Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

KSU’s General Education Core IMPACTS Curriculum

Kennesaw State University’s General Education Core IMPACTS Curriculum program is designed to help students succeed through exploration, collaboration, and rigor. The curriculum engages students from diverse backgrounds and talents to produce meaningful change. KSU believes that general education serves to support students becoming productive members of a democratic society and be well-prepared to enter the workplace. Students learn through exploration of big questions that guide learning and develop skills and competencies critical for future success.  Each IMPACTS area is guided by an orienting question and learning outcomes, along with a set of career-ready competencies.  

KSU participates in eCore, a cooperative agreement among SACSCOC-accredited institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) to offer online general education courses. To learn more about eCore courses click here for more information.  

General Education Core Requirements at KSU

Throughout the University System, the core curriculum consists of 42 credit hours through the areas represented in the acronym


Institutional Priority (5 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How does my institution help me to navigate the world? 

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems related to priorities at their institution. 

Career-Ready Competencies: Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Time Management

Critical Thinking (2 Credit Hours) 

Complete the following course: 

Critical Thinking (3 Credit Hours)

Select one course from the following: 

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Mathematics & Quantitative Skills (3-4 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How do I measure the world?

Learning Outcome: Students will apply mathematical and computational knowledge to interpret, evaluate, and communicate quantitative information using verbal, numerical, graphical, or symbolic forms.

Career- Ready Competencies: Information Literacy, Inquiry and Analysis, and Problem Solving 

Select one course from the following: 

Science Majors:   Students must take MATH 1113 or higher

Engineering Majors:   Students must take MATH 1190 or higher


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Political Science and U.S. History (6 Credit Hours) 


Orienting Question: How do I prepare for my responsibilities as an engaged citizen?  

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of the United States, the history of Georgia, and the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia.

Career-Ready Competencies: Critical Thinking, Intercultural Competence, and Persuasion

Political Science (3 Credit Hours) 

Complete the following course: 

U.S. History (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following:


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Arts, Humanities, and Ethics (6 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How do I interpret the human experience through creative, linguistic, and philosophical works?  

Learning Outcome: Students will effectively analyze and interpret the meaning, cultural significance, and ethical implications of literary/philosophical texts or of works in the visual/performing arts.  

Career-Ready Competencies: Ethical Reasoning, Information Literacy, and Intercultural Competence 

Humanities (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following: 

Fine Arts (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following: 


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Communication in Writing (6 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How do I write effectively in different contexts? 

Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will communicate effectively in writing, demonstrating clear organization and structure, using appropriate grammar and writing conventions. 2. Students will appropriately acknowledge the use of materials from original sources. 3. Students will adapt their written communications to purpose and audience. 4. Students will analyze and draw informed inferences from written texts. 

Career-Ready Competencies: Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, and Persuasion 

Complete both of the following courses: 


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Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences (10-12 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How do I ask scientific questions or use data, mathematics, or technology to understand the universe? 

Learning Outcome: Students will use the scientific method and laboratory procedures or mathematical and computational methods to analyze data, solve problems, and explain natural phenomena. 

Career-Ready Competencies: Inquiry and Analysis, Problem Solving, and Teamwork 


Applied Math (3- 4 Credit Hours) 

Select one course from the following:

Science Majors:  Students must take MATH 1179 or higher

Engineering Majors:   Student must take MATH 2202 


Natural Sciences (7-8 Credit Hours) 

Science Majors  and Engineering Majors : Select two course pairs from the following (8 Credit Hours) 

Please note: Students cannot take both PHYS 1111/L and PHYS 2211/L nor PHYS 1112/L and PHYS 2212/L. 

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Health Majors : Select a two-semester laboratory sequence of courses from the following (8 Credit Hours) 

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All other majors: Select one course or course pair from the following (4 Credit Hours) 

And select one additional course or course paired with a laboratory course from the following (3 Credit Hours) 


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Social Sciences (6 Credit Hours)


Orienting Question: How do I understand human experiences and conditions? 

Learning Outcome: Students will effectively analyze the complexity of human behavior, and how historical, economic, political, social, or geographic relationships develop, persist, or change. 

Career-Ready Competencies: Intercultural Competence, Perspective Taking, and Persuasion 

World History (3 Credit Hours)

Select one course from the following: 

Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours) 

Select one from the following: 


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