“I thought I’d major in English and be certified to teach in high school. My advisor suggested taking some science, so I signed up for General Chemistry. I got fascinated with the lab, and now I’m majoring in chemistry, with a math minor. I may go into teaching or pharmaceutical research. I still consider myself an exploring student.”– Curt Guild 2011 , Chemistry
What is an academic community?
We call Keene State an academic community because it is a place where you can make connections. Connections between ideas, between you and your professors, between what you learn in the classroom and real work in the wider world.
Here are three things you should know about academics at Keene State.
Your education – as a scholar, as a citizen – is our goal.
As a liberal arts college, Keene State is focused on you, the undergraduate student. Classes are small (18:1 student/faculty ratio). Professors concentrate on teaching and on guiding student research. Keene State offers 40 majors and degrees, including interdisciplinary and individualized majors.
Undecided about your major? You have lots of company. While some incoming students have known since third grade exactly what they want to do, many others are undecided. That’s OK. Our academic programs are designed to expose you to new ideas and disciplines. You will find your intellectual passion. You might even surprise yourself.
Discover your what you can study, browse Majors and Degrees.
We care as much about how you learn as what you learn.
Our innovative academic programs and practices are designed to make teaching and learning lively and successful.
For incoming students, it’s important to know about the Integrative Studies Program (ISP), the four-credit course structure, and the college-wide Honors program.
Read more about our Academic Programs.
It’s not just about the classroom.
Keene State encourages students and faculty to transform classroom theory into real world practice. This takes many forms, including academic service learning, funded research, participation in the annual Academic Excellence conference, internships, performances, travel to professional conferences, and many other opportunities.
Read more about our learning Beyond the Classroom