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Kent Core (general education requirements)

The Kent Core is the foundation of the university's mission to prepare students to live in today's complex, global society. It broadens intellectual perspectives, fosters ethical and humanitarian values and prepares students for responsible citizenship and productive careers. Through this learning experience, students develop the intellectual flexibility they need to adapt to an ever-changing world. Kent Core courses enable students to:

  • Acquire critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Apply principles of effective written and oral communication
  • Broaden their imagination and develop their creativity
  • Cultivate their natural curiosity and begin a lifelong pursuit of knowledge
  • Develop competencies and values vital to responsible uses of information and technology
  • Engage in independent thinking, develop their own voice and vision and become informed, responsible citizens
  • Improve their understanding of issues and behaviors concerning inclusion, community and tolerance
  • Increase their awareness of ethical implications of their own and others' actions
  • Integrate their major studies into the broader context of a liberal education
  • Strengthen quantitative reasoning skills
  • Understand basic concepts of the academic disciplines

Although not every Kent Core course will address all these goals, learning within the Kent Core as a whole enables students to acquire the tools for living rich and meaningful lives in a diverse society.

Kent Core Coursework (36-37 credit hours)

VI.         Composition (6 credit hours)
Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (3 credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credit hours)
Social Sciences (6 credit hours)
Basic Sciences (6-7 credit hours)
Additional Courses (6 credit hours)   

Guidelines, transfer credit, proficiency testing and other options in meeting the Kent Core

Kent Core course listing in PDF format

Courses marked TM are in the Ohio Transfer Module. Courses marked G (global) or D (domestic/U.S.) fulfill the diversity course requirement. Laboratory courses are marked LAB. Students majoring in a program in the College of Arts and Sciences must adhere also to that college's general requirements. None of the courses on the Kent Core list may be taken with a pass/fail grade.

I.      COMPOSITION (6 credit hours)   
Please see information on proficiency in meeting this category.   
English (ENG)   
TM    11011    College Writing I (3)   
TM    or 11002 College Writing I–Stretch (3)   
TM    21011    College Writing II (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
10197    Freshman Honors Colloquium I (4)   
10297    Freshman Honors Colloquium II (4)   
Please see information on proficiency in meeting this category.   
Computer Science (CS)   
10051    Introduction to Computer Science (4)   
Mathematics (MATH)   
11008    Explorations in Modern Mathematics (3)   
11009    Modeling Algebra (4)   
TM    11010    Algebra for Calculus (3)   
TM    11012    Intuitive Calculus (3)   
TM    12002    Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)   
TM    12011    Calculus with Precalculus I (3)   
TM    12012    Calculus with Precalculus II (3)   
14001    Basic Mathematical Concepts I (4)   
14002    Basic Mathematical Concepts II (4)   
Philosophy (PHIL)   
TM    21002    Introduction to Formal Logic (3)   
III.    HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS (9 credit hours)   
At least one course must be selected from the Humanities in Arts and Sciences area, and a least one course must be selected from the Fine Arts area.   
Humanities in Arts and Sciences    
Classics (CLAS)   
G TM    21404    The Greek Achievement (3)   
21405    The Roman Achievement (3)   
TM    English (ENG)   
TM    21054    Introduction to Shakespeare (3)   
TM    22071    Great Books I (3)   
TM    22072    Great Books II (3)   
TM    22073    Major Modern Writers: British and United States (3)   
TM    History (HIST)   
G TM    11050    History of Civilization I (3)   
11051    History of Civilization II (3)   
D TM    12070    History of the United States: The Formative Period (3)   
D TM    12071    History of the United States: The Modern Period (3)   
Honors (HONR)   
G TM    13197    Colloquium: History of Civilization I (3)   
G TM    13297    Colloquium: History of Civilization II (3)   
D TM    13397    Colloquium: U.S. History I (3)   
D TM    13497    Colloquium: U.S. History II (3)   
Pan-African Studies (PAS)   
G TM    23001    Black Experience I: Beginnings to 1865 (3)   
D TM    23002    Black Experience II: 1865 to Present (3)   
Philosophy (PHIL)   
G TM    11001    Introduction to Philosophy (3)   
G TM    21001    Introduction to Ethics (3)   
G TM    21020    Comparative Religious Thought I (3)   
G TM    21021    Comparative Religious Thought II (3)   
Humanities in Communication and Information   
Communication Studies (COMM)   
D TM    26000    Criticism of Public Discourse (3)   
Fine Arts   
Architecture (ARCH)   
TM    10001    Understanding Architecture (3)   
TM    10011    Survey of Architectural History I (3)   
TM    10012    Survey of Architectural History II (3)   
Art History (ARTH)   
TM    12001    Art Survey (3)   
TM    22006    Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art (3)   
TM    22007    Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art (3)   
G TM    22020    Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)   
Dance (DAN)   
G TM    27076    Dance as an Art Form (3)   
Music (MUS)   
TM    22111    The Understanding of Music   
G TM    22121    Music as a World Phenomenon (3)   
Theatre (THEA)   
G TM    11000    The Art of the Theatre (3)   
IV.    SOCIAL SCIENCES (6 credit hours)   
Courses must be selected from two curricular areas.   
Anthropology (ANTH)   
G TM    18210    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)   
G TM    18420    Introduction to Archaeology (3)   
Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM)   
D TM    11001    Introduction to Conflict Management (3)   
Economics (ECON)   
TM    22060    Principles of Microeconomics (3)   
TM    22061    Principles of Macroeconomics (3)   
Geography (GEOG)   
TM    10160    Introduction to Geography (3)   
G TM    17063    World Geography (3)   
D TM    17064    Geography of the United States and Canada (3)   
G TM    22061    Human Geography (3)   
Gerontology (GERO)   
D TM    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 TM      20001    Media, Power and Culture (3)   
Justice Studies (JUS)   
TM      26704    Issues in Law and Society (3)   
Political Science (POL)   
G TM      10004    Comparative Politics (3)   
D TM      10100    American Politics (3)   
D TM      10301    Diversity in American Public Policy (3)   
G TM      10500    World Politics (3)   
Psychology (PSYC)   
D TM      11762    General Psychology (3)   
D TM      20651    Child Psychology (3)   
D TM      21211    Psychology of Adjustment (3)   
D TM      22221    Multicultural Psychology (3)   
Sociology (SOC)   
D TM      12050    Introduction to Sociology (3)   
G TM      22778    Social Problems (3)   
V.      BASIC SCIENCES (6-7 credit hours)   
At least one laboratory course (marked "LAB") must be selected. Beginning "major sequences" courses in biological sciences (BSCI 10110, 10120), chemistry (CHEM 10060, 10061, 10062, 10063, 10960, 10961) and physics (PHY 23101, 23102) may be substituted for those courses listed below.

Anthropology (ANTH)   
TM      18630    Human Evolution (3)   
LAB TM      18631    Issues in Human Evolution (1) (Pre/corequisite 18630)   
Biological Sciences (BSCI)   
TM      10001    Human Biology (3)   
TM      10002    Life on Planet Earth (3)   
LAB TM      10003    Laboratory Experience in Biology (1)   
LAB TM      20020    Biological Structure and Function (5)   
Chemistry (CHEM)   
TM      10030    Chemistry in Our World (3)   
LAB TM      10031    Chemistry in Our World Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 10030)   
TM      10050    Fundamentals of Chemistry (3)   
TM      10052    Introduction to Organic Chemistry (2)   
LAB TM      10053    Inorganic and Organic Laboratory (1) (Corequisite 10052)   
TM      10054    General and Elementary Organic Chemistry (5)   
Geography (GEOG)   
TM      21062    Physical Geography (3)   
LAB TM      21063    Physical Geography Laboratory (1)   
Geology (GEOL)   
TM      11040    Earth Dynamics (3)   
LAB TM      11041    Earth Dynamics Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11040)   
TM      11042    Earth History (3)   
LAB TM      11043    Earth History Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 11042)   
TM      21062    Environmental Geology (3)   
TM      21080    Oceanography (3)   
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR)   
23511    Science of Human Nutrition(3)   
Physics (PHY)   
TM      11030    Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)   
TM      11660    Physical Science (3)   
TM      13001    General College Physics I (4)   
TM      13002    General College Physics II (4)   
TM      13011    College Physics I (2)   
TM      13012    College Physics II (2)   
LAB TM      13021    General College Physics Laboratory I (1)   
LAB TM      13022    General College Physics Laboratory II (1)   
TM      21040    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts (3)   
LAB TM      21041    Physics in Entertainment and the Arts Laboratory (1) (Pre/corequisite 21040)   
TM      21430    Frontiers in Astronomy (3) or   
TM      24001    Astronomy (3)   
VI.      ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credit hours)   
Select courses from above (no more than one course per category). One or both of the following courses may also be selected:   
Communication Studies (COMM)   
TM      15000    Introduction to Human Communication (3)   
Philosophy (PHIL)   
11009    Principles of Thinking (3)   
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 the Kent Core, marked above as "G" (global) or "D" (domestic/U.S.). This course may count both for the diversity requirement and for the Kent Core category in which it is listed. Visit the diversity requirement page for a complete course listing.   
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