Date of Award

Summer 7-26-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in First Year Studies


First-Year and Transition Studies

Committee Chair

Ruth R. Goldfine

Additional Committee Member

Lynn Stallings

Additional Committee Member

Richard Mosholder


This study reviews the early history of the first-year seminar at Kennesaw State University, focusing specifically on the administrative home of the seminar and the impact of the creation of the University College in 2004 upon the first-year seminar. Though KSU was late to join in the national first-year movement, once the university embraced the concept it was quick to create a name for itself, moving beyond its contemporaries in innovations for the first-year student experience.