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Undergraduate Catalog 2022 - 2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022 - 2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs

Air Force ROTC (Aerospace Studies)

The Air Force ROTC program provides professional preparation for students considering service as officers in the U.S. Air Force. The program also offers information on Air Force career opportunities and the role of the military in American society. Courses in AFROTC are offered to Cleveland State students through a crosstown agreement with Kent State University (KSU). Students enrolled in AFROTC receive Cleveland State credit for the courses; however, the courses are taken at KSU.

Curriculum Registering

Courses are normally taken for academic credit as part of the students’ electives. Entering freshmen and sophomores may register for Aerospace Studies courses at the same time and in the same manner as they enroll in their other college courses. Juniors and seniors wishing to enroll in AFROTC should call the AFROTC Unit Admissions Officer prior to enrollment to discuss the particular requirements.

The curriculum in Aerospace Studies is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC), usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years, and the Professional Officer Course (POC), normally taken during the junior and senior years. Students who qualify will attend a 16 day Field Training Encampment, usually between their sophomore and junior years. Air Force officers are assigned as full-time faculty members and teach all Aerospace Studies courses.

Students register for an Aerospace Studies course and Leadership Laboratory. Freshmen may register for AF 101  and AF 103  for the fall term and AF 102  and AF 104  for the spring term. Sophomores may register for AF 201  and AF 203  for the fall term and AF 202  and AF 204  for the spring term. Juniors will register for AF 301  and AF 303  for the fall term and AF 302  and AF 304  for the spring term. Seniors in the AFROTC program will register for AF 401  and AF 403  for the fall term and AF 402  and AF 404  for the spring term.


Uniforms and textbooks are provided at no charge to all students enrolled in AFROTC. Textbooks are returned upon completion of each academic year or upon withdrawal from the course.

Veterans with previous honorable U.S. military service who wish to enroll in the POC may be eligible to receive a waiver of either the GMC or its equivalent as an entrance requirement. Veterans who meet all other requirements will be enrolled at the beginning of the junior year.

Financial Assistance

In-College Scholarship Program

Students who demonstrate academic and leadership potential may be nominated by the professor of Aerospace Studies to compete for scholarships. These scholarships are for three or two years, and are awarded in all majors. The scholarship award includes tuition, laboratory fees, $900 annual textbook allowance, and a monthly stipend of $300 to $500, tax-free.

Scholarship Statement of Understanding

Air Force ROTC scholarship recipients must meet and maintain certain academic and military retention standards and serve in the active-duty Air Force after graduation.

Incentive Program

Air Force ROTC students completing Field Training and successfully entering the Professional Officer Course (juniors and seniors), who are not already on scholarship, are eligible to receive $450 to $500 per-month stipend, tax free. Cadets must be in good academic standing.

Contact Information

For further information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC DET 630, 800 East Summit St, Suite 198, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242 at 330-672-2182, or email det630@kent.edu.

Army ROTC (Military Science)

The Department of Military Science is also known as the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) department. Military Science basic courses are open to all students as electives. The department provides instruction to the student body in general on the role of the military in America. Such instruction includes military skills, leadership, adventure training, and the role of the military in society.

The department is both an academic entity of the university and an Instructor Group of the United States Army. It is staffed by the Army with approval of the university president. The instructors are professional Army Officers whose academic backgrounds meet standards set by the university.

The goal of Army ROTC is to prepare young men and women for service as Army Officers. Students will explore and evaluate the Army’s career opportunities offered upon graduation with at least a baccalaureate degree. The ROTC program also accommodates students enrolled in graduate degree programs. Courses in the Military Science Basic Program (see MSC I & MSC II below) and Military Science Advanced Program (see MSC III & MSC IV below) are offered to Cleveland State students through cross-enrollment with John Carroll University. Students enrolled in Army ROTC receive Cleveland State credit for the classes; however, the instruction is given at John Carroll.

Basic Program (MSC I, MSC II)

Students normally take the Basic Program courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Classes are usually taken for academic credit as part of a student’s electives. The Army ROTC Basic Program consists of MSC I and MSC II. MSC I has two courses: MSC 101  (Leadership and Personal Development) in the fall semester and MSC 102  (Introduction to Tactical Leadership) in the spring semester. They will also take MSC 199  (Military Science Leadership Skills Lab) in each semester. MSC II courses include MSC 201  (Innovative Team Leadership) in the fall and MSC 202  (Foundations of Tactical Leadership) in the spring. They also take MSC 299  (Military Science Leadership Skills Lab) in conjunction with the lecture classes. Students taking any or all of the basic courses incur no military obligation and are not part of the Armed Forces. Completion of the four basic course classes (MSC 101 MSC 102 MSC 199 , MSC 201 , MSC 202  & MSC 299 ) is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Advanced Program (MSC III & MSC IV). Prior military service, current Army Reserve or National Guard status, or attendance at the Army ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Ky., during the summer may also fulfill the Basic Program requirements.

Advanced Program (MSC III, MSC IV)

Students normally take the Advanced Program courses during their junior and senior years. These courses include MSC 301  (Adaptive Tactical Leadership), MSC 302  (Leadership in Changing Environments), MSC 401  (Developing Adaptive Leaders), and MSC 402  (Leadership in a Complex World). Students also take MSC 399  and MSC 499  (Military Science Leadership Skills Lab) each semester. Leadership Lab emphasizes exercises in leadership, tactics, land navigation, communications, first aid, operations planning, and cultural understanding. Each course also includes a two-day field training exercise during each semester.

Students must be accepted by the chair of the Military Science Department at John Carroll University before they can enroll in the Advanced Program courses. Once accepted, each student enters into a contract to complete the courses and to accept a commission as an Army Officer upon graduation. While enrolled in the Advanced Program, each contracted student is paid a subsistence allowance of $420 a month during the school year. All Cadets (students) are required to attend a five-week Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Upon satisfactory completion of the advanced courses and award of their academic degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and serve out a military obligation of at least four years. Students may request either Active Duty or Reserve Force Duty (Army Reserve/National Guard). Under certain conditions, students who have completed the baccalaureate program and their military science studies may request delayed entry into the active Army to pursue professional degrees (MD or JD). Other options available to students in Army ROTC are opportunities to attend Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, and Mountain Warfare training courses as well as the cultural understanding program in various countries around the world. 


The U.S. Department of the Army annually awards four-year and three-year scholarships on a competitive basis to senior high school students nationwide. Winners are announced in November, February and April. College students can apply for campus-based Army scholarships once they enroll in the Army ROTC program. Two-year scholarships may also be available to graduating seniors who will be attending graduate school. In order to apply for any of these scholarships, applicants must have, as a minimum, a GPA of 2.5, an SAT score or ACT score on file, pass the DoD qualifying physical, and meet Army fitness and weight requirements.

Army scholarships are based upon merit and are all full-tuition and fee scholarships. They also pay a book allowance of $1,200 per year and a monthly subsistence of $420 during the academic year.


All university students are eligible for enrollment in the basic courses (MSC I and MSC II). Students who are 18 years of age, who are American citizens or intend to become naturalized and who are physically qualified are eligible for enrollment in the advanced courses of the Military Science department. Any student may audit basic courses in the department with the approval of the chair and appropriate institutional authorities.

Point of Contact

For additional information about the Army ROTC program, contact the Department of Military Science, John Carroll University, at 216-397-4286.


Cleveland State University’s Viking teams compete in the Division 1 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The University sponsors programs for 18 intercollegiate sports, ten women’s teams and eight men’s teams. The Vikings are members of the Horizon League, the Mid-American Conference (Wrestling) and the Midwest Fencing Conference.  Cleveland State’s student-athletes are provided the opportunity to regularly compete against some of the best athletes in the country. Cleveland State University student-athletes represent the University community at local, regional, national, and international competitions, including NCAA Championship tournaments, as well as the Olympics. Over the years, more than 40 Viking student-athletes have earned All-American honors in their respective sport.

Viking student-athletes learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: sacrifice, integrity, preparation, teamwork, communication, and resiliency, all while representing Cleveland State in the classroom and the community. Cleveland State student-athletes consistently earn an overall cumulative GPA above a 3.0 in the classroom. The athletic teams regularly rank among the nation’s academic best and many student-athletes are regularly named Academic All-Americans by their respective Coaches Associations. 

Community service is a cornerstone of Cleveland State University athletics. Viking student- athletes, led by the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), participate in a variety of community outreach initiatives. These volunteer activities include tutoring, Adopt-a-School programs, and Special Olympic efforts, among many others.

Athletic Academic Advising

Email: athleticadvising@csuohio.edu

At Cleveland State University, there are three professional advisors to assist over 300 student-athletes who participate in one of 18 Division I sports offered at the University. In additions to a recently added E-Sports program. Athletics Academic Advisors are committed to assisting all student-athletes with their educational and career goals. Through a supportive environment, we provide on-going assistance in the areas of: academic advising, course selection, registration, add/drop procedures, university policies and procedures, personal counseling referrals, tutorial assistance, course monitoring, supervised study hall, and management of travel notification letters to professors.


Once a new student-athlete is admitted to CSU, an Athletic (ATH) hold is placed on the student’s academic record so that all enrollment decisions will only be conducted with their assigned Athletics Academic Advisor. This hold prevents student-athletes from making any schedule adjustments (adding and/or dropping classes and even registering for a class) until they meet with and receive permission from their Athletics Academic Advisor. Once a student has declared a major, they will also work with an advisor in their field of study. However, due to NCAA academic eligibility guidelines affecting satisfactory progress, an Athletics Academic Advisor must review all course enrollment decisions. 


Athletics Academic Advising at CSU focuses on the collegiate experience from the first year to graduation, emphasizing developmental advising and encouraging self-reliance, academic growth and accountability.  Advisors are available to support, counsel, direct and suggest, but the student-athlete is responsible for his or her own education.


  1. To graduate every student-athlete who completes his or her athletic eligibility at CSU.
  2. To safeguard the academic integrity of the university.
  3. To ensure compliance with all rules and regulations of the university and the NCAA.
  4. To maintain the athletic eligibility of each student-athlete over their entire tenure at Cleveland State.

Departmental Programs

Students with high grade point averages and a desire for academic challenge should be aware that several departments offer separate departmental honors programs for their students. These include: Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences; Chemistry; Economics; Health Sciences; History; Modern Languages; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physics; Psychology; Sociology; and Speech & Hearing. Details can be found in the program descriptions for these departments.

International Student Services (CISP)

• International Student, and Scholar Services & Engagement • Education Away • Institutional Partnerships • Fulbright Advising •

Berkman Hall, Suite 411

The Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) manages eight areas of international education at CSU and is under the Office of the Provost. The Center is composed of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Education Away (EA) and is centered around the CISP international education advisors.

The ISSS @ CISP manages and supports over 2200 international students from more than 82 countries by providing specialized services and programming to foster a positive learning experience for both academic and professional growth. 

The EA @ CISP manages about 150 students annually who participate in education away experiences through study abroad and national student exchange. The EA @ CISP also manages exchange programs, institutional partnerships, and Fulbright advising. Both domestic and international students are eligible to participate in education away experiences and the National Student Exchange program during their CSU academic career.


Arrival & Orientation. F-1 and J-1 students are allowed by Federal Regulations to arrive up to 30 days before the start of classes. Please plan to arrive early enough to get settled in your housing and attend orientation before your classes begin. Please connect with our Orientation Leaders (a group of international student leaders) who are here to assist with your arrival questions. CISP conducts a mandatory orientation at the beginning of each academic term. The orientation takes place between 10 days to a week before the term begins. The purpose of orientation is to provide new students with pertinent information in relation to their new home-away-from-home, academic matters, health and wellness and immigration matters. For more information about orientation: http://www.csuohio.edu/international/international-orientation-0

Advising. The CISP international education advisors are available to support you with personal, academic, immigration and cross-cultural matters. CISP is the only office at CSU with expert knowledge of F, J, and H1-B status, and regularly provides immigration advising for students. Questions concerning student visas, duration of status, practical training, and on-campus and off-campus work permission are among the topics covered. The Center also conducts work permission seminars.

International Engagement. CISP partners with campus and community entities to create opportunities for engagement, learning and cross-cultural communication. CSU offers multiple opportunities for students to serve in leadership positions and develop strong connections with the community. Students are able to be leaders through all registered student organizations including international student organizations, as well as through committee work.

Education Away

National Student Exchange

The National Student Exchange (NSE) offers Cleveland State University students the opportunity to take course work at one of approximately 180 participating colleges and universities throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada. Students may attend another institution for up to one academic year while continuing their progress toward their CSU degree and paying CSU tuition at CSU while away on exchange (Home Tuition Option). 

NSE allows students an opportunity to explore and learn from different regional and cultural perspectives and to broaden their backgrounds, often through courses not available at CSU. All pre-approved courses will transfer back to Cleveland State as in-residence credits.

Eligible students must maintain full-time enrollment before and during exchange, be of at least sophomore status, and have a 2.5 minimum GPA. Applications are rolling but the priority application deadline is February 1 for the following academic year.

Interested students should contact the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP). More information is also available at www.nse.org.

Education Abroad

Studying abroad provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a foreign learning environment in order to further develop their academic skills and their understanding of the world and its people. The Center assists students in identifying study abroad programs that fit their academic and personal goals.

One-to-One Reciprocal Exchanges: Students can study abroad for a semester or year on exchange in France (ESC Clermont Ferrand) or in South Korea (Chung Ang University). CSU tuition is paid to CSU for the term abroad.

University-Sponsored Programs Abroad: Every year, academic departments propose short-term study abroad programs of 10-30 days in length. These programs are led by a faculty and staff and typically include ten to twenty students. Grades earned on these programs are recorded on the transcript and are included in participants’ GPA. Previous programs have traveled to India (Social Work); France, Spain, Mexico (WLC); Netherlands (History); Chile, England, Germany, UAE (Business), and South Africa (Urban).

Affiliate Programs: CSU will consider applications for direct enrollment at any international university as well through program providers established by other American colleges and universities, non-profit organizations or companies. Students can choose to study abroad for a semester, summer, or a year. In most cases, financial aid can be applied to all approved study abroad programs and course credits can be transferred in and apply towards most degree requirements with a few exceptions. Grades from these programs are not factored into a students’ CSU academic record and transfer credits are awarded.

Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad: CISP will assist students in identifying and applying to a variety of non-CSU work volunteer or intern abroad programs.

Scholarships: Numerous internal and external study abroad scholarships are available. The CISP works closely with the Office of Financial Aid and All-in-One Enrollment Services to help students identify and apply for these awards.   

TRIO/Student Support Services Program

The TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) Program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education and has been part of the Cleveland State University Campus for over 51 years. TRIO/SSS works in cooperation with all offices at Cleveland State University and continues to be committed to helping first-generation and/or low-income college students progress towards graduation and beyond.

TRIO/SSS provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to support and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRIO/SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

TRIO/SSS participants have benefited from services such as:

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Skills Development Workshops
  • Book Loan Program
  • Career Planning Seminars
  • Cultural and Social Enrichment Activities
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Graduate and Professional School Preparation
  • Leadership Development
  • Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Scholarships
  • Success Coaching
  • Summer LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Academics, Development) Program
  • Tutorial Services

Eligibility Requirements

  • First-generation college student: Neither parent nor guardian received a bachelor’s degree; and/or
  • Low-income: based on federal income guidelines
  • U.S. citizen and/or legal permanent resident
  • Demonstrated academic need as determined by TRIO/SSS

For more information, visit https://www.csuohio.edu/trio/triostudent-support-services or call 216-687-2402.