Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of SciencesCollege of Arts and Sciences basic requirements
The aim of these requirements is to provide breadth in the major areas of knowledge outside of the field of specialization. Introductory and intermediate-level courses are available for this purpose in departments in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Basic requirements are to be fulfilled with courses chosen by students in consultation with their advisors.
The aim of the requirement in the arts and humanities is to encourage and to enable students to recover ``a heritage so important that to lose it would be to lose the very qualities that make men and women greater than the systems they devise and mark the difference between a society of robots and a community of civilized human beings.'' The aim of the requirement in the sciences is to ensure that students gain an immediate acquaintance with the general principles of scientific method and with the different shapes the scientific enterprise takes in the physical sciences, the life sciences and the social sciences.
Up to two courses from one department may be used to fulfill the distribution requirements for humanities and the social sciences. They may be used at the same time to count towards the student's major. No course may be used to satisfy more than one specific requirement for humanities and social sciences. Only courses taken for 2 or more credit hours satisfy these requirements; courses in excess of 5 credit hours count as two courses.
At least 124 credit hours are required for graduation. (Students who entered K-State before the fall of 2003 require only 120 hours for graduation.)
Fine arts (one course, or at least two credits) Purpose: to ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in a traditional nonliterary mode of artistic expression.
Choose from the following:
Philosophy (one course) Purpose: to ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in the fundamental conceptual issues of human thought and activity.
Western heritage (one course) Purpose: to ensure some interpretive or expressive competence regarding the institutions, traditions, and values that have shaped Western civilization.
Choose from the following:
Literary or rhetorical arts (one course) Purpose: to ensure some interpretive or expressive competence in a traditional literary or rhetorical mode of artistic expression.
Choose from the following:
Exception: Students in B.S. programs who take two courses in one foreign language may use these to satisfy the requirements for Western heritage and for literary and rhetorical arts.
Purpose: to acquaint students with the adaptation of scientific method to the analysis of human social systems.
One course must be at 500 level or above, or carry a prerequisite in the same department.
Three of the four courses must be from these areas:
The fourth course must be from the above areas or from:
Life sciences (one 3- or 4-hour course with laboratory) Purpose: to introduce students to the systematic study of organisms and their interrelationships.
Physical sciences (one course with laboratory) Purpose: to introduce students to the appropriate attitudes and methods that characterize the systematic study of matter and energy.
One additional natural science course selected from life sciences or physical sciences lists above, or from the natural science list: KIN 220.
International studies overlay
Purpose: to equip students better to become citizens of a world where the most important problems are unavoidably defined in international terms and to understand cultures of the world outside the Western tradition.
A student must take one course of which at least half is devoted to: economic, political, and social relations or interactions between or among different countries, in which the major focus is upon the interdependency of nations of the modern world; or contemporary features or historical traditions of non-Western cultures (excluding those dealing primarily with Greek, Roman, Western European, or North American experience).
Students may satisfy the international studies requirement at the same time they satisfy requirements in the major, in the humanities, or the social sciences. These courses qualify:
AnthropologyANTH 200, 204, 220, 260, 505, 506, 508, 511, 512, 515, 516, 517, 536, 545, 550, 604, 618, 630, 634, 673, or 676
Students may use the fourth course in a single foreign language sequence (other than Latin) to satisfy the international studies overlay requirement.
Additional requirements for the B.A.
Purpose: to bring students to a point at which they are able to proceed on their own to a command of a second languagea key for access both to a foreign culture and to much primary and secondary material in many special fields.
Purpose: to give students a college-level competence in mathematical reasoning and analysis.
Any course used to satisfy this requirement cannot be used to satisfy any other general education requirement.
Additional requirements for the B.S.
Purpose: to give students who elect the bachelor of science degree an especially solid foundation in the natural sciences.
Courses that qualify are those listed earlier under natural sciences, and:
Quantitative and abstract formal reasoning
A course that satisfies this requirement may at the same time be used to satisfy any major requirement for which it qualifies. Fulfill this requirement one of three ways:
1. Three courses, 9 credit hours minimum, selected from:
3. Equivalent competency: Competency may be demonstrated by taking two Level II courses or a Level III course from:
At least 124 credit hours are required for graduation. (Students who entered K-State before the fall of 2003 required only 120 hours of graduation.)