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1.2. Descriptions of Organizational Divisions, Colleges, and Departments

Academic Affairs Office
The academic affairs office is a general term used to describe 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, Associate Vice President for Advising, Retention, and Graduation Initiatives and Dean of the University College, 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 Faculty Executive Assistant to the Provost, 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; 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 the Provost’s second in command and 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: campus-wide leadership in achieving the academic goals and objectives of KSU.

In addition, the Senior Vice Provost oversees the work of the Burruss Institute for Public Service and Research, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Distance Learning Center, the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, and the KSU Press. The heads of these academic units report to the Senior Vice Provost.  The Senior Vice Provost represents the Provost when called upon and performs other duties as assigned.

The Associate Vice President for Curriculum works with the Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (UPCC), the Graduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (GPCC), the General Education Council, and 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. 

The Assistant Vice President of Technology Enhanced Learning and Executive Director of the Distance Learning Center 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.

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 enrollment services. The Enrollment Services division is a collaborative unit comprising the Office 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 Office 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
This office 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 graduate program quality, identifies graduate faculty, and advances graduate student success; oversees the Graduate Policies and Curriculum Committee (GPCC), the Graduate Council (comprised of all Graduate Program Directors), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); produces the graduate catalog and publications; adjudicates appeals of college deans’ graduate program and graduate admission decisions; awards graduate research assistantships (GRAs); fosters the development of new graduate programs; awards graduate faculty status; 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 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 data entry and image scanning of these documents. This office also works with the various program offices to market and recruit graduate students and is available to prospective students to answer questions about our various graduate degree programs. The website address for graduate admissions is http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/.

The Office of Research primarily serves faculty seeking external funding for research, education, training, service, and professional development activities. 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 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/.

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.


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 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 100 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.

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.

Art Galleries – Three state-of-the-art galleries provide venues for student, faculty and professional exhibitions. 

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


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.

Womens 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.


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 Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU) 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 PTEU has enabled faculty through its organizational structure to work effectively across disciplines and benefit from different perspectives on matters common to all programs. The PTEU 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 PTEU 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 PTEU 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/.


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 School of Nursing. Additionally, the college includes the campus-wide Wellness Center, the Academy of Inclusive Learning and Social Growth, and the Institute of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.

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 six (6) 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 organization; 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; 5) B.S. in Nursing with three tracks—traditional program, accelerated program, and the RN to BSN program; and 6) B.S. in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality that prepares students to source local food, establish water/energy/food conservation programs, and apply resource management techniques to run a sustainable culinary or hospitality operation in an environmentally conscious, economically beneficial manner.

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. 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: http://www.kennesaw.edu/col_hhs/.

In addition to the academic departments, the WellStar College of Health and Human Services provides services to students, faculty, and staff through the:

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 http://www.kennesaw.edu/col_hhs/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


Interdisciplinary Studies


Political Science and International Affairs

Foreign Languages


Geography and Anthropology

Sociology and Criminal Justice

History and Philosophy


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.

Intensive English Program Center
The Intensive English Program Center houses the 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 collaboratively with the KSU Institute for Global Initiatives to provide training for international professionals. The website address for the Intensive English Program Center is http://www.kennesaw.edu/iep/home.php.

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), computer science, mathematics, and mathematics education.  Students with career interests in the laboratory sciences, mathematics, or computer science 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 in computer science, applied statistics, integrative biology, and chemical sciences; and, 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 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: Biology and Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, 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. 


University College

University College is the newest of KSU’s seven degree-granting academic colleges. It houses the Department of First-Year and Transitions Studies and the Department of University Studies and is the academic home for the Center for Student Leadership, a shared structure between Academic Affairs and Student Success. The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies is the college’s only undergraduate degree program. The undergraduate certificate in Leadership Studies and the new Master of Science in First-Year Studies are also offered through University College.

The Department of First-Year and Transitions Studies teaches KSU’s nationally recognized first-year seminars, administers first-year learning communities, teaches transitions seminars, and is the home for the university’s digital literacy course. The Department of University Studies not only administers the Integrative Studies degree, but it also provides numerous academic support services for undergraduates including Supplemental Instruction, the Math Lab, and the ESL Study and Tutorial Center. Leadership Studies courses, the Senior-Year Seminar, and remediation courses are taught in University Studies.

The Dean of University College also serves as Co-Chair of the American Democracy Project, a university initiative to promote civic and political engagement.

For more information on University College or the American Democracy Project, 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 scholoarship, and 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: http://www.kennesaw.edu/globalinstitute/

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 http://www.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 http://www.kennesaw.edu/chs/.

Office of Education Abroad
The Office of Education Abroad (EAO) promotes international and cross-cultural understanding, both on the KSU campus and in the communities we serve. Kennesaw State University believes such international understanding is vital to student and community success in an increasingly global marketplace. The EAO enhances international education by working collaboratively with a wide range of academic departments, student groups, and community organizations. Through its activities, the EAO expands teaching and learning on international subjects at the university. EAO mobilizes the university’s resources to internationalize the community, and it facilitates greater involvement of skilled community groups and individuals in building a model international educational program at Kennesaw State University. The website address for the Office of Education Abroad is http://www.kennesaw.edu/studyabroad/index.html.

The Confucius Institute at KSU
The Confucius Institute at KSU (CIKSU) promotes the teaching and understanding of Chinese language and culture among educators, business, and the general community in the metropolitan Atlanta 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 http://www.kennesaw.edu/confuciusinstitute/.

Chinese Proficiency Testing Center
The Chinese Proficiency Testing Center, also known as HSK, is China’s national standardized test designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of speakers whose first language is not Chinese.  The Center was established at KSU in 2003 and serves all of the southeastern U.S. It was housed in the College of Education until 2008 when it was moved to the Department of Foreign Languages. From its present “home,” the HSK and the Confucius Institute will work together to organize tests and other activities.
The website address for the Chinese Proficiency Testing Center is  http://www.kennesaw.edu/confuciusinstitute/.


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 ishttp://cetl.kennesaw.edu.


Distance and Technology Enhanced Learning
The KSU Distance Learning Center (DLC) resides in the Office of Instructional Design and Faculty Support. The DLC provides administrative and technological support to faculty and students in the creation, delivery, and enhancement of academic classes and programs delivered through technology-enhanced mediums (online, hybrid/blended, and synchronous video). DLC engages in the following activities: 1) supports faculty in the conceptualization, design, construction and delivery of online, hybrid and technology enhanced courses; 2) identifies, disseminates, and integrates new technologies to support distance learning; 3) provides multi-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 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.