Many Gen Ed courses are offered every semester, but one can only be sure once the schedule is released. You can use the Course Registration filter in MyNKU to look for courses in particular categories. Use the advance search by selecting the Filter button in the far right of the screen and then select with Gen Ed category you wish to search for under Type.
Here’s a link to a guide to using Course Registration in MyNKU: Registration Guide: Northern Kentucky University, Greater Cincinnati Region (nku.edu)
We have a list of course equivalencies: https://www.nku.edu/admissions/transfer/equivalencies.html.
It is recommended that you confirm with the registrar that the course will count for the Gen Ed before you enroll in the course.
Different courses have different placement test. Since ACT/SAT scores are optional, you may or may not have those scores to assist with placing you in a course that
you are most likely to succeed. If you do have those scores, your advisor will help you select the right course in Math or English. Here are other placement tests to know about:
Yes, credit by exam is an available option even after you leave high school. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST and NKU’s own Credit for Prior Learning Examination (CPLE) at Northern Kentucky University gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for all sorts of courses including Gen Ed by earning qualifying scores on any of the CLEP, DSST or CPLE examinations. Students can earn credit for knowledge they have acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job- training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. See the Testing Office website for more information: Testing Services: Northern Kentucky University, Greater Cincinnati Region (nku.edu).
Colleges and Universities across the country all agree that a college education should have a certain breath of knowledge. We see a college education as not simply vocational training, but an educational endeavor that should broaden an individual’s knowledge about a range of content. Different institutions have different approaches; some have a common core of courses that all students must complete, and others require students to select from a variety of courses that all share some common learning goals. Our program’s mission is as follows:
MISSION: The General Education Program at Northern Kentucky University guides students to become independent learners, innovative thinkers, and responsible citizens. The program gives students a foundation of values, knowledge, and skills that will empower them to discover their personal potential, communicate effectively, work in diverse communities, and solve problems in a global society. Courses in the program will invite students to expand the life-long practice of asking questions, seeking new points of view, applying principles of reason, adjusting ideas in relation to new situations, and taking reflective action. Northern Kentucky University’s general education program is designed to ensure breadth in a student's foundational intellectual experience, while at the same time complement all the university’s majors and degree programs.
Here are the Gen Ed Goals: PROGRAM GOALS (nku.edu) which are