*I'm not trying to be derogatory towards those with a GIS education...in my GIS program we had one course on cartography, therefore everything else must be "GIS" whereas this one course which focused on text placement and the use of color was "cartography". Luckily for me I had been around a bit beforehand and knew this wasn't all there was to it...and I found Cartotalk!
Same experience with my GIS course work... one Cartography class that was of zero value to the students. After my review of the course to the program head I was asked to teach the following years class!
I think you're absolutely correct that this is often a GIS students only exposure to cartography. To take that issue one step deeper... the GIS program may be their first exposure to Geography itself as an academic field of study. Something of a double whammy in my opinion. I know this kind of talk gets GIS users hackles up a bit and does nothing for settling the turf war that currently exists but maybe a new approach to GIS education can help close that gap in the future?