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General Education for the Modern Student

What Is Quest?

Quest is Baker University's general education curriculum: a tailored, personalized program that gives students the ability to pursue topics they are passionate about while developing the foundational skills necessary to succeed in graduate school or the profession of their choice. Quest instills the essential core competencies: written and oral communication, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and problem solving in an inquiry-based format.Quest-logo-100

While other institutions force students to devote two-thirds of their time on campus to general education, Quest comprises only 20 percent of your coursework. This allows you the opportunity to explore the fullness of your interests, including double majors or helpful minors. At Baker, we don't want our students just going through the motions. Our program's unique offerings retain students and send them out into the world impassioned and confident in their skills.

Why Quest?

Our professors recognize that students don't get everything they need by sitting through lecture after lecture. The inquiry-based format allows faculty to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about real-world issues to create meaningful outcomes. Through Quest you will learn to take an active part in your own education, developing essential decision-making skills through experience, experiments, and team-based problem solving.


The power of Quest is best illustrated by our student outcomes. As you can see, Baker's liberal arts core serves students from every discipline.

  • Baker University maintains the highest four-year graduation rate in Kansas.
  • More than 98 percent of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.
  • Seventy-eight percent of students who apply are accepted into medical school, a remarkable 30 percent above the national average.
  • In 2013, Baker's School of Nursing produced the highest first-time pass rate in Kansas on the National Council Licensure Examination.
  • In the last four years, 95 percent of Baker's pre-law students were accepted into their first- or second-choice law school.
  • In 2013, 100 percent of Baker's student teachers were hired within the first year after graduation.


Sample Quest Courses

Sound the Barritus

In this course, students will explore historical factors critical to the collapse of Roman imperial unity (350-476 AD). Organized as a campaign simulation – a game – students will act as the major political figures and compete for power, status, and wealth. Through information gathering, negotiation, espionage, and military confrontation, players will compete to preserve or extinguish the "Light of Eternal Rome." Student success will be determined by playing the campaign scenario and students' efforts to identify, understand, and avoid the mistakes of their historical counterparts.

The Hunger Games as Allegory
of American Pop Culture

The Hunger Games is one of the most successful young adult book series in history. The story of teenagers fighting to the death in a dystopian future has also been turned into successful feature films. In this course, students will read The Hunger Games and explore parallels with modern popular culture. From an emphasis on youth culture to reality television programming to the debates of the "Haves" versus the "Have Nots," students will use The Hunger Games as a way to inform issues and debates in modern American life.