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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts and Sciences

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Location: Steely Library 410
Telephone: 859-572-5495
Fax: 859-572-6185
Email Address:
Web Address:
Dean: Katherine P. Frank
Other Key Personnel:

Associate Deans: Gail Mackin and Judy Voelker
Assistant Dean and Director of the Advising Center: Amy Racke
Director of Administration, Planning, and Assessment: Charita Brewer
Director of Development: Kelly Jones
Interim Director of Integrative Studies: Rudy Garns
Assistant to the Dean: Annette Pendery

The College of Arts and Sciences is not only the largest of the six colleges at Northern Kentucky University, but we also offer the most diverse collection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the widest array of general education courses. All students will discover something of interest in our classes and leave better prepared to solve problems, create, discover, communicate, and influence their communities and the world around them. Students in Arts and Sciences may choose from among 30 undergraduate majors and more than 49 minors. We offer undergraduate certificates in 6 areas, and graduate certificates and master’s degrees in 10 areas. Pre-professional programs are available for students interested in specific career paths such as medicine, pharmacy, law, engineering, forestry and wildlife management. Students interested in experiencing multiple disciplines and understanding the connections among them may choose from many interdisciplinary program options at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We look forward to welcoming you to the College of Arts and Sciences and helping you succeed throughout your university experience and beyond!

College Advising Center

Location: University Center 218C
Telephone: 859-572-5494
Fax: 859-572-1444
Email Address: coas
Web Address:
Key Personnel:

Assistant Dean and Director: Amy Racke
Academic Advisors: Tiffany Freytag
Academic Assistant: Brittany Campbell

The center helps students who have issues that need approval from the assistant dean. These include but are not limited to problems with graduation, withdrawal from classes, registration, probation, suspension, and reinstatement. The advisors in the center assist all undeclared majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with course selection and general education requirements, transfer credit, personal time management, and varied program possibilities. In addition, they address all advising needs for students interested in but not yet admitted to the following selective admission programs: biological sciences, chemistry, criminal justice, international studies, music, organizational leadership, and political science.


American Chemical Society - Chemistry
National Association of Schools of Music - Music
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration - Political Science and Criminal Justice
Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. - Electrical Engineering Technology; Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Center for Applied Anthropology

Location: Landrum Academic Center 228
Telephone: 859-572-5702
Fax: 859-572-6086
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Douglas W. Hume

This center collaborates and conducts community-based ethnographic research with local, national, and international nonprofit and governmental agencies. The CfAA partners with the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Kentucky Campus Compact, NKU Office of Education Abroad, and the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad to provide service-learning projects for NKU students both in the United States and abroad. Anthropological theory and method is uniquely equipped to provide ethnographic data to assist projects involving local human communities and other project stakeholders. Our methods include ethnographic interviews, qualitative analyses, questionnaires, and quantitative analyses.

The Burkardt Consulting Center

Location: Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center 463
Telephone: 859-572-1325
Fax: 859-572-6097
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Joseph Nolan
Assistant Director: Mary Lee Glore

The Burkardt Consulting Center provides assistance with a wide variety of mathematical and statistical projects, studies, and experiments that involve elements of statistics and/or mathematics. The center also provides a venue for undergraduate mathematics/statistics majors at NKU to gain valuable internship experience in which they (under the direction of our faculty) consult with clients on real-world problems.

Center for Environmental Education

Location: Natural Science Center 216
Telephone: 859-572-7660
Fax: 859-572-6179
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Rosie Santos (interim)

The Center for Environmental Education provides instructional training, resources, and programs for environmental educators in P-12 schools and the community. NKU undergraduate students are involved with the work of the CEE via undergraduate research, teaching experiences, and lesson development. The CEE is managed by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) and works closely with CINSAM to promote environmental literacy in northern Kentucky. The CEE works with teachers and their students and NKU faculty and students to promote hands-on, experiential learning experiences in the classroom and in field locations.

Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics

Location: Natural Science Center 200
Telephone: 859-572-5381
Fax: 859-572-6179
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Madhura Kulkarni (Interim)
Other Key Personnel:

Associated Director: Denice Robertson (Interim)
STEM Outreach Director: Reeda Hart
Outreach Specialists: Carrie Holloway and Lila Brindley
Director of Recruitment and Retention: Ellen Hokkanen
Academic Specialist: Danielle Cirelli
Program Manager: Christina Belis
Outreach Specialists: Wendy Hertzenberg
Robotics Coordinator: Beth Koch
Network Laboratory Manager: Corey Powers

The Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, established in 1999 as NKU’s program of distinction, strives to enhance the teaching, learning, and applying of science and mathematics at NKU and in the northern Kentucky region through interdisciplinary collaboration. CINSAM engages teachers of science and mathematics by offering integrative science and mathematics coursework for prospective teachers through programs of outreach and continuing education for current teachers. CINSAM supports the science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at NKU in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of STEM students. In addition, CINSAM funds collaborative research between NKU faculty and students. CINSAM engages with the community through summer camps and outreach events for area students and by working with industry and government on joint projects involving NKU faculty and students.

Center for Public History

Location: Landrum Academic Center 405
Telephone: 859-572-6186
Email Address:
Web Address:
Director: Paul Tenkotte
Assistant Director: Brian Hackett

The Center for Public History supports the civic engagement and community outreach activities of the faculty and students of the history and geography department providing students with practical and real-world experiences in the promotion, presentation and preservation of local and regional history. The center also provides a venue for department faculty to showcase their work as it actively plans, supports and implements history-related projects in the tri-state area.

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