Language & Cultures
Pathway for students who identify the interest of learning about people and cultures, would like to strengthen their writing, reading, and communications skills, want to broaden their understanding of beliefs, art, and literature, and/or want to better understand our complex and diverse global society.
This guide provides an example of how you can plan your first few semesters at KU. It includes exploratory and introductory courses to consider based on your interests and also lists some common general education requirements for your Pathway. Remember, this guide is just a sample! Your individual plan will change depending on things such as math, English, and language placement, transfer credit, and other factors. If you are unsure about any placement, chat with your academic advisor!
KU Core Breakdown
Critical Thinking and Quantitative Literacy
Critical Thinking and Quantitative Literacy: GE 1.1 & 1.2 - Requires two units. Unit 1.2 can be completed by ACT/SAT exemption. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate assumptions, claims, evidence, arguments, and forms of expression; select and apply appropriate interpretive tools.
Communication: GE 2.1.1, 2/1/2, and 2.2 - Requires three units. Unit 2.1.1 can be completed by ACT/SAT exemption. Students will be able to generate, explore, organize, and convey ideas in writing, using language and other media to present those ideas clearly, confidently, and in a manner appropriate to specific communication situations.
Breadth of Knowledge
Breadth of Knowledge: GE 3S, 3H, and 3N - Requires three units. Students will be able to demonstrate basic competence in the principles, theories, and analytic methods used in each of the following: arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
Culture and Diversity
Culture and Diversity: AE 4.1 and 4.2 - Requires two units. AE 4.2 can be met by studying abroad. AE 4.1 - students will be able to investigate the diversity of the human experience with the United States. AE 4.2 - students will be able to examine a variety of perspectives in the global community.
Social Responsibility and Ethics
Social Responsibility and Ethics: AE 5.1 - Requires one unit. Unit can be paired with community service. Students will be able to develop and apply a combination of knowledge and skills to demonstrate an understanding of social responsibility and ethical behavior.
Integration and Creativity
Integration and Creativity: AE 6 - Requires one unit. Unit can be a course or an approved experience. Unit usually completed within major. Students will be able to analyze and combine information from different areas within or across disciplines to approach and explain existing questions and problems from new perspectives, to pose new questions, and to generate new ideas.
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International Professionals & Public Servants Career Community
People who work as public servants spend their time researching and writing policy; and working within non-profit and government sectors. This career community focuses on serving the needs of the public through analyzing and setting policy and advocating for the public good.