Kent Core (General Education Requirement)

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.

Requirements

  • As part of the requirements for any bachelor's degree and the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, all students must complete a minimum 36-37 credit hours of the Kent Core distributed as indicated within the specific categories.
  • As part of the requirements for any applied and technical associate degrees (A.A.B., A.A.B., A.T.S.), all students must complete a minimum 15 credit hours of the Kent Core distributed as indicated within the specific categories.
  • Colleges or degree programs may augment the university's minimum Kent Core, and they may specify for their students certain courses in fulfillment of the requirements. It is essential, therefore, that students consult that section of the catalog for their college and degree program.
  • The Kent Core should normally be completed within the 60 credit hours that immediately follow the first date of enrollment in a bachelor's degree program.
  • Honors equivalents shall satisfy the Kent Core.
  • None of the courses on the Kent Core list may be taken pass/fail.

Transfer Credit, Proficiency Testing and Other Options in Meeting the Kent Core

  1. Certain alternatives to formal Kent State coursework may be recognized in the fulfilling of the Kent Core.
  2. Credits earned for specified courses within the Kent Core course list through external credit-conferring testing programs, such as the College Board Advanced Placement and CLEP subject examinations, will be applied toward the fulfillment of the Kent Core as appropriate for the specific courses for which credit is received.
  3. Courses transferred from accredited post-secondary institutions will be applied toward fulfillment of the Kent Core as appropriate for the specific courses for which credit is awarded.
  4. The university's Credit-By-Examination (CBE) program may be utilized in fulfillment of the Kent Core within the conditions, guidelines and policies established for that program and for the course (s) for which credit is sought.
  5. Proficiency, as established by placement examinations or other recognized procedures and mechanisms for this purpose, can be used to fulfill Categories I (Composition) and II (Mathematics and Critical Reasoning) of the Kent Core. For example, students who are placed into ENG 21011 and complete it with a passing grade will have met the Category I. It is assumed that students who are placed at and pass the higher level of one of these sequenced courses have also mastered the content of the prerequisite course. While students may meet the requirements of Categories I and II through proficiency, minimum credit hours must be met in Categories III, IV, V and VI. Students meeting Categories I and II requirements through proficiency must substitute other courses, which shall be elective, to earn the minimum credit hours required for the bachelor's or associate degree.

To fulfill the purposes of general education, any of the above alternatives to the fulfillment of the Kent Core by formal coursework at Kent State University must be exercised by the students within the first 60 credit hours of academic credits earned at and/or transferred to Kent State University.

Students who transfer to the university with more than 45 credit hours of applicable credits (including students with associate's degrees in technology from the Kent State University Regional Campuses or those who transfer to bachelor's-level programs from associate-level technology programs) must exercise such option(s) within the first calendar year of their Kent State University enrollment.

Post-undergraduate students who have earned a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution will be deemed to have completed the equivalent of the university’s Kent Core requirement. By virtue of having earned a bachelor’s degree, these students will be recognized as having completed their general education requirements. If they pursue an academic program at Kent State University that requires specific courses that are also in the Kent Core but are unmet, they can be held to those requirements because the courses are considered program requirements first and foremost.

Kent State students who update their official catalog from a year prior to 2010 to the current catalog year will be given special consideration in determining completion of the Kent Core. If students have met all of the general education requirements (or Liberal Education Requirement) in their prior catalog, their Kent Core will be considered complete. Students must contact their advisor to determine eligibility.

Kent Core for the Bachelor's, A.A. and A.S. Degrees

I. Composition6
II. Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
III. Humanities and Fine Arts9
IV. Social Sciences6
V. Basic Sciences6-7
VI. Additional6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36-37

Kent Core course listing in PDF format

Kent Core for A.A.B, A.A.S and A.T.S. degrees

I. Composition3
II. Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
III. Humanities and Fine Arts3
IV. Social Sciences3
V. Basic Sciences3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Kent Core course listing in PDF format

Kent Core Coursework

I. Composition

ENG 11011COLLEGE WRITING I (KCMP) (OTM)3
or ENG 11002 COLLEGE WRITING I-STRETCH (KCMP)
ENG 21011COLLEGE WRITING II (KCMP) (OTM)3
HONR 10197FRESHMAN HONORS COLLOQUIUM I (KCMP) 1-4
HONR 10297FRESHMAN HONORS COLLOQUIUM II (KCMP) 1-4

II. Mathematics and Critical Reasoning

CS 10051INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (KMCR) 4
MATH 10041INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR) (OTM)4
MATH 10051QUANTITATIVE REASONING (KMCR) 4
MATH 11008EXPLORATIONS IN MODERN MATHEMATICS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 14-5
or MATH 10772 MODELING ALGEBRA PLUS (KMCR)
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (OTM) 23-4
or MATH 10774 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS STRETCH II (KMCR)
or MATH 10775 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS PLUS (KMCR)
MATH 11012INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR) (OTM)3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) (OTM)3
MATH 12001ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 5
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) (OTM)5
MATH 12011CALCULUS WITH PRECALCULUS I (KMCR) (OTM)3
MATH 12012CALCULUS WITH PRECALCULUS II (KMCR) (OTM)3
MATH 14001BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I (KMCR) 34-5
or MATH 10771 BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS I PLUS (KMCR)
MATH 14002BASIC MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS II (KMCR) 4
PHIL 21002INTRODUCTION TO FORMAL LOGIC (KMCR) (OTM)3

III. Humanities and Fine Arts

Minimum one course must be selected from the Humanities in Arts and Sciences area, and minimum one course must be selected from the Fine Arts area.

Humanities in Arts and Sciences
CLAS 21404THE GREEK ACHIEVEMENT (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
CLAS 21405THE ROMAN ACHIEVEMENT (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
ENG 21054INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE (KHUM) (OTM)3
ENG 22071GREAT BOOKS TO 1700 (KHUM) (OTM)3
ENG 22072GREAT BOOKS SINCE 1700 (KHUM) (OTM)3
ENG 22073MAJOR MODERN WRITERS: BRITISH AND UNITED STATES (KHUM) (OTM)3
HIST 11050WORLD HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
HIST 11051WORLD HISTORY: MODERN (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
HIST 12070EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM) (OTM)3
HIST 12071MODERN AMERICA: FROM INDUSTRIALIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION (DIVD) (KHUM) (OTM)3
PAS 23001BLACK EXPERIENCE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1865 (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
PAS 23002BLACK EXPERIENCE II: 1865 TO PRESENT (DIVD) (KHUM) (OTM)3
PHIL 11001INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
PHIL 21001INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (DIVG) (KHUM) (OTM)3
REL 11020INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS (DIVG) (ELR) (KHUM) (OTM)3
REL 21021MOSES, JESUS AND MOHAMMAD (DIVG) (ELR) (KHUM) (OTM)3
Humanities in Communication and Information
COMM 26000CRITICISM OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE (DIVD) (KHUM) (OTM)3
Fine Arts
ARCH 10001UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE (KFA) (OTM)3
ARCH 10011GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I (KFA) (OTM)3
ARCH 10012GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY II (KFA) (OTM)3
ARTH 12001ART AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (KFA) (OTM)3
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) (OTM)3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) (OTM)3
ARTH 22020ART OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS (DIVG) (KFA) (OTM)3
DAN 27076DANCE AS AN ART FORM (DIVG) (KFA) (OTM)3
MUS 22111THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC (KFA) (OTM)3
MUS 22121MUSIC AS A WORLD PHENOMENON (DIVG) (KFA) (OTM)3
THEA 11000THE ART OF THE THEATRE (DIVG) (KFA) (OTM)3

 IV. Social Sciences

Courses must be selected from two curricular areas.

ANTH 18210INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
ANTH 18420INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
CACM 11001INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
CRIM 26704ISSUES IN LAW AND SOCIETY (KSS) (OTM)3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) (OTM)3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) (OTM)3
GEOG 10160INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (KSS) (OTM)3
GEOG 17063WORLD GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
GEOG 17064GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
GEOG 22061HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
GERO 14029INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
POL 10004COMPARATIVE POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
POL 10100AMERICAN POLITICS (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
POL 10500WORLD POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
PSYC 20651CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
PSYC 21211PSYCHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
PSYC 22221MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) (OTM)3
SOC 22778SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS) (OTM)3

V. Basic Sciences

Minimum one laboratory course (marked "KLAB") must be selected. Students taking a 1-credit hour science lab course must take the lecture course in the same or previous term.

ANTH 18630HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) (OTM)3
ANTH 18631ISSUES IN HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
ATTR 25057HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 4,53
or EXSC 25057 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
ATTR 25058HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 4,53
or EXSC 25058 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) (OTM)3
BSCI 10002LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS) (OTM)3
BSCI 10003LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 54
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 54
BSCI 11010FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 53
BSCI 11020FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 53
BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 54
CHEM 10030CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD (KBS) (OTM)3
CHEM 10031CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
CHEM 10050FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) (OTM)3
CHEM 10052INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (KBS) (OTM)2
CHEM 10053INORGANIC AND ORGANIC LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
CHEM 10055MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS) 3
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) (OTM) 54
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) (OTM) 54
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 51
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 51
CHEM 10970HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 54
CHEM 10971HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 54
GEOG 21062PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (KBS) (OTM)3
GEOG 21063PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
GEOL 11040HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) (OTM)3
GEOL 11041HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
GEOL 11042EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) (OTM)3
GEOL 11043EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
GEOL 21062ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) (OTM)3
GEOL 21080ALL ABOUT THE OCEANS (KBS) (OTM)3
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PHY 11030SEVEN IDEAS THAT SHOOK THE UNIVERSE (KBS) (OTM)3
PHY 12201TECHNICAL PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 53
PHY 12202TECHNICAL PHYSICS II (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 54
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) (OTM)4
PHY 13002GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) (OTM)4
PHY 13011COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) (OTM)2
PHY 13012COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) (OTM)2
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
PHY 21040PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS (KBS) (OTM)3
PHY 21041PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
PHY 21430FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY (KBS) (OTM)3
PHY 21431FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM)1
PHY 23101GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 55
PHY 23102GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II (KBS) (KLAB) (OTM) 55

VI. Additional

Select courses from I.-V. Any of the following courses below may also be selected:

COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) (OTM)3
HONR 13597COLLOQUIUM: THE WESTERN IDENTITY (KADL) 3
PHIL 11009CRITICAL THINKING (KADL) 3
1

MATH 10772 and MATH 11009 are equivalent; students earn credit once.

2

MATH 10774 and MATH 10775 are equivalent to MATH 11010; students earn credit once.

3

MATH 10771 and MATH 14001 are equivalent; students earn credit once.

4

ATTR 25057 and EXSC 25057 are equivalent, and ATTR 25058 and EXSC 25058 are equivalent; students earn credit once for each group.

5

Science-related major course; not recommended for non-science majors.