Student Frequently Asked Questions

What is the KU Core?

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.
When do I need to complete the KU Core?
There is no standard timeline for completion of the core. You do not have to complete the core before applying or declaring a major. It needs to be completed before you can graduate. The general education goals (Goals 1-3) are best met early in a student’s career. The advanced education goals (Goals 4-6) are most appropriately acquired using the foundation of knowledge gained from the general education goals and progression through the major.
Which courses are required to complete the KU Core?
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.
Which educational experiences are included in 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.
What is an approved educational “unit” in the KU Core?
A unit can be a single approved course (3–5 hours), an approved educational experience, an approved sequence of courses, or an approved combination or partnership of coursework and/or experiences. Students will complete 12 units in meeting the requirements of the KU Core.
Can one course count for more than one learning outcome?
A course may be approved to meet more than one learning outcome. However, for purposes of satisfying the KU Core, a student may count one course toward only one learning outcome. By visiting, you can see the courses and the goals they fulfill. Courses that are approved for more than one goal will automatically fill into the KU Core goals that have not been met. We recommend you refer to your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and meet with your advisor if you have questions or concerns.
Is the KU Core "added on" to existing major requirements?
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 often simultaneously be used to achieve KU Core learning outcomes. Double check with your academic advisor and department for confirmation.
How does changing a major affect a student’s progress toward completing the KU Core?

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.

Can transfer courses satisfy KU Core requirements?
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 requirement.

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