KU Core

KU Core Curriculum

Effective Fall 2013, the KU Core is the university-wide curriculum all incoming freshmen will complete. The KU Core integrates with the degree requirements of the various majors offered at KU. In some cases, degree-specific requirements can simultaneously be used to complete the KU Core. The KU Core spans the entire undergraduate experience and comprises three general education goals and three advanced education goals. General education goals and are best met during the first two years of university study.

  • Critical Thinking and Quantitative Literacy
  • Written & Oral Communication
  • Breadth of Knowledge

Advanced education goals can naturally incorporate coursework and other educational experiences done as part of a student’s major(s), minor(2), or experiences as an upperclassman.

  • Culture & Diversity
  • Social Responsibility & Ethics
  • Integration & Creativity

Students may follow individual paths through the KU Core, meeting milestones in different ways.

Graphic of individual paths through the KU core

To learn more about the KU Core Curriculum Committee, the faculty and student committee that establishes and oversees KU Core requirements, please see the University Core Curriculum Committee policy.

By completing the KU Core, the successful graduate will

  • Acquire essential skills
  • Build a broad background of knowledge
  • Have a stronger appreciation for cultural and global diversity
  • Cultivate ethical integrity
  • Generate the capacity and opportunity to blend and create ideas

Fulfilling the KU Core

Fulfilling the KU Core requires 12 units across the six education goals. A KU Core unit can be

  • A single approved course (3-5 hours)
  • An approved educational experience
  • An approved combination or partnership of course work and experiences
Graphic of core distribution

To view a list of courses and experiences approved to meet the learning outcomes of the KU Core Curriculum, click here.

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