General Education Program
The General Education program offers a solid, comprehensive foundational academic experience for all Kennesaw State University students. In a series of interrelated courses in the liberal arts and sciences, it provides the opportunity for them to acquire the intellectual skills and knowledge characteristic of educated persons in a diverse, global community. Thus, it forms the basis for success in academic, professional, and personal arenas.
Whereas the major program contributes depth to a college education in a designated specialization, the general education core program provides breadth of understanding by providing an introduction, connection, and integration to a variety of disciplines needed by educated persons. At KSU, the General Education Program consists of interrelated classes that develop skills for an informed, engaged, and capable citizenry.
- General Education at KSU is a campus-wide effort. With faculty representatives from every college, the General Education Council, headed by the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Curriculum, oversees the continued development and refinement of this important, core program. The General Education Council also oversees assessment activities and works with related programs (e.g., Learning Communities, First Year Experience Programs, and Honors Programs) and the Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee in an effort to develop continuity for students. The General Education Program at KSU has nine learning outcomes, including three overlay learning outcomes (critical thinking, global perspectives, and U.S. perspectives).
Core Area A (Essential Skills)
- WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Students write appropriately for rhetorical situation, audience, purpose, and genre; demonstrate appropriate content, organization, syntax, and style; and acknowledge the use of information sources, according to convention.
- READING COMPREHENSION: Students articulate comprehension of written material including the author’s rhetorical purpose and the strategic use of text features.
- INTERPRETATION: Students explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, or words) at a level appropriate for the complexity of problems in a college-level course.
- REPRESENTATION: Students convert information into a mathematical portrayal (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, or words) at a level appropriate for the complexity of problems in a college-level course,
Core Area B (Social Issues: Institutional Options)
- SOCIAL SCIENCES: Students analyze the complexity of human behavior and how social, historical, economic, political, or spatial relationships develop, persist, or change.
- CRITICAL THINKING: Students articulate a position on an issue and support it by evaluating evidence relevant to the position, considering opposing positions or evidence, and documenting sources according to convention.
Core Area C (Humanities/Fine Arts)
- GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: Students analyze creative works from multiple international cultures in relation to the historical, political, economic, sociocultural, aesthetic, or personal contexts in which those works emerged.
Core Area D (Natural Sciences)
- NATURAL SCIENCES: Students apply the scientific method to analyze data related to natural phenomena found in everyday life.
Core Area E (Social Sciences)
- U.S. PERSPECTIVES: Students articulate the historical, political, social, or institutional developments in the United States.
Throughout the university system, the core curriculum consists of 60 semester credit hours of which a minimum of 42 are in general education and 18 in major-related courses.
University-Wide Academic Information
Students should attempt to schedule courses that serve as prerequisites for advanced study early in their academic career. Lower division courses are designed to serve as preparatory for upper division requirements.
Students with advanced standing credits or transfer credits for courses similar to those required in the General Education Program may be permitted to satisfy KSU’s requirements through approved course substitutions. Students seeking such substitutions should contact the department chair of the respective course discipline.
Mathematics Advisement and Placement Test (MAPT)
Students who are not required to take the mathematics COMPASS test for the Learning Support Program should take the Mathematics Advisement and Placement Test (MAPT). The MAPT helps students decide which credit mathematics course to take first. This is an online test that students should take before orientation and advisement. Details are at http://placement.kennesaw.edu.
Transferring Core Credits to KSU
Students transferring to KSU from another USG institution may take advantage of the following policy by completing the General Education Program. Students successfully completing a course in one institution’s Areas A–E will receive full credit in Areas A–E for the course upon transfer to another USG institution as long as the following conditions are met:
- The course is within the Area hours limitations of either the sending institution or the receiving institution and
- The student does not change from a non-science major to a science major
Please note that additional courses may be required if they are prerequisites to major courses. Area F (lower division major) courses require a grade of “C” or better. Once the transfer evaluation has been completed, refer to DegreeWorks in Owl Express to determine how transfer credit is applied to a particular program of study.
Transferring Core Credits to Another USG Institution
Students transferring from KSU to another USG institution may take advantage of the following policy by completing the General Education Program. Students successfully completing a course in one institution’s Areas A–E will receive full credit in Areas A–E for the course upon transfer to another USG institution as long as the following conditions are met:
- The course is within the Area hours limitations of either the sending institution or the receiving institution and
- The student does not change from a non-science major to a science major
Consult the transfer evaluation office at the receiving institution for specific transfer equivalencies.
Hours Required for an Undergraduate Degree
Most baccalaureate degrees consist of a minimum of 123 semester hours. Exceptions to the maximum degree length requirements have been made with the approval of the Board of Regents. A baccalaureate degree program requires at least 24 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
Regents’ Testing Program Requirements
Effective fall, 2011, Kennesaw State University was approved for an exemption of the Regent’s Test by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Academic Standing Classification of Students
Undergraduate students are classified into levels on the basis of the number of credit hours they have earned as follows:
||Number of Credit Hours Earned
||90 and above.
Classification of Courses
The courses of instruction for degree credit in the curriculum of the university are divided into three categories: lower division, upper division and graduate. Lower division courses (typically regarded as freshman and sophomore level courses) are numbered 1000-2999; upper division courses (typically regarded as junior and senior level courses) are numbered 3000-4999; and graduate courses are numbered 5000 and above. Graduate courses are open only to students accepted to graduate study. (Courses numbered below 1000 do not count for degree credit but do count for determining fees and enrollment status.)
ENGL 1101 and 1102: The Campus Writing Requirement
At Kennesaw State University ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 (English Composition I & II) are required for all undergraduate degrees. A grade of “C” or better is required for ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
To be considered for admission to candidacy for a degree, students must make formal petition to the faculty for the degree. The chart below indicates the earliest and latest times that students may petition to graduate. Petition forms are available in the Office of the Registrar and must be returned, once completed, to the Office of the Registrar.
|Term of Graduation
||Earliest Time to Petition
||Latest Time to Petition
||August 1 of previous year
||November 1 of previous year
To be eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the required General Education courses, with a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 (or equivalents, if a transfer student).
- Complete the chosen program of study with the grade of “C” or better in all courses listed under the major, including those listed as Lower Division Major Requirements.
- Complete a minimum of 123 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all course work attempted at KSU. No course may be counted more than one time in meeting the total credit hours required for the degree.
- Have at least a 2.0 adjusted grade point average (AGPA) and at least 30 earned hours of credit for KSU coursework not excluded because of repeated courses or “fresh start” status. If the student has fewer than 30 earned hours of credit for non-excluded KSU coursework, he/she must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
- Complete at least 39 semester hours of upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher) work overall.
- Complete at least 30 semester hours in residence at Kennesaw State (Coles College of Business requires 33 hours). At least 20 of the last 30 semester hours preceding graduation must be earned in residence. In addition, 24 semester hours of the upper level major requirements must be earned in residence at KSU.
- Complete satisfactorily the University System of Georgia Regents’ Testing Program (required of all persons receiving a degree from any institution in the University System of Georgia).
- Complete successfully HIST 2112 and POLS 1101 or pass examinations in these fields (to satisfy the Georgia General Assembly’s requirement that all graduates of units of the University System of Georgia demonstrate competency in United States and Georgia history and the constitutions of the United States and Georgia).
- In all instances, meeting the requirement for graduation is the responsibility of the student.
It should be noted that program and course requirements and university policies are subject to change without advanced notice. Changes in policy and requirements enacted by the Board of Regents take precedence over existing university policies and requirements. The University will make reasonable efforts to accommodate students affected by such changes, but reserves the right to determine where and to what extent it will grant exceptions to new policies and requirements. In such cases, program requirements that were published in University catalogs that are more than 10 years old will not be honored without specific approval of the department chair responsible for the program.
The University may elect to apply the policies or program requirements of an earlier catalog if the student was enrolled at the time that the earlier catalog was in effect. Students will not be permitted to mix or split requirements for graduation from more than one catalog.
While students may elect to graduate under degree requirements found in any catalog from the semester they matriculate until the semester they graduate, they are required to follow the most recent catalog requirements regarding prerequisites, co-requisites, or other faculty approved changes in courses. In cases where courses are deleted, students must substitute courses deemed acceptable by the faculty or chair responsible for the degree program in question.
Graduation ceremonies are held at the end of fall semester, spring semester, and summer semester.
Graduation with Honors
An overall adjusted grade point average of at least 3.5 is required for students to graduate cum laude, 3.7 to graduate magna cum laude and 3.9 to graduate summa cum laude from a baccalaureate program. Graduation with honor requires that students earn at least 60 semester credit hours in residence at Kennesaw State University for the bachelor’s degree.
To receive honors at graduation, “second degree” and “fresh start” students must have at least 60 earned hours of credit at KSU after the “second degree” or “fresh start” status was granted. In addition, for honors, students who have repeated courses must have at least 60 earned hours of credit at KSU after the hours for the repeated courses have been excluded.
An undergraduate student is eligible to have a double major recorded on the transcript and to graduate with two majors under the following conditions:
- All of the requirements for two KSU degree programs are satisfied, including all residency and institutional requirements for each major; and
- The second major contains at least 21 semester hours of upper division course work beyond the courses required for the students first major and general education requirements.
Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges may obtain a second baccalaureate degree from KSU by satisfying the following requirements:
- Meet all major requirements listed for the chosen program of study.
- Complete the Georgia Legislative history and Constitution requirements.
- Students earn at least 30 semester hours in residence at Kennesaw State University. If the first baccalaureate degree was earned at Kennesaw State University, these 30 hours must be in excess of any hours used towards the first baccalaureate degree.
- Complete (for students with majors in the Bagwell College of Education) the lower division major requirement courses in Education.
General Education Requirements at KSU
Area A: Essential Skills - (9 Credit Hours)
1 Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required
2 Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 with “C” or better
3 Prerequisites: MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required
4 Mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, secondary math education, and secondary science education majors should take MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 and should see an advisor. (Students who plan to take MATH 1112 may need to take MATH 1111 as a prerequisite). Most other students should take MATH 1101. Students who are well prepared in mathematics may begin in MATH 1190 with the approval of the Mathematics Department Chair.
5 Business majors must take MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 and must also take MATH 1106 or MATH 1190.
Area B: Social Issues (Institutional Option) - (5 Credit Hours)
- ANTH 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Anthropology 1, 2, 3
- GEOG 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Geography 1, 2, 3
- PSYC 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Psychology 1, 2, 3
- SOCI 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Sociology 1, 2, 3
- CRJU 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Criminal Justice 1, 2, 3
- COM 1109 - Human Communication 4, 5, 6, 7
- FL 1002 - Introduction to Foreign Language and Culture II 4, 5, 6, 7
- PHIL 2200 - Ways of Knowing 4, 5, 6, 7
1 Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required.
2 Psychology and Sociology Majors should not take the course in their major discipline.
3 Nursing Majors must take Sociology
4 Students seeking a B.A. degree must complete FL 2001 AND FL 2002. FL 1002 is a prerequisite for FL 2001; therefore, FL 1002 may be the preferred option for these students.
5 FL 1002 has a prerequisite of one year of foreign language in high school or FL 1001
6 FL = Foreign Language and denotes one of our foreign languages, e.g., SPAN (Spanish), FREN (French), GRMN (German), etc.
7 Communication majors should take FL 1002 or PHIL 2200 to satisfy this requirement.
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts - (6 Credit Hours)
1 Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with “C” or better.
2 Art and Theatre majors should not take the course in their major discipline. Music majors are required to take MUSI 1107, World Music section.
Area D: Science, Mathematics, and Technology – (10 to 11 Credit Hours)
1 Prerequisites: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, & MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, if required
2 Corequisite: MATH 1113 or MATH 1112
3 Prerequisites: READ 0099, & MATH 0099, if required
4 Prerequisite: MATH 1113 or MATH 1112
5 Prerequisite: MATH 1190
6 Prerequisite: SCI 1101 or Departmental approval
7 Prerequisite: “C” or better grade in CHEM 1211
8 Prerequisite: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L
9 Prerequisite: PHYS 1111
10 Prerequisite: PHYS 2211
11 Prerequisites for MATH 1106 and MATH 1107: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 or MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
12 Prerequisite for MATH 1190: MATH 1112 or MATH 1113
Math and science requirements depend on majors. Students should see an advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate and to ensure that all prerequisites and major requirements are met.
- Students majoring in mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, and secondary mathematics education are advised to take MATH 1190. Nursing majors are advised to take MATH 1107. Business and information system majors are advised to take MATH 1106 or MATH 1190. Most other students take MATH 1107.
- Students majoring in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and secondary biology education are advised to take CHEM 1211 & 1212 or PHYS 1111 & 1112 or PHYS 2211 & 2212 and their labs, if separate. Students majoring in computer science are advised to take one of the PHYS sequences. Students majoring in nursing are advised to take CHEM 1151 & CHEM 1152 and their labs. All other students (non-math/science majors) should take SCI 1101 & SCI 1102. However, any science courses meeting the criteria are acceptable except Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology.
Area E: Social Sciences – (12 Credit Hours)
1 Prerequisite: ENGL 0099 & READ 0099, if required
2 ECON 1100 has prerequisites of the following courses, if required: ENGL 0099, MATH 0098 or MATH 0099, READ 0099
3 Business, history education, and international affairs, and sport management majors must take ECON 2100. All other students should take ECON 1100
4 ECON 2100 has a prerequisite of MATH 1101 or higher
Area F: Courses Related to the Program of Study - (18 Credit Hours)
See the individual majors for the specific requirements in this area.
Fitness for Living Requirement
All students entering Kennesaw State University are required to take the Fitness for Living Course (HPS 1000). The University wants students to understand the importance of physical activity, nutrition, stress and weight management, and health-related fitness components. Students will have an opportunity to assess selected fitness, nutritional and activity patterns, and to develop and participate in a personalized physical activity program.
First-Year Seminar or Learning Communities Requirement
All first-year full-time students entering Kennesaw State University with fewer than 15 semester hours are required to complete a First-Year Seminar or join a Learning Community and complete all courses that comprise it. This requirement must be satisfied during a student's first term of enrollment at Kennesaw State University. Students with 30 or more credit hours are not eligible to enroll in a First-Year Seminar or a Learning Community. "First-Year Seminar" courses are: KSU 1101, KSU 1111, KSU 1121, and KSU 1200.