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All-University Open House

College of Arts and Sciences 

Exhibits and displays are located in the Union, unless otherwise noted.

Aerospace studies

Find out how to take your college experience to new heights. Air Force ROTC cadets receive hands-on leadership training at the highest level. Come by the building named after our current University President (Myers Hall) to take part in games, demonstrations, activities and tours. Cadets and instructors will be on hand to answer any questions you might have. We will also have an informational booth in the Union.

American ethnic studies

American ethnic studies graduates report lower post-graduation unemployment and an above-average starting salary. Stop by and explore 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!


Discover past and present cultural traditions of human beings from around the world.


Visit the studios in Willard Hall to watch art students demonstrate photo printing, drawing processes, interactive art and more. Purchase student art, create a custom T-shirt or poster in 319 Willard Hall and view an exhibition of recent scholarship recipients in the Chapman Gallery. 

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 university research. 


View displays from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society, Fisheries Society and the Microbiology Club. Meet with graduate students and talk about cutting-edge research in biology. Examine living organisms used in genetic studies, take a biology knowledge quiz and get information about the Konza Prairie.

Cancer Research Center

Visit the Johnson Cancer Research Center, 1 Chalmers Hall, to learn how K-State is fighting cancer and tour a cancer research laboratory. Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Build molecular models and see what you can spell using the periodic table. Discuss chemistry with current students and view interesting laboratory equipment. At 10:30 a.m. in 114 Willard Hall, witness a scientific glassblowing demonstration. At noon, check out a chemistry demonstration with explosions, glowing reactions and thrills galore. 

Communication studies

Stop by our table to chat with our faculty and find out about the exciting research in the communication studies department. Learn more about our undergraduate major and catch up with our competitive speech, debate and mock trial teams. 

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.


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, or take a literary quiz to win a free book. Celebrate National Poetry Month by choosing a poem that speaks to you. See what English offers avid readers and creative writers.

Gender, women and sexuality studies

How do race, ability and class affect the experiences of women and sexual minorities. Visit our table and learn how GWSS majors answer this questions and many more. Try your hand with our social justice coloring books, test your knowledge with GWSS Jeopardy and learn how you can change the world. 


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


Take a virtual field trip to the Rocky Mountains and other fascinating places using our virtual reality headsets. Watch a plume of polluted water move through a model window of the ground beneath us, and use our microscopes to look at minerals and gemstones. Check out our collection of Wildcat Minerals, dig fossils from sediments and learn about Kansas' oil and gas resevoirs.

Health professions

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


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.

Journalism and mass communications

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications will showcase student portfolio work and student-run media opportunities such as The Royal Purple, The Collegian, KSDB and Channel 8 News. Guests can use a drone simulator and enjoy a "fake news" quiz and small giveaways. Student ambassadors will be available to walk guests to Dole Hall for broadcast facility tours.


The Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad competition for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in 101 Cardwell Hall. The I-Center will host an exhibition of undergraduate research posters and mathematical games from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 143 Cardwell Hall. Visitors will can watch the film “Navajo Math Circles” featuring K-State faculty member Dave Auckly, and get information about the I-Center and alumni center career placement.

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. 

Modern languages

Advisors of various languages will be on site to meet prospective students and answer questions concerning courses, retroactive credit and education abroad opportunities. In addition, learn to play Simon Says in one of the 10 languages taught in the department. Mini-language classes for all ages start every 10 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the lawn outside Eisenhower Hall.

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! Explore exciting opportunities such as marching band, performing ensembles, plays, musicals and dance companies. Visit the new Purple Masque Theatre on the west side of Memorial Stadium for backstage tours. 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.

Open Option

K-State offers more than 250 majors, minors, secondary majors and programs. If you would like help exploring the possiblities, consider the open option program, which can help you find your ideal academic destination. Stop by the College of Arts and 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 and see physics toys, make a bracelet that senses UV light, and discuss our degrees and research areas. Stop by Cardwell Hall to get hands-on with some of our user-friendly demonstrations. Curious about the Cosmos? Then come for an exciting, mind expanding demonstration, "The Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Einstein's Cosmological Constant" at 10 a.m. in 102 Cardwell Hall. 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.

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 of service? If so, sociology might be the major for you. Hear about the obvious and not-so-obvious career paths chosen by sociology graduates.


Are you a curious person? Are you interested in learning from data? Statistics is the science of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Visit us and learn about many education paths in the field of statistics.

K-State Polytechnic Campus

Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus is centered around the student experience, emphasizing innovative learning, real-world experiences and industry connections. Our student to faculty ratio is 14:1 - meaning our faculty are focused on each individual student. We are a tight-kniy family with a small college feel and the resources of a Big 12 university. If your ideal classroom is one with a smaller setting, this is the place for you. The Polytechnic Campus also is hosting Open House activities! Visit polytechnic.k-state.edu for more information.

Global Campus

K-State offers online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and certificate and professional development opportunities for those who are unable to attend on-campus classes. Technology, flexible hours, affordability and award-winning programs make K-State a leader in online education. Check out the Global Campus information table in the Union to learn more.