Beyond the Classroom
KSU students benefit from planning their course of study in advance. Familiarize yourself with the course schedule templates below, according to your area of interest.
Designing your Degree
Every student’s academic desires and strengths are unique. All undergraduates at KSU will enter their Bachelor’s program at different starting points, depending on credits that were collected before KSU, such as credits earned through AP, IB, dual enrollment, and transfer courses from other colleges.
- What college credit hours have you already completed?
- Are you able to transfer those credits to KSU?
- How will those credits be tabulated and how will they count towards a degree program?
Likewise, all undergraduates will have different goals upon graduation, including but not limited to continuation to graduate studies (e.g. M.A., M.S., Ph.D., Double Owl), professional studies (e.g. Law, Medicine, Business), or career pathways (e.g. Internships, Apprenticeships, Volunteer Service, Government Service).
- What academic goals will you pursue at KSU?
- Which career pathways interest you the most?
- How will your career support your life goals outside of work?
Degree programs involve complex sequences of academic studies and can be complicated by scheduling, prerequisites, difficulty, gateway courses, and general education requirements. Your academic advisor can help you graduate in a timely fashion, and suggest solutions to you as you navigate the process of selecting a course of study and a variety of courses each semester.
About Focus Areas
When students enroll choose a focus area or a major. Students are permitted to change their Focus Area as often as they like while under 30 earned credit hours. There are benefits to both.
- Focus areas provide a flexible way to discover a major that you will love.
- Declared Majors gain access to specialized advisors and benefits conveyed to Majors.
Focus Areas are a two-semester guided selection of classes meant to help students prepare to select a major by taking appropriate pre-requisite coursework. The recommended courses prioritize certain general education and introductory classes that are foundational to a group of majors.
Planning Your Schedule
The following diagram groups course choices according to focus area. Language study is possible in every focus area, as it is a General Education requirement. Sometimes, the DegreeWorks course scheduling system will flag students who enroll in their first language course. In almost all cases, this should be corrected with a manual override.
The courses depicted above are simplified to make the semester plans easier to understand at a glance. For example, Language I might mean course code GRMN 1001, and Language II might meant course code GRMN 1002. For specific information about the permissible courses, visit the Focus Areas page where course numbers and alternatives are explained. Learn more about Focus Areas.
Course Planning for Majors
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a B.A. program in Modern Language & Culture, and German students have the option to specialize in German and another language. This program is dynamic, and offers students the opportunity to enroll in at home or abroad, earning credit hours at German learning institutes or through German work experiences.
Majors diversify their knowledge and experience through a combination of general education coursework, free electives, language study, upper-division related studies courses, internships, and/or study abroad experiences.
The academic map for German Majors will often include travel to Germany during the breaks between semesters, or if they wish, they travel to Europe for long term study and work opportunities that replace Year 3.
This two week program can replace a single course, such as FL 3302 or FL 3200
This 1-3 month course can replace 1-3 courses: FL 2001, FL 2002, FL 3303
This 1-2 semester program can replace many courses, such as FL 3305, FL 3398, FL 3304, FL 4456, FL 4434, and FL 4402.
This internship experience can replace FL 3398