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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 page below and talk with your advisor during June Orientation and Enrollment to get connected!

Here are some of the Residential CAT Communities we are planning for 2017! Click on the icons below for more information.   

Fall 2017:

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: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, 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 204 Environmental Design Studio 1

ENDV 250 History of the Designed Environment 1

ENDV 203 Survey of the Design Professions 1 


Art of Storytelling iconThe Art of Storytelling

Students will learn the art of storytelling, explore our cultural fascination with the Hero's Journey and produce a comic, short film, or short story based on the acts of everyday heroism we perform as a class. 

Residence Hall: Strong Community (Boyd, Putnam, VanZile)

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ENGL 295 The Hero's Journey

DAS 195 The Art of Storytelling


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: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

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 (Boyd, Putnam, VanZile)

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

LEAD 195 1st Gen 101: First Generation Transition Seminar  


Gender Sexuality and Pop Culture icon Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture

College, society, and our place in both can seem complicated; and so can our views on feminism, gender, and sexuality, which are heavily influenced by pop culture. What can we learn about ourselves and others with the ever-shifting roles of sex, gender, and sexuality in our society and culture? As the news reports gender equality becoming more of a reality, especially for women; as LGBTQIAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual/ally, polyamorous/pansexual) people become more visible on TV; and as meninism draws a considerable following on social media, some people might believe that feminism no longer matters. In this CAT community, we shall explore how feminism has actually benefitted all of our lives and how pop culture can be a critical medium to enact gender, sexual, and racial justice both locally and globally.  

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

COMM 106 Public Speaking

GWSS 105 Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

DAS 195 Talking about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality


Global Village icon Global Village

Get acquainted with multiple world cultures, meet people from a variety of countries, and learn how speaking new languages and understanding other cultures can benefit you and your community in an increasingly global world.  

Residence Hall: Moore

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography

MLANG course A foreign language class of your choice

DAS 195 Global Village

Gender Justice for the 21st Century IconLGBTQA Community

LGBTQ* politics occupy an increasingly prominent place in our social worlds. In this CAT community, we explore the history and present of political movements such as transgender rights, lesbian and gay organizing, the reclamation and reinvention of queer through activism, and more. Through our work together, students will develop stronger understandings of how to build communities through shared commitments, mentorship, and allyship where folks who identify as queer, trans, genderfluid, allies, and more, can thrive.

Residence Hall: West

GWSS 325 Intro to Queer Studies

SOCIO 211 Intro to Sociology

DAS 195 We're Here, We're Queer: LGBTQA Community

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 (Boyd, Putnam, VanZile)

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

ENGL 220 Fiction into Film 

DAS 195 Muggle Studies


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 

FNDH 132 Basic Nutrition

CHM 210 Chemistry 1

DHE 195 Nutrition and the Health Professions


Pre-Med icon Pre-Med

Students in the Honors program have the opportunity to explore what it means to be a health professional by building communication skills as they prepare for future medical careers.

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

BIOL 198 Principles of Biology

COMM 109 Public Speaking 1A, Honors

DAS 195 Pre-Med

 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: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

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: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, Moore)

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




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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