UNIV Courses

Courses with the UNIV designation are geared toward undergraduates, advance an Undergraduate Studies or university purpose (e.g., progression, retention, graduation), and do not duplicate courses taught in individual academic departments or schools.  A UNIV course must include:

  • Learning outcomes and an assessment plan
  • A staffing plan that ensures that instructors are academically prepared and receive appropriate training in policies and procedures
  • A unit devoted to educating students on academic integrity principles

A UNIV course is not generally designed to meet major requirements but can be designed to include the following:

  • Support academic skills development and academic inquiry
  • Provide an experiential component
  • Support completion of a certificate
  • Be interdisciplinary—e.g., drawing on faculty from more than one College/school
  • Meet university requirements (e.g., Goal 5.2 of KU Core)
  • Offered online or in an intersession
  • Offered for variable credit

Proposing a UNIV course

Before submitting a proposal for a UNIV course, please develop learning outcomes for the course, an assessment plan, and a staffing plan that ensures that instructors are academically prepared and receive appropriate training in policies and procedures.  You will also need to include a unit in your course that is devoted to educating students on academic integrity principles.  Courses must have a university sponsor: a dean, director, or department chair must sign off on the proposal.

Please submit your UNIV proposal through the Course Inventory Management tool. Before you make your submission, please download and complete this form. Upload the completed form with your submission. Please also upload a syllabus.  (If you are unable to access the Course Inventory Management site, please email the Office of Undergraduate Studies).

Your submission will be reviewed by the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies (advised by the UNIV curriculum committee), before referral to the University Core Curriculum Committee for consideration. After the UCCC approves a new UNIV course, the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs makes the final decision on behalf of the provost’s office.    

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies to discuss proposed UNIV courses.


KU Core

The KU Core stretches across the undergraduate experience, yielding fundamental skills, building a broad background of knowledge, generating capacities and opportunities for blending and creating ideas, strengthening an appreciation of cultural and global diversity, and cultivating ethical integrity. Each of our six educational goals has one or more distinct learning outcomes. Learn more visit kucore.ku.edu

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