What Will Be Your K-Plan?
Your customized K-Plan will be made up of four components.
The Liberal Arts
For more than 50 years, Kalamazoo College has served as a model among U.S. colleges in international study, research, work, and service. Through our Center for International Programs, K students study in nearly 50 programs on six continents. ►
As a culmination of all your learning at K, you’ll explore a subject of your own choosing, resulting in an in- depth, graduate-level research thesis, performance, or creative work. ►
Kalamazoo College’s distinctive approach to liberal arts education, the K-Plan, has four components:
- Depth and Breadth in the Liberal Arts
- Learning Through Experience
- International and Intercultural Experience
- Independent Scholarship
Full engagement in the K-Plan helps students accomplish these learning outcomes: to know at least one field of inquiry in depth; to study a variety of fields of inquiry; to be able to engage in various cultural contexts in informed, meaningful, responsible, and respectful ways; to be able to learn effectively in a variety of settings; to be able to integrate theory and experiences through reflection; to respect personal and cultural differences;to be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; to be proficient in at least one second language; and to be able to think critically, reason analytically, and solve problems skillfully.
“I’ve always loved the K-Plan. I think it’s a brilliantly balanced education. I have to say I like it best in its classic form: broad liberal arts coursework, a career development internship, study abroad, the SIP.”
–Andy Mozina, Professor of English
While at K and through the K-Plan students are encouraged to develop: a lifelong passion for exploring new ideas; career readiness, based on multiple hands-on experiences including internships, externships, mentorships, and service learning; intercultural understanding, an awareness of different ways in which people experience and organize the world and an openness to learn from these; a clear sense of social justice, and willingness to become involved; and leadership as characterized by the ability to envision new possibilities and then inspire and organize people to achieve them.
Each student’s K-Plan will be a highly individualized, highly experiential curriculum that enables him or her to focus on, and make the very most of, his or her unique interests and gifts. At K – within an attentive and supportive community – students receive guidance as they clarify academic and career goals while constructing their version of the K-Plan so as to reach their full, unique potential.
As it has for the past half-century through the K-Plan, Kalamazoo College continues to be incredibly effective at helping enterprising students develop the knowledge and skills, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and global perspective they need to understand our richly diverse and increasingly complex world, to be successful within that world, and to provide enlightened leadership in the 21st century.