Academic Programs and Faculty
Kalamazoo College has 100 full-time faculty members, 96 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Teaching is the most important responsibility of the faculty.
Kalamazoo College’s faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong learning, career readiness, intercultural understanding, social responsibility, and leadership.
- 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 79 percent of faculty are tenured/tenure-track
- 53 percent of faculty are women
K is committed to building a diverse faculty that reflects the ever diversifying student body and the diversity of the world around us.
At Kalamazoo College, student-faculty interaction goes beyond the classroom to include working together on research projects, college committees, and community projects. The connections students and faculty form last well beyond graduation.
Since 1962, Kalamazoo College has offered a nationally-recognized curriculum called the Kalamazoo Plan (nicknamed the K-Plan), an undergraduate experience of rigorous liberal arts scholarship and opportunities for experiential education in both domestic and international settings. The K-Plan is a four-part, integrated approach to an excellent education in the liberal arts and sciences:
- Rigorous academics–depth and breadth
- Study abroad-international and intercultural experience
- A hands-on education–learning through experience
- Senior individualized project–independent scholarship
Shared Passages Program
The Shared Passages Program is a curricular thread that integrates features of the K-Plan. Required in the first, sophomore and senior years, Shared Passages courses provide a developmental, pedagogical and intellectual arc to the liberal arts experience and create a “backbone” to an effective, flexible, liberal arts education in which the whole is greater than the sum of its component parts.
First-year seminars constitute the gateway to the K-Plan and to college life for entering students, while also serving as the foundation of the Shared Passages Program. First-year seminars are primarily designed to orient students to collegiate learning practices, with particular emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and speaking.
The sophomore seminar is the second component of Shared Passages and comes at a critical moment of challenge and opportunity in students’ journeys through the K Plan. Sophomore seminars provide a vital link between students’ entry to the K experience and their other landmark K experiences— advanced work in the major, study abroad and a SIP.
Senior seminars are the culmination of the Shared Passages Program. Senior seminars provide a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their K-Plan, craft a narrative of their education, and explore the relevance of the knowledge and skills they’ve developed for their post-graduation lives.
Departments and Programs
An innovative and integrated approach to academics allows students to shape their own path in the liberal arts and sciences as an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College. At the core of the K-Plan is the opportunity for students to draw on 30 majors, 22 minors, five special programs, and 13 concentrations to customize their experiences for a highly personalized approach to their college education. With Kalamazoo’s open curriculum, students are not required to follow a prescribed list of general education courses