Foundation Courses


Making Sense of Course Categories (Competencies), Student Learning Outcomes and Courses

The course categories represent a method of grouping academic knowledge and skills.  In Foundation of Knowledge we grouped knowledge in the following categories:

  • Communication (oral and written communication)
  • Scientific and Quantitative Literacy (science and mathematics)
  • Self and Society (social/behavioral sciences)
  • Culture and Creativity (humanities/fine arts)
  • Global Viewpoints (global multicultural perspectives)

These categories organize groups of courses across traditional competencies associated with college graduates.  They also provide a consistent scheme that facilitates transfer between Kentucky higher education institutions as illustrated in the Kentucky Transfer Agreement.

While these categories represent a way of dividing knowedge realms, they do not necessarily represent how knowledge, skills and values develop as you progress through your degree.  The knowledge, skills and values expressed through the Foundation of Knowledge Student Learning Outcomes are interdisciplinary and are developed across the categories.  While these outcomes may be addressed in all of your courses, we have designed Foundation of Knowledge to emphasize outcomes in specific course categories as illustrated in the "Student Learning Outcome Matrix"


Finally, we provide you a variety of courses in each category to help you create a degree that integrates general and specialized knowledge to prepare you for life and work after graduation.  You can view degree checksheets in the "Structure and Organization" page to plan your pathway through general education.  The NKU Catalog also lists the courses in general education.  To view the General Educaiton Section of the Catalog, follow the link below.

NKU Catalog General Education Section

Alternate Mapping for Multiple Category Courses

Some of the courses in Foundation of Knowledge are listed in multiple categories.  While each course only can be used once, you may wish to request that the course be listed in one of the specific areas it can satisfy. You can view how your courses have been applied by viewing the degree audit.  To learn how to run a degree audit, follow the link below:

Degree Audit Tutorial

If a course is showing in a section other than the one you desire, please complete the following form.

Course Mapping Request Form