Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program. The first year is spent in foundations courses where students focus on the development of their creative and technical skills. After the foundation year, students can select to concentrate in several degree emphasis areas.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in History of Art

The BFA in History of Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program combining a 30-hour concentration in the history of art with 30 hours of studio art training to serve students interested in both the history and the making of art.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program. The B.A. in Visual Art is a traditional liberal arts undergraduate degree, requiring 24 credit hours in Visual Art beyond the 1 st year foundations courses, as opposed to the the more art intensive B.F.A. degree.

Bachelor of Art Education in Visual Art Education

The BAE in Visual Art Education is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to become licensed preK-12 art teachers or to teach in community settings. To prepare for the art education profession, students complete combination of coursework in visual art, education, and art education. The program culminates in a semester-long internship that gives students crucial experience in what it means to be an art educator. Here artistic and intellectual training is balanced with professional preparation leading to careers in arts education.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

Our goal is to understand the physical universe.  The questions addressed by our department’s research and education missions range from the applied, such as an improved understanding of the materials that can be used for solar cell energy production, to foundational questions about the nature of mass and space and how the Universe was formed and subsequently evolved, and how astrophysical phenomena affected the Earth and its evolution.  We study the properties of systems ranging in size from smaller than an atom to larger than a galaxy on timescales ranging from billionths of a second to the age of the universe.  Our courses and laboratory/research experiences help students hone their problem solving and analytical skills and thereby become broadly trained critical thinkers. While about half of our majors move on to graduate studies in STEM, many find employment in the private sector in diverse situations ranging from financial analysts to physicians. Graduates of all our degree programs can be found in key positions regionally, nationally, and internationally.   In this way, our department is at the forefront of telling the academic story of the University of Kansas to people around the state and around the world.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design

Undergraduate Advising for Design Why is advising important?  Proper enrollment is critically important to a student's time in college ( every class is an investment ), but enrollment advice is only part of what an advisor can do to help. Advisors are guides to help students navigate the wealth of resources and opportunities at the University of Kansas. They are advocates for students in need, and they are liaisons between students and the institutions that serve them. Most importantly, advisors help students identify their ambitions and, from time to time, mentor them to effectively pursue those ambitions. In addition to Zac Shields, the professional advisor for Design students, faculty in KU Design are also available in these capacities, because we know that it takes a village to train some of the best Designers around! What are my responsibilities as a student? The Department of Design works tirelessly to support our students. That said, we believe that students do best when they take personal ownership of their education! Design students should keep the following general rules in mind: Ask questions. Your instructors and advisor do their best to keep up to speed, but they can best help you if you ask! Show up and give it your best. (see our policy on attendance, professionalism, and participation ) Keep it fair. Don't plagiarize. (see our policy on Academic Misconduct ) Design students should plan to meet with Zac Shields, the professional advisor for Design students, or a faculty advisor at least once per semester to discuss the current semester and plan for the next! General Availability: Zac is available by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students should schedule an appointment (recommended duration in parentheses) to discuss any of the following: Next-Semester Enrollment (30 minutes) Prospective Interest in Studying Design (30 minutes) Graduation Checks (30 minutes) Probation Action Plans (60 minutes) Financial Aid Appeals (60 minutes) For other questions, Zac is available by appointment or on a drop-in basis! Zac's drop-in hours are Mondays and Fridays each week from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Students are also welcome to call Zac at 785-864-2959 with questions and concerns, just as they would with an email or in-person drop-in. They should include their name and KUID number with their question(s)! Appointment Options: Zac is available to meet by appointment with students either in person (Marvin Hall room 200) or over the phone (785-864-2959) - whichever is best for them! How to Set Up an Appointment: Students are welcome to set up an appointment in any of these ways: Select a time on Zac's online calendar (recommended for current Design students). Email and include a few days and general times in the next two weeks that work well for them. Call Zac at 785-864-2959 and state their name, KUID number (if they're a KU student), and a few days and general times in the next two weeks that work well for them. Students are welcome to meet with Zac Shields, the professional advisor for Design students, regardless of their year in school, admission status at KU, or admission status for KU Design.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in African and African-American Studies

The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS) will provide you with a unique center for studying the relationships among and between all people of African descent. In order to fulfill the mission of the AAAS department, you will investigate the connections between US and global histories, culture, and social and economic systems.  Black Studies, or Africana Studies more broadly, is an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to studying the experiences of African people, and African-descended people across the Diaspora.  It grew most directly out of campus demands made by black students, and their allies and supporters, during the mass protest movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. 

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

Why study geology? In Geology you get to apply techniques and knowledge from chemistry, physics, biology and math to answer important questions about Earth processes, history and future. Geologists are in demand to evaluate geologic hazards, evaluate natural resources, and understand the environment. The B.A. program allows many free electives for background courses in the sciences or liberal arts. The program permits study of traditional geology (with emphasis on the solid earth, the earth's surface, or environmental geology and natural resources), environmental geology (with emphasis on water or urban environmental geology), or an individually tailored program.

Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies

Why study global and international studies? Global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world. As a degree of study, it is useful for careers in business and the private sector, non-profit work, and foreign and civil service. Students have also used the degree as a precursor to graduate study and law school. It's interdisciplinary curriculum provides a great deal of flexibility that allows you to tailor your program toward your career aspirations. We live in a world where there is a great demand in most career fields for the contemporary global dynamics, language and cultural study, and research and writing development that our degree provides.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

Why study history? Who? What? Where? When? are the questions most commonly associated with the study of history. But these are only bits of information, bubbles on a multiple-choice test. They are not history. They are the building blocks of history, parts that when put together in the right way become history. History does not just record a sequence of events in the past. The practice of history examines change overtime and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time. How did Spanish conquistadors manage to defeat the Aztec Empire? Why did Napoleon try to conquer Europe? How did the Industrial Revolution contribute to global warming? Why did Taiwan break off from mainland China? These questions demand complex answers. In trying to come up with those answers historians turn to the building blocks of who, what, where, and when to assemble the historical evidence in a way that answers the big question.  In a culture that places primary value only on living in the present, studying history can offer a rare foundation for critiquing or at least comprehending the current state of the world. Studying history helps you cut through the myths that cloud our understanding of ourselves and others, and offers a depth of comprehension that few other disciplines can promise. The following are some key characteristics of the history department and major: Useful : The study of history at the collegiate level emphasizes vital lifelong skills. These include critical thinking, analysis of qualitative and quantitative sources, research methods and practices, persuasive writing, and articulate speaking. The skills acquired through historical study can be transferred easily to any number of future careers and occupations. Graduates with KU History degrees have go on to become lawyers, business professionals, teachers, consultants, journalists, social workers, archivists, civil servants, and even medical doctors. Welcoming:  Few limits exist to what you may study. Politics, sexual relations, art, labor, literature, rebellion, war - the Department of History draws no boundaries between what you may and may not examine. To that end it also shares students and faculty with other programs such as African and African American Studies,  Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Global and International Studies, Indigenous Studies, and all of the geographical area studies programs. Flexible : Students must take only two required courses - a course on historical methods ( HIST 301 ) and a senior research seminar ( HIST 696 ) or honors thesis ( HIST 690 & HIST 691 ). Because few courses have sequential prerequisites, History is easy to take as a minor or as a second major. Worldly : History is excellent preparation for travel and work abroad, and around thirty majors yearly participate in KU’s  Study Abroad  program. The Department of History itself offers overseas opportunities, such as a pre-law institute at Cambridge University. Intimate :  Courses  in the department are usually small, and the larger courses always include trained Graduate Teaching Assistants to give individual attention and feedback. All students take at least two seminars of no more than fifteen students, and honors students work one-on-one with a faculty member. Further, students in the Department have organized movie nights, lectures, and informal get-togethers, so you are never lost in the crowd. Prominent:    Faculty  in the department are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field, and they bring this advanced knowledge to bear on their teaching. Resourceful:  Resources for history research at KU are rich. Watson and Anschutz libraries help make up a major research library collection, and the Spencer Research Library offers such resources as the Wilcox Collection on extremist politics, the University Archives, and major collections in British and Irish history, among others.

Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of life at the level of individual molecules. Biochemistry lies at the intersection of cell biology, physiology, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. The B.A. Biochemistry major includes one year of biochemistry, as well as upper-division courses in cellular mechanisms and biological physical chemistry.

Bachelor of Social Work

...100 Introduction to Western Art History HA 103 Introduction to Western Art History, Honors HA...

Bachelor of Science in Geology

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Admission...MATH 104 ; or MATH 103 ; or three years...

Bachelor of Science in Education

...the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Students in...Geography GEOL 101 & GEOL 103 The Way The...

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GEOL 102 & GEOL 103 The Way The...

Bachelor of Science in Geography

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Admission...of alternatives: 3 HIST 103 Environment and History...

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

...Health Math requirement: 101 & 103, or 104 or...KU CORE Goal 3: Arts & Humanities 3 Post...

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as...emphasis: GEOL 101 & GEOL 103 The Way The...

Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as...1 GEOL 101 & GEOL 103 The Way The...

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Admission...MATH 125 requires MATH 103 or MATH 104...

Bachelor of Science in Education

...MATH 101 (Excluding MATH 103 , MATH 109 or...meeting KU CORE 3: Arts & Humanities 3 Any...

BS in Chemistry

...the equivalent of MATH 103 or MATH 104...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are...

Minor in History Politics, sexual relations, art, labor, literature, rebellion...History, Honors: _____ HIST 103 Environment and History...

ART 103. Art Concepts and Practice. 3 Hours H.

A companion course to ART 104. Lecture and studio experiences across disciplines emphasizing conceptual fundamentals, technical/skill development, visual sensibility, critical thinking and professional topics in art. Prerequisite: Must be a major or minor in the Department of Visual Art or receive instructor permission. LEC.

HA 103. Introduction to Western Art History, Honors. 3 Hours HT AE42/GE3H / H.

A chronological survey of Western art and architecture, including the ancient Near East, Europe from antiquity to the present, and North America from the colonial period to the present. The course emphasizes major historical and cultural developments, analyzes key art works and monuments, and introduces basic art historical principles and analytical methods. The course is offered at the 100 and 300 levels, with additional reading and writing assigned at the 300 level. Intended for non-majors. Does not fulfill the 30 required hours in the major. Not open to students with credit in HA 100, HA 150, HA 151, HA 160, HA 161, HA 300, or HA 303. Prerequisite: Membership in the University Honors Program or consent of instructor. LEC.