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CLASS Highlights

CLASS is the largest undergraduate college at Cleveland State University. We offer 27 majors in 4 schools, 9 departments, and 4 programs. The college also offers 9 undergraduate certificates.

CLASS is home to world-class research and cultural centers, including the Cleveland Contemporary Players, an artist-in-residence program dedicated to living composers. Other centers include the Poetry Center, Howard Mims African-American Cultural Center, and many more.

Learn from top faculty and mentors

The college has approximately 150 full-time faculty in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences; most all hold a Ph.D., M.F.A, or other terminal degrees in their field. Several faculty have been Fulbright, Guggenheim, or Woodrow Wilson Fellows. As active researchers and creative artists, CLASS faculty regularly publish books and articles, give conference papers, compose music, and create works of theatre, dance, film, and art.

Grants and fellowships awarded by many prestigious organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Humanities Council, and the Council on Graduate Schools, recognize our CLASS faculty as outstanding.

The College is home or host to a number of research and cultural centers, performance and lecture series, and other programs including:

  • The Arts Campus includes the Allen Theatre and the Galleries at CSU in Playhouse Square. It also includes offices, classrooms, and studio spaces in the Middough Building, which houses our Department of Theatre and Dance and our Department of Art and Design as well as our partner the Tony-Award winning Cleveland Play House.
  • Bioethics Certificate Program: maintains a collaboration with the Bio-Ethics Network of Ohio (BENO).
  • The Black Studies Program includes the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
  • The Center for Behavioral Health Sciences: works to improve mental health and addiction outcomes for individuals and families, thereby enhancing community well-being.
  • The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities brings together individuals and scholarship in history, education, and library and information sciences and technology in order to better serve the public.
  • The Center for Slovenian Studies: supports Slovenian language study and cultural outreach for the local Slovenian community.
  • The Cleveland Arts Education Consortium promotes and strengthens art education in Northeast Ohio and advocates on behalf of arts learning.
  • Cleveland Contemporary Players: an artist in residence program dedicated to the performance of new works by living composers.
  • The Cleveland Stater: our campus newspaper, produced by journalism students in the School of Communication.
  • Criminology Research Center: conducts research and data analysis in order to provide public and government agencies with sound fact-based knowledge that can be used to inform public policy.
  • Cultural Crossings interdisciplinary lecture series: four lectures a year by nationally known scholars or artists.
  • School of Film & Media Arts, Ohio’s first stand-alone film school, focuses on writing for film, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, acting, and broadcasting. Housed in the Idea Center, the School partners with ideastream® public broadcasting.
  • The Galleries at CSU presents exhibitions of student and faculty art as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists.
  • Indian Scholar Program: sponsors a visiting scholar from India in alternate years.
  • The Poetry Center: a celebrated non-profit independent small press, which conducts an annual poetry contest and publishes 3-5 collections of contemporary poetry and prose a year with national distribution, readership, and reach.
  • The Polish Studies Initiative: hosts Polish scholars on campus and supports outreach to the local Polish-heritage community.