Academic Catalog

Colleges and Programs

The University of Akron offers comprehensive programs of instruction leading to the associate (two-year), bachelor’s (four-year), master’s (graduate), and doctoral (graduate or professional) degrees.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and oldest degree-granting college at The University of Akron. In addition to providing a world-class education in an array of bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degree programs, Buchtel College provides the majority of general education courses for the University. E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the region’s flagship performance venue, is home to many arts performances for the college.

The College has four administrative divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

The Fine Arts Division includes the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art; the Schools of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration and Music; and Departments of Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design. The Humanities Division includes the Departments of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy. The Natural Sciences Division includes the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics. The Social Sciences Division includes the Departments of Anthropology, Child and Family Development, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration and Urban Studies (graduate only), Sociology, and the School of Communication.

Qualified students seeking hands-on career exploration experiences can enroll in internships and co-op opportunities. Students wishing to enrich their majors by completing a certificate, a minor or a double major are encouraged to do so. Interdisciplinary studies are readily available to Arts and Sciences students through the Biomedical Science major, the Humanities Division major, the Social Sciences Division major and the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies program.

College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration (CBA) is a professional college of the University that is dedicated to teaching, business research and public service. The College is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business and offers accredited baccalaureate and master's degree programs during the day and evening. It is home to the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, Department of Economics, Department of Finance, Department of Management and Department of Marketing.

LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education

The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is a community of professionals whose purpose is to provide leadership for community well-being through standard-setting programs that enhance teaching, learning and human development; research and inquiry; and outreach. It develops itself and others through continuous improvement and through a commitment to these core components of professional practice and scholarship: Knowledge, Technology, Diversity and Ethics.

The college is home to the departments of Curricular and Instructional Studies and Educational Foundations and Leadership, as well as numerous centers and clinics. The College’s programs include a balanced offering of a foundation in general education, intensive study in the content area and professional courses and other learning experiences which combine theory and practice.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering provides educational opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students who wish to pursue careers in engineering. The faculty in the College of Engineering perform research with the purpose of contributing new knowledge to the fields encompassed by engineering principles.

The College offers eight Bachelor of Science degrees accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Aerospace Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The College’s co-op program, one of the oldest in the nation, enables student engineers to integrate classroom learning with on-the-job experience while they earn their degrees. Students can alternate semesters of paid employment in their major fields of interest with semesters on campus after they have completed five semesters of study.

College of Health Professions

Students in nursing, dietetics, audiology, speech-language pathology, social work and other fields learn side by side so that as professionals, it will be natural to treat patients collaboratively.

Students benefit from close college ties with such health systems as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Summa Health System, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Austin BioInnovation Institute in Akron. Students engage in state-of-the-art simulation experiences, gain clinical experience and spend ample time learning collaboratively with fellow students and seasoned professionals in many disciplines.

Williams Honors College

The Williams Honors College supports high achieving and highly motivated students with challenging curriculum options, honors classes, academic scholarships, priority in registration, an opportunity to live in the Honors Residence Hall Complex, and enhanced computer and study facilities. Williams Honors College students who complete the requirements of their academic majors and of the Williams Honors College with cumulative grade-point averages of at least 3.40 are recognized at graduation as Williams Honors Scholars.

College of Applied Science and Technology

The College of Applied Science and Technology prepares students for specialized professional and technology-based careers through applied degrees, many of which are nationally accredited. A campus leader in distance learning and online undergraduate instruction, the College is home to cutting-edge, in-demand academic programs, including degrees in Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Corrosion Engineering Technology. The College’s diverse, interdisciplinary, student-centered faculty promote creativity and innovation in the classroom and in partnerships with business, industry, and the community at-large.

Wayne College

To meet the needs of the citizens of Wayne, Holmes and Medina counties, The University of Akron Wayne College opened its doors in 1972. Wayne College offers technical programs and certificate programs, as well as the first 60 credits of many baccalaureate programs. The following degrees are available from The University of Akron Wayne College: Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Technical Studies; Associate of Applied Business in Business Management Technology; Health Care Office Management; Associate of Applied Science in Paraprofessional Education and Exercise Science Technology.

Graduate School

The Graduate School offers advanced study to students who wish further education beyond the baccalaureate degree with programs leading to the master’s degree as well as the doctoral degree. A separate publication detailing admission procedures and individual study requirements for graduate work is available from the Graduate School. The Graduate Bulletin may be obtained online at

Graduate School,
The University of Akron,
Polsky Building, Room 469,
Akron, OH 44325-2101

School of Law

The School of Law provides legal education through day and evening classes and full and part-time programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree. JD candidates typically begin studies in the fall semester, but they may begin in January. They may obtain Certificates in Litigation, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, and Health Law. JD candidates may also pursue the following joint degrees with other colleges: JD/MBA, JD/MTax, or JD/MSA in Financial Forensics (with the College of Business Administration),JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration, with the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies), JD/MAP (Master of Applied Politics, with the Bliss Institute). The School of Law also offers an advanced degree, the LL.M. in Intellectual Property. JD students may enroll in the Joint JD/LL.M. Program, in which they can earn both degrees in three years. Otherwise, an applicant for the LL.M. program must have a JD degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree from a foreign law school. An applicant to the JD program must take the Law School Admission Test and have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university for JD admission. No particular course of undergraduate study is required for admission. Also, an applicant with a foreign law degree may apply for an accelerated program to receive the JD in two years. The School of Law has recently added a Masters in the Studies of Law. An applicant to the MSL program is not required to take the Law School Admission Test. A separate publication detailing admission requirements and the procedure for applying may be obtained by calling (330)972-7331, or (800) 4-AKRON-U, or by e-mail:

College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers graduate degrees leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in both Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. A non-thesis Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is offered with courses in Polymers, Business, and Law geared towards careers in the polymer industry.  An undergraduate minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is available for undergraduate science and engineering majors. In addition, specializations that emphasize polymer engineering have been developed with the College of Engineering Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Mechanical Engineering for undergraduate students interested in the polymer industry. An option has been developed in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences in chemistry that emphasizes polymer science, including advanced materials. Research experiences for one to three credits per semester are also offered, starting at the freshman level.

University - Additional Locations

The University operates five educational centers in our surrounding communities.

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