Kent Core (General Education Requirement) Download to print
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.
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: I. Composition (6 credits), II. Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (3 credits), III. Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits), IV. Social Sciences (6 credits), V. Basic Sciences (6-7 credits) and VI. Additional (6 credits). Students in applied and technical associate degrees must complete minimum 15 credit hours, one from each of the first five categories, from the Kent Core. All exceptions must be approved by the students’ academic advisor and the Office of the Provost.
Students in associate degree programs who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree 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 in the University Catalog.
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 the University 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.
Transfer Credit, Proficiency Testing and Other Options in Meeting the Kent Core
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 hours of academic credits earned at and/or transferred to Kent State University.
Students who transfer to the university with more than 45 semester 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.
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