College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences, the intellectual heart of Kent State University!

Our primary mission is to provide a quality education for all students, led by the very best teacher-scholars. 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 associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of fields. Students can enhance their academic experience in a number of ways by digging deeply into research, field experiences, studying abroad, or participating in a learning community, just to name a few.

Two Kent State Collaborators Win Oral History Association Award for Work on May 4th Voices Documentary

May 4th Voices- Bindas, HasslerThe documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970, created by Kenneth Bindas, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department, and David Hassler, the director of the Wick Poetry Center, is a recipient of the 2014 Oral History Association’s Oral History in a Nonprint Format Award. The Oral History Association is an organization that seeks to bring together all people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity.


Student Robin Bonatesta Becomes First University Innovation Fellow for Kent State

Robin BonatestaA junior computer science and fashion merchandising major, Robin is one of 58 students from 26 higher education institutions across the United States to receive this honor. “The fellowship training was an intense, six-week program that connects me to student leaders from around the country while challenging myself to grow through extensive research and design thinking,” Bonatesta said. “Already being so involved on campus and in the innovation scene, this fellowship is giving me a platform to make a bigger difference at Kent State University. I feel empowered and inspired to continue on this journey of spreading creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the community.” 


Can Fireworks Damage Mount Rushmore? 

Mt. RushmoreFor Kent State University Professor of Geology Abdul Shakoor, Ph.D., studying the stability of Mount Rushmore, visited by nearly three million people each year, was a lifelong dream.

So, in 2013, with the help of his graduate student, Lindsay Poluga, the two of them reached out to the National Park Service to develop a research project and write a grant proposal. The $25,000 grant was awarded this past summer and Shakoor and Poluga traveled to Mount Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, to study the effect of vibrations on the sculptures associated with the annual Fourth of July fireworks exhibit.