Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQs

The KU Core and related processes must be fully aligned and ready for implementation beginning with the fall 2024 cohort. Any students who matriculate at KU in fall 2024 or after will follow the KU Core 34 Curriculum.  

Yes, the KU Core Curriculum will continue to serve as KU's general education requirements. However, there will be changes for students who enroll at KU starting in fall 2024 which will be referred to as the KU Core 34.  

In spring 2023, the faculty voted to require a capstone experience/course for all KU degree programs, which effectively removed Goal 6 from the KU Core. 

General education requirements for students who begin their journey at KU will continue to include the following goals that align with the KBOR general education framework: 

  • Quantitative Reasoning (Math & Stats) 
  • Written Communication (English) 
  • Oral Communication 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences 
  • Arts and Humanities 
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility 
  • Social Sciences 
  • U.S. Culture 
  • Global Culture 

In spring 2023, University Governance voted to require a capstone experience for all students who earn a bachelor's degree at KU. Essentially, this KU degree requirement takes the place of Goal 6, which will be removed from the KU Core in Fall 2024.  


Student FAQs

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.

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 website. Students may choose from this list with confidence that the experience will satisfy the 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 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 kucore.ku.edu/courses, 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.

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.

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 website 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.

The UCCC will only review petitions that fall under certain circumstances. These circumstances include: 

  • Courses transferred into KU with a general designator (such as BIOL N) and the student believes the course fulfills and aligns with a KU Core goal. 
  • KU courses classified as a special "topics" course.
  • Study abroad experiences outside of those offered by KU's Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE). Click here for an approved list of courses and programs.
  • Individual educational experience meeting the guidelines for pre-approved educational experiences. Click here for more information on pre-approved educational experiences. Click here for more information on proposing an individual educational experience.

Existing KU courses (outside of topics courses), that do not already have a Core designation, will not be reviewed by the committee. Departments decide to propose courses to fulfill KU Core goals, and the committee cannot override those decisions.

Additionally, the UCCC will not adjust their petition review timetable or meeting schedule to review petitions. Typically, it takes 6-8 weeks from petition submission to receiving an answer from the UCCC.

Questions about these circumstances may be directed to kucore@ku.edu.

Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor and create a plan to fulfill the KU Core goal. 

Students who enrolled at KU for the first time before Fall 2024 will not be affected and will continue to follow the KU Core Curriculum, meaning they will need to complete all six goals found in the KU Core. 

Students will have an opportunity to "opt-in" to KU's new general education curriculum. Students should discuss this option with their academic advisor to determine the option that works best for them. 

We recommend contacting the Admissions office at the college/university where you will be enrolling for more information on their requirements and transfer policy.

The first step is to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your options. Your advisor will assist you with documenting your decision to "opt-in." You may schedule an appointment with your advisor through the Navigate App or by visiting Jayhawk GPS.

The University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) will continue reviewing petitions for courses to count for the KU Core. Please meet with your academic advisor to discuss, and follow the instructions here.

Students who transfer to KU in fall 2024 or later will follow the KU Core 34 Curriculum. Here are a few items to note:

Your general education requirements are completed if you earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree or completed the general education requirements from a Kansas public two- or four-year institution. However, you may need to complete additional general education courses that are required for your major. 

If you do not complete your general education requirements before enrolling at KU, you must complete KU's general education requirements. KU's Transfer Admissions Office will review your transcript to determine the transferability of the general education courses you have taken. 

Students who transfer to KU during the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 academic year will have the option to "opt-out" of the KU Core 34 and complete the original KU Core Curriculum requirements. Students should discuss this option with their academic advisor to determine the option that works best for them. 


Academic Advisors FAQs

Courses and sequences can meet more than one goal. However, these cannot be used simultaneously by students.

Beginning Fall 2024, courses will only count for one goal determined by the academic unit and sequences will no longer achieve a core goal. 

A letter of support is required for the petition to move forward. The UCCC does not have a preference as to whether the letter of support is submitted from a faculty member or an academic advisor. The student may determine who is best to write a letter of support explaining how the course or experience meets the goal/learning outcome and show support for the petition.  

The UCCC will only review petitions that fall under certain circumstances. These circumstances include: 

  • Courses transferred into KU with a general designator (such as BIOL N) and the student believes the course fulfills and aligns with a KU Core goal. 
  • KU courses classified as a special "topics" course.
  • Study abroad experiences outside of those offered by KU's Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE). Click here for an approved list of courses and programs.
  • Individual educational experience meeting the guidelines for pre-approved educational experiences. Click here for more information on pre-approved educational experiences. Click here for more information on proposing an individual educational experience.

Existing KU courses (outside of topics courses), that do not already have a Core designation, will not be reviewed by the committee. Departments decide to propose courses to fulfill KU Core goals, and the committee cannot override those decisions.

Additionally, the UCCC will not adjust their petition review timetable or meeting schedule to review petitions. Typically, it takes 6-8 weeks from petition submission to receiving an answer from the UCCC.

Questions about these circumstances may be directed to kucore@ku.edu.

 

The student and academic advisor should meet and create a plan to fulfill the KU Core goal. 

Courses that transfer into KU with a direct match may complete KU Core outcomes if the direct match is approved for KU Core credit. Please visit the Credit Transfer website to see how your course will transfer to KU.

If you are a current KU student seeking credit at another institution, we recommend you review the Credit Transfer website prior to enrolling in a class. 


Faculty, Schools, & Departments FAQs

Please visit the KU Core Nominations webpage to see the breakdown on nominating a course.

Please visit the KU Core Educational Experiences webpage to read about the process.

The UCCC will communicate when a nomination has not been approved. To appeal, we recommend you discuss with the UCCC Chair and KU Core Coordinator for more information about the committee’s review. Once your information has been compiled, please send it to kucore@ku.edu. The committee will review the additional information and reconsider the course.

Please visit the KU Core Recertification webpage for more information.

The course must demonstrate that it meets the learning outcomes for the proposed goal. Please visit KU Core Goals webpage to see a breakdown of the learning outcomes for each goal.

The course will be up for recertification on a 6-year cycle. During this process, you will be asked to provide information about how the course meets the learning outcomes for the approved goal. For more information and a timeline of the recertification process, please visit the KU Core Recertification webpage.

Please visit the KU Core Decertification webpage for more information.

The UCCC does not decertify courses without probable cause. The reason for courses to be decertified are either by request of the department or during the recertification process. The committee determines if courses meet the learning outcomes for the goals. Courses that are decertified can be appealed through the committee by better demonstrating that the courses meet the learning outcomes.