A foundation for learning

The KU Core is designed to yield fundamental skills, build a broad background of knowledge, generate capacities and opportunities for blending and creating ideas, strengthen an appreciation of cultural and global diversity, and cultivate ethical integrity.

Each of the KU Core’s six educational goals has one or more distinct learning outcomes, which can be met by a variety of courses and educational experiences. Fulfilling the requirements of the KU Core entails successfully completing 12 units across the six education goals. General education goals are best met early in a student’s undergraduate career. Advanced education goals are most appropriately acquired using the foundation of knowledge gained from the general education goals and progression through the major. The sixth goal, Integration and Creativity, can provide a capstone experience.

KU Core Goals


Information on approved courses, experiences, and sequences are at Fulfilling the Core. Student petition information and exemptions from the KU Core are housed here as well.

Information on the University Core Curriculum Committee, the body responsible for developing, sustaining, and overseeing the KU Core, is at Committee.

Information regarding recertification, nomination, or withdrawal of a course can be found on the Course Actions page. 

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KU Core Recertification forms for Goal 6 are due September 18, 2020. Please contact kucore@ku.edu for questions.
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