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College of Arts and Sciences

discover. create. ignite.

The College of Arts and Sciences is not only the largest of the six colleges at NKU, but we also offer the most diverse collection of degree programs and the widest array of general education courses. 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.
"STEM Like a Girl" with female students and science and technology related images

STEM Like a Girl

At Northern Kentucky University, there are approximately 200 female students and faculty members working hard to break the STEM ceiling. We spoke with a few about their research and experiences as women in STEM.

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Dr. Scott Nutter pointing to image of spacecraft

Rocket Man

Astrophysicist Scott Nutter launches cosmic ray research beyond the campus lab and the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

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The Show Must Go On

Alumnus Marty Boyer (‘99) isn’t trying to get his name on a theater marquee, but the work he does for local productions is very much a star turn. Which is how he likes it—he wants to craft the main story from behind the scenes.

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Outside In artwork in HIC building

Outside In

A new mural inspired by a hidden trail at NKU captures the interconnectedness of nature with everyday life.

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Students Celebrating Creativity

Celebration of Student Research & Creativity

Celebration is all about showcasing the work of our students—through posters and oral presentations or interactive demonstrations, performances, or exhibits.

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Academic Accreditation

Academic Accreditation

A quality assurance process for our programs. Peace of mind for your future.

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Education Abroad

Education Abroad

Learning should not be confined to the classroom.  Take advantage of off-campus programs that will expand and enhance your college experience.

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SOTA Events

SOTA Events

Stage lights, gallery nights and music that delights...

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Out of This World

Out of This World

Have an extraterrestrial experience at the Haile Digital Planetarium.

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Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures

We are more than a University. We are a life experience. A community of thinkers and doers who fuel the flame of curiosity.

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Unmatched Facilities

The College of Arts & Sciences boasts facilities unlike any other in the region. Whether you want to take in a play in one of our 5 performance spaces in the School of The Arts, view the stars in the new Schneider Observatory or the Haile Digital Planetarium or immerse yourself in culture in our Anthropology Museum you will find something to ignite your passion for learning.


Arts and Science

News & Events

Arts & Sciences Opens New Mechatronics Laboratory

The new mechatronics lab at NKU opened in the spring of 2019 with a generous donation of equipment from Rockwell Automation and CBT Company. The mechatronics major will prepare workers in high-tech manufacturing, filling a much needed gap in the region.

Spring 2022 Honors Lists

Northern Kentucky University and the College of Arts & Sciences would like to recognize and thank all students who have achieved an outstanding grade point average for the Spring 2022 semester.

  • Milli Violini

    Milli Violini

    Everything in this professor's story is true, except the fake part.

  • Student Spotlight: Claire Poling

    Student Spotlight: Claire Poling

    "I chose NKU for the class sizes and the wide variety of majors to choose from. Many of my classes are large enough to have a true college feel but small enough that my professors know my name."

  • By, Through and With

    By, Through and With

    How’s your day going? Did you have a smooth commute, or was there traffic? Were a lot of emails waiting in your inbox when you turned on your computer, or could you start your day slowly? Was the office coffee too weak again? For Jeremy L. (’10, ‘11), the workday very well may have started with an airplane jump from 18,000 feet in the air to land behind enemy lines.

  • Return to Chimkhola

    Return to Chimkhola

    What does a 30-year research project look like? Ask John Metz. Metz, an associate professor and director of the Geography program at Northern Kentucky University, spent the last three decades researching human-environment relationships, both locally and internationally.

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As NKU’s biggest college, financial support allows us to provide a world-class education to current students. Your gift can encourage students to get involved in research or help support our vibrant arts and theatre programs.

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