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College of Arts and Sciences 

The College of Arts and Sciences is represented on the first 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 the next level. Air Force ROTC cadets receive hands-on leadership training at the highest level. Get your questions answered by cadets and program staff, or 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 a higher salary rate than many other majors. Career prospects are comparable to business management, advertising, public relations and biology. Stop by and visit about all the possibilities.

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

Visit Willard Hall to watch art students demonstrate on the pottery wheel and purchase handmade student art. View the 2015 Student Scholarship Winners exhibition in the second- and third-floor hallways, and the graduate thesis exhibition in the Chapman Gallery. Stop by the fine art print shop in 319 Willard Hall to print your own custom T-shirt or poster with the Pussycat Press Printmaking Society  

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.

Visit our booth in the Student Union to build molecular models and see what you can spell using the periodic table. See glassblowing demonstration at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in 114 Willard. At 11:15 a.m. in 114 Willard, 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 and learn more about our undergraduate major.

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 by choosing a poem that speaks to you. See what English offers avid readers and creative writers.

If you want to "travel the world," explore how space interacts with time or better understand globaly diversity, geography has a lot to offer. You'll be introduced to our Geographic Information System, a high-demand technology. Don't miss our geo-spatial demonstration desk to interact with our computer models, students and faculty.

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 our Civil War Re-enactors perform in the quad at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Relive "Bleeding Kansas" and discover what your predecessors really thought about slavery. Visit us in the Union to test your history skills and win a prize!

International and Latin American 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
Learn more about the fast-paced world of journalism, advertising and public relations. Visit 91.9, K-State’s award-winning student radio station. Learn how the student newspaper, the Kansas State Collegian, and the student yearbook, the Royal Purple, are produced. Stop by Dole Hall to see our television studios and technology. Our students are on the front lines of an exciting time in communications!

Who will be the math whiz? Find out when students compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad from 9 a.m. to noon in 101 Cardwell Hall. Competitions for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Also, view undergraduate research displays and enjoy math puzzles and games from 11:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 2:30 in 143 Cardwell Hall.

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 outside the Student Union.

Modern languages
Learn a new language and explore the world! Taste exotic candy and learn your name in Japanese. Get information on language scholarships, minors, majors and departmental summer programs abroad.

Play and sing at K-State! Many ensembles and playing opportunities are open to all students. Visit with faculty and students about performing at K-State.

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
If you like to make music, act or dance, regardless of your major, learn more about all the events in McCain Auditorium and Nichols Hall. Whether it’s taking the field before more than 55,000 people with the marching band; walking on stage with a major performing ensembles; taking part in a play, musical or in one of our dance companies; there is something for everyone in the new K-State School of Music, Theatre & Dance! 

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 and Sciences table to learn more!

Want to hone critical reasoning skills that are important in a range of occupations and professions? Come 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.

Get hands-on with physics in our user-friendly demonstrations. Discuss your interests and passions with physics faculty and students. In Cardwell Hall, hands-on activities delight visitors in the main entrance. An astounding collection of our favorite, fun physics demonstrations will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in 103 Cardwell Hall.

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 what it is like to study political science at K-State, and how this degree develops many of the skills necessary for success after college.

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 the things they do — including brain structures; mental processes; and social forces that shape our perceptions, decisions and behaviors. Our interactive displays and activities include demonstrations of visual illusions, coloring sheets for children, 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 naturally curious? 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 Old 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 state 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.