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Non-Residential CAT Community

What is a Non-Residential CAT Community?

A group of 22 students enroll in two regular courses taken together and another one-hour opportunity to discover course connections. Students learn together, are taught by an expert faculty member, and a Learning Assistant (an experienced student who has taken the course before) helps throughout the semester.

Some CAT Communities are organized around student interest, which allow students to explore an interdisciplinary area of study while working with an expert professor and undergraduate learning assistant who share similar interests. Other CAT Communities offer discipline specific topics, and these pre-professional CAT Communities allow students with the same major and/or career interest to take courses in their field of study while working with a professor and undergraduate learning assistant in their same discipline. 

If you are interested in enrolling in a Non-Residential or Study Abroad CAT Community, read through the page below and fill out the survey.


Below are the Non-Residential CAT Communities for the fall of 2017! Click on the icons below for more information.

Art of Engineering Chemistry Art of Engineering [Chemistry Section]

This learning community is for students in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. It focuses on developing a solid understanding of the importance of science as a foundation for engineering while working to improve the students' ability to communicate, especially science and engineering design, with a diverse group of people. Students in this learning community must enroll in BAE 101 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology as well as CHM 210 Chemistry 1. 

Required Courses

CHM 210 Chemistry 1 

BAE 101 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology

Recommended Courses

COMM 105 Public Speaking 1A

MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 


Art of Engineering Math Art of Engineering [Math Section]

This learning community is for students in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. It focuses on developing a solid understanding of the importance of science as a foundation for engineering while working to improve the students' ability to communicate, especially science and engineering design, with a diverse group of people. Students in this learning community must enroll in BAE 101 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology as well as MATH 220 Calculus 1 and the recitation for MATH 220. 

Required Courses

MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1

BAE 101 Introduction to Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Technology

Recommended Courses

CHM 210 Chemistry 1

COMM 105 Public Speaking 1A


Breaking Bad Chemistry icon Breaking Bad Chemistry

Chemistry is often presented in a negative light in the media and often with minimal factual substance. In the Breaking Bad CAT Community, students will learn chemistry, read about how chemistry is currently presented in the media, and learn how to communicate in ways that better inform the public about topics in chemistry.

CHM 210 Chemistry 1

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

DAS 195 Breaking Bad Chemistry


Business of Hospitality The Business of Hospitality

Have you ever thought about owning or managing your own hospitality business like a restaurant, sports bar, bed and breakfast, hotel or becoming an event planner, wedding planner, or managing a country club? This CAT Community will blend business and hospitality together to see how others have successfully built their own businesses and careers in one of the largest industries in the world.

ENTRP 340 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

HM 120 Intro to Hospitality Industry

DHE 195 Business of Hospitality


Global Conversations Global Conversations

Bonjour! ¡Hola! Guten Tag! Ni Hao! Hello! Did you know that there are 196 countries and countless cultures across the globe? In this CAT Community, you will learn how communication transcends location and how to develop your own skills as a global communicator. 

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

EDCEP 110 Study Skills and Strategies

Leadership for Agricultural Advocacy Leadership for Agricultural Advocacy

Develop your advocacy skills for the agricultural industry by examining assumptions of advocacy and leadership.  Explore and engage agricultural issues from the perspective of multiple stakeholders and develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, and productive conflict. This class will be highly interactive and discussion-based. We will focus on current events and engage with industry leaders.

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ASI 102 Principles of Animal Science

GENAG 200 Leadership for Agricultural Advocacy

Making the Ultimate Playlist icon Making the Ultimate Playlist

Approach music as a cultural mirror to reveal how Americans have viewed their world and themselves through time. You will create an "ultimate playlist" of recordings and videos to reflect the diversity, history, and values of American culture.

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

MUSIC 245 Introduction to American Music

DAS 195 American Culture Revealed

Mapping Your Future Mapping Your Future

Discover the world through the lens of political, social, and economic geography in this engaging CAT Community, while also practicing a variety of problem-solving skills for the classroom and the real world. 

MATH 100 College Algebra

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies

Need for Feed The Need for Feed: Grain Science

In this CAT Community, you will learn the fundamentals of grain science and business, while at the same time gaining hands-on experience in K-State's modern laboratories, which include industrial scale flour mills, a feed production facility, and a bakery. It will also serve as an introduction to grains and their processing/utilization in food and non-food products, as well as exposure to career opportunities in grain and related industries.

BIOL 198 Principles of Biology

GRSC 101 Introduction to Grain Science and Industry

GENAG 200 Need for Feed: Grain Science


Pre-Law icon Pre-Law: Law and Society

This CAT Community explores issues concerning the nature and special status of law and the connections between law, society, and morality. Law is a complex social institution that influences our culture and is itself shaped by society. Law is also an institution that is deeply connected with morality. We think of law as obligating us independently of the threat of punishment. We also think the content of law should reflect some basic set of moral values and that law is defective and loses its authority to the extent it fails to reflect our own values. However, the nature of law and of legal reasoning, and the ways society and morality influence law are complex and sometimes controversial matters.

We will discuss the nature and functions of law and explore the links between political change and legal reform, and between law and morality. The course will also include interaction with the Pre-Law advisor and discussion of the many career paths available to students interested in the law.

PHILO 160 Introduction to Philosophy of Law

POLSC 115 U.S. Politics

DAS 195 The Law and Society


Problem Solving Problem Solving

Are you a math person? Do you enjoy working with numbers and formulas? Or do you like reading and writing? Most people identify with one skillset over the other, but in this dynamic CAT Community you'll learn the necessary skills to solve a variety of everyday problems -- inside and outside the classroom.

MATH 100 College Algebra

ENGL 100 Expository Writing I

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies


profitability in livestock Profitability in Livestock Enterprises

This CAT Community focuses on a practical discussion of how the Principles of Animal Science and Principles of Agricultural Economics course intersect around the issue of profitability in livestock operations. Economic, management, and production factors that impact the costs, revenues and profitability of livestock enterprises will be examined. Paradigms that result in successful academic performance and meeting academic and career goals will also be discussed. Livestock production experience is recommended.

AGEC 120 Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

ASI 102 Principles of Animal Science

GENAG 200 Profitability in Livestock Enterprises


School of Rock Icon School of Rock

If rock and roll is designed to be loud, fast, and danceable, how can it be reconciled with college classes, which are sometimes perceived as quiet, slow, and sedentary? What happens when the two concepts come together? In this CAT Community, we will attempt to find out: to discover something about rock and roll, about literature, about rock and roll history. During the semester, you will read a great deal, listen and respond to all kinds of rock and roll, complete all kinds of creative and academic assignments, and even form your own rock bands. That last item is neither a typo nor a joke. However — in the spirit of punk rock — no musical training or skill is required for this class.

ENGL 295 Literature of Rock and Roll

MUSIC 170 History of Rock and Roll 

DAS 195 School of Rock


Speak Your Mind Speak Your Mind

In this CAT Community, you'll learn how psychology and communication shape the ways you understand yourself and the world around you. You'll spend time with a close group of peers exploring your perspectives, sharing ideas, and building community. 

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

PSYCH 110 General Psychology 

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies


Sustainability Sustainability and You

Sustainability and You: People, Planet, and Profit - We each make thousands of decisions each day. But have you ever seriously considered how those decisions may impact the lives and well-being of others or the condition of the planet? This CAT Community introduces concepts of the "triple bottom line" and "circles of sustainability" to help you think more critically about the consequences of your actions--both intended and unintended--and to better understand complex social, environmental, and economic issues.

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 221 Introduction to Physical Geography (with corresponding lab)

DAS 195 People, Planet, and Profit


Think Global Act Local icon Think Global, Act Local

In this learning community we will explore our passions and personal identities as a way to learn how to make a meaningful difference in our larger community, state, country, and world.

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1

GWSS 105 Intro to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

DAS 195 Think Global, Act Local


whats the matter with matter icon What's the Matter with Matter

This CAT community is intended primarily for chemistry, biochemistry, and physics majors. It will allow students to more deeply explore the chemical world that they will learn about in Chemistry I through discussions about the different ways we have of understanding chemical models, justifying chemical methods, and deciding how to apply chemistry in society. The philosophy of science course will introduce students to theories of scientific testing, explanation, and interpretation that will be used in our discussions. 

CHM 220 Honors Chemistry 1 

PHILO 125 Philosophy of Science

DAS 199 What’s the Matter with Matter


Writing Life Writing Life

"In order to write about life, you must first live it." -- Ernest Hemingway. In this CAT Community, we'll explore the ways race, gender, and class intersect in our everyday lives and in society at large. 

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1 

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

EDCEP 110 Study Skills and Strategies



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