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CLASS Highlights

CLASS is the largest undergraduate college at Cleveland State University. We offer 26 majors in 3 schools, 10 departments, and 5 programs. The college also offers 8 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, Center for Arts and Innovation and many more.

Learn from top faculty and mentors

The college has over 150 faculty in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences; most all hold a PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in their field. Several faculty have been Fulbright, Guggenheim, or Woodrow Wilson Fellows. As active researchers, CLASS faculty publish an average of 15 books and dozens of articles and book chapters each year.

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 Council on Graduate Schools, recognize our CLASS faculty as outstanding.

Communication Quarterly has rated the School of Communication eighth in the nation in research productivity.

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

  • CSU’s Arts Campus encompasses both Play House Square and the Middough Building. These locations include offices, classrooms, studios, and other support space for the CSU Department of Art and Design and Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the Cleveland Play House.
  • Bioethics Center and certificate program, which maintains a collaboration with the Bio-Ethics Network of Ohio (BENO).
  • Black Studies Program, which includes the African American Cultural Center and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
  • Center for Arts and Innovation with foci on Dance and Movement, Creative Words and Music, and Creative Thought.
  • The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities is focused on bringing together individuals and scholarship in history, education, 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.
  • 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 residency program within the Music Department dedicated to performance of new works by living composers.
  • Cleveland Stater, the campus newspaper produced by journalism students in the School of Communication.
  • Communication Research Center in the School of Communication serves area businesses and organizations, featuring focus groups and a computer-aided telephone interview (CATI) system.
  • Criminology Research Center provides local, state, and federal agencies with excellent services in research and data analysis in order to provide sound research-based knowledge that can be used to inform public policy.
  • Cultural Crossings, interdisciplinary lecture series: lectures by nationally known scholars and artists.
  • School of Film, Television, and Interactive Media.
  • Indian Scholar Program sponsors a visiting scholar from India in alternate years.
  • CSU Poetry Center, nationally recognized press that publishes new books by poets.
  • Sundown Jazz Series, the longest-running jazz series in Cleveland.
  • The Galleries at CSU presents exhibitions of student and faculty art, and nationally and internationally recognized artists.
  • Theatre: public productions directed and performed by faculty and students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.