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The Kalamazoo Curriculum

For fifty years, Kalamazoo College’s distinctive K-Plan has served as the foundation and focal point of the College's curriculum. The curriculum allows students to:
  • develop life-long learning and communication skills;
  • explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields;
  • identify and pursue an intellectual passion, personal aspiration, or career path; and
  • forge a customized, coherent education by integrating classroom and experiential learning, study abroad, and co-curricular activities into a unified whole.
The general education curriculum that supports the K-Plan features breadth across the liberal arts, a strong global and intercultural focus, widespread participation in meaningful study abroad, internships, and service-learning, rigorous majors, capstone experiences including Senior Individualized Projects for all students, and a dedication to integration of the entire “K” experience. Three Shared Passages Seminars serve as both preparation for and integration of the rich, transformational components of the K-Plan. Emphasizing student ownership of the educational experience, this curriculum encourages students to develop both an ability to think creatively and analytically about a variety of issues and ideas, as well as to bring unusual depth and passion to their particular field of interest.

The rich and multifaceted Kalamazoo curriculum is balanced by a set of graduation requirements designed to encourage student agency and intentionality in students’ curricular exploration and integration. Please refer to the academic catalog for requirement details.

Encouraging students to develop an ability to think creatively and analytically about a variety of issues and ideas, and to bring unusual depth and passion to their particular field of interest