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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