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LaTeX class files and templates for theses and dissertations in the
College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University.

Designed to satisfy the requirements of the "Style Guide and
Instructions for Preparing Dissertations and Theses for Electronic
Submission to OhioLINK", College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State
University, Revised, Summer 2019

Created 08/27/2019 based upon earlier versions found here:

CONTACT: Chuck Gartland (

Please communicate any bugs or suggestions.


  ksuthesis.cls = class file for masters theses

  THESIStemplate.tex = template file for masters theses

  THESIStemplate.pdf = output from THESIStemplate.tex
                       w/ co-advisor and options '11pt', 'signed'

  ksudiss.cls = class file for doctoral dissertations

  DISStemplate.tex = template file for doctoral dissertations

  DISStemplate.pdf = output from DISStemplate.tex
                     w/ no co-advisor and w/ option '11pt'

  template.bib = short BibTeX database file for testing templates above


Before launching into LaTeX-ing your thesis or dissertation, you should
read through the A&S Style Guide as well as a good intro LaTeX book---the
original is

  "LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, 2/e", Leslie Lamport,
   Addison-Wesley, 1994

Use the suite of extensions created by the American Mathematical
Society for formatting high-quality mathematical output (AMS-LaTeX).
The packages in this collection are already available in most LaTeX
distributions.  Information can be found here:

A good description of how best to use the commands and environments
defined in the AMS-LaTeX packages can be found in Ch.8 "Higher
Mathematics" of

  "The LaTeX Companion, 2/e", Frank Mittelbach and Michael Goossens,
   Addison-Wesley, 2004

Former students have also found the following book (which contains a
chapter on "TeX and LaTeX") to be helpful:

  "Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, 2/e",
   Nicholas J. Higham, SIAM, 1998

Read through the comments in the class file and template file you
intend to use (ksuthesis.cls or ksudiss.cls, THESIStemplate.tex or
DISStemplate.tex).  I have tried to include enough comments in the
class files so that you can modify them if you choose to, though this
shouldn't be necessary.


1. I obtained clarification from A&S Grad Affairs on a few points of (my)
confusion from reading the Style Guide:

 - Ragged-right line breaking is not required.
 - Abstract pages (if included) are numbered starting with 'i' (though
   the page numbers are not printed on the Abstract pages), and the
   page numbers of the Title Page, Signature Page, and Table of
   Contents are increased by appropriate amounts so as to maintain
   numbering in sequence.
 - The Style Guide specifies double spacing throughout.  I set up both
   class files to use single spacing in figure/table captions, verbatim
   environments, and the Bibliography, and to use one-and-a-half spacing
   in footnotes.  This is OK.
 - The Style Guide specifies "fonts should be 10 to 12 points in size".
   The font size in footnotes is smaller.  This is OK.
 - It is acceptable (and better, I feel) to use the degree program
   ("MATHEMATICS" or "APPLIED MATHEMATICS") on the top line of the
   Abstract Page, instead of the department ("MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES").
 - The page count (which appears after the title on the Abstract Page)
   should include the total number of pages in the PDF file, including
   all frontmatter.

2. Both ksuthesis.cls and ksudiss.cls are built on top of the standard
LaTeX report.cls.  Both classes have two options of their own: 'bound'
(which sets left margins to 1.5in, as required for printing and
binding) and 'signed' (which produces a version of the thesis or
dissertation with a Signature Page formatted for signing).  Any other
options passed to ksuthesis.cls or ksudiss.cls are passed through to
report.cls.  All report.cls defaults are used, unless otherwise
specified.  See the comments in the class files.

3. Both ksuthesis.cls and ksudiss.cls allow for co-advisors, and
proper formatting is triggered by defining \coadvisor{...} in the
preamble of your LaTeX source file (in addition to \advisor{...},
which is always required).

4. Both ksuthesis.cls and ksudiss.cls work fine with BibTeX with any
of the standard LaTeX bibstyles---though most students writing a thesis
or dissertation format their bibliography entries manually.  No
special bibstyle has been written to accompany these two class files.