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UK's Global Learning Outcomes

Given that UK’s degree programs aspire to prepare our graduates for the global communities in which they will live and work, the following overarching learning outcomes serve as guidelines for ensuring that international perspectives are infused across the curriculum of all degree programs.  

While UK Core explicitly addresses global competencies, it is expected that the undergraduate majors and graduate/professional programs will build on this foundation, considering the transnational context and global networks of their own disciplines. UK’s globally educated graduates will be able to: 


  • Analyze the global context of their chosen profession, and apply perspectives gathered from a global community of scholars as part of their professional expertise. 
  • Describe how, in multi-cultural or multi-national situations, individual and collective decision-making often generates ethical dilemmas, conflicts, and trade-offs that must be thoughtfully evaluated, weighed, and resolved. 
  • Explain how local features (economic, cultural, social, political and religious) of urban or rural communities, ethnicities, nations and regions are often linked to global trends, tendencies, and characteristics that often mutually shape one another. 


  • Analyze the forces shaping international events, both now and in the past. 
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication, interaction, and teamwork with people of different nationalities and cultures. 
  • Implement diverse frames of reference to critically examine and address complex global problems. 
  • Use world language skills and/or knowledge of other cultures to seek access to information, engage in experiences, and document new understandings. 


  • Demonstrate respect and support for the common good of the world community, including attention to internationally recognized human rights, self-determination, the welfare of others, economic development and international trade, and sustainability of natural and constructed systems. 
  • Demonstrate awareness of the complexity of cultural systems by describing the role that cultures play in influencing individual behavior, attitudes, and beliefs. 
  • Justify openness to difference, and tolerance of ambiguity and unfamiliarity. Seek clarification and explain the benefits of being in the position of a learner when encountering others in multi-cultural or global environments. 
  • Demonstrate an ongoing willingness to seek out international or intercultural opportunities, and describe how personal and social responsibility has been demonstrated through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.