Program OptionsHonors program
The honors program offers intellectually able and motivated students experiences in the humanities and in the social-behavioral and natural sciences that are challenging and unusual in breadth and focus. By stressing liberal studies in the freshman and sophomore year, interdisciplinary study in the junior year, and independent study in the senior year, the honors program enables students to develop broad intellectual interests.
The honors program further enriches the experiences of its members by creating opportunities for them to develop a sense of community and to meet faculty and distinguished guests of the university in informal settings.
Students with high ACT scores are invited to participate in the honors program during the freshman year. Formal admission to the program is granted at the end of the freshman year to students who have achieved a 3.3 GPA.
Students in the honors program are expected to enroll in DAS 110 Introduction to the Honors Program in arts and sciences and an honors section of ENGL 125 Honors English II or receive consent of the director. Students must complete: two seminars, one in social sciences or humanities and one in the natural sciences or mathematics; an interdisciplinary colloquium, and research leading to a senior thesis, an independent creative/research project, under the supervision of a faculty member of the student's choice, during the senior year. Honors sections of regular Arts and Sciences classes are also available each semester.
The senior study culminates in an honors thesis or other documentation of performance, which is filed with the director. This project is invaluable as evidence of a student's ability to organize and complete a study independently. It provides evidence of capability to do well in graduate studies and may enable the student to strengthen significantly an application to graduate school. It may also help make the case for a scholarship application or serve as the impetus for more detailed investigation later in the student's career. Honors students are encouraged to complete a four-course sequence in a modern language other than English.
All phases of the honors program emphasize oral and written communication, both as a method of demonstrating one's understanding of a subject, and as a strategy for developing one's thinking skills. In addition to the curricular options described, students in the honors program have many opportunities to individualize their courses of study. Student-designed curricular plans may be approved with the consent of department heads involved, the director of the honors program, and the dean of the college. Students are also encouraged to propose other plans in their course work, including off-campus learning experiences that may be supplemented by reading, discussion, and reporting for course credit with the approval of the proper supervising faculty.
A transfer student or other upperclassman who has a grade point average of 3.3 and who receives a positive evaluation by the director may be admitted to the honors program as late as the beginning of the junior year. Students who wish to be considered for late admission should contact the director.
For more information, contact the director of the honors program, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean.
DAS 110. Introduction to the Honors Program in Arts and Sciences. (1) I. Direction and goals for the honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
DAS 388. Honors Internship. (1-3) I, II, S. A scholarly investigation related to activities in a place of employment or in a volunteer situation. Written and oral presentations are required. Pr.: Concurrence of a faculty advisor and approval of the arts and sciences honor program advisory council.
DAS 450. Honors Colloquium. (3) An interdisciplinary colloquium in which topics vary by semester. Consistently incorporates perspectives from more than one discipline and area among the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Pr.: Membership in the honors program; one honors course in addition to introduction to the honors program in Arts and Sciences.
DAS 100. Freshman Seminar. (3) I. An introduction to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.
The Office of Study Abroad should be the first stop for students who wish to study in another country for a year, a semester, a summer, or an intersession.
In addition to a number of good language programs, there are opportunities to study almost every subject from art to zoology in Africa, Asia, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Every attempt is made to ensure the best match between the interests of a student and the ingredients of a program sponsored by K-State or by another institution.
Students may apply for scholarships, such as the Fulbright or the Pearson, or scholarship-exchanges, such as the K-State/Justus Liebig year abroad. Through the International Student Exchange Program it is possible to study for a semester or a year at one of 100 colleges and universities outside the U.S. for the same cost as tuition, room, and board at K-State. Financial aid from almost every agency is applicable to all credit-earning programs.
The courses provide students in education, anthropology, foreign languages, psychology, philosophy, literature, and other areas an opportunity to appreciate both the rich structure of language itself and the relationships between their disciplines and linguistic studies.
For further information about linguistics courses, contact either the participating departments or the linguistics advisor in 110 Leasure Hall.
Secondary teacher certification
By combining a traditional academic major with teaching certification, students can be assured of varied choices after graduation. By pursuing an arts and sciences major, students also have the option of working toward a bachelor of arts degree and studying a foreign language. In addition, the teaching certification will qualify graduates to teach in a public secondary school. For specific certification requirements in secondary education, see the College of Education section of this catalog.
Women in science and engineering program
WESP activities include on-campus speakers, career exploration panels, workforce preparation programs, and social events to facilitate student and faculty contact. Students are also encouraged to become involved in WESP's ongoing research and outreach programs to middle and high school girls. For more information, contact the program director, Dr. Suzanne E. Franks, by phone (785-532-3395) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.