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Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cleveland State University Highlights

Monte Ahuja College of Business

  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business holds accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5% of the world’s business schools have earned accreditation by AACSB International - the hallmark of excellence in management education.
  • With more than 3,000 students, the Monte Ahuja College of Business is one of the largest colleges on campus and ranks among the largest business schools in the U.S.
  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business is housed in Monte Ahuja Hall, a beautiful six-story building which includes faculty and department offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, the Weston Ideation Lab (a collaborative space dedicated to entrepreneurship), and computer classrooms and laboratories with more than 125 computers that are continuously upgraded. State-of-the-art software includes CASE tools for systems analysis and design, SAP for enterprise resource planning, and SAS/SPSS for data-analysis.
  • Our business students are award-winners: the CSU chapters of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), APICS (the Association for Operations Management), and the American Marketing Association have won numerous awards in recent national and regional competitions. The Beta Alpha Psi Delta Psi Chapter at Cleveland State, won first place in Best Practices at the Midwest Regional meeting in 2018, sponsors “Meet the Accountants Night” and other professional events on campus.
  • Accounting graduates have been well-placed in area corporations and accounting firms, with many holding senior positions.
  • The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) course provides finance students the opportunity to learn about investments and portfolio management and serve as managers of the $900,000 fund by investing real money in the financial markets.
  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business faculty offer award winning short-term faculty-led study abroad trips to Europe in marketing and most recently to Morocco and South Africa in International Business. In 2020, they will offer an International Business tour to Australia.
  • Bachelor’s degree program in business (BBA). BBA students can specialize with majors in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business (on-campus and Online Degree Completion)
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Online Degree Completion Program: the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - General Business Online Degree Completion Programs offers a flexible, online education opportunity for our non-traditional students who already have some work experience and want to enhance their career development by completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a General Business major.
  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business partners actively with area community colleges in assisting transfer students to complete their baccalaureate degrees at CSU.
  • Monte Ahuja College of Business has one of the largest MBA programs in Ohio, with courses offered online and in person during weekdays, evenings, and weekends at Cleveland State’s downtown campus.
  • Specialized graduate degree programs include the Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources, Master of Computer and Information Science, and the MBA in Health Care Administration.
  • Monte Ahuja College Business alumni include many CEOs/presidents, founders, co-founders, countless vice presidents, senior-level executives, directors, controllers, chief financial officers, and senior partners. Alumni currently hold leading positions at such companies as Lubrizol, Parker Hannifin, KeyBank, Cleveland Clinic, Diebold, Sherwin-Williams, Victory Capital Management, and PNCWealth Management.
  • The Monte Ahuja College of Business faculty features distinguished scholars and nationally recognized experts in various business and technical fields.
  • About 90 percent of full-time faculty members have earned a doctoral degree or the highest degree in their fields of specialization, many from the world’s leading graduate business schools. In addition, faculty are actively involved in the community – as business consultants, board members, members of professional organizations, and community leaders – bringing a diverse range of practical experiences to the courses they teach.

College of Education and Human Services

  • The College of Education and Human Services is home to roughly 12% of the entire CSU student population, which equates to approximately 2,000 active students. There are 60 full time faculty members (98%) of which have earned terminal degrees in their respective fields. We value our commitment to Diversity & Access with 27% of our students reflecting minority populations. Our College has been recognized as a recipient of the “CSU’s President’ s Award for Excellence in Diversity.
  • The College of Education and Human Services offers 22 different undergraduate major or minor programs, which lead to teacher licensure in Ohio. The college also offers undergraduate human services majors in a number of areas, including sport management, and exercise/fitness specialist. Additionally, at the undergraduate level, we offer a Certificate in Autism and a Middle Childhood Endorsement. Graduate-degree offerings include master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, School and Community Agency Counseling, Educational Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Community Health Education, Sport Management, and Exercise/Fitness Specialist; Educational Specialist degrees in Administration and Counseling; and a doctoral degree in Urban Education. 
  • The College’s professional educator preparation programs have been approved by The State of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and are fully accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Our Curriculum Redesign Effort Advancing Teacher Education known as Project CREATE evolved into a total redesign of our licensing programs to improve early childhood, middle childhood, and special education teacher education.  The model is based on a collaborative, integrative, clinical model for teacher preparation that is student focused.  The redesigned programs correspond with national momentum for a “clinical model” of teacher education.  This model views teaching as a practice-based profession, akin to medicine or nursing, with a closely monitored induction period.  Our signature clinical educator preparation programs aim to close the gap between pedagogical theories and practice where student interns learn alongside the professionals, thus shifting the balance of educator preparation from higher education and into schools. The purpose of our collective signature clinical educator preparation program is to build the pool of talented educators-who are well prepared for and committed to teaching in high need schools.  The College rolled out its CREATE Signature programs for Early Childhood, Middle Childhood and Special Education during the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
  • The math and science education faculty launched the new CSUTeach program in 2010-2011. This program allows undergraduate mathematics and science majors to earn a mathematics and/or science degree and teacher licensure in four years. The program streamlines curriculum, provides students the opportunity to explore teaching while taking content courses, and offers early immersion into math and science classrooms. Many CSUTeach students receive scholarship support through grants from the National Science Foundation and Choose Ohio First.
  • The College’s vision for teacher preparation mirrors that of the Ohio Department of Education: To recruit the best and brightest into the teaching profession, to target recruitment to address high-need areas, to develop a diverse teaching force, and to graduate fully competent teachers who are responsive, reflective professionals who value collaboration and partnership.
  • The Cleveland Teaching Fellowship (CTF) is a collaborative initiative between the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland State University (CSU) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).  Through generous grant funding, this program aims to engage highly qualified CSU Teacher Candidates during paid internship experiences within select CMSD buildings.  The CTF is actively responding to the current trend of a national teacher shortage through the creation of a talent pipeline comprised of CSU strongest Teacher Candidates, committed to supporting urban education, who will be considered for hire within CMSD. 
  • The College is host to CSU/CMSD collaborations designed to strengthen existing partnerships and involvement of CEHS interns as well as CEHS faculty who engage in meaningful research supporting student instruction and teacher professional development.  Most recently, the following initiatives (Campus International School and MC2 High School) were recognized with the Council of Great City Schools Shirley Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award for CSU’s thriving partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • The Campus International School (CIS) opened its doors in August 2010 as a premiere partnership between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and Cleveland State University. Our College of Education faculty collaborated with CMSD to help design, develop and launch the Campus International School, an on-campus alternative school program recognized for high standards and academic rigor. The Campus International school provides its students with an international education addressing social, physical, emotional, cultural and academic needs. CIS is an approved IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programme.  The school incorporates the International Baccalaureate curriculum that focuses on global perspectives and foreign languages, such as Chinese. Starting in Kindergarten CIS students take Mandarin as a second language.  The partnership between CSU and CMSD provides the teaching staff with instructional enrichment activities and academic services for our students. Additionally, the Campus International School has afforded our faculty the opportunity of conducting Action Research in a meaningful setting through collaboration with CIS Teachers.  At the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, a brand-new K-8 Campus International School opened at the corner of Payne Avenue and East 22nd Street on property leased from Cleveland State University by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The $24-million-dollar facility provides a permanent home for the Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students of Campus International. The CIS High School (Grades 9-12) located at the Upper Campus on Chester Avenue, also opened at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • In partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, CSU hosts the MC2 STEM High School’s 11th and 12th grade classes on its campus. Students are immersed in STEM education that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in dynamic learning environments across the city, including the Great Lakes Science Center (Grade 9) and the GE campus at Nela Park (Grade 10); they engage in project-based learning and participate in paid internships at NASA Glenn, Rockwell Automation, Turner Construction, GE Lighting, Lockheed Martin, GLSC, CSU, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, and many more. An MIT Fab Lab is integrated into each school site. The program prepares Northeast Ohio students with skills that are relevant to today’s high-tech global economy. For students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, CSU offers a wide range of scholarships, research opportunities and academic programs.  Our College’s faculty are involved in supporting the ongoing initiatives at the MC2 STEM High School.
  • With active grants of up to $4 million the College has maintained its lead at CSU for attracting external funding to support centers of excellence in mathematics/science/technology, literacy, school leadership, urban education, and professional development. Additionally, the University has recognized 18 of our faculty members for Distinguished Achievements in Research, Teaching and Service.
  • The College is home to five (5) Centers including the following; Center for Educational Leadership, Center for Urban Education, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education, Community Learning Center for Children and Youth and the STEMM Center.
  • The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) at Cleveland State University was established in 2008 to build leadership capacity across Northeast Ohio and beyond. To that aim, the Center creates and launches high quality leadership professional development and school licensure programs that move talented individuals along their leadership pathways, from teacher leader, principal, to superintendent. At each juncture in a leader’s career, new skills, endorsements, certificates, or licensure can be earned through the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University.
  • The Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State University (CSU) was founded in 2010. It initially served as the research and development arm of the Campus International School (CIS), an innovative public school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) that was also established in 2010 in partnership with CSU. In the years since its inception, in addition to its continued collaboration with CIS, the Center has grown to include research and development collaborations with other schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations in Greater Cleveland and beyond. 
  • The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education is an outreach office of the College of Education and Human Services focusing on providing support in the face of the changing demands placed on educators, schools and districts. The Center supports the work of a broad education community by providing services, resources and collaborative professional learning to area schools, districts and education-oriented programs. The Center serves as an incubator for new or novel approaches to education and the necessary thought and planning process involved in implementing those approaches or driving an Action Research project. The Center seeks to bring together partnerships of organizations that will support and enhance the overall education venue of Northeast Ohio.
  • The Community Learning Center for Children and Youth (CLC) is a year-round instructional facility for College of Education and Human Services students. Through its staff of Cleveland State University faculty and students, the Center serves children, youth, and families from the greater Cleveland community. In a supervised educational setting, the Center instructs current and future educators by providing resources and services including assessment and tutoring in literacy and math to children and youth.
  • The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) has long enjoyed collaborative relationships with the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) and the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD). In 2002 the Cleveland Municipal School District and CSU entered into the Cleveland Mathematics and Science Partnership, a long-term grant funded by the National Science Foundation through CMSD. This strengthened the relationship between CSU’s CEHS and COSHP and CMSD and led to the Summer STEM Academy. Following the redesign of STEM middle school teacher preparation, the CSU STEMM team expanded to include the Fenn College of Engineering and secured funds from the US Department of Education (Improving Teacher Quality) and the National Science Foundation (Noyce Scholarship Programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels) to redesign adolescent/young adult licensure programs in mathematics and science. Currently, these redesign efforts are influencing the redesign of all teacher licensure programs in the College of Education and Human Services. CSU has enjoyed three Garret A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Program grants with Shaker Heights City Schools, Cleveland Heights University Heights, and CMSD. These one-year grant funded programs were collaborations across CSU’s colleges of education, engineering, and business. In addition to preparing teachers and providing professional development for teachers, CSU is home to the MC2STEM High School. This effort is a collaboration funded by the Key Bank Foundation and executed by Dr. Julian Earls and Drs. Goodell and Jackson (CEHS) and Duffy (Engineering). The STEMM efforts at CSU have grown to include two National Science Foundation grants focused on mathematics courses, integrating STEMM in the courses, and transforming undergraduate STEMM education. CSU was also recently the recipient of a third National Science Foundation grant to support teachers to instruct in Advanced Placement Computer Science. This grant is a collaboration between five school districts from across the state, San Diego State University, and CSU’s colleges of education and engineering. CSU also hosts the Northeast Ohio Hub for the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) funded through the Battelle Foundation, which provides an avenue for collaboration across the state of Ohio.

Washkewicz College of Engineering

  • Fenn Academy- This consortium between Washkewicz College of Engineering and a group of high schools and corporations will boost regional economic development and encourage 9th through 12th grade students to pursue careers in engineering and technology. The academy will provide educational activities, technical support and, when possible, financial means to students throughout their entire educational experience, starting in high school and progressing through their college years. The academy also will provide high school teachers with state-of-the-art technologies, training and access to laboratory facilities.
  • The early adopters of Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career Technical District, Middough Consulting Inc., along with over 60 schools and business help to promote and encourage area youth to pursue post-secondary education and careers in engineering. Dr. Majid Rashidi is the director of Fenn Academy.
  • Fenn Academy’s rigorous academic study, scholarships, co-op opportunities, internships and job-shadowing opportunities will produce a highly educated work force in such emerging fields as fuel cell and biomedical technologies. Fenn Academy will provide Northeast Ohio with engineering professionals who will be motivated to stay in the region when they graduate, providing the skills and knowledge to help area employers compete in the global market.  For over a decade, Fenn Academy has been working toward these goals.
  • The Donald Bently and Agnes Muszynska Endowed Chair in Rotating Machinery was created with a $1 million gift from Dr. Donald E. Bently, P.E., a globally recognized authority on rotor dynamics and vibration monitoring and diagnostics, and Agnes Muszynska, Ph.D., an internationally renowned scientist in the area of machinery dynamics. The Bently and Muszynska Chair has been awarded to Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki, professor of Mechanical Engineering. Mrs. Betty Gordon committed a $1 million gift to create the Betty L. Gordon Alternative Energy Research Endowment and the Betty L. Gordon Endowed Distinguished Professorship in the Washkewicz College of Engineering. In May 2012, This endowed Chair and endowed distinguished professorship have recently been awarded to Dr. Yong Tao, professor of mechanical engineering. The Parker Hannifin Endowment in Human Motion and Control was created with a 1.5 million gift. Dr. Antonie van den Bogert, professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded as the Endowed Chair.
  • The Washkewicz College of Engineering is proud to have six Professional Society Fellows. Fellow is the highest honor in recognizing achievements and contributions to a profession. The fellows are: Dr. Stephen Duffy, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering; Dr. Yung-Tse Hung, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering; Dr. Paul Lin, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Surendra Tewari, Fellow of American Society for Metals. Dr. Antonie van den Bogert, Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 
  • Introduction to Engineering Design  (ESC 120 ) was completely redesigned to emphasize design methodology, hands-on experience and teamwork by means of working on a semester-long project or two. Starting fall 2019, TI robotic systems learning kit will be introduced to those who major are interested in sensing, control and programming.
  • Senior Design All engineering programs except Civil Engineering offer senior capstone design courses in a series of two consecutive semesters. In fall semester, the focus is team formation, project proposal and feasibility study. In the following spring semester, the actual project for each team is conducted, and a final project presentation is held in the end of the spring semester. In contrast, the Civil Engineering offers a preliminary design course and a capstone design course all in the same spring semester. Many senior design projects are sponsored by local industries.
  • Starting in Fall 2014, after a generous donation from Parker Hannifin Corp. and the Washkewicz Family, a new scholarship program was created. Each year many engineering students apply for a highly competitive tuition scholarship and a chance to co-op at Parker Hannifin or other leading engineering firm. Opportunities for leadership and engagement are the cornerstone of this program.
  • In Fall 2015, the Computer Science program officially moved from the College of Business to the College of Engineering and joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Soon after, the department was renamed as the Department of Electrical and Computer Science (EECS).
  • The construction for the new engineering building was completed in the end of December 2018. This new 100,000 sq. ft. building is the second engineering building housing state-of-the-art instructional laboratories, modernized classrooms and well-equipped research laboratories

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The college has approximately 150 full-time faculty in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences; most hold a PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree 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 have been awarded to the CLASS faculty by many prestigious organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the Council on Graduate Schools.

CLASS 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. In Playhouse Square, the Middough Building includes offices, classrooms and studio spaces, which are used 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.  The Arts Campus is also home to our new School of Film & Media Arts, which is located on the 4th floor of the Idea Center.
  • Bioethics Certificate Program (for both graduates and undergraduates) maintains a collaboration with the Bio-Ethics Network of Ohio.
  • The Black Studies Program includes the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.
  • The Center for Arts and Innovation sponsors Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel and hosts the Creative Voices Summit & Arts Education Day Luncheon.
  • The Center for Behavioral Health Sciences works to improve mental health and addiction outcomes for individuals and families, thereby enhancing community well-being.
  • The School of Social Work co-sponsors a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate program.
  • The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities brings together individuals in history, education, and library and information sciences in order to record oral histories, improve the teaching of history, and bring history to the general public.
  • The Center for Slovenian Studies: teaches Slovenian language world-wide via the internet and supports cultural outreach to 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 is an artist-in-residence program dedicated to performing new works by living composers.
  • The Cleveland Stater is 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 is an interdisciplinary lecture series that sponsors four lectures a year by nationally known scholars or artists.
  • School of Film & Media Arts is Ohio’s first stand-alone film school, offering courses 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.
  • The India 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.

College of Sciences and Health Professions

  • The COSHP proudly offers over 40 undergraduate programs leading to a baccalaureate degree, including various specialization and track options.  The COSHP awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.  Our programs range from Theoretical Physics to Physical Therapy.
  • Laboratories and instructional spaces of the COSHP occupy six buildings across campus, including the new Center for Innovation in the Medical Professions.  Other unique facilities and resources include an on-campus Speech & Hearing clinic and an undergraduate Human Gross Anatomy laboratory. In addition, recent renovations were made to both the Chemistry Freshmen laboratories and all Biology teaching laboratories.
  • More than 100 full-time faculty teach, research, and mentor in the COSHP.  Our faculty are authors of internationally acclaimed textbooks and research papers, including the most successful physics textbook ever written.
  • COSHP faculty have received nationally competitive awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association, among many others, for their innovative research.  Our campus is home to a variety of cutting edge research conducted on millions of dollars of grant funding.
  • Members of the COSHP faculty have been awarded patents resulting from their research, or have been recognized as Fulbright and Carnegie Scholars.
  • Students in the COSHP participate in research and study at Cleveland State, as well as at such institutions as the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute; the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; and an array of local service, education, and health agencies.
  • Academic advising in the COSHP is provided by professional advisers as well as by faculty members within the academic departments.  Students receive individualized graduation plans and have the opportunity to participate in tutoring and supplemental instruction.
  • The COSHP is home to the Office of Pre-Professional Health Programs, which provides comprehensive support for students pursuing dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology, and veterinary medicine. Students looking to go into other programs such as Anesthesiology Assisting, Chiropractic education, Naturopathic Medicine, podiatry or additional clinical roles in healthcare also receive support.
  • Cleveland State students enjoy preferential admissions to the pharmacy programs offered through the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) as well as Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).
  • Cleveland State students have the opportunity to participate in an MD partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), focusing on urban health initiatives and primary care.
  • Cleveland State students pursuing veterinary medicine are afforded preferential admissions to the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Cleveland State students interested in anesthesiology are assured an interview and preferential consideration, as well as early notification, into the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Health Science, Speech and Hearing, and Psychology undergraduate programs prepare students excellently for entering highly reputable Cleveland State graduate programs. High passing rates are reported for the licensure examinations in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Hearing, and School Psychology.
  • Evening majors are offered in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. Selected evening classes as well as online courses are also offered by departments across the COSHP.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with Cleveland State faculty are available and encouraged, and students have the opportunity to present research at scientific conferences.  Annually, the COSHP hosts Research Day as a celebration of the research conducted by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.
  • The COSHP Dean’s Office awards several endowed scholarships, with additional scholarships available through the individual academic departments.  In addition, many COSHP students are eligible for funding through programs such as Choose Ohio First.
  • Most departments have an honors program, and most areas of study have associated student organizations.

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

  • U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” has consistently ranked the Levin College highly in the graduate specialties of Urban Planning and Policy, Local Government Management, and Nonprofit Management. 
  • Alumni of the College in public management include two mayors of Cleveland, several Cleveland City Council members, numerous suburban mayors, city managers, planning directors, police and fire chiefs/officers, and emergency management personnel.
  • Alumni currently hold executive or leadership positions in public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations such as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Cleveland Metroparks, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Key Bank, Ernst & Young, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic, University Circle, Inc., and many community development, as well as federal and state, agencies.
  • The college’s degree and certificate programs attract students of many backgrounds and age groups who are passionate about revitalizing their communities. Urban Affairs graduates are making a difference in their community, the region, the state of Ohio, and the nation.
  • Hands-on learning that engages students in the community is an outstanding feature of the majors at the Levin College.
  • In required internships, students work to find solutions to real problems faced by local agencies and governments. Internships provide students with work experience in their field of study and often lead to placement upon graduation.
  • Many online courses are offered, as well as interactive video distance learning courses. Traditional classes are offered at convenient times during the day, evening, and weekend at CSU’s downtown campus and at Lakeland Community College and Lorain County Community College.
  • The Levin College of Urban Affairs confers the Bachelor of Arts degree with major programs in:
    • Urban Studies
    • Nonprofit Administration
    • Public Safety Management
    • Environmental Studies
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Economic Development
  • The college offers three five-year Bachelor’s to Master’s programs:
    • BA/MPA (Public Administration)
    • BA/MA (Environmental Studies)
    • BA/MNAL (Nonprofit Administration and Leadership)
  • Students in any discipline may elect to pursue a minor in Sustainable Urban Development, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, or Nonprofit Administration.
  • The college offers undergraduate certificate programs in Historic Preservation, Public Management, Sustainable Urban Development, and Geographic Information Systems.
  • The college offers Cleveland State’s only credit-for-life-experience opportunity through its Accreditation and Assessment of Prior Learning Experience (AAPLE) program. Students receive undergraduate academic credit for substantial professional experience that is related to urban affairs and is documented through a portfolio process.
  • Degree Completion Programs are available for graduates of community colleges with degrees in law enforcement, fire science, emergency management, paralegal studies, business, public administration, environmental health and safety, and human services to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree through articulation agreements between their college and the Levin College. These programs are also open to those who have some college credits or have received credit through the AAPLE program.
  • The college’s Office of Student Services provides academic advising, and coordinates graduate assistantships and scholarship awards.
  • Career development services are offered to current students through internship placement assistance and mentoring programs.
  • The Levin College confers the following graduate degrees:
    • Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs
    • M.A. in Environmental Studies
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership (MNAL)
    • Master of Urban Planning and Development (MUPD)
    • M.S. in Urban Studies
    • Dual degrees in conjunction with the College of Law:
      • JD/MPA
      • JD/MUPD
      • JD/MA (Environmental Studies)
  • The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
  • The Master of Urban Planning and Development (MUPD) program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
  • The Levin College’s research centers and programs are dedicated to urban policy research. Major research and practice areas include:
    • Center for Community Planning and Development
    • Center for Economic Development
    • Center for Public and Nonprofit Management
    • Center for Emergency Preparedness
    • Center for Population Dynamics
    • Economic Inclusion Program
    • Energy Policy Center
    • Northern Ohio Data and Information Services (NODIS)
    • Unger Program
    • Water Resilient Cities Program
  • The Levin College Forum is a focal point and catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing the critical urban issues that impact Northeast Ohio, the state, and the nation. All Forum programs are open to the community and CSU students, faculty and staff. In 2005, the Forum was recognized by Northern Ohio Live as “a springboard for economic and social progress throughout the region.” The Forum has tackled a broad range of civic issues including the lakefront plan, economic growth and development, affordable housing, immigration, education, the convention center, poverty, race, and sustainable development.    The public deliberation that takes place at the Forum is intended to educate, inspire, and engage. 
  • Glickman-Miller Hall, completed in 2000, is home to the Levin  College. Forum programs meet in the spacious Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, which is equipped to broadcast television, satellite, and two-way interactive programs. Within the building are technology-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms, a distance-learning room, computer labs, and an interactive media lab.
  • The Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D. Exhibition Gallery houses special exhibits prepared by the college to honor local artists.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities with faculty are available and encouraged. The Campbell-Steinbacher Fellowship is a competitive funded research opportunity for a Levin College senior, who will work with a Levin College faculty member on a project related to the urban environment.
  • In addition to university financial aid, several endowed scholarships are awarded to Levin College students through the Dean’s Office.

School of Nursing

  • Programs
    • The SON offers an undergraduate curriculum in professional nursing leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), along with a graduate curriculum which allows nurses to earn the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The undergraduate curriculum is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, and all programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN curriculum is community-based, while the MSN curriculum has a population health focus. All programs align with the University’s strategic focus on Health Professions as well as national trends for healthcare. The SON is helping to meet community needs for professional nurses, especially those prepared at the baccalaureate level.
    • The SON also offers a specialization track in “Nursing Education” as part of the College of Education and Human Services’ PhD in Urban Education degree. The goal of this PhD program is to prepare faculty for Schools of Nursing to help alleviate the severe nationwide shortage of nursing faculty.
    • There are three different tracks through which students can earn a BSN degree:
      • Basic BSN Track - Students apply to this track after completing prerequisite courses. Cohorts of 80 students are admitted as sophomores each fall to this six semester cohort program which requires three years to complete, not including summer sessions. Students in this program are primarily recent high school graduates or those without significant college course work. Some students are LPNs. Students take both nursing courses and their general education university requirements.
      • Accelerated Option (AO) Track - This track is a second degree program; to enter, students must have earned a previous baccalaureate degree and have completed the same pre-requisite courses as basic students. These students take the same Nursing courses as basic students; however the AO program is condensed into four intense consecutive full-time semesters including summer. Students begin in January and graduate in May of the following year. We admit 80 students to this track each year.
      • RN to BSN Track - This program admits licensed RNs who wish to earn a BSN degree. In addition to upper division nursing courses, they must also meet university requirements for a baccalaureate degree. In response to requests from students, as almost all nurses enrolled in this track are also working, in Fall of 2008 the SON converted the entire RN to BSN Track to an online delivery with the exception of two practicum experiences.
    • The MSN program was begun in 2000 and is currently also delivered completely online with the exception of practicum experiences which are individually arranged. The MSN program offers the following tracks:
      • Specialized Population
      • Forensic Nursing
      • Clinical Nurse Leader
      • Nursing Education
      • MSN/MBA (with the College of Business)
    • The SON also offers the following programs:
      • Nursing Education Certificate - for nurses with graduate nursing degrees who are interested in becoming educators
      • Gerontology Certificate - offered at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level in cooperation with the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work and the School of Health Sciences
  • Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are calculated for cohorts in each degree track. The graduation rates since Fall 2004 are:
Basic BSN - graduation rates range from 82 to 98%
Accelerated Option - graduation rates range from 85 - 100%
RN to BSN - graduation rates range from 64 to 90%

Students in the MSN program typically take a part-time route as they maintain full-time employment. Thus graduation rate calculations would not provide useful information.

  • NCLEX-RN® Pass Rates

The SON is proud of it graduates. The Ohio Board of Nursing has set a benchmark first time tested pass rate standard of 95% of the national average. The National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) pass rates for CSU graduates, sitting for the exam for the first time, consistently exceed Ohio’s benchmark.

  • Faculty

The members of the SON Faculty possess an impressive array of expertise. In addition to academic credentials, they have also achieved national certification in a wide variety of specialties. That expertise enriches the preparation of our students. Please see faculty profiles online for details. They are available on our website at www.csuohio.edu/nursing.

  • Facilities

The SON is housed primarily in Julka Hall. Two state of the art classrooms which each accommodate 80 students allow for didactic courses to be presented to an entire cohort of students at the same time. The SON also has an interactive audio-video lab in Julka Hall as well as a critical care simulation lab. We are also fortunate to have outstanding state of the art nursing resource laboratories (NRL) housed in the new Center for Innovation in Medical Professions building. The NRL provides hands on experiences that are an integral part of our curriculum. In the lab, students are able to safely learn and practice complex skills in preparation for performing them with real patients. Full time staff members guide students, verify learned competencies, and are available six days a week for questions and guidance with learning skills and practice.

  • Continuing Professional Education

In addition to academic degrees and certificates, the SON is also an approved provider of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) through the Ohio Nurses Association. CSU has been offering a highly regarded Nursing Refresher Course since 1975 along with many other CNE programs to help nurses stay current in their practice. See our website for current details.

  • Grants
    • The SON consistently works to provide scholarship support for students. We make students aware of grant and scholarship opportunities through our website and through our online undergraduate and graduate communities. We have been fortunate to have obtained a number of grants to support our students. These include the Choose Ohio First Grants, two HRSA grants-the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to assist graduate students in becoming nurse educators, the School of Nursing Annual fund along with several Endowments.

    • In addition, faculty members seek other research grants. Recently several grants have been awarded which support the education of patients/clients on self-care management, the education of nursing and social work students on the key concepts to successful management of Medicaid clients, and the use of Human Patient Simulation to increase critical thinking skills of new nursing graduates.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|LAW) is a 122-year-old student-centered law school that has educated countless prominent attorneys, judges, and civic and business leaders. C|M|LAW had the highest passage rate for first-time takers of the Ohio Bar Exam among Ohio’s nine law schools two consecutive times in 2018, including 93% on the July exam. The school’s 2018 class achieved 95.5% total employment 10 months after graduation including more than 80% employment in jobs requiring a JD or a JD advantage - the highest employment statistics in Northern Ohio and second best in the state.
  • C|M|LAW offers a Juris Doctor (JD) degree through robust full- and part-time programs with a number of concentrations and specialties including Business Law, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Employment and Labor Law, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, and International and Comparative Law.
  • C|M|LAW’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, the first in Northeast Ohio, offers a graduate degree for those who wish to apply legal knowledge in their profession without practicing law. Students may select from tracks including business law, corporate compliance, health law and health care compliance, cybersecurity and data privacy or criminal justice, or work with an advisor to design an individualized concentration that fits their career needs.
  • The Master of Laws (LLM) offers the terminal degree in the study of law for domestic and International students.
  • C|M|LAW partners with CSU colleges to offer five Dual Degree Programs:
    • Law & Business Administration (JD/MBA) with the Monte Ahuja College of Business
    • Law & Environmental Studies (JD/MAES), Law & Public Administration (JD/MPA), and Law & Urban Planning & Development (JD/MUPD) with the Levin College of Urban Affairs
    • Law & Environmental Science (JD/MSES) with the College of Sciences and Health Professions
  • C|M|LAW offers certificates for both JD and non-JD students: Health Care Compliance Certificate,
  • Certificate in Health Law and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, and eDiscovery Professional Certification.
  • The Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Criminal Justice Center, Center for Health Law and Policy, and Global Space Law Center provide professional leadership and specialized learning opportunities while preparing students to enter positions in these expanding, critical fields through innovative courses, programming, and practical research.
  • The groundbreaking P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership and Law Program is one of the first programs in the country to offer comprehensive core leadership skills training to law students.
  • The Judy and Robert H. Rawson, Jr. Learning Commons provides an open, technologically advanced space for collaborative learning in the Law Library. It features a large gathering area for delivering annotated talks, study rooms with monitors and file sharing capacities, and “pods,” where students can gather for informal discussions and brainstorming.
  • C|M|LAW is one of the first law schools nationally to offer strategic support and state-of-the-art office space to recent graduates through its Solo Practice Incubator.
  • The Trial Courtroom at C|M|LAW features state-of-the-art technology, giving students the opportunity to experience authentic courtroom scenarios.
  • A dynamic Engaged Learning curriculum connects students to real-world legal work through externships and clinics. New and innovative “pop-up practicums” offer students short-term opportunities to work on legal issues important to them beyond the scope of C|M|LAW’s permanent clinics in Civil Litigation, Community Advocacy Law, and Transactional Law.
  • C|M|LAW is a pillar in the community, with a thriving pro bono program that clocks over 11,000 student volunteer hours per year.
  • Over 25 student organizations offer a host of options for getting involved on campus, including the nationally-recognized chapter of the Black Law Students Association. 
    • C|M|LAW has three student-edited journals: The Cleveland State Law Review, The Journal of Law and Health, and The Global Business Law Review, and a student-run newspaper, The Gavel.
    • C|M|LAW’s moot court teams have achieved national success, winning three national moot court competitions in recent years.
  • A continuously growing Academic Support program at C|MLAW includes the Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP), a semester-long program for select applicants designed to strengthen foundational skills for greater success in law school, and C|M|LAW Jump Start, a program offered the summer before law school to help incoming 1Ls acclimate to law school.
  • Through a partnership with BARBRI, a nationally known provider of bar exam preparation courses, C|M|LAW students are provided a thorough bar preparation course free of charge.
  • C|M|LAW has a network of more than 10,000 alumni, including judges at the local, state and federal levels and prominent business leaders, public servants, and general counsel in all fifty states and internationally. The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association works closely with C|M|LAW to support and promote the law school and students.