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.
The Foundation of Knowledge - 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.
The Foundation of Knowledge (FOK) being a distributive model of general education, is almost entirely populated with introductory level courses, and offers flexibility in satisfying requirements, especially for students whose time-frame to complete a degree is more than four years.
The five categories of general education courses/student learning outcomes provide students with essential competencies, as well as introducing students to broad areas of knowledge.
The rationale for the General Education Program (Foundation of Knowledge—FOK) was detailed in the Founding Proposal for the program and relates directly to the University mission.
The goals of the program are as follows:
A – Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate the ability to gather, process, interpret, and evaluate information; to develop a plan to apply that information appropriate to a variety of situations, and to assess the appropriateness and relevance of its application.
B – Perspectives
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and understand multiple historical and contemporary perspectives and cultural identities.
C – Communication
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate a depth of understanding of that information through written, spoken, and visual media appropriate to audiences.
D – Science and Technology
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method in observing, evaluating, analyzing, and predicting phenomena in the natural and physical world. In addition, they will give example applications of science and technology to real world situations.
E – Personal Responsibility and Community
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, moral, and pragmatic consequences of their choices and decisions, including the roles and responsibilities of citizenship.