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All-University Open House

College of Arts and Sciences 

The College of Arts & Sciences will be represented in the Union Ballroom and in buildings throughout campus. Find out what you’ll discover in the following descriptions. All activities take place in the Union, unless otherwise noted.

Aerospace studies

Find out how to take your college experience to the next level. Air Force ROTC cadets receive hands-on leadership training at the highest level. Get your questions answered and visit with Arnold Air Society Cadets who will help you fold paper airplanes and run them through test flights. 

American ethnic studies

Graduates in this program report lower post-graduation unemployment and an above-average salary. Stop by and visit about all the possibilities! Also, check out some of the things you’ll learn, from hip-hop to Cumbia, liberation theology to women of color feminism and much more! 


Now that globalization is reaching even the most remote corners of the world, the fundamental lessons of anthropology are no longer an exotic luxury, but a necessity. Visit our booth to interact with faculty and students in our anthropology program and find out about our unique methods and exciting fieldwork on the past and present cultural traditions of societies from around the world.


Visit the studios in Willard Hall to watch art students demonstrate photo printing, ceramics and drawing processes. Purchase student art, create a custom T-shirt or poster in 319 Willard Hall, or drop off your portfolio for faculty evaluation at 9 a.m. in 201B Willard Hall.

Biochemistry and molecular biophysics

Want to know the secrets of life? Learn about becoming a biochemist, including how molecules work inside a living cell. Extract DNA from strawberries, see glow-in-the-dark seeds and study the insects used in research on campus.


View displays from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society and the microbiology club. Examine living organisms used in genetic studies, take a biology knowledge quiz and get information about the Konza Prairie.

Cancer Research

Visit the Johnson Cancer Research Center, 1 Chalmers Hall, to learn how K-State is fighting cancer and tour a cancer research laboratory.


Visit our booth in the Union to build molecular models and see what you can spell using the periodic table. In 114 Willard Hall, witness a glassblowing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. At noon, see our students put on a chemistry demonstration with explosions, glowing reactions and more.

Communication studies

Chat with our faculty to find out about the exciting research in the communication studies department, learn more about our undergraduate major, and catch up with our competitive speech and debate teams.


Stop by our table in the Union to learn about dance opportunities open to all majors, including dance ensembles and performance opportunities, such as Winter and Spring Dance. Also, explore academic options, including a dance minor or dance certificate.


Discover the economics of “The Office,” test your financial literacy and explore what’s new in the world of economics.


Love to read or write? Explore your next chapter with English—one of K-State’s most versatile degrees. Order up a poem from the Poet-in-a-Box, take a literary quiz to win a free book, celebrate National Poetry Month and discover what English offers avid readers and creative writers.


If you want to “travel the world,” explore how space interacts with time or better understand global diversity, consider geography. You’ll be introduced to our Geographic Information System, a high-demand technology. Don’t miss our geo-spatial demonstration desk!


Watch a plume of polluted water move through a model window of the ground beneath us. Try to identify common minerals (fool’s gold, anyone?). Have your unknown rocks, minerals and fossils identified, or use our microscopes to look through slices of solid rock.


See the LeCompton Civil War Re-enactors re-enact debates about slavery, “Bleeding Kansas” and the Civil War in the quad at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, visit us in the Union to “Stump-a-Historian” and win a prize! You choose the subject and one of our historians will test your knowledge in a head-to-head quiz contest.

International studies

Immerse yourself in other cultures right here in Kansas. Stop by our table to learn about the many programs you can study while at K-State.

Journalism and mass communications

Visit our booth in the Union Ballroom to see student-produced advertising and public relations campaigns, as well as samples of student publications. Then take a walking tour to our TV studios in Dole Hall and have your picture taken anywhere in the world! Shuttles and walking tours will depart every 15 minutes, and walking tours every hour, from the Union’s east traffic circle (between Anderson Hall and the Union).


View undergraduate math research displays and enjoy math puzzles and games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 143 Cardwell Hall. Middle and high school students can compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad from 9 a.m. to noon in 101 Cardwell Hall. Competitions held for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

Military sciences

Target success. Stop by our table to learn more about our pre-professional program, which includes leadership development, military skills and adventure training. Be sure to try out our rock-climbing wall at the pedestrian walkway, east of the Engineering Complex.

Modern languages

Learn a new language and explore the world! Taste exotic candy and learn your name in other languages. Learn to play Simon Says in a new language. Mini language classes for all ages start every 10 minutes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Eisenhower Hall lawn.


Play and sing at K-State! Many ensembles and playing opportunities are open to all students.

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

If you like to make music, act or dance, regardless of your major, there are performance opportunities for everyone! Visit McCain Auditorium and Nichols Hall to explore exciting opportunities such as the marching band, performing ensembles, plays, musicals and dance companies.

Open option

K-State offers more than 250 majors, minors, secondary majors and programs. If you would like help exploring the possibilities, consider the open option program, which exists to help you find your ideal academic destination. Stop by the College of Arts & Sciences table to learn more!


Challenge yourself with logic puzzles and brain teasers. Explore the nature of morality, encounter vexing metaphysical puzzles and develop your logic skills with philosophy. Learn how a philosophy degree is excellent preparation for law school, business school and the working world.


Join us in the Union Ballroom and see physics toys, make a bracelet that senses UV light, and discuss our degree programs and research areas. Stop by Cardwell Hall, where you can get hands-on with some of our user-friendly demonstrations, and pick up (or even build) giveaways to continue your scientific investigations at home! At 12:30 p.m., visit 103 Cardwell Hall to witness our favorite physics demonstrations.

Political science

You don’t need political aspirations to choose political science! We study why countries go to war, how candidates win elections, how government programs are developed and much more. Learn how this degree develops many of the skills necessary for post-college success.

Health professions

Interested in a health care career? K-State is a great place to start. Stop by to find out how K-State can help you prepare for a career in health care.

Psychological sciences

Psychology explores why people do things — including brain structures; mental processes; and social forces that shape our perceptions, decisions and behaviors. Our interactive activities include visual illusions, coloring sheets and opportunities to participate in rotating surveys.

Social work

Social work is the “helping profession.” Stop by to see all the things you can do with a social work degree.

Sociology and criminology

Are you naturally curious about people and society? Do you want your career to be one that serves people? Sociology might be the major for you. Hear about the obvious and not-so-obvious career paths chosen by sociology graduates.


Do you like solving puzzles? Big Data needs you! Come and hear about opportunities awaiting you in the exciting field of statistics. You could have one of the most in-demand jobs of the 21st century!


Visit the new Purple Masque Theatre on the west side of Memorial Stadium for tours and treats. Keep your eyes open throughout the day; you never know when you might “See Theatre” around campus. Our roving performers could break out into a song, a speech or a stage fight!

Women’s studies

How do we study gender? How does our society compare to others in its treatment of women? Learn how women’s studies majors answer these questions and more. Test your gender literacy and learn about the program.

ArtSci Diversity Committee

Take the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT), which measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. Also, learn some facts about Civil Rights history and diversity.