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All-University Open House

College of Arts and Sciences 

The College of Arts and Sciences is represented on the ground floor of the K-State Student Union, unless otherwise indicated. There is a lot to discover! 

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 Myers Hall, the building named after our university president, to take part in games, demonstrations, activities and tours. Cadets and instructors will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and show you what Air Force ROTC is all about. Also, visit our informational booth in the Student Union.

American ethnic studies

Graduates in this program report lower post-graduation unemployment and an above-average starting salary. Stop by and visit about all the possibilities! Also, check out exciting displays, 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 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 research on campus. 


View displays from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society, Fisheries Society and the Microbiology Club. Meet with graduate students and discuss cutting-edge biology research. 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.


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

Communication studies

Chat with our faculty to find out about the exciting research in the communication studies department and learn more about our undergraduate major. 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, take a literary quiz to win a free book, celebrate National Poetry Month and discover what English offers avid readers and creative writers.

Gender, women and sexuality studies

Explore what it means to study gender, and how race, ability and class affect the experiences of women and sexual minorities. Visit our table to learn how this major answers these questions and more. Try your hand with our social justice coloring book, 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 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, explore the cycle between different rock types. Use our microscopes to look through slices of solid rock, try to identify various minerals, and learn about the mineral and energy resources of Kansas.  

Health professions

If you’re interested in a health care career, K-State is a great place to start. Stop by to find out all the ways K-State helps you prepare for various exciting professions in the health care industry. 


See our Civil War Reenactors perform in the quad at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to relive "Bleeding Kansas.” Visit us in the Union to “stump a historian,” where you’ll test your history skills in a head-to-head quiz and win a prize! 

Journalism and mass communications

Meet with JMC Ambassadors and learn about exciting opportunities for student involvement with campus media, including the Royal Purple yearbook, the Collegian newspaper, KSDB radio station, and Channel 8 News! You’ll have the chance to look at examples of student work from our journalism, public relations, broadcasting and advertising students. Then head over to our broadcasting studios in Dole Hall and experiment with an operating green screen and teleprompter.


The Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad competition for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in 146 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 also be able to watch the film “Navajo Math Circles” featuring K-State faculty member Dave Auckly.

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 Bosco Student Plaza.

Modern languages

Modern Languages advisors will be on site to answer your questions about courses, retroactive credit and study 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! Visit McCain Auditorium and Nichols Hall to explore exciting opportunities such as the marching band, performing ensembles, plays, musicals and dance companies.


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.


Play with 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. The demo show will be followed by a one-hour discussion of the history and science of dark matter, dark energy and cosmological expansion.

Political science

You don't have to want to be a politician to go into 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 that serves people? Sociology might be the major for you. Hear about the obvious and not-so-obvious career paths chosen by sociology graduates.


Are you interested in learning from data? If so, the science of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data may be for you. Come and hear about opportunities awaiting you in the exciting field of statistics, including lucrative career opportunities.


Visit the new Purple Masque Theatre on the west side of Old 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 state fight!