Regents approve new geography major at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 18‚ 2007) — Can you point out Iraq on a map? According to a poll conducted…

Georgia (Apr 18, 2007) — Regents approve new geography major at Kennesaw State

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Regents approve new geography major at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 18‚ 2007) — Can you point out Iraq on a map? According to a poll conducted last year by National Geographic−Roper Public Affairs‚ only four in 10 Americans ages 18 to 24 could find the country that America has been at war with since 2003. To help improve dismal statistics like those‚ Kennesaw State will offer a new geography major this fall. But students completing the 120−semester−hour program will be able to do much more than differentiate between countries on the map — they will also be able to provide expertise in the areas of economics‚ trade and geospatial technologies.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the request that KSU be authorized to establish a major in geography under the existing Bachelor of Arts degree on Wednesday‚ April 18‚ at its monthly meeting. The new program will be housed in the Department of Geography and Anthropology within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“This program will help us in attaining the goals of our Quality Enhancement Plan for global learning‚” President Daniel S. Papp said. “Integrated throughout the geography curriculum are the objectives of developing knowledge in global awareness and international perspectives; fostering skills in cross−cultural communication and engagement; and instilling values through global ethics‚ social justice and sustainable development. We are excited and pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this program.”

According to the Association of American Geographers‚ there is a market for the practice of geography in private‚ government and academic sectors. KSU graduates will even be able to apply their skills across national and international boundaries.

“Geographers can use their skills to advise government‚ real estate developers and utilities‚ as well as telecommunications firms‚” Richard Vengroff‚ dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences‚ said. “We are responding to the needs of international‚ national‚ the state of Georgia and K−12 communities as we continue to fulfill our mission as a full−service university. I think this will be a great new program at Kennesaw State.”

The possibility of the new major generated plenty of excitement among students long before it became reality. Students‚ along with Garrett Smith‚ chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology‚ helped to establish a geography club on campus last fall.

Smith indicated that there would be three areas of concentration‚ including a regional specialization in the geography of Europe‚ North America‚ Sub−Saharan Africa‚ Middle and South America‚ or Asia; a geographic information systems specialization in which students learn methods of spatial analysis through the use of technology; and a geography and crime specialization in which students use geographic research and technology to solve crimes.

“We expect 30 students to enroll in the first year‚ with that number increasing to nearly 100 students by the third year‚” Smith said.

To schedule an interview with President Papp‚ Dr. Vengroff or Dr. Smith‚ please contact Stacey Moore.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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