Frequently Asked Questions
College is full of new opportunities and learning experiences. Asking questions is critical! Complied below are questions and answers submitted by current PEGS students.
- Q: What is the time commitment associated with PEGS?
- A: PEGS is a multi-year program so, students meet as first-year students and remain together until graduation. The first semester is the biggest time commitment, as students take a honors first-year seminar course (3 credit hours) and a weekly leadership colloquium (1 credit hour). For each semester after this, the time commitment becomes more individualized as students focus on research and internship; there are required weekly or bi-weekly meetings, periodic socials, and other program events.
- Q: Is PEGS part of the Honors College?
- A: As a cohort within the Undergraduate Honors Program, PEGS is housed within the Honors College. It also has an affiliation with the Center for Student Leadership. The Undergraduate Honors Program and the PEGS program have overlapping requirements and students are strongly encouraged to complete both.
- Q: Is PEGS specific to certain majors?
- A: No, PEGS welcomes students from all majors.
- Q: Are there ongoing requirements or standards for this program?
- A: Yes, in order to remain in PEGS, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, maintain attendance at required events, and complete program requirements for internship, research, or service.
- Q: About how many students are in the program?
- A: There are 25 to 30 students in each cohort.
- Q: What is the cost?
- A: There is no cost to becoming a part of the program. However, students do contribute towards the cost of their travel experiences; this fosters ownership in the experience.
- Q: Are there other PEGS gatherings or events outside the classes, meetings, and international trips?
- A: Yes, the leadership team provides students with a wide range of opportunities including volunteer projects, social events, study groups, presentations by community leaders, and even day trips with insider tours of places such as KIA, the Carter Center and the CDC (though trips vary each year).
- Q: Are the domestic/international trips mandatory?
- A: The trips are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged. During the trips, students have the opportunity to bring theory into action and develop relationships within the cohort.
- Q: What is the cost?
- A: PEGS students receive funding from Kennesaw State University's Foundation and receive the Global Learning Scholarship, helping to minimize the cost of international travel. For the first-year trip to Brazil, students are typically asked to contribute approximately $1200 of the $3500 cost of the experience.
- Q: When do the trips occur?
- A: Domestic and international experiences generally occur during breaks from class (May, spring break, etc).
- Q: During the travel experiences, will the learning take place in a classroom or in the community?
- A: During each trip, students will be given opportunities to participate in a number of activities including hands-on service, meeting with political leaders and professors from other countries, collaborating with international students, and visiting some of the key organizations and firms in that particular country. Students will be able to see how the lessons and themes from the classroom are played out in another country.
- Q: What is the first-year seminar course about?
- A: The first-year seminar course is a honors section of KSU 1111: Tomorrow’s World Today. It is a global issues course, which focuses on seven key factors influencing current and future global affairs: population, resource management, technology, knowledge & information, economic integration, security & conflict, and governance.
- Q: What if the course does not fit into my schedule?
- A: PEGS students are provided priority registration to ensure program requirements fit into their schedule. The KSU 1111 course builds the fundamental global-centered knowledge that is key to success in the PEGS program.
- Q: Will I receive credit for the initial course and meetings?
- A: In the first semester, students receive honors credit for the KSU 1111 and a one credit-hour pass/fail credit for the HON 3000 meetings. After the first semester, the meetings are extra-curricular and no course credit or grade is applied. PEGS students participating in internships may, if approved by the appropriate department, receive credit for those experiences.
- Q: How often are the meetings?
- A: PEGS meetings are weekly during the first and second year and generally last approximately 75 minutes. As the third year is a more custom experience for each cohort meeting frequency can vary from weekly to bi-weekly.
- Q: What is discussed at the meetings?
- A: Each PEGS meeting will have a different focus. Leadership, scholarship application, professional/career skills, intercultural competencies, and trip planning are just a few of the topics addressed.
- Q: What is the colloquium?
- A: The colloquium is the 75-minute meeting PEGS students attend weekly during their first year. This overlaps with the Honor’s Program requirements. PEGS students will receive one credit hour for this weekly meeting.
- Q: Does PEGS meet over the summer?
- A: Not on a weekly basis. There are occasionally events over the summer, especially for incoming first-year PEGS students.
- Q: Who can apply to PEGS?
- A: Students with greater than or equal to a 3.5 high school GPA and greater than or equal to a 1200 SAT (math and critical reading) or 26 ACT (composite) score are invited to apply for PEGS. Applicants are also considered based upon their leadership and volunteer experience throughout high school and stated interest in continuing to build on these experiences during college.
- Q: When is the deadline?
- A: For the 2015 academic year, the application deadline (online application) for full consideration is March 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM. To be eligible for advanced registration, your application packet (online application, interview, resume, and letter of recommendation) must be complete by April 10, 2015.
- Q: If I cannot attend the information sessions, can I find information elsewhere?
- A: Prospective students may contact the PEGS Program Manager individually. Visit the "Contact Us" page for contact information.
- Q: Is there an application cost?
- A: There is no application fee.