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
Aesthetic experience and interpretive understanding
Empirical and quantitative reasoning
Ethical reasoning and responsibility
Global issues and perspectives
Human diversity within the U.S.
Natural and physical sciences
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.