Department of Geography and Anthropology

Resources / Frequently Asked Questions

Anthropology Questions:

  1. Where can I find information about the BS degree in Anthropology?
    Most of your questions can be answered by visiting the Programs section of our website. If you don’t find answers to your questions there, please contact the Department for further assistance.
  2. How can I tell if Anthropology is the major for me?
    • If you are interested in learning about other cultures, both past and present
    • If you enjoy learning new ways to thing about what it means to be human
    • If you want to explore human origins
    • If you would like to gain hands-on experience through fieldwork and internships

    Then anthropology could be the major for you. Anthropology offers a unique combination of the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences. If you enjoy a broad range of interests in these areas, then you may wish to pursue a major in anthropology.

  3. Do any anthropology classes fulfill General Education requirements?
    Yes. ANTH 2105 – Social Issues in Anthropology is one of the options for Area B of the General Education requirements. GEOG 1112 - Weather and Climate and GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms are the options for Area D Science, Mathematics & Technology of the General Education requirements.
  4. How do I contact the Department or make an appointment with an advisor?
    Please send your question to the secretary in the Department of Geography and Anthropology who will direct your inquiry to the appropriate advisor.
  5. When should I make an appointment with an advisor in Anthropology?
    You should contact an advisor if
    • You would like advising about which courses to take the following semester
    • You have questions about how anthropology courses you took at another institution were evaluated properly on your transfer transcript
    • You are interested in pursuing anthropology in graduate school
    • You have questions about field schools or internship opportunities
    • You are thinking about becoming an anthropology major or minor and have questions about the program
    • You have any other questions related to the degree in Anthropology
  6. Do you offer a minor in anthropology?
    We offer two minors affiliated with anthropology. The Minor in Anthropology and the Minor in Native American Studies. The requirements for these two minors can be found on the Programs section of our departmental website.
  7. How does KSU's BS in Anthropology differ from other Anthropology programs at other University System of Georgia schools?
    The distinguishing feature of the KSU program is the addition of an applied component which directly links a student’s anthropology study to her/his professional goals. We do this by requiring an internship experience for all anthropology majors. Our students graduate with experience in a job related to anthropology.
  8. Are there field work opportunities available to me as an Anthropology major?
    Yes. We have faculty members who routinely offer field work opportunities for students in Belize, Greece, India, and West Africa. In addition, you may attend field schools run by other universities. Talk with your advisor before applying for a field work opportunity to see how it can fulfill your degree requirements.
  9. I can't find a course in my major this semester at KSU that fits my schedule. Can I take courses at another USG school?
    Yes. KSU participates in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) program which permits you to “cross-register” for courses at other participating GA institutions. You must have your advisor's approval to cross-register so please contact the Department of Geography and Anthropology to arrange an appointment with an advisor and indicate that you wish to cross-register. Before meeting with your advisor, consult the websites of other ARCHE institutions to determine if they offer courses you can take. Carefully read the Eligibility Criteria Checklist on the ARCHE Cross Registration Application to make sure that you qualify for this opportunity.
  10. I am transferring from another university where I took courses in Anthropology. How many hours of that credit can I transfer into the Anthropology program at KSU?
    At least 24 semester hours (8 courses) of upper division courses in the major field must be completed at KSU; at least 39 hours of upper division work, overall, must be completed at KSU. Your transfer evaluation report will indicate which courses are transferred to KSU with a KSU equivalent number. A Department of Geography and Anthropology advisor can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the degree at KSU. Please call the Department office at 470-578-2373 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.
  11. I already have a B.S. (or B.A.) degree from another university but the degree is not in anthropology. Can I complete a second degree in Anthropology at KSU?
    Yes, you may peruse a "second degree" in Anthropology. The KSU Undergraduate Catalog states:
    "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 Legislature 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, this 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."

    An anthropology advisor in the Department Geography and Anthropology can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the second degree. Please call the Department office at 470-578-2373 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.

  12. Can I get a job with an Anthropology Degree?
    Yes. Anthropology is an excellent foundation for many careers. Anthropologists are often hired because of their multicultural experiences and their excellent communication skills. Anthropology is also one of the most common majors for students who enter medical or law school. You may find employment opportunities directly related to anthropology in fields such as:
    • Cultural Resource Management Firms
    • Museums
    • Zoos
    • Government Agencies
    • Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
    • Private Companies
    • Other institutions that seek out employees with a good liberal arts background
  13. I want to go to graduate school. How do I get started?
    Books of interest:
    Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph D. Robert L Peters
    The Grad School Handbook. Richard Jerrard and Margot Jerrard

    Websites:
    A listing of anthropology programs
    http://www.gradschools.com/programs/anthropology.html

    The Grad School Handbook, online
    http://www.gradschools.com/feedback/hbk.html

    How to be a Good Graduate Student
    http://www.cs.indiana.edu/how.2b/how.2b.html

    How To Write a Grad School Entry Essay
    owl.english.purdue.edu/owl.resource/642/01
    https://career.berkeley.edu/grad/gradstatement.stm

    GRE:
    http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

Geography Questions:

  1. Where can I find information about the BA degree in Geography?
    Most of your questions can be answered by visiting the Programs section of our website. If you don’t find answers to your questions there, please contact the Department for further assistance.
  2. How can I tell if geography is the major for me?
    Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. If you enjoy travel, like to study maps, have an interest in different cultures, the physical environment, and wonder what makes each place unique, then geography is for you.
  3. Do any geography classes fulfill General Education requirements?
    Yes. GEOG 2105 – Social Issues in Geography is one of the options for Area B of the General Education requirements. GEOG 1112 - Weather and Climate and GEOG 1113 - Introduction to Landforms are the options for Area D Science, Mathematics & Technology of the General Education requirements.
  4. How do I contact the Department or make an appointment with an advisor?
    Please send your question to the secretary in the Department of Geography and Anthropology who will direct your inquiry to the appropriate advisor. Phone: (470) 578-2373.
  5. When should I make an appointment with an advisor in geography?
    You should contact an advisor if
    • You would like advising about which courses to take the following semester
    • You have questions about how geography courses you took at another institution were evaluated on your transfer transcript
    • You are interested in pursuing geography in graduate school
    • You have questions about field schools or internship opportunities
    • You are thinking about becoming a geography major or minor and have questions about the program
    • You have any other questions related to the degree in Geography
  6. Do you offer a minor in geography?
    Yes. The requirements for the minor can be found on the Programs section of our departmental website
  7. How does KSU's BA in Geography differ from other Geography programs at other University System of Georgia schools?
    The BA in Geography at KSU differs from others in several ways. First, there is a great deal of variety in our course offerings. Students may select from human, physical, and techniques courses as they individualize their program. The degree also offers a large amount of flexibility in allowing students to select related courses from other disciplines as they tailor their program to their own needs. Secondly, there is a great deal of contact between students and faculty. Our faculty take pride on advising their students not only in coursework, but also post-graduate plans, whether it be employment or graduate school. Finally, our faculty bring a great deal of world experience into the classroom. They literally have worked all over the world and they relate these experiences to their students as encourage them to travel and broaden their own horizons.
  8. Are there field work opportunities available to me as a Geography Major?
    Yes. We have faculty members who routinely offer field work opportunities for students, either in formal class formats or in one-on-one directed applied research opportunities. Many of our faculty offer courses in KSU Study Abroad Programs. You may also enroll in an internship or co-op opportunity. In addition, you may attend field schools run by other universities. Talk with your advisor before applying for a field work opportunity to see how it can fulfill your degree requirements.
  9. I can't find a course in my major this semester at KSU that fits my schedule. Can I take courses at another USG school?
    Yes. KSU participates in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) program which permits you to “cross-register” for courses at other participating GA institutions. You must have your advisor's approval to cross-register so please contact the Department of Geography and Anthropology to arrange an appointment with an advisor and indicate that you wish to cross-register. Before meeting with your advisor, consult the websites of other ARCHE institutions to determine if they offer courses you can take. Carefully read the Eligibility Criteria Checklist on the ARCHE Cross Registration Application to make sure that you qualify for this opportunity.
  10. I am transferring from another university where I took courses in Geography. How many hours of that credit can I transfer into the Geography program at KSU?
    At least 24 semester hours (8 courses) of upper division courses in the major field must be completed at KSU; at least 39 hours of upper division work, overall, must be completed at KSU. Your transfer evaluation report will indicate which courses are transferred to KSU with a KSU equivalent number. A Department of Geography and Anthropology advisor can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the degree at KSU. Please call the Department office at 678-797-2373 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.
  11. I already have a B.S. (or B.A.) degree from another university but the degree is not in geography. Can I complete a second degree in Geography at KSU?
    Yes, you may pursue a second degree in geography. A geography advisor in the Department Geography and Anthropology can assist you in determining which courses you will need to complete for the second degree. Please call the Department office at 470-578-2373 to arrange an appointment with an advisor.
  12. Can I get a job with a Geography Degree?
    Absolutely. A few of the many career paths include Location Expert, Real Estate Appraiser, Environmental Manager, College Professor, Overseas Teacher, Cartographer, Community Developer, Coastal Zone Manager, Hydrologist, Area Specialist, Transportation Planner, etc. Many other careers can be found on the Association of American Geographer's website (aag.org).
  13. I want to go to graduate school. How do I get started?
    Books of interest:
    Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph D. Robert L Peters
    The Grad School Handbook. Richard Jerrard and Margot Jerrard

    Websites:
    A listing of geography programs
    http://www.gradschools.com/Subject/Geography/174.html

    The Grad School Handbook, online
    http://www.gradschools.com/feedback/hbk.html

    How to be a Good Graduate Student
    http://www.cs.indiana.edu/how.2b/how.2b.html

    How To Write a Grad School Entry Essay
    owl.english.purdue.edu/owl.resource/642/01
    https://career.berkeley.edu/grad/gradstatement.stm

    GRE:
    http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

Online Geography B.A. Questions:

  1. Who do I contact to learn more about the Online Geography B.A.?
    Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Garrett Smith. Be sure to supply your name and contact information so that Dr. Smith can get back to you.
  2. What does “online” mean? What is distance learning?
    To out answers to this question and others, go to http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/how/faq.php
  3. Can I register online?

    Yes, you can conduct all your business at KSU online. To learn about the registration process, visit this link: https://web.kennesaw.edu/registrar/registration.

    To learn more about the Web Learners Program for online degree students, please visit http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/how/web_learners_program.php

    To contact the KSU Distance Learning Center to learn more about Distance Learning at KSU, or to get started at KSU, call 470-578-7550. If you are outside Metropolitan Atlanta, call toll free 1-888-370-2267. E-mail: distancelearning@kennesaw.edu

  4. What do online courses look like?
    Online courses have as much variety as face-to-face courses. Click here to tour a sample online course: http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/how/course_tour.php
  5. When do classes start?
    You can view the current academic calendar here: http://registrar.kennesaw.edu
  6. How much does it cost?

    When you take online courses, you are exempt from out of state tuition. And when you register as a Web Learner, you are exempt from parking fees, food services fees, and other fees that don't apply to Web Learners. Online courses do cost $100 more per credit hour.

    To view KSU’s fee structure, please click here: http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/costs/tuition.php, Bursar's Office: http://www.kennesaw.edu/finance/bursar/tuitionfees.html


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