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What is a Residential CAT Community?

Residential CAT communities provide an added opportunity for first-year students to connect with others who share their academic interests by placing them in the same on-campus residence hall. Like our other CAT Communities, about 22 first-year students take a group of classes together, but they live, eat, sleep, study, and socialize near each other, too! Students in each CAT Community will live in the same hall, along with their Residential Learning Assistant.

If you are interested in enrolling in a Residential CAT Community, read through the different options on the page below and sign up for your top three choices while filling out your Residence Hall Housing Application. Use the Explore Your Options tool and begin your application HERE. If you have any additional questions, please email us email us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu for more information! 

Here are some of the Residential CAT Communities we are planning for the fall of 2016! Click on the icons below for more information.  

American Story Icon The American Story

Ever wonder what life was like for average Americans from the colonial period through the end of the 19th century? Find out for yourself in this highly interactive course that combines classroom projects, field research and a hike along the Overland Trail to reveal not only the facts about periods in America's past, but the feel of life in those times as well. Keep a journal of your reactions to American novels and dramas, and discover the rich connections between American History and American Literature.    

Residence Hall: Moore

ENGL 270 American Literature

HIST 251 History of US to 1877

DAS 195 The American Story


APDesign APDesign Community

APDesign has a long-standing tradition of providing connection between building a foundation in design through Studio, learning about the rich and varied history of design through History of the Designed Environment, and exploring the diversity of the professions and career paths in Survey of Design Professions for all first-year students. The CAT Community will provide you with additional opportunities to get to know your ENVD classmates better, have dinner with a faculty member each week, and learn strategies to stay focused and motivated in your first year as an APDesign student.  

Residence Hall: Wefald and Goodnow

ENDV 201 Environmental Design Studio 1

ENDV 250 History of the Designed Environment 1

ENDV 203 Survey of the Design Professions 1 (Section B)


Art of Hacking Culture The Art of Hacking Culture

Recently, artists have begun exploring ways to bring art into the world to create interactive experiences, engage communities, and create social and cultural change. Leveraging the insights of anthropology (the study of people and culture), we will examine ways in which people are using art, technology, and design to "hack" culture and create positive change. The core project of this CAT community will be to "hack" the culture of education by creating our own prototype of a college, using ourselves as the first class. 

Residence Hall: Strong Community

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ART 300 New Media and Community Practice 

DAS 195 The Art of Hacking Culture


Be the Change Be The Change: Social Justice

In this CAT Community, you will explore themes of power, privilege and oppression in today's society through coursework and community outreach service projects. You will also develop the ability to think critically and creatively discuss social justice issues and solutions while evaluating strategies for social change. This CAT Community is for students interested in a degree in Social Work.

Residence Hall: Moore 

SOCWK 100 Introduction to Social Work

AMETH 160 Introduction to American Ethnic Studies

DAS 195 Social Justice


Before the Crisis Before the Crisis: Public Health

You will explore various health care opportunities available in our current society, the impact that health care has (locally, regionally, and globally), and how you can begin to educate others and create preventive programs based on the understanding of a person in a societal context and through the lens of public health.

Residence Hall: Ford and Haymaker

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

MC 180 Fundamentals of Public Relations

DAS 195 Public Health and Society


Chasing the American Dream icon Chasing the American Dream

This College of Education learning community will examine the creation of American identities and the pursuit of the ever-changing American Dream. By looking at the intersections of history and text, we will consider how race, history, and literature write each other into being. We'll undertake this investigation by sharing intense class discussions, viewing films, and attending on-campus events. This class will be a place for first-year students to build relationships, find community, and take intellectual risks. 

Residence Hall: Moore

ENGL 285 Multiethnic American Literature

HIST 252 History of the U.S. since 1877

DAS 199 Chasing the American Dream


Cultural Mask Icon Cultural Masks as an Art Form

How do individuals and groups behave and influence one another in society and performance? In this community, we will examine the characteristics of cultural systems and social factors that influence behavior at multiple levels of human interaction. We will use our imagination, intellect, body, and voice to explore the role of storytelling as a uniquely human experience designed to entertain and educate, while allowing us to anticipate the consequences of our actions.

Residence Hall: West and Moore

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

THTRE 261 Fundamentals of Acting

DAS 195 Cultural Mask as an Art Form


Find Your Fit icon Find Your Fit

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” and "What are you going to major in?" are undeniably two questions a first year college student has heard over and over.  Enroll in this CAT Community to learn more about yourself and the decision-making journey as you uncover your strengths, values, and a world of majors and careers that can lead to a life of passion, purpose, and fulfillment.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

FSHS 110 Introduction to Human Development

EDCEP 120 Academic and Career Decisions


First in the Family Icon First in the Family

This is a living-learning community for first-generation, first-year students. You will learn essential college success skills such as community building and critical thinking, while taking classes that teach you about social systems and leadership. You’ll develop your talents and strengths, become a part of an academic and social support network, and learn all about the tools, resources, and services to make your transition to college successful.

Residence Hall: Haymaker

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

LEAD 195 First in the Family


First Scholars First Scholars

This CAT community will focus on empowering you with tools and resources to create a successful transition to college. You will learn how to analyze the social world and your place in it. You’ll accomplish this through hands-on workshops to learn about bettering yourself professionally and socially while exploring leadership potential. This living learning community is only for first-generation first-year students selected to be part of the First Scholars program.

Residence Hall: Strong Community

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

LEAD 195 1st Gen 101: First Generation Transition Seminar  


Gender Justice for the 21st Century Icon Gender Justice for the 21st Century

College, society, and our place in both can seem complicated. What can we learn about others and ourselves with the ever-shifting roles of sex, gender, and sexuality in our society and culture? As more women gain equal rights, as LGBTQIAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual/ally, polyamorous/pansexual) people become more visible in the media, and as more people come out in support of meninism, some might believe feminism no longer matters. In this CAT community, we will explore how feminism has actually benefitted all of our lives, and also find ways to enact gender, sexual, and racial justice both locally and globally. If you are in the Plan for Success program, this CAT Community is for you! 

Residence Hall: Goodnow

COMM 106 Public Speaking

WOMST 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies

DAS 195 Talking about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Globalization Today icon Globalization Today

Globalization is a flashpoint: some portray it as a means of opportunity while others contend it is a means of exploitation.  We will explore the economic and social aspects of globalization through the following questions: What is globalization?  How did we get to this point? Why are our societies are globalizing?  What should we do about it? What can we do about it? This CAT Community is for students in the Honors Program.

Residence Hall: Haymaker

SOCIO 214 Introduction to Sociology, Honors

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics 

DAS 195 Globalization Today


I am Therefore I Write Icon I Am, Therefore I Write

Students in the Plan For Success program will explore cultural and personal identities through reading and writing. Together, we’ll explore how marginalized voices write to be heard in the noise of the dominant culture and use them to access and develop our own sense of self through a series of reflective and experiential essays.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

AMETH 160 Intro to American Ethnic Studies

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1

DAS 195 Exploring Cultural Identities

Making the Ultimate Playlist Making the Ultimate Playlist

Longfellow once famously wrote, "Music is the universal language of mankind." Drawing on this notion, our CAT Community approaches music as a cultural mirror to reveal how Americans have viewed their world and themselves through time. Students will create an "ultimate playlist" of recordings and videos to reflect the diversity, history, and values of American culture from its origins to today.

Residence Hall: Strong Community

ANTH 200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

MUSIC 245 Introduction to American Music

DAS 195 American Culture Revealed


Muggle Studies icon Muggle Studies: How Harry Potter Shaped the World

"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." Join this community to explore the ways that the Harry Potter series has helped shape us as individuals, as well as the world around us, through an examination of the novels and films. With a combination of creativity and academic knowledge, our community fandom will work to transform fictional lessons into real social change. 

Residence Hall: Strong Community

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

ENGL 220 Fiction into Film 

DAS 195 Muggle Studies


Next Generation Journalism Next Generation Journalism

You will examine the next generation of journalism, including new business models and innovative ideas. You will learn from successful and unsuccessful journalism startups and discuss how the digital era has and will continue to move journalism onto a stage that is dynamic, mobile, and digital. This CAT Community is for students interested in a degree in Journalism.

Residence Hall: Moore 

MC 110 Mass Communications in Society

ENTRP 340 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

DAS 195 Next Generation Journalism


Nutrition and the Health Professions Icon Nutrition and the Health Professions

We’ve all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In this CAT Community, you and other pre-health students will explore the implications behind this saying and gain an understanding of how nutrition is important to promoting the optimal health and wellness of patients. You will also learn about different health care practitioner occupations. 

Residence Hall: Ford and Haymaker 

HN 132 Basic Nutrition

CHM 210 Chemistry 1

DAS 195 Nutrition and the Health Professions


PrePhysical Therapy Pre-Physical Therapy

Learn the physical and behavioral attributes of physical fitness, health and movement in this CAT Community. You will develop an understanding of the physical therapy profession, examination requirements, education, and opportunities.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

KIN 220 Biobehavioral Bases of Physical Activity (Lecture)

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

DAS 195 Pre-Physical Therapy


Psychology of Prejudice Psychology of Prejudice

You will examine stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination broadly, including field observations as these manifest in media and everyday social interactions. You will also complete a novel research project using psychological/sociological research methods to answer a research question related to stereotypes, prejudice, or discrimination. Some class time will be devoted to strategies for maximizing opportunities for success in college.

Residence Hall: Goodnow

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

DAS 195 Psychology of Prejudice


Strengths Strengths

K-State is a strengths-based campus. First year students in this living learning community will transition from strengths identification to strengths development.  Discover what you do best and learn how to use those talents to make your college experience rewarding and successful. In this positive and engaging learning community, you will study the importance of exercising leadership through a strengths based perspective. You will bridge the gap between your own leadership education and social environment to make progress on issues you care deeply about.  

Residence Hall: Moore and West

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

LEAD 195 Strengths


What Not to Wear What Not to Wear: The Psychology of Fashion

Join this CAT Community if you are interested in the apparel and textiles program. You will explore why people choose to wear the clothes they wear and the influence an individual's clothing has on both yourself as well as on other people. You will also discuss the meanings individuals link to dress, the relationship between personality and fashion, how clothing choices affect our self-perception, moods and emotions, and how clothing influences the perceptions/impressions of others.

Residence Hall: Ford and Haymaker

AT 245 Apparel and Textile Industry

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

DHE 195 The Psychology of Fashion


World Makers World-Makers: Social Entrepreneurship 

Become inspired by people who have identified significant problems or opportunities in the world and leveraged them to create real, positive change. Identify new opportunities and solutions to critical problems, and gain key skills, know-how and core processes for putting those ideas into action.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ENTRP 340 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

DAS 195 World-Makers: Social Entrepreneurship



In a Residential CAT Community, first-year students:

•Take two general education courses and one connections course with the same 22 students

•Are housed in the same Residence Halls

•Have the opportunity to work with an undergraduate Residential Learning Assistant, who lives just down the hall and offers academic and social support

•Work with awesome faculty members, both in class and in Residence Hall sponsored events, such as our faculty lecture series.

•Participate in social and educational activities related to shared interests.

Is a Residential CAT Community for you?

The Residential Community may be a good fit for you if...

•You are looking for a first-year college experience that will maximize academic and social opportunities, through both a community of dedicated students and talented faculty

•You are interested in the classes and themes of this year’s Residential CAT Community offerings

•You wish to reserve a space in one of our popular on campus Residence Halls

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu

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