College General 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 Degree

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT(1)

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 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. No coursework from the major department may be counted toward
the humanities and fine arts category. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is
taken to satisfy the humanities and fine arts will also satisfy the diversity requirement,
provided that course is not in the major department.

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)

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

G

22121

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. No coursework from the
major department may be counted toward the social sciences category. Any
course marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the social sciences will also
satisfy the diversity requirement, provided that course is not in the major department.

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 Macroeconomics (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)

11762

General Psychology (3)

20651

Child Psychology (3)

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) No coursework from the major department may be counted toward the 6 credit
hours selected.
(3) 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)   (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 I (2)

13012

College Physics II (2)

LAB

13021

General College Physics Laboratory I (1)

LAB

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)

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:

Classics (CLAS)

21201

English Words from Classical Elements (3)    Course does not fulfill LER

Communication Studies (COMM)

15000

Introduction to Human Communication (3)

Philosophy (PHIL)

11009

Principles of Thinking (3)

Foreign Languages

Any Intermediate II (2xxx2) Foreign Language course not included in Foreign Language requirement below.

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,
provided that the course is not in a student’s major department. 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 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 “free” electives.

TOTAL CREDITS:           57

General Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT (1)

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 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. No coursework from the major department may be counted toward
the humanities and fine arts category. Any course marked with a "D" or "G" that is
taken to satisfy the humanities and fine arts will also satisfy the diversity requirement,
provided that course is not in the major department.

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)

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

G

22121

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 two curricular areas. No coursework from the major
department may be counted toward the social sciences category. Any course
marked with a "D" or "G" that is taken to satisfy the social sciences will also satisfy
the diversity requirement, provided that course is not in the major department.

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 Macroeconomics (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)

11762

General Psychology (3)

20651

Child Psychology (3)

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 6-7 credit hours must be selected from the courses listed below,
or from beginning "major sequences" courses in biological anthropology (ANTH
38630); biological science (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 coursework from the major department may be counted toward the 6-7 credit
hours selected.
(2) Credit toward the basic sciences category is not allowed for the following:

  • Both PHY 11660 and either the CHEM 10050 series or 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) (Pre/Corequisite 10001 or 10002)

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)   (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 I (2)

13012

College Physics II (2)

LAB

13021

General College Physics Laboratory I (1)

LAB

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)

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 Languages

Any Intermediate II (2XXX2) Foreign Language course not include in Foreign Languages
requirement below.

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,
provided that the course is not in a student’s major department. 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 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 two semesters of any foreign language or American Sign
Language. Students who receive advanced placement meet the requirement by passing
the second semester of a language; (2) placement in courses beyond elementary 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 elementary II level; or (4) receiving credit for elementary II or
beyond from CBE, CLEP or transfer. Note: The requirement may be met with fewer than
8 credit hours if students receive advanced placement. In this case, students are required
to complete the remaining hours with “free” electives.

TOTAL CREDITS:           45-46

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