Providing a quality education for all students, led by the very best teacher-scholars, is our primary mission. Through our liberal arts offerings, we provide the foundational coursework for students throughout the University. The undergraduate and graduate programs in the College encompass humanities, social sciences, natural and mathematical sciences. These programs are offered through 16 academic departments and several centers and institutes. We offer 45 baccalaureate, 42 masters, and 25 doctoral degree programs in a wide range of fields.
The heart of our College is the dedicated faculty who conduct original research, and who teach students in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the community the skills, values, and wisdom of a liberal arts education. This education is the greatest gift the university can provide for the public good. Citizens who can think critically are the necessary ingredient for a healthy democracy.
Outside the classroom, our students have many opportunities for civic engagement, field experiences, research, studying abroad and participation in a learning community. These experiences, paired with a liberal education, not only prepare students for future in-demand careers, but also prepare them to be good citizens of tomorrow’s democracy. They’ll be better able to evaluate political rhetoric, moral and ethical questions arising from new political developments, environmental changes, and discoveries in science and medicine. It also introduces them to multiple cultural perspectives, perspectives necessary for successful global citizenship.
- Kent State has a complete undergraduate, masters, and doctoral sequence in translation and the only dual master's degree program in the nation.
- Kent State offers the only B.A. in American Sign Language in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.
- The Wick Poetry Center is one of the only ten poetry centers in the nation.
- In conjunction with the University of Akron and Youngstown State University, Kent State is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy program, a six-year medical program, one of the only 17 combine BS/MD programs in the country.
- Established in 1965, the Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute is a global academic leader in liquid crystal technology and home of the Graduate Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program (CPIP).
- The Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM), established in 1971, is one of the earliest conflict resolution undergraduate degree programs in the United States and serves as a living memorial to the events of May 4, 1970.
- Distinguished Professor of Human Evolutionary Studies, C. Owen Lovejoy, has helped reconstruct and analyze two of the earliest and most famous human ancestors, Lucy (Australopithecus) and Ardi (Ardipithecus). In particular, his work has traced the development of upright walking. By connecting the dots between that key physical change and shifts in social behavior and reproductive success, he overturned accepted theories of how humans got their two-legged gait.