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K-State 8 Information

*Applicable to students starting Summer 2011 and beyond*

The K-State 8 general education program helps students widen their perspectives, explore relationships among subjects and build critical and analytical thinking skills. K-State 8 exposes students to a broad range of knowledge in different academic areas. The program shapes well-rounded thinkers and helps prepare students for careers, graduate school and other post-graduate experiences.

What are the requirements for the K-State 8 General Education Program?

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses or experiences to cover all of the K-State 8 areas. Some of the K-State 8 areas may be covered in the student's major. The intent of the K-State 8 is for students to explore the perspectives of disciplines that may be different from those of their own majors. For that reason, a minimum of four different course prefixes (e.g., AGEC, MATH, FSHS) must be represented in the fulfillment of the K-State 8 requirements. The K-State 8 areas include:

  • aesthetic experience and interpretive understanding
  • empirical and quantitative reasoning
  • ethical reasoning and responsibility
  • global issues and perspectives
  • historical perspectives
  • human diversity within the us
  • natural and physical sciences
  • social sciences

K-State 8 and ECE

Since both the electrical and computer engineering curriculums are well defined, the incorporation of the K-State 8 system is rather simple. The table below shows the K-State 8 areas that are covered by the required courses of the ECE curriculum. 

K-State 8 Area

EE

CMPEN

Aesthetic experience and interpretive understanding

H&SS

H&SS

Empirical and quantitative reasoning

MATH 220

MATH 220

Ethical reasoning and responsibility

ECE 590

ECE 590

Global issues and perspectives

ECON 110

ECON 110

Historical perspectives

H&SS

H&SS

Human diversity within the U.S.

H&SS

H&SS

Natural and physical sciences

CHM 210

CHM 210

Social sciences

ECON 110

ECON 110

 

The boxes that are labeled H&SS are humanities and social science courses that the student is free to choose within the approved College of Engineering H&SS course list. These courses must be chosen to cover the three remaining K-State 8 required areas not covered in the ECE required courses. Therefore the student must simultaneously choose H&SS courses from the approved College of Engineering H&SS list and cross-reference the chosen course’s K-State 8 tags with the unfulfilled requirements.

K-State 8 course tag information can be found here.