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Primary Texts Undergraduate Certificate

The primary texts undergraduate certificate lets students take part in a conversation with some of the best thinkers humankind has produced. Primary sources include great books and texts from experts in philosophy, politics, literature and the sciences. Studying these sources helps students to apply enlightened judgment in their professional, personal and social lives, as well as developing good communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to reason critically.

The program can be taken in three areas of study within the arts and sciences. Courses already fulfill basic requirements for most degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences and may also qualify toward the primary texts certificate through a focus on critical thinking about primary historical sources. Students can earn all or part of the primary texts undergraduate certificate online.

Career Applications in Primary Texts

Skills gained in the primary texts undergraduate certificate program can be applied to a variety of careers involving:

  • communication
  • theoretical thinking and reasoning
  • problem solving


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The primary texts undergraduate certificate is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Degree: Undergraduate Certificate
College: Arts and Sciences
Credits: 18
Course delivery: Online

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