appeals, faculty recruitment and staffing, personnel performance review and salary recommendations, tenure, promotion and retention recommendations, and departmental budget management. A Department Chair’s “administrative team” typically consists of the full-time teaching faculty in the department, and may include an Assistant Department Chair, who often shares administrative responsibilities as assigned by the chair.


College of Architecture and Construction Management
The College of Architecture and Construction Management offers accredited, professional degrees in the discipline of Architecture and the discipline of Construction Management.

The Architecture Department in the College of Architecture and Construction Management (CoACM) offers a five-year bachelor's degree program -- two years of design foundation and three years of professional courses. The program is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). This is the only nationally accredited undergraduate Architecture degree offered by a public institution in Georgia. The program emphasizes students' understanding of the connections between people and their physical environments, as well as the integration of this information into relevant design solutions. The Architecture Department also offers a Master of Science in Architecture degree.

The department is committed to providing a multidisciplinary curriculum that nurtures critical thinking, embraces new technologies and encourages creativity and innovation through the integration of the theory, art, technology and science of the built environment.
Architecture courses stress applied learning methods that emphasize hands-on exploration designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to be productive, contributing members of the architectural profession and the civic community.

The Architecture Department supports and encourages outreach programs designed to maintain vital connections with the architectural community, improve effective communication, support continued professional development and build future leaders. The Architecture faculty advocate for an appreciation of good design and the benefits of responsible architecture through the education of our students and the broader community.

The Architecture Department holds as its core values:

Professionalism- The Architecture program emphasizes design expertise, aesthetic competency and sound contextual responses. We believe this serves to strengthen our goal to develop and nurture a culture of professionalism and a strong sense of ethics within our students.

Balancing Theory and Practice- The curriculum emphasizes applied learning, hands-on experience and theoretical exploration. This contributes to higher design standards, and technical prowess, as well as more challenging projects and intellectual dialogue.

Diversity- The Architecture program values diversity in its student body, faculty, supportive interdisciplinary climate, commitment to teamwork, and learning environment. This diversity encourages collaboration and strong professional relationships among students, faculty, alumni and professionals and strengthens our commitment to encouraging critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

These values contribute to our student’s proficiency and preparedness in addressing issues facing the profession, an awareness of environmental issues, sustainability and the challenges of urbanism, necessary to fulfill our commitment to improve the built environment.

The Construction Management Department in the College of Architecture and Construction Management (CoACM) offers a four year, fully accredited Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree. The Construction Management department also offers a fully accredited Master of Science Construction Management degree. While professional experience is preferred, students with a bachelor's degree or higher in architecture, construction management, technology, engineering, or related fields are successful in the Construction Management programs. Certificates are also available in project management, land development, and specialty construction.

The department, in addition to offering degree programs, offers three certificates each of 22-23 credit hours. The Construction Management Department also has an excellent job placement program for their graduates. The Construction Management Department places emphasis on the application of knowledge and use technology for solving real world construction problems. Local construction projects, combined with strong industry support, provide vast laboratory opportunities and educational resources for Construction Management students.

The Construction Management Department offers BS and MS Programs that are accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) since 1985. The department is committed to their mission and continuous quality improvement based on assessments. Also, the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Facility Management Concentration is accredited by the International Facility Management Association International Facility Managour-year accredited Facility Management degree program in the Southeast.

The local chapters of the following organizations and their students’ chapters at Kennesaw State University Construction Management Department represent the construction industry's involvement and commitment to both our program and school:

ABC: Associated Builders and Contractors
AECA: Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
AGC: Associated General Contractors & GA Chapter
ASHRAE: American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
CMAA Construction Management Association of America
GUCA: Georgia Utility Contractors Association
IFMA: International Facility Management Association
MCAA: Mechanical Contractors Association of America
NECA: National Electrical Contractors Association

The Construction Management Department is also active in student competitions and has won national championships and consistently places in the top tier of competition universities.


College of the Arts
The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University houses the disciplines of Art and Design, Music, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Dance, in one of the most dynamic communities of artists, scholars and higher education professionals within the Southeastern U.S. Students command high professional regard due to their exceptional creative and written scholarship. The College of the Arts provides a professional environment conducive to artistic growth that prepares students for the aesthetic and professional challenges facing scholars, artists, and teachers in the 21st century. The College recognizes and embraces important influences in the arts that cross international borders.  

The College of the Arts provides the region with a stimulating community of students, artists, scholars and teachers who apply aesthetic and intellectual vision to the expression of complex ideas; who value both artistic tradition and experimentation in the search for creative solutions; who connect global perspectives to professional education; who integrate technical skills with theoretical understandings; and who care about the impact of their work on people and the community. Our faculty and staff represent a diverse group of highly accomplished educators committed to the success of our students through transformative experiences on campus and beyond. Through a contemporary liberal arts curriculum and professional degree programs, our students develop the skills necessary to be competitive in a rapidly changing global and technological environment. We invite you to share in the more than 200 arts events, concerts, and exhibitions produced at Kennesaw State University every year that celebrate our commitment to disciplinary, cultural, artistic, and intellectual diversity. The College of the Arts also annually hosts a number of guest artists who provide students with rich professional training experiences.

The College of the Arts offers both academic and professional programs of study that prepare students for careers in the visual and performing arts. Undergraduate programs are built upon a strong common liberal arts component. Through its departments, the College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, Music and in Theatre and Performance Studies, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art, the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, and in Performance, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. Our partnerships and collaborations with leading arts organizations and educational institutions regionally, nationally, and internationally make the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University a dynamic contributor to economic, social, and political development. Our faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged in our local community and are vital to the cultural core of the metro-Atlanta area. We invite you to visit our campus, experience our rich traditions of innovative art-making, and become a part of our thriving community of celebrated scholars and artists.

Additional information on the College of the Arts can be found at http://www.kennesaw.edu/arts.

Special Units:

The Stillwell Theater - Theatrical, musical, and other university events are held in the University’s 315-seat Stillwell Theater.

The Onyx Theater – The Onyx is a “Black Box” theater space, which allows for innovative, experimental, and intimate productions. Seating varies with production configuration.

Chastain Pointe Dance Facility – A state-of-the-art dance facility that houses some of the largest studios in the metro-Atlanta area, faculty offices, a costume shop, scene shop, classroom, computer lab, and student lounge.  

Performance Library – Houses audio/video materials, as well as books and manuscripts for all the disciplines in the College of the Arts.

Technology Labs - The arts labs provide faculty and staff with state-of-the-art computer labs for artistic creation in music, theatre, dance, and graphic arts.

Bailey Performance Center - The Bailey Center houses a 600-seat acoustically superior performance hall for music, and the Brooker Rehearsal Hall.

Art Galleries– The Zuckerman Museum of Art, The Malinda Jolley Mortin Gallery, and the Fine Arts Gallery provide venues for student, faculty and professional exhibitions. These galleries are part of the KSU division of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books.


Michael J. Coles College of Business
The Michael J. Coles College of Business offers academic programs that respond to the needs of our rapidly changing global, business environment. It is a major asset to the growth and economic development of metropolitan Atlanta and the region. The unique, innovative spirit of the Coles College of Business arises from an emphasis on building partnerships with the corporate world, the community, business leaders, other academic institutions, government, and nonprofit enterprises.  These alliances enable the College to achieve its goals of continuous improvement and targeted program development.

The Coles College of Business and its exceptional faculty enjoy national recognition in a number of areas. Undergraduate and graduate business and accounting programs in the College are fully accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the internationally recognized accrediting agency for business schools. Coles is consistently recognized as a top business school by The Princeton Review and Chief Executive Magazine recognized Coles as a “Go-To Business school”

The Coles College of Business grants over 35% of all the degrees awarded at Kennesaw State University. The college offers nine undergraduate majors, an MBA, Executive MBA, WebMBA  MSIS and Master of Accounting (MAcc) program in addition to a highly innovative Doctor of Business Administration.  The college hosts numerous business student organizations the including chapters of the international academic honoraria, Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

The Instructional Departments of the College include: Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Information Systems, Management & Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Professional Sales, and the School of Accountancy. The Coles College also houses the Business Undergraduate Advising Center and the Career Services Lab. The website address for the Coles College of Business is http://coles.kennesaw.edu.

Special Units:

Center for Business Innovation and Creativity
The Center for Business Innovation and Creativity provides organizations with facilitated applications, courses, workshops, research and advice on how organizations can strengthen employees’ skills of innovation and creative problem solving.  The center was founded in 2006 and its website address is http://coles.kennesaw.edu/centers/innovation-creativity/.

The Center for Information Security Education and Awareness
The Center for Information Security Education and Awareness seeks to increase the level of information security awareness in the Kennesaw State University community and to serve as a clearinghouse for information on security education, training and security awareness programs. The Center supports applied research in the area of information systems security. The website address for the Center for Information Security Education and Awareness is http://infosec.kennesaw.edu.

The Edge Connection - Microenterprise Center
The Edge Connection is an entrepreneurial center within the Coles College of Business that provides intense business development training, technical assistance, and access to capital and new markets. Services are targeted for low to moderate income women, minorities, and people living with disabilities. Services are also provided to grow and sustain microenterprise ventures in the business incubator located at the center.  The business incubator provides residential and virtual office services to businesses on a growth trajectory.  The Edge Connection is a certified SBA Women’s Business Center, one of 91 centers in the United States. The website address for the Edge Connection - Microenterprise Center is www.theedgeconnection.com/.

Cox Family Enterprise Center
The Cox Family Enterprise Center offers the finest family business expertise available. Our programs promote effective family business management and secure the growth of healthy family relationships.  Research reports focusing on topics as diverse as estate taxes and succession issues are distributed globally. Cox Family Enterprise Center faculty edit the leading journal in the field, Family Business Review. The website address for the Cox Family Enterprise Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/fec/.

Econometric Center
The Econometric Center is a business and economic research arm of the Coles College. Its monthly Business Conditions Survey parallels the Institute of Supply Chain Management National Survey and aggregates data from purchasing professionals in metropolitan Atlanta and northwest Georgia. The Econometric Center also conducts a quarterly Consumer Confidence Index for metropolitan Atlanta in conjunction with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The website address for the Econometric Center is http://www.econometric-center.org/main/.

Center for Professional Selling
The mission of the Center for Professional Selling is to enhance the practice and professionalism of selling and sales management careers by: a) educating future sales professionals, b) forging university/business community partnerships to strengthen the skills of existing salespeople and sales executives, and c) researching selling and sales management topics. With its state-of-the-art facilities and a world-class sales laboratory, the Center is recognized nationally as a leader in sales and sales management education. Center programs include the National Collegiate Sales Competition held each spring on the KSU campus. The website address for the Center for Professional Selling is http://coles.kennesaw.edu/centers/professional-selling/.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center offers free management assistance to existing and pre-venture businesses. Areas of assistance include start-up information, developing business plans, financial planning, record keeping and accounting, marketing and market research, government procurement, organization analysis and change, legal issues and other areas of need. The SBDC also conducts seminars presenting essential knowledge and skills to existing and prospective small business owners. The website address for the Small Business Development Center is http://sbdc.kennesaw.edu.

Corporate Governance Center
Founded in 1995, the Corporate Governance Center in the Coles College of Business is internationally recognized as a leading provider of governance information to directors, CEOs and other senior executives, researchers, professors and students, advisors, and other interested parties. Through research, teaching, and advising, Center faculty and fellows work to improve the governance of public, private and nonprofit enterprises, with particular emphasis on audit committees, diversity in the boardroom, and entrepreneurial companies. Collectively, these professors have published more than 1000 articles and books on a variety of management and boardroom issues, and their opinions have appeared in more than 500 publications and on national and local television and radio. The website address for the Corporate Governance Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/cgc/.

Internal Audit Center
The Center for Internal Audit’s mission is to provide applied research, educational conferences, and symposia dealing with internal audit issues. The center’s website address is http://coles.kennesaw.edu/centers/internal-audit/index.htm.

Women’s Leadership Center
The Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) is dedicated to helping female students and professionals reach their leadership potential through innovative research, actionable programs that educate a wide audience of men and women, and a focal point for women’s networking where they learn to be rainmakers for  themselves and others. The Center’s main objective is to help women find the key to unlocking the doors to higher levels of achievement in their careers in corporate    America, higher education, not-for-profit organizations, or as entrepreneurs.

The WLC achieves its mission through:

Innovation: Research that pushes thought leadership boundaries and encourages further discussion around gender and leadership.

Education: Programs tailored to enable all women to uncover and reach their full leadership potential in the workplace.

Community Engagement: Fostering and supporting the advancement of women in today’s workplace and the workplace of the future – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Mobile Application Development Center

The MAD Center is dedicated to creating an apprenticeship milieu for attracting and growing student talent and for providing an incubation lab for faculty and staff research and practice in information systems innovation. The Center provides student training and internships; supports faculty and staff development and research; and enters into partnerships with industry and other likeminded groups. The projects teams will be primarily student-sourced but supplemented, when needed, by the expertise of faculty, staff, and consultants. The Center engages interdisciplinary project teams including analysts, programmers, artists, graphic designers, writers, marketers, and managers to develop information systems that exceed client expectations and advance economic development.


College of Computing and Software Engineering

The College of Computing and Software Engineering is comprised of the Departments of Computer Science; Information Technology; and Software Engineering and Game Development. We offer degree and certificate programs in all aspects of computing, including computer science, information technology and software engineering, that combine hands-on experience with a thorough grounding in the underlying theory, thereby enabling our students to apply computing, software engineering techniques and information technologies to solve today’s real-world problems and face tomorrow’s challenges.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computer Science, a minor in Computer Science, the Master of Science in Computer Science, and is a partner in other graduate degree programs including the Ph.D. in Data Science and Analytics residing in the Department of Statistics. The BS in Computer Science program is a strong technical program with breadth across the discipline and strength in software development, with options in High Performance Computing, and Data Mining. (This program has earned the notable ABET program accreditation). The BS-CS is a traditional intensive on-campus program. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computer Science program has an applied focus, where each theory course has hands-on applications. The program requires an interdisciplinary minor and provides for a more rounded and balanced university education with the minor and foreign language requirements. The BA includes robotics, web design, .Net programming, Linux OS, and other in-demand technical knowledge. The CS department also offers a Minor in Computer Science. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Computer Science, which is a research-oriented computer science graduate program. The MS Computer Science includes thesis options, applied computing options, and an interdisciplinary-computing option. Courses are offered using a hybrid distance learning delivery model that supports remote attendance and asynchronous attendance.

The CS Department also offers graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in High Performance Cluster Computing (HPCC) sponsored by LexisNexis, and offers a non-credit practitioner certificate as well. The department runs its own cluster-computer system running the LexisNexis HPCC infrastructure and development tools for data mining and analytics.

Information Technology

As part of the College of Computing and Software Engineering, the Department of Information Technology offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in IT (BSIT), Bachelor of Applied Science (BASIT - requiring a 2 year AAS degree from one of our Technical College System of GA schools), and the Master of Science in IT (MSIT). To ensure that our students receive the highest quality education possible, our curriculum incorporates various courses from information technology, and computing and software engineering focusing on meeting the needs of IT users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. The BSIT program is accredited by ABET. All of our degree programs - the BSIT, BASIT, and MSIT may be completed online. We also offer a graduate certificate in Health Information Technology.

Software Engineering and Game Development

Finally, the Department of Software Engineering and Game Development represents fields at the forefront of high-impact developments. We take pride in our student-centered degree and certificate programs, which are enhanced by state-of-the-art instructional technology and applied research activities. The distinctions of our programs include high quality and accessibility to both traditional and non-traditional students.

For undergraduates, we offer a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Design and Development. We offer a Minor in Software Engineering and a Minor in Computer Game Design and Development as well. The Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Design and Development is accredited under the general criteria of ABET (www.abet.org).

Our graduate programs include a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering and Graduate Certificates in Software Engineering Foundations and Software Engineering. In addition to welcoming full-time students with undergraduate degrees in computing fields, we also cater to two major non-traditional groups of students: those with baccalaureate degrees in other majors and those whose schedules allow for only part-time studies. We have a substantial array of evening course offerings. Moreover, we offer an increasing number of our courses fully online.

In addition to a wide selection of courses, the programs allow students to take advantage of the many opportunities. Many graduate and research assistantships are available, as are several student assistant positions, some through sponsored research. The colloquium series features talks by invited speakers on current topics in the discipline. We support student organizations and offer Game Jams throughout the year to encourage development of student knowledge and skills outside the classroom.


The Leland and Clarice Bagwell College of Education
The Leland and Clarice Bagwell College of Education offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. Students preparing to be teachers and leaders through one of Kennesaw State University’s teacher education programs are assured experiences which help them develop a deep understanding of the subject matter they will teach and be skilled in practices that lead most effectively to the improvement of student learning. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) was created so that faculty with an interest or teaching responsibility in teacher education could collaborate with like faculty across disciplines on significant matters related to Kennesaw State University’s preparation of teachers. Since its creation, the EPP has enabled faculty through its organizational structure to work effectively across disciplines and benefit from different perspectives on matters common to all programs. The EPP is an autonomous body that values the diversity of its members and insights of individuals outside the member’s home department. It was through collaboration that the conceptual framework Collaborative Development of Expertise in Teaching, Learning and Leadership, which underlies all Kennesaw State University’s teacher education programs, was developed. The collaborative model is the mechanism for both change and ensuring compliance with our core framework and beliefs. The Teacher Education Council (TEC) was established by the Kennesaw State University Senate to serve in lieu of the college-level curriculum committees in all matters pertaining to teacher education courses, programs, requirements and policies. This single university-wide curriculum committee for teacher education, with members representing all teacher preparation programs, key support services, and professionals in the field, represent the EPP faculty in matters of curricular review, policies, program administration, and faculty governance.

Instructional departments in the Bagwell College of Education include: Educational Leadership; Elementary and Early Childhood Education; Instructional Technology; Secondary and Middle Grades Education; and Inclusive Education.  The website address for the Bagwell College of Education is http://www.kennesaw.edu/education/.

Special Units:

Teacher Resource and Activity Center (TRAC)
The Teacher Resource and Activity Center (TRAC) offers area teachers as well as Kennesaw State students and staff, assistance with instructional material development, a curriculum center, and a varied program of workshops on topics of interest to teachers. Also available in TRAC are computers that are Internet accessible, laminators, badge makers, binding machines, poster makers, and TV’s with VCR’s for previewing videos. for specific services offered. The website address for the Teacher Resource and Activity Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/education/trac.

Center for Education Placements and Partnerships
The Office of Field Experiences arranges placements in nine partnership school districts to accommodate student teachers, TOSS students, and students taking EDUC 2110, 2120, 2130, INED 3304, ECE 3320 and 3340. The Office of Field Experiences builds collaborative relationships with collaborating teachers, local school administrators, school districts and the community. The website address for the Office of Field Experiences is http://www.kennesaw.edu/education/ofe/.

Center for Literacy and Learning
The recently formed Center for Literacy and Learning promotes the acquisition and use of literacy strategies. The Center supports the preparation, development, and research efforts of faculty, teacher, candidates, and practicing teachers while offering developmentally appropriate literacy experiences for P-12 learners.  The website address for the Center for Literacy and Learning is https://education.kennesaw.edu/education/literacy/.

Cobb Education Consortium (CEC)
Cobb Education Consortium consists of a network of public education services including P-12, technical institutes and senior colleges and universities. The six institutions that form the membership of the CEC are: Chattahoochee Technical Institute; Cobb County Public Schools; Kennesaw State University; Marietta City Schools; and Southern Polytechnic State University. The exemplary Cobb educational culture insists that learners can transfer credits between institutions as they explore, upgrade, and retool their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. Each of the Cobb institutions complements the others and is noted for its excellence.  The website for Cobb Education Consortium (CEC) is  http://www.cobb-ed-consortium.org/.

Educational Technology Center (ETC)
The KSU Educational Technology Center (ETC) is a collaborative partnership between the Bagwell College of Education and the Georgia Department of Education. The ETC is one of the largest DOE Educational Technology Centers in the state. The mission of the ETC is to provide high quality service, consulting, and professional learning for Georgia educators and to advance the effective use of technology for teaching, learning, and leading. ETC provides comprehensive instructional, administrative and technical technology training for educators in order to enhance teaching and learning in Georgia’s classrooms. ETC’s service area consists of 11 school systems within metro Atlanta and North Georgia. The website address for the Educational Technology Center is

William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center (TEAC)
The William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center has been established to guide education majors as they complete program requirements for full admission to the teacher education programs. The Center provides advisement services to freshmen, sophomores, transfer students, and second baccalaureate students who are preparing to meet the prerequisites for admission to teacher education programs. Advising responsibility for each student begins in the Dr. William D. Impey Advisement Center. Upon admission to each education, the student is assigned to a faculty member in the student’s teacher preparation program area. The website address for the Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/education/teac.

Students in the following undergraduate teacher preparation programs receive advisement from the William D. Impey Teacher Education Advisement Center:
Early Childhood Education (P-5 Program)
Middle Grades Education (4-8 Program)
History Education (6-12 Program)

Students in the following undergraduate teacher preparation majors receive advisement directly from their program areas or departments from the beginning of their studies at KSU:
Secondary Teacher Certification Program     
Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
Bachelor of Science in English Education
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Chemistry Education Track)
P-12 Teacher Education Certification Program
Bachelor of Science in Art Education
Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language and Culture (Teacher Certification in Foreign Language Education Concentration)

Graduate Programs Office (GPO)
The Bagwell College of Education and EPP partners offer a variety of graduate degrees including the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Education (MEd), Educational Specialist (EdS) and the Doctor of Education (EdD Graduate students in all degree programs receive initial advisement through the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) located in the Bagwell College of Education.  Upon admission, graduate students are advised by the program coordinator and/or advisor in their respective departments. The website address for the graduate program office for the Bagwell College of Education is https://education.kennesaw.edu/gac/.


The Graduate College
The Graduate College oversees and advances the University’s graduate enterprise, establishing and maintaining institutional standards for graduate program quality while advancing the University’s graduate mission.  This mission includes the oversight of all aspects of the University’s graduate presence, including the University’s graduate programs, faculty, and students.  In cooperation with the Graduate Faculty, The Graduate College reviews and approves the institution’s graduate curriculum, policies, and institutional graduate mission.  The Graduate College establishes standards for graduate instruction, reviewing and approving admission to the University’s Graduate Faculty and granting permission to engage in graduate instruction.  The Graduate College is responsible for reviewing and approving students for admission to graduate programs (see Office of Graduate Admissions), reviewing and affirming or modifying all departmental and college decisions relating to graduate education, reviewing and approving awards of graduate degrees, approving modifications to graduate programs, and the University’s graduate research and teaching assistantships. 

Special Units:

The Office of Graduate Admissions is responsible for receiving and processing applications and supporting documents for those students seeking admission to a graduate program. This includes substantive and procedural evaluation of graduate student applications. This office works with the graduate program offices to market and recruit graduate students, and interacts with prospective students inquiring about the University’s graduate degree programs. The website address for graduate admissions is http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/.

The Graduate Policies and Curriculum Committee receives graduate course and program proposals from colleges and departments, ensuring their compliance with University policies and goals. This committee also approves changes in curriculum, including the addition or deletion of courses, approval of new programs or concentrations, and changes in program requirements. The committee recommends changes in graduate policies and procedures and monitors assessment of graduate programs.  The committee also makes recommendations regarding the curriculum development and review process to the Faculty Senate.

The Graduate Council is a body consisting of the University’s faculty members who have primary disciplinary responsibility for the University’s graduate programs.  The Graduate Council works cooperatively with The Graduate College on issues relating to the delivery of graduate programs.


WellStar College of Health and Human Services
The WellStar College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is a dynamic academic unit that consists of the Department of Social Work and Human Services, the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, and the WellStar School of Nursing. Additionally, the college includes the campus-wide Wellness Center and the Academy of Inclusive Learning and Social Growth.

The WellStar CHHS offers graduate programming through the WellStar School of Nursing, the Department of Social Work and Human Services, and Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of health/human service fields, as registered nurses, social workers, exercise and fitness professionals, and health rehabilitation specialists, or as generalist practitioners in a variety of private, nonprofit, or governmental human service organizations.

The WellStar Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, housed within the WellStar School of Nursing, prepares graduates as primary care nurse practitioners. Additionally, the graduate nursing division offers a degree program in Advanced Care Management and Leadership including tracks in Nursing Administration and Health Policy and Leadership in Nursing Education, as well as a Doctorate of Nursing Science focusing on vulnerable populations and nursing education. The graduate clinical social work program within the Department of Social Work and Human Services prepares graduates to work in a wide range of nonprofit organizations and clinical health settings. The Department of Exercise Science and Sports Management offers a masters degree in Applied Exercise and Health Science which prepares students for careers in sports and exercise science.

The WellStar CHHS offers five (5) distinct undergraduate degrees: 1) B.S. in Human Services that prepares students for entry level case-management and nonprofit administrative roles in nonprofit, public, and private human service organizations; 2) B.S. in Exercise and Health Science that prepares students for careers in the field of exercise science; 3) B.S. in Health and Physical Education which prepares students to take the licensure exam and teach grades P-12 in health and physical education; 4) B.S. in Sport Management that prepares students for careers in the sports and sports-related industries; and 5) B.S. in Nursing. .The Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth offers a unique certificate program that provides a two-year college experience for a select group of high school graduates who have different levels of intellectual abilities.  In addition to the two-year program, the Academy offers an additional two-year education to students who have completed the first two years of a program.  The additional two years focuses on leadership and career growth. A major goal of the program is to challenge Academy students to expand their education, social, and career skills while integrating them into the college and employment community.

Members of each of the college units are actively engaged in the pursuit of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, as well as in scholarship and community engagement.      Please visit the College website for other details: wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu.

Special Units:

Center for Health Promotion and Wellness
The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness promotes wellness and encourages students, faculty, and staff to assume more responsibility for their health through a variety of education and prevention programs and services. In addition, the Center supervises a fitness center for faculty and staff. See University Handbook 4.9 (Services and Facilities-Center for Health Promotion and Wellness) for specific programs and services offered. The website address for the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness is wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/wellness


College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has nine academic departments, two endowed chairs, and seven centers.

The academic departments offer programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, a doctor of philosophy degree, and certificates. The programs, which include traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study, provide students with learning opportunities that

  • cultivate an appreciation of the richness of human experience;
  • encourage individual achievement and a sense of social responsibility;
  • emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and lifelong learning;
  • promote the development of knowledge, skills, and intercultural awareness that lead to personal and professional success in an ever-changing, global society; and
  • foster engaged citizenship.

The endowed chairs conduct research, organize public programs, and conduct other outreach efforts that support the overall mission of the college.

The college’s departments and centers serve Kennesaw State University and the community with research services and outreach programs such as Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project and the Georgia Geographic Alliance. The College serves the university-at-large by providing many of the courses in the general education curriculum. Additional information may be found online at hss.kennesaw.edu.

Academic Departments


History and Philosophy

Digital Writing and Media Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies


Political Science and International Affairs

Foreign Languages


Geography and Anthropology

Sociology and Criminal Justice

Academic Programs (leading to a Baccalaureate Degree)

African and African Diaspora Studies

History and History Education


International Affairs


Modern Language and Culture

Criminal Justice


English and English Education

Political Science

Geography Information Sciences






Programs Leading to a Master’s Degree

American Studies

International Policy Management

Conflict Management

Professional Writing

Criminal Justice

Public Administration

Integrated Global Communication

Teaching in Foreign Language



Programs Leading to a Doctor of Philosophy Degree

International Conflict Management




Programs with an Interdisciplinary Focus   

African and African Diaspora Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies

American Studies

Peace Studies

Asian Studies

Public History

Gender and Women’s Studies

Religious Studies

Programs leading to a CertificateUndergraduate

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Politics

European Union Studies

Public History

Geographic Information Systems


Programs leading to a CertificateGraduate

Creative Writing

Professional Writing for International Audiences

In addition, the College offers

  • an array of minor programs of study;
  • courses in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish; and courses in the following critical languages: Arabic, Hindi, Russian, and Turkish.

Endowed Chairs

Shaw Industries Distinguished Chair in Southern Economic History
The chair’s mission is to investigate and illuminate the economic and business history of the South for both a scholarly audience and the general public through traditional research, public programs, and community outreach.

Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair of Communication
The focus of the chair is to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of public journalism.


Center for Regional History & Culture
The Center for Regional History & Culture was established in 1998 and is housed in the Department of History and Philosophy. Its mission is to promote a deeper understanding of the Northwest Georgia region among area residents. The Center conducts and encourages research on the history and culture of Northwest Georgia, gathers oral histories, and provides programs open to the public. See http://www.kennesaw.edu/research/crhc for further information.

Center for Conflict Management
Established in 1998, the Center for Conflict Management works closely with the Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) and the Ph.D. in International Conflict Management (INCM) programs and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate program for undergraduates. The Center works collaboratively with other units on campus and throughout the University System to promote and provide conflict management skills, training, and consultation. The Center also provides consultative services, research, and training to private and public institutions and works collaboratively with both domestic and international partners. A library of relevant resources for conflict theory, research, and practice is available in the Center. The website address for the Center for Conflict Management is http://www.kennesaw.edu/conflict.

Writing Center
The Writing Center is a free service available to all members of the university community. It is a place where anyone who writes—those who love it, those who struggle with it and everyone in between—may come for help in becoming a better writer. The website address for the Writing Center is http://ksuwritingcenter.com.

Center for the Study of the Civil War Era
Established in 2006, the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era provides research materials and public programs that further the exploration of the role of Georgia and the South in the Civil War. The website address for the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era is http://www.kennesaw.edu/civilwarera

Center for Sustainable Journalism
The Center for Sustainable Journalism explores ways to produce financially sustainable, high quality, and ethically sound journalism. The Center engages in applied research and collaborates to advance journalism projects regionally and around the country. See further information at http://sustainablejournalism.org.

Undergraduate Advising Center
The Undergraduate Advising Center provides consultative academic advising in a collaborative environment for students who have declared or are considering a major or minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Center assists students with appropriate course selection, fulfilling general education requirements, understanding pre-requisite requirements for their major, creating academic plans, and finding and using other campus resources for their academic success. The website address for the Undergraduate Advising Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/hssadvising/home.php.


College of Science and Mathematics
The College of Science and Mathematics is staffed by nearly 200 dedicated faculty who are exceptional teachers and who have recognized research programs in their area of expertise. The college offers contemporary degree programs that have gained nationwide recognition for the success of their graduates.  These programs have curricula that are challenging and focused on modern aspects of their disciplines.  Opportunities abound for students to develop a strong identity with their respective departments and disciplines through student organizations, through mentoring relationships with the faculty, and though engagement in collaborative discovery research activities.
The college offers baccalaureate degree programs in biology, biology education, biochemistry, chemistry (chemistry education track), mathematics, mathematics education and statistics.  Students with career interests in the laboratory sciences, mathematics, and statistics will find degree programs in these areas in the College of Science and Mathematics that prepare them for success in graduate school, professional schools or careers in industry/private business. Biology, chemistry and mathematics education graduates receive the same in-depth course work in the disciplines of science and mathematics as do students majoring in these fields. Student advising is also a valued service provided to all students.  Furthermore, students have numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in their field through co-ops and internships as well as by working one-on-one with faculty on research projects.

The college also offers master’s degrees Applied Statistics, Integrative Biology, and Chemical Sciences. The college collaborates with the Bagwell College of Education to offer Master of Arts in Teaching degrees (M.A.T.) in both science education (biology, chemistry, and physics) and mathematics education.  The M.S. degree programs offer a balance between higher-level course work and collaborative discovery research in the discipline.  Opportunities exist for research experience in a multidisciplinary setting while earning a M.S. degree.  The M.A.T. degree is the result of a close, collaborative relationship that exists between the departments and the other colleges within the university, particularly, the Bagwell College of Education.  These collaborations are reflected in the strong content areas in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics teacher preparation programs.

The college also offers a Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science which has been developed to meet the market demand for Data Scientists. 

The Science Complex includes the Science and Science Laboratory Buildings that houses the lab and research areas, the Clendenin Computer Science Building that contains state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance student learning, and the Mathematics and Statistics building.  High-speed wireless Internet access is available throughout the Science Complex. 

The academic departments in the college include: Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; Mathematics; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Physics; and Statistics and Analytical Sciences. 

The website address for the College of Science and Mathematics is http://science.kennesaw.edu/.

Special Units:

The Center for Statistics and Analytical Services was established in 2011. The Center provides analytical support to both the University community and the larger business and government communities of Metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia. Services provided by the Center, specifically to meet the needs of the University community, include analytical support and experimental design for scholarship, research and grants, tutoring and workshops and software training. For the larger business and government communities, the Center provides workshops, training and ad hoc analytical project support including sampling, research design, multivariate modeling and testing.  The website address for the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services is http://kennesaw.edu/csas/.

The Center for Election Systems is a joint initiative between the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State and Kennesaw State University.  The Center provides services for Georgia election officials and poll workers to assist them with the maintenance and use of voting technologies. The core functions of the Center include outreach, education, training, consultation, and technical support. The website address for the Center for Election Systems is http://elections.kennesaw.edu/.

The A.T.O.M.S. (Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Sciences) Center is a collaboration with Bagwell College of Education to address the needs of Georgia's K-12 schools in Science and Mathematics. The A.T.O.M.S. Center focuses on the following areas: 1. Enhancement of in-service teacher development and effectiveness, 2. Implementation of innovative strategies to retain new teachers in the classroom, 3. Stimulation of K-12 student interest in science and mathematics, and 4. Recruitment of future science and math teachers at the secondary school level.  The Center also enhances faculty excellence by promoting scholarship and research efforts of all faculty members engaged in K-12 science and mathematics education. The Center improves practicing teachers' overall effectiveness in the classroom and retain more teachers in the profession. Our professional development programs will enable teachers to show students how science and mathematics relate to the world around them as well as introduce students to the many professional career opportunities related to college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. 


The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University produces graduates ready to find solutions to today's real-world problems and tomorrow's challenges.  The second-largest engineering college in Georgia, Southern Polytechnic College is the only institution in the state of Georgia where students can choose among a wide variety of diverse Engineering or Engineering Technology degree programs which best suit their talents, skills, goals, and aspirations. All of Southern Polytechnic College’s undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

Southern Polytechnic College has a rich legacy of faculty who are excellent teachers, student-oriented, professionally active, and focus on practical research.   Student advising and mentoring is a valued service provided to all students.  The Engineering Technology Center is a state-of-the-art LEED-certified building with laboratories designed to enhance student learning.  Students gain valuable practical experience through team projects and laboratory experiences. Students also have numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience in their field through co-ops and internships as well as by working one-on-one with faculty on research projects.  Our student engineering teams rank among the nation’s engineering elite at national competitions. Our graduates are immediately prepared for career work in industry or accepted into top notch graduate schools.

Southern Polytechnic College also offers master’s degrees in civil engineering, engineering technology, quality assurance, and systems engineering.  The M.S. degree programs offer a balance between higher-level course work and collaborative discovery research in each discipline.  The programs are offered either in the evenings or fully online to allow students the opportunity to work full-time while earning their master’s degree.

Instructional departments in the Southern Polytechnic College include: Civil and Construction Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering, and Systems and Industrial Engineering.  For more information, the website address for the Southern Polytechnic College is http://engineering.kennesaw.edu/.

Special Units:

Alternative Energy Innovation Center
The Alternative Energy Innovation Center (AEIC) strives to promote innovation in the alternative energy field. AEIC conducts a coordinated and extensive program of research to design, develop, model, and evaluate new alterantive energy technology, techniques, and test procedures.

The AEIC provides emphasis in sustainability throughout the curriculum for KSU students by partnering with a wide variety of departments across campus. The AEIC is a center for energy related technology transfer. Through online educational resources and continuing education courses, the knowledge and expertise within the AEIC is disseminated to the surrounding community. The website for the Alternative Energy Innovation Center is http://centers.kennesaw.edu/aeic/.

Center for Additive Manufacturing (3D Center)
Center for Additive Manufacturing (CAM) is where we bring products to life through creative design solutions and the application of advanced engineering technologies like 3D printing and 3D scanning.  The mission of the CAM is to provide additive manufacturing capabilities across the curricula at KSU, to transfer additive manufacturing and advanced engineering technologies to business and industry, and to provide opportunities for faculty and students to develop creative design solutions to solve real world problems. The website for the Center for Additive Manufacturing is http://centers.kennesaw.edu/3dcenter/.

Center for Advanced Materials Research and Education (CAMRE)
The Center for Advanced Materials Research and Education (CAMRE) brings together experts in engineering and technology (mechanical, civil and electrical) and science (chemistry, physics and biology) to establish integrated research, education, and student-mentoring in an effort to understand and improve engineering materials by controlling the composition, structure, and properties from the microscopic to the macroscopic.  The website for the Center for Advanced Material Research and Education is http://centers.kennesaw.edu/camre/.

Center for Georgia Aggregates Research (CGAR)
The Center for Georgia Aggregates Research (CGAR) was established in 2010 and serves industry and the state DOT as a forum for research, consulting, and discussion.  The center is where civil, construction, pavement, and geotechnical engineering stakeholders can go to seek answers. The center’s mission is enhanced by the active participation of state DOT and federal agency representatives in formulating our research and consulting programs, and overseeing its accomplishment. Through seminars, reports, and newsletters, CGAR is putting the most practical and state-of-art technology into the hands of aggregate industry, state and federal agencies.  The website for the Center for Georgia Aggregates Research ishttp://centers.kennesaw.edu/cgar/.

Center for Nuclear Studies
The Nuclear Studies Center was created to spearhead the implementation of educational and research programs that result in preparing the next generation of nuclear industry professionals. The Center for Nuclear Studies is committed to supporting the growth of the nuclear industry by offering undergraduate academic courses in nuclear engineering and professional workshops through the continuing education department. These courses are designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and the practical skills that are needed to address the industry's challenging issues.  The website for the Center for Nuclear Studies is http://engineering.kennesaw.edu/nuclear-studies/index.php.

Georgia Pavement and Traffic Research Center (GPTRC)
The Georgia Pavement and Traffic Research Center (GPTRC) at Kennesaw State University was founded in 2009. Since its inception, the center has focused on serving the needs of the pavement and transportation stakeholders. The center not only conducts the research projects to find sustainable solutions to pavement and transportation problems, but also strives to provide training and material testing services to agencies and industry.  The website for the Georgia Pavement and Traffic Research Center is http://centers.kennesaw.edu/gptrc/.

Mechatronics Research and Education Center (MeREC)
The Mechatronics Research and Education Center (MeREC) develops and delivers mechatronics course work for processionals, conducts mechatronics research, and expands the public awareness of mechatronics engineering.  MeREC establishes mutually beneficial partnerships with KSU, other educational establishments, and industries involved in mechatronics to provide high quality research of mechatronics systems and processes.  Research focuses on improving manufacturing automation systems, monitoring of health systems and processes, communication and networking between and within mechatronics systems, and robotic techniques and applications.  The center also delivers technology transfer through education and training courses. The website for the Mechatronics Research and Education Center is http://engineering.kennesaw.edu/centers/merec-center.php.


University College

University College is an innovative degree-granting college focusing on interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular initiatives. University College is the home of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. It also houses the Department of First-Year and Transitions Studies and the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies. It is the academic home for the Center for Student Leadership, a shared structure between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Based on the Kennesaw campus, University College provides academic support initiatives for both undergraduate and graduate students on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Orientation and Transition Programs is a unit that assists first-year and transfer students as they transition to the KSU community. The NEST (New and Exploratory Students in Transition) is the advising office for first-year students and those exploring degree options. The SMART Center offers science and mathematics tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction provides weekly peer-facilitated sessions to assist students in challenging gateway courses. The ESL Center assists international students in writing, reading, pronunciation, and presentation skills.

Two undergraduate degrees are offered in University College: the B.S. in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality and the B.S. in Integrative Studies. The undergraduate certificate in Leadership Studies is a 15-credit-hour embedded certificate program. The college's only graduate program is the M.S. in First-Year Studies.

The Department of First-Year and Transition Studies teaches KSU's nationally recognized first-year seminars, administers first-year learning communities, teaches transitions seminars for transfer students and sophomores, and is the home for the university’s digital literacy course. The Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies not only administers the Integrative Studies degree, but its faculty teach Leadership Studies courses, the Senior-Year Seminar, and remediation courses in English and mathematics. The Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality offers one of the university's newer and growing degree programs, which offers a unique approach to the study of culinary and hospitality management. Transcending the traditional culinary arts or hospitality management curricula, the program infuses the study of sustainable best-practices employed around the world emphasizing areas like food science, nutrition, agro-ecology, resource conversation, and essential business management skills.

For more information on University College, visit www.kennesaw.edu/uc.


Honors College

The Honors College offers academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual challenge, a community within a university. We offer small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars, where students will be able to focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum. We also provide unique opportunities for students, including community service activities, undergraduate research, and domestic as well as international travel experiences.

Housed within the Honors College are the Undergraduate Honors Program for currently enrolled students and the Dual Enrollment Honors Program for qualified high school juniors and seniors who desire to take courses on the KSU campus for both high school and college credit. KSU's Undergraduate and Dual Enrollment Honors Programs provide a "community-within-a-university" for academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual challenge. Taught by outstanding faculty recognized for teaching excellence, our small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars offer an exclusive liberal arts experience in a large university, as well as an alternative to large lecture-hall classes.

For more information about the Honors College, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/honors/


Academic Division Institutes and Centers

The Division of Global Affairs
The Division of Global Affairs promotes and collaboratively leads global learning and regional studies among KSU's faculty, students, staff and the community through academic services and programs, research and scholarship, international student and scholar services, and domestic and international partnerships. The DGA supports and promotes KSU's mission of global learning by collaborating with divisions, colleges, schools, departments, and other units to ensure the infusion of international dimensions into teaching, scholarship, and community service. The website address for the Division of Global Affairs is: dga.kennesaw.edu.

Special Units:

Center for African and African Diaspora Studies

The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) is dedicated to promoting research, scholarly exchanges, programs, and collaborative projects which foster an understanding of the complex relations of Black peoples around the world. The Center also coordinates the interdisciplinary major in African and African Diaspora Studies and the minor in African and African-American Studies in collaboration with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  The website address for the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies is dga.kennesaw.edu/caads.

Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies

The Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Kennesaw State University fosters social cohesion in a democratic context by producing and disseminating information, developed with the highest standards of research, mainly, but not exclusively, for the larger community in Georgia and the Southeast of the United States on social, cultural, educational, and technological matters that promote the understanding and advancement of people of Latin American, Spain, and Portugal as legitimate and productive members of Society. The website address for the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies is dga.kennesaw.edu

Office of Education Abroad 

The Education Abroad Office (EAO) promotes international and cross-cultural understanding by offering more than two-dozen faculty-led study abroad programs in 30+ countries, as well as several foreign exchange and international internship opportunities.  Kennesaw State University believes such international understanding is vital to student and community success in an increasingly global marketplace. The EAO works collaboratively with a wide range of academic departments, student groups, and community organizations. The website address for the Office of Education Abroad is dga.kennesaw.edu/educationabroad

The Confucius Institute at KSU

The Confucius Institute at KSU (CIKSU) promotes the teaching and understanding of Chinese language and culture among educators, businesses, and the general community in the metropolitan Atlanta area and North Georgia. It organizes workshops and training programs on a variety of topics, collaborates with various KSU academic units to deliver cutting edge workshops for entrepreneurs interested in doing business in China, and administers the Chinese proficiency test. The CIKSU partners with Yangzhou University, China. The website address for the Confucius Institute is dga.kennesaw.edu/confucius

‘Year Of’ Country Study Program

The “Year Of’ Program takes a wide-ranging look at a specific country or region over the course of a full academic year with a series of lectures, performances, exhibits, and films, using a multidisciplinary approach to examine the country or region from its earliest history through present-day. The program offers a unique opportunity for our campus and community to develop a rich, complex understanding of the area under study, to break down stereotypes and build connections across cultures, with an emphasis on student learning, faculty development, and community engagement. The website for the “Year Of” program is yearof.kennesaw.edu

India China & America Institute

The India, China & America Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship, and inclusiveness between India, China, and America. ICA works to promote trade and investment between these three economies, which are now known as the new triad of economic power. The website for ICA Institute is http://www.icainstitute.org.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program offers beginning through advanced courses in English to prepare students for university study at institutions in the United States. It also works to provide language training for international professionals hoping to improve their skills for working in an English-speaking environment. The website address for the Intensive English Program Center is dga.kennesaw.edu/iep

KSU in Tuscany

Building on highly successful study abroad programs in Montepulciano Italy, KSU is working with departments, colleges, and universities across the State of Georgia to create innovative education abroad opportunities for our students and for the communities we serve. These new opportunities include traditional faculty-led study abroad programs, student internships with Italian businesses, and symposia and leadership training workshops for business and civic leaders from the State of Georgia and Italy. The programs are housed in KSU’s first permanent international education facility in Montepulciano. The website for KSU in Tuscany is kennesaw.edu/ksuintuscany.

Strategic Internationalization Grant Initiative

The Division of Global Affairs awards Strategic Internationalization Grants to projects that advance the goals established by the Strategic Plan. Through targeted seed-funding, the DGA can promote innovative global engagement activities within one or more of the following thematic areas: Global Learning, International Research, International Community Engagement, International Student Support, and Transformative Campus Internationalization. The website for the SIG initiative is dga.kennesaw.edu/sig.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides leadership, support, and advocacy for initiatives designed to enhance learning through teaching and scholarship. It cultivates a culture of ongoing professional development for faculty effectiveness. The website address for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is http://cetl.kennesaw.edu.

Technology Enhanced Learning Division
The Associate Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning oversees distance and technology enhanced learning. The division is a collaborative unit comprising the Office of Academic Testing Services and Testing Centers, the Adult Learning Consortium and Prior Learning Assessment, the Distance Learning Center, eCore and related system-wide collaborative online programs, and KSU’s New Learning Models including KSU’s MOOC and Competency Based Education initiatives.

Adult Learning Consortium and Prior Learning Assessment
In 2015, Kennesaw State University joined the University System of Georgia’s Adult Learning Consortium (ALC). The ALC recognizes the Ten Standards for Assessing Learning of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). The Office of Technology Enhanced Learning is the home of the KSU Adult Learning Committee and the centralized Credit for Prior Learning program which            includes portfolio assessment, advance standing examinations, and CLEP. The Credit for Prior Learning website is forthcoming at http://www.kennesaw.edu/pla.  

Academic Testing Services
KSU Academic Testing Services (ATS) offers a wide range of academic testing support to faculty and staff at the Kennesaw (KSU Center) and Marietta (J-Building) campuses.  ATS currently offers the following exams: 1) Compass (for learning support placement); 2) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP); 3) Miller Analogies Test; 4) US & Georgia Constitution and History exemption exams; 5) eCore proctored exams; 6) KSU faculty requested exams (non-Final Exams); and 7) Final Exams for online and hybrid courses.  In the future, the list of exams offered will be expanded based on a combination of market research and faculty feedback and demand.  Collectively, KSU testing centers have the capacity to administer 107 exams simultaneously on computer-based testing stations featuring a fully automated, user-friendly appointment scheduling and payment system that allows students to set up exam dates and times at their convenience.  A team of trained testing professionals is dedicated to meeting the needs of KSU’s faculty, staff, and students.  The website address for Academic Testing Services is http://testing.kennesaw.edu.

Distance Learning Center
The KSU Distance Learning Center (DLC) resides in the Division of Technology Enhanced Leaning and has locations on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. The DLC is a “one-stop shop” for faculty designing and building distance learning content and courses. Its instructional designers and digital media specialists provide faculty with administrative and technological support for the creation, delivery, and enhancement of academic classes and programs delivered through technology-enhanced mediums (online, hybrid/blended, and open). The DLC engages in the following activities: 1) supports faculty in the conceptualization, design, construction and delivery of online, hybrid and open courses; 2) identifies, disseminates, and integrates new technologies to support distance learning; 3) provides digital-media support and resources to online and technology enhanced academic degree programs; 4) coordinates student support services for fully online and partially online students including technology support, tutoring and academic support, testing, advising and registration; and 4) coordinates its efforts closely with other KSU units that serve distance and technology enhanced students, faculty and programs. The website address for the Distance Learning Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/dlc.

KSU eCore
eCore, the University System of Georgia’s electronic core curriculum, offers students the opportunity to complete undergraduate, general educational requirements online through accredited colleges and universities. Qualified faculty trained in online teaching and course management, are selected to teach eCore classes after approval by their Department Chair, Dean and VPAA.  The KSU eCore office assists faculty in navigating the application process, orientation course, teaching assignment and payment processing. The office also provides student support in registering for eCore courses, completing the orientation quiz and getting started successfully. The website for KSU eCore is http://www.kennesaw.edu/eCore.

New Learning Models
The Division of Technology Enhanced Learning coordinates new learning model initiatives across the university.  With a focus on innovative models, increased access, reduced cost, and high quality engaged learning, new learning models occur in the opportunity spaces where teaching and learning are catalyzed by technology.  To succeed, new learning models require an environment where experimentation and innovation are encouraged and supported.  The Division of Technology Enhanced Learning provides technical and administrative support to colleges, departments, and programs in the designing, building, and piloting of new learning models and open access resources. The website address for New Learning Models is http://mooc.kennesaw.edu.


KSU Press
The KSU Press acts as the publishing arm of Kennesaw State University. The press is dedicated to visionary publishing by producing works that engage and challenge a diverse audience. The press is interested in works that address issues of diversity, internationalization, ethical leadership, the scholarship of teaching, and much more. The website address for the KSU Press is http://www.kennesaw.edu/ksupress/about.shtml.