Kent Core (General Education Requirement) Download to print
Students in bachelor’s, the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs must complete a minimum 36 credit hours of the Kent Core in six categories: Composition (6 credits), Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (3 credits), Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits), Social Sciences (6 credits), Basic Sciences (6-7 credits) and Additional (6 credits). Students in the Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Applied Business degree programs are expected to choose their general studies courses from the Kent Core. All exceptions must be approved by the students’ academic advisor. Students in other associate degree programs who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree also will be expected to fulfill this requirement. Individual programs and colleges may have modified these requirements, so it is necessary to review the specific Kent Core hour and course expectations described in in the individual program requirements. The availability of specific Kent Core courses varies by campus. No Kent Core course may be taken pass/fail. More information, including all approved courses, can be found on the Kent Core page in this Catalog
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.
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