Frequently Asked Questions
The KU Core establishes six educational goals for all undergraduates at the University of Kansas. 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. Starting in fall 2013, all students entering KU will follow curricula that coordinate with the KU Core goals.
The KU Core is not a prescribed set of courses that students must take. Hundreds of courses and experiences have been approved as part of the KU Core. Students can select the courses or experiences that match their interests and areas of study. This selection allows each student to create a unique undergraduate experience.
All KU undergraduates who enter in the fall 2013 semester or later are required to complete the KU Core curriculum. Thus, whether students are in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or in a professional school that offers undergraduate degrees (e.g., Business, Engineering, etc.), they will complete the KU Core curriculum as part of their undergraduate degree program. Different schools and the College may chart specific paths through the KU Core, such as identifying capstone courses to satisfy the outcomes for Goal 6.
There are no specific course requirements in the KU Core. Each learning outcome can be achieved either by taking an approved course, participating in an approved educational experience, or completing an approved combination of courses and/or educational experiences. Students should work with their academic advisors to determine how they will meet the goals and learning outcomes of the KU Core.
Experiences that have been approved for the KU Core include certain study-abroad programs, service-learning opportunities, and internships. Approved experiences are posted on the KU Core web site. Students may choose from this list with confidence that the experience will satisfy requirements of the KU Core curriculum. With guidance from the Experiential Learning Collaborative, the University Core Curriculum Committee will continue to add to this list.
A unit can be a single approved course (3–5 hours), an approved educational experience, or an approved combination or partnership of coursework and/or experiences. Students will complete 12 units in meeting the requirements of the KU Core.
A unit may be approved to meet more than one learning outcome. However, for purposes of satisfying the KU Core, a student may count a unit toward only one learning outcome.
Although satisfying all six goals of the KU Core is a requirement for all undergraduates, the KU Core is intended to integrate as seamlessly as possible with the degree requirements across the many majors offered at KU. Courses taken to satisfy degree-specific requirements can simultaneously be used to achieve KU Core learning outcomes.
Students who meet KU Core requirements as part of one degree program and then change majors will not have to meet KU Core requirements again as they pursue their new major. They will, however, still be expected to meet all the degree-specific requirements of their new major.
Yes. Some transfer courses satisfy KU Core requirements. The Credit Transfer web site lists courses taken at other institutions that may transfer to KU. The charts on that page indicate whether a course is equivalent to a course that meets a learning outcome of the KU Core. If a transfer course is equivalent to a KU course that meets a KU Core requirement, then the transfer course may be considered to satisfy the same requirpnt.
However, since transfer credit will not be awarded for courses in which a grade of D+ or below was earned, only transfer courses in which a higher grade was earned will be considered to satisfy the KU Core. (See the University’s Policy on Transfer Coursework, Minimum Grade and GPA Calculation.)