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University of West Georgia

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The University of West Georgia is a Liberal arts University located in Carrollton, Georgia, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of Atlanta, Georgia. It has an enrollment of 10,255 students (Fall 2003). The University is built on a 394 acre (2 km²) Carrollton, Georgia campus and off-campus classes are available in Dalton, in Newnan, and at Floyd College in Rome. The campus is an eclectic blend of old and new with structures dating from the early 1900s, as well as buildings of the most modern styles. The front or "Old Campus," is a three-block-long expanse of grassy hills shaded by old oak, elm, and maple trees. The extended modern campus stretches north of the "Old Campus." Overall, the campus has more than 50 buildings. The total budget for the university is over $100 million.

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History

The University originated in 1906 as the Fourth District Mechanical & Agricultural School. In 1957 the Georgia Board of Regents authorized the school to confer a B.S. in Education. In 1967 the Board of Regents authorized the creation of a graduate-level program issuing master's degrees. In 1996, the name was changed by the Board from West Georgia College to State University of West Georgia, as part of the changes made to the entire University System of Georgia. On January 12th, 2005, the name of the institution was again changed by the Board from State University of West Georgia to University of West Georgia [1] (http://www.westga.edu/~wgpr/news/namechange.html).

Academics

The University offers 113 programs of study through three colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences, the Richards College of Business, and the College of Education. Sixty programs are available at the bachelor's level, 52 at the master's and specialist levels, and one at the doctoral level. The University also operates an honors program through its Honors College.In addition, there is a program, the Advanced Academy of Georgia, for high school juniors and seniors to take college courses and reside on campus. On May 7th, 2004, the University issued its first doctoral degree [2] (http://www.westga.edu/~wgpr/news/doctor.html).


Psychology Program

The University is unique in that it is one of only two public universities in the United States offering a psychology program with a humanistic and transpersonal focus. In 1967 Mike Arons, a student of Abraham Maslow, Paul Ricoeur, and Jim Klee, became chair of the West Georgia psychology department. Jim Thomas, then on the psychology faculty at West Georgia, and others had asked Abraham Maslow to recommend someone to them to initiate a humanistic emphasis there, and Arons was Maslow's recommendation. West Georgia's psychology department still stands as a unique center of humanistic and transpersonal psychology, based in existential and phenomenological philosophy (http://www.westga.edu/~psydept/).

Extra-Curricular

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Students have access to more than 90 student organizations covering academics, cultural/international, departmental/educational, professional and honor groups, politics, religion, service, recreation and sports, social fraternities and sororities, and debate. The athletics program fields men's intercollegiate teams in football, baseball, basketball, and cross country, and women's teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball. All intercollegiate sports are affiliated with Division II of the NCAA.

The 394 acre (2 km²) pedestrian campus also includes an Indoor Pool, a Library with 561,900 volumes, a Gym, computer labs, tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, a nature trail, a quarter-mile (400 m) running track, and basketball courts.

The university also operates a noncommercial radio station (WUWG-FM) at 90.7 MHz FM. It has been on the air since 1973 (originally as WWGC-FM), serving serving all of Carrollton and Carroll County as well as the student body of the university. The station is listener-supported affiliate of Public Radio International, with diverse programming from a wide variety of genres.

See Also

University System of Georgia
List of colleges and universities in the United States

External Links

University of West Georgia (http://www.westga.edu)
UWG Braves (http://www.uwgbraves.com)
WUWG Radio Station (http://www.westga.edu/~masscom/radiopage.htm)

Sources

http://www.usg.edu/inst/westga.html
http://www.westga.edu/documents/UG-full-2003.pdf
http://www.isep.org/us/ga/


 

University System of Georgia
Research schools: Georgia Tech | Georgia State | Medical College of Georgia | University of Georgia
Universities: Albany | Armstrong Atlantic | Augusta | Clayton | Columbus | Ft. Valley | GCSU | Ga. Southwestern
Kennesaw | NGCSU | Savannah | Southern Polytechnic | West Ga. || Regional: Ga. Southern | Valdosta State
Colleges: Dalton | Macon || Two-year: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural | Atlanta Metro. | Bainbridge
Coastal Ga. | Darton | East Ga. | Floyd | Gainesville | Ga. Perimiter | Gordon | Middle Ga. | South Ga. | Waycross
Centers: Gwinnett University Center || Governing body: Georgia Board of Regents

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