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College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Advising Office:
105 Bowman Hall
330-672-2062
http://www.kent.edu/CAS/index.cfm

THE MISSION OF THE COLLEGE

It is the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver a first-rate education dedicated to the traditions and values of the liberal arts. These traditions include developing the skills of critical reasoning, writing, reading and deduction and providing a firm grounding in the theories and methodologies of the humanities, social and natural sciences and mathematics. These values include a commitment to rigorous questioning of principles and practices, intellectual integrity, community responsibility and diversity of perspectives in the pursuit of truth and social justice. Fundamental to a liberal education is the acquisition, preservation and transmission of new ideas and knowledge. Study within the College of Arts and Sciences broadens and enriches students’ intellectual and cultural background. The college provides a core curriculum for all students whatever their major fields or career goals. With specialized and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the college strives to offer a wide variety of learning and research opportunities to its students, guided by nationally and internationally renowned faculty—faculty as passionate and intent on adding to human understanding as they are to passing this understanding on to future generations. The liberal arts provide both a rich variety of fields of academic specialization and a vital base for professional, creative and technological study.

Students pursuing degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences are introduced to a variety of disciplinary and intellectual perspectives through the college’s General Requirements. These requirements provide a solid foundation in essential communications skills and mathematics; a strong and varied background in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences; and, for most students, study of a foreign language as a tool for approaching another culture. These requirements thus supply a broad acquaintance with the traditional liberal arts and a firm basis for more specialized study.

All students in the college select at least one area of academic specialization. This area of specialization may be within one of the traditional disciplines, it may be interdisciplinary or it may be self-designed. Students may also pursue a second major area or one or more minor areas of specialization.

In addition to general requirements and the specific requirements within the areas of specialization, students have elective hours that may be used to pursue secondary areas of specialization, to explore areas of general interest or to take additional coursework within the area of specialization or in related areas. Elective coursework in the liberal arts provides not only a sound basis for more specialized learning but also intellectual enrichment that is of lasting value to any student in the university.

Study in the liberal arts provides a basis for success in a wide variety of careers. In addition to preparing students for later professional study, it provides communication skills, analytical tools and mental flexibility necessary for success in adapting to changing careers in a changing world. Above all, study in the liberal arts prepares students for a lifetime of learning experiences and for personal and intellectual as well as professional growth.

GENERAL COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

The university’s Kent Core and diversity course requirements are included in the College of Arts and Sciences’ General Requirements. Students should consult the college office if they have questions concerning the applicability of specific coursework to the general requirements. None of the courses listed as part of the college’s general requirements may be taken pass/fail.

For the purposes of the general requirements, students’ major departments are defined as the departments that house the major, field of concentration or interdisciplinary program. For students in double major and dual degree programs, the restrictions on the applicability of major coursework toward the general requirements are applied to only one of their majors (generally the primary major).

Courses that have a domestic diversity focus are marked with a "D." Courses that have a global diversity focus are marked with a "G". A listing is available of all courses that fulfill both the Kent Core and diversity requirements. Laboratory courses are marked with a "LAB."

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS (1 credit hour)

Undergraduate Studies (US)

10097    Destination Kent State: First Year Experience (1)   
COMPOSITION (6 credit hours)
Placement by ACT/SAT English composition scores; students may be required to take ENG 11001 Introduction to College Writing–Stretch

English (ENG)    
11011    College Writing I (3)   
or 11002 College Writing I-Stretch (3)   
21011    College Writing II (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
10197    Freshman Honors Colloquium I (4)   
10297    Freshman Honors Colloquium II (4)   
MATHEMATICS AND CRITICAL REASONING (3-5 credit hours)
MATH 14001 and 14002 may be used to meet the requirement provided both courses were completed while students were enrolled in another college.   
Computer Science (CS)   
10051    Introduction to Computer Science (4)   
Mathematics (MATH)   
11008    Explorations in Modern Mathematics (3)   
11009    Modeling Algebra (4)   
11010    Algebra for Calculus (3)   
11012    Intuitive Calculus (3)   
12002    Analytic Geometry and Calculus I  (5)   
12011    Calculus with Precalculus I (3)   
12012    Calculus with Precalculus II (3)

Philosophy (PHIL)

21002    Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS (9 credit hours)
At least one course must be selected from the Humanities in Arts and Sciences/Communication Information area, and a least one course must be selected from the Fine Arts area. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the humanities and fine arts will also satisfy the diversity requirement.   
Humanities in Arts and Sciences   
Classics (CLAS)   
G    21404    The Greek Achievement (3)   
G    21405    The Roman Achievement (3)   
English (ENG)   
21054    Introduction to Shakespeare (3)   
22071    Great Books I (3)   
22072    Great Books II (3)   
22073    Major Modern Writers: British and United States (3)   
History (HIST)   
G    11050    History of Civilization I (3)

G    11051    History of Civilization II (3)   
D    12070    History of the United States: The Formative Period (3)   
D    12071    History of the United States: The Modern Period (3)   
Honors (HONR)

G    13197    Colloquium: History of Civilization I (3)   
G    13297    Colloquium: History of Civilization II (3)   
D    13397    Colloquium: U.S. History I (3)   
D    13497    Colloquium: U.S. History II (3)

Pan-African Studies (PAS)

G    23001    Black Experience I: Beginnings to 1865 (3)

D    23002    Black Experience II: 1865 to Present (3)

Philosophy (PHIL)

G    11001    Introduction to Philosophy (3)

G    21001    Introduction to Ethics (3)   
G    21020    Comparative Religious Thought I (3)   
G    21021    Comparative Religious Thought II (3)   
Humanities in Communication and Information   
Communication Studies (COMM)   
D    26000    Criticism of Public Discourse (3)   
Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)   
10001    Understanding Architecture (3)

10011    Survey of Architectural History I (3)   
D    10012    Survey of Architectural History II (3)   
Art History (ARTH)

12001    Art Survey (3)   
22006    Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art (3)   
22007    Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art (3)

G    22020    Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)   
Dance (DAN)

G    27076    Dance as an Art Form (3)   
Music (MUS)

22111    The Understanding of Music (3)   
G    21021    Music as a World Phenomenon (3)   
Theatre (THEA)

G    11000    The Art of the Theatre (3)   
Social Sciences (9 credit hours)
Courses must be selected from at least two curricular areas. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the social sciences will also satisfy the diversity requirement.

Anthropology (ANTH)   
G    18210    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)   
G    18420    Introduction to Archaeology (3)   
Center for Applied Conflict management (CACM)   
D    11001    Introduction to Conflict Management (3)   
Economics (ECON)   
22060    Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
22061    Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
Geography (GEOG)

10160    Introduction to Geography (3)   
G    17063    World Geography (3)   
D    17064    Geography of the United States and Canada (3)   
G    22061    Human Geography (3)   
Gerontology (GERO)   
D    14029    Introduction to Gerontology (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
D    15297    Colloquium: American Politics (3)   
G    15397    Colloquium: World Politics (3)   
G    15497    Colloquium: Comparative Politics (3)   
21197    Colloquium: Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
21297    Colloquium: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)   
Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC)

D    20001    Media, Power and Culture (3)

Justice Studies (JUS)   
26704    Issues in Law and Society (3)   
Political Science (POL)   
G    10004    Comparative Politics (3)   
D    10100    American Politics (3)   
D    10301    Diversity in American Public Policy (3)   
G    10500    World Politics (3)   
Psychology (PSYC)   
D    11762    General Psychology (3)   
D    20651    Child Psychology (3)   
D    21211    Psychology of Adjustment (3)   
D    22221    Multicultural Psychology (3)   
Sociology (SOC)

D    12050    Introduction to Sociology (3)   
G    22778    Social Problems (3)   
Basic Sciences (9 credit hours)
Minimum 9 credit hours must be selected from the courses listed below, or from beginning "major sequences" courses in biological anthropology (ANTH 38630); biological sciences (BSCI 10110, 10120), chemistry (CHEM 10060, 10061, 10062, 10063, 10960, 10961) and physics (PHY 23101, 23102). The total credit hours must include at least one laboratory course (marked "LAB").

Restrictions:
(1)No more than two courses from any curricular area (not counting labs) may be counted toward the basic sciences category.

(2)Credit toward the basic sciences category is not allowed for the following:
  • Both PHY 11660 and either the CHEM 10050 series, the CHEM 10060 series or the PHY 13001 series
  • Both the CHEM 10050 and the CHEM 10060 series
  • More than one of the PHY 13001, PHY 13011 or PHY 23101 series
  • Combinations of the BSCI 10001 series, the BSCI 10110 series and/or the BSCI 20020 series
Anthropology (ANTH)

18630    Human Evolution (3)   
LAB    18631    Issues in Human Evolution (1) (Pre/corequisite 18630)   
Biological Sciences (BSCI)

10001    Human Biology (3)   
10002    Life on Planet Earth (3)   
LAB    10003    Laboratory Experience in Biology (1)   
LAB    20020    Biological Structure and Function (5)   
Chemistry (CHEM)

10030    Chemistry in Our World (3)   
LAB    10031    Chemistry in Our World Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 10030)

10050    Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)   
10052    Introduction to Organic Chemistry (2)   
LAB    10053    Inorganic and Organic Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 10052)

10054    General and Elementary Organic Chemistry (5)   
Geography (GEOG)

21062    Physical Geography (3)   
LAB    21063    Physical Geography Laboratory (1)

Geology (GEOL)

11040    Earth Dynamics (3)

LAB    11041    Earth Dynamics Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11040)

11042    Earth History (3)

LAB    11043    Earth History Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11042)   
21062    Environmental Geology (3)   
21080    Oceanography (3)   
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR)   
23511    Science of Human Nutrition (3)   
Physics (PHY)   
11030    Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)   
11660    Physical Science (3)   
13001    General College Physics I (4)

13002    General College Physics II (4)   
13011    College Physics (2)   
13012    College Physics II (2)   
13021    General College Physics Laboratory I  (1)   
13022    General College Physics Laboratory II  (1)   
21040    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts (3)   
LAB    21041    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 21040)   
21430    Frontiers in Astronomy (3) (Pre/corequisite 21040)

or 24001 Astronomy (3)   
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credit hours)
Select additional courses from above (no more than one course per area). One or both of the following courses may also be selected:

Classical (CLAS)   
21201    English Words from Classical Elements (3) Course does not fulfill Kent Core

Communication Studies (COMM)

15000    Introduction to Human Communication (3)   
Philosophy (PHIL)

11009    Principles of Thinking (3)   
Foreign Language

2X202    Intermediate II of any foreign language not used to meet the college B.A. language requirement

DIVERSITY
All students must complete a two-course diversity requirement, consisting of one with a domestic focus and one with a global focus. At least one course must be taken from courses that are marked above as global (G) or domestic/U.S. (D). This course may count both for the diversity requirement and for the Kent Core category in which it is listed. The second course may be from the major department; however, it might not apply toward the Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences category. Visit the Diversity page for a complete course listing.

WRITING INTENSIVE
Students must complete a one-course writing-intensive requirement and earn minimum C (2.00) grade. Visit the Writing-Intensive page for a complete course listing.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (14-15 credit hours)
Courses in one foreign language or American Sign Language or equivalent in proficiency is required. This requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following four conditions, as appropriate: (1) passing the first three or four semesters of any foreign language or American Sign Language. Students who receive advanced placement meet the requirement by passing the third or fourth semester of a language; (2) placement in courses beyond intermediate I or II level on the placement examination administered by Academic Testing Services. Consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for further information; (3) passing a course beyond intermediate I or  II level; or (4) receiving credit for intermediate I or II or beyond from CBE, CLEP or transfer. Note: The requirement may be met with fewer than 14 credit hours if students receive advanced placement. In this case, students are required to complete the remaining hours with general electives.

TOTAL CREDITS: 57-63

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS (1 credit hour)

Undergraduate Studies (US)

10097    Destination Kent State: First Year Experience (1)   
COMPOSITION (6 credit hours)
Placement by ACT/SAT English composition scores; students may be required to take ENG 11001 Introduction to College Writing–Stretch

English (ENG)    
11011    College Writing I (3)   
or 11002 College Writing I-Stretch (3)   
21011    College Writing II (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
10197    Freshman Honors Colloquium I (4)   
10297    Freshman Honors Colloquium II (4)   
MATHEMATICS AND CRITICAL REASONING (3-5 credit hours)
MATH 14001 and 14002 may be used to meet the requirement provided both courses were completed while students were enrolled in another college.   
Computer Science (CS)   
10051    Introduction to Computer Science (4)   
Mathematics (MATH)   
11008    Explorations in Modern Mathematics (3)   
11009    Modeling Algebra (4)   
11010    Algebra for Calculus (3)   
11012    Intuitive Calculus (3)   
12002    Analytic Geometry and Calculus I  (5)   
12011    Calculus with Precalculus I (3)   
12012    Calculus with Precalculus II (3)

Philosophy (PHIL)

21002    Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS (9 credit hours)
At least one course must be selected from the Humanities in Arts and Sciences/Communication Information area, and a least one course must be selected from the Fine Arts area. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the humanities and fine arts will also satisfy the diversity requirement.   
Humanities in Arts and Sciences   
Classics (CLAS)   
G    21404    The Greek Achievement (3)   
G    21405    The Roman Achievement (3)   
English (ENG)   
21054    Introduction to Shakespeare (3)   
22071    Great Books I (3)   
22072    Great Books II (3)   
22073    Major Modern Writers: British and United States (3)   
History (HIST)   
G    11050    History of Civilization I (3)

G    11051    History of Civilization II (3)   
D    12070    History of the United States: The Formative Period (3)   
D    12071    History of the United States: The Modern Period (3)   
Honors (HONR)

G    13197    Colloquium: History of Civilization I (3)   
G    13297    Colloquium: History of Civilization II (3)   
D    13397    Colloquium: U.S. History I (3)   
D    13497    Colloquium: U.S. History II (3)

Pan-African Studies (PAS)

G    23001    Black Experience I: Beginnings to 1865 (3)

D    23002    Black Experience II: 1865 to Present (3)

Philosophy (PHIL)

G    11001    Introduction to Philosophy (3)

G    21001    Introduction to Ethics (3)   
G    21020    Comparative Religious Thought I (3)   
G    21021    Comparative Religious Thought II (3)   
Humanities in Communication and Information   
Communication Studies (COMM)   
D    26000    Criticism of Public Discourse (3)   
Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)   
10001    Understanding Architecture (3)

10011    Survey of Architectural History I (3)   
D    10012    Survey of Architectural History II (3)   
Art History (ARTH)

12001    Art Survey (3)   
22006    Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art (3)   
22007    Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art (3)

G    22020    Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)   
Dance (DAN)

G    27076    Dance as an Art Form (3)   
Music (MUS)

22111    The Understanding of Music (3)   
G    21021    Music as a World Phenomenon (3)   
Theatre (THEA)

G    11000    The Art of the Theatre (3)   
Social Sciences (6 credit hours)
Courses must be selected from at least two curricular areas. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the social sciences will also satisfy the diversity requirement.

Anthropology (ANTH)   
G    18210    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)   
G    18420    Introduction to Archaeology (3)   
Center for Applied Conflict management (CACM)   
D    11001    Introduction to Conflict Management (3)   
Economics (ECON)   
22060    Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
22061    Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
Geography (GEOG)

10160    Introduction to Geography (3)   
G    17063    World Geography (3)   
D    17064    Geography of the United States and Canada (3)   
G    22061    Human Geography (3)   
Gerontology (GERO)   
D    14029    Introduction to Gerontology (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
D    15297    Colloquium: American Politics (3)   
G    15397    Colloquium: World Politics (3)   
G    15497    Colloquium: Comparative Politics (3)   
21197    Colloquium: Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
21297    Colloquium: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)   
Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC)

D    20001    Media, Power and Culture (3)

Justice Studies (JUS)   
26704    Issues in Law and Society (3)   
Political Science (POL)   
G    10004    Comparative Politics (3)   
D    10100    American Politics (3)   
D    10301    Diversity in American Public Policy (3)   
G    10500    World Politics (3)   
Psychology (PSYC)   
D    11762    General Psychology (3)   
D    20651    Child Psychology (3)   
D    21211    Psychology of Adjustment (3)   
D    22221    Multicultural Psychology (3)   
Sociology (SOC)

D    12050    Introduction to Sociology (3)   
G    22778    Social Problems (3)   
Basic Sciences (6-7 credit hours)
Minimum 6 credit hours must be selected from the courses listed below, or from beginning "major sequences" courses in biological anthropology (ANTH 38630); biological sciences (BSCI 10110, 10120), chemistry (CHEM 10060, 10061, 10062, 10063, 10960, 10961) and physics (PHY 23101, 23102). The total credit hours must include at least one laboratory course (marked "LAB").

Restrictions:
(1)No more than two courses from any curricular area (not counting labs) may be counted toward the basic sciences category.

(2)Credit toward the basic sciences category is not allowed for the following:
  • Both PHY 11660 and either the CHEM 10050 series, the CHEM 10060 series or the PHY 13001 series
  • Both the CHEM 10050 and the CHEM 10060 series
  • More than one of the PHY 13001, PHY 13011 or PHY 23101 series
  • Combinations of the BSCI 10001 series, the BSCI 10110 series and/or the BSCI 20020 series
Anthropology (ANTH)

18630    Human Evolution (3)   
LAB    18631    Issues in Human Evolution (1) (Pre/corequisite 18630)   
Biological Sciences (BSCI)

10001    Human Biology (3)   
10002    Life on Planet Earth (3)   
LAB    10003    Laboratory Experience in Biology (1)   
LAB    20020    Biological Structure and Function (5)   
Chemistry (CHEM)

10030    Chemistry in Our World (3)   
LAB    10031    Chemistry in Our World Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 10030)

10050    Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)   
10052    Introduction to Organic Chemistry (2)   
LAB    10053    Inorganic and Organic Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 10052)

10054    General and Elementary Organic Chemistry (5)   
Geography (GEOG)

21062    Physical Geography (3)   
LAB    21063    Physical Geography Laboratory (1)

Geology (GEOL)

11040    Earth Dynamics (3)

LAB    11041    Earth Dynamics Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11040)

11042    Earth History (3)

LAB    11043    Earth History Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11042)   
21062    Environmental Geology (3)   
21080    Oceanography (3)   
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR)   
23511    Science of Human Nutrition (3)   
Physics (PHY)   
11030    Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)   
11660    Physical Science (3)   
13001    General College Physics I (4)

13002    General College Physics II (4)   
13011    College Physics (2)   
13012    College Physics II (2)   
13021    General College Physics Laboratory I  (1)   
13022    General College Physics Laboratory II  (1)   
21040    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts (3)   
LAB    21041    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 21040)   
21430    Frontiers in Astronomy (3) (Pre/corequisite 21040)

or 24001 Astronomy (3)   
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credit hours)
Select additional courses from above (no more than one course per area). One or both of the following courses may also be selected:

Communication Studies (COMM)

15000    Introduction to Human Communication (3)   
Philosophy (PHIL)

11009    Principles of Thinking (3)   
Foreign Language

2X202    Intermediate II of any foreign language not used to meet the college B.S. language requirement

DIVERSITY
All students must complete a two-course diversity requirement, consisting of one with a domestic focus and one with a global focus. At least one course must be taken from courses that are marked above as global (G) or domestic/U.S. (D). This course may count both for the diversity requirement and for the Kent Core category in which it is listed. The second course may be from the major department; however, it might not apply toward the Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences category. Visit the Diversity page for a complete course listing.

WRITING INTENSIVE
Students must complete a one-course writing-intensive requirement and earn minimum C (2.00) grade. Visit the Writing-Intensive page for a complete course listing.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (8-10 credit hours)
Courses in one foreign language or American Sign Language or equivalent in proficiency is required. This requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following four conditions: (1) passing the first four semesters of any foreign language or American Sign Language (or 14 hours). Students who receive advanced placement meet the requirement by passing the fourth semester of a language; (2) placement in courses beyond intermediate II level on the placement examination administered by Academic Testing Services. Consult with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies for further information; (3) passing a course beyond intermediate II level; or (4) receiving credit for intermediate II or beyond from CBE, CLEP or transfer. Note: The requirement may be met with fewer than 14 credit hours if students receive advanced placement. In this case, students are required to complete the remaining hours with general electives.

TOTAL CREDITS: 45-52

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