University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will be able to analyze how gender, ethnicity, and race play important roles in understanding the city. They will be exposed to the broader public through internships in the community.
  • Students will be able to analyze how local, regional, and state governments and related institutions interact.
  • Students will be able to describe how the urban society is structured in interrelated sectors that influence each other locally and interact with sectors beyond the local city.
  • Students will be able to interpret demographic patterns at various scales, from the city block to the metropolitan area.
  • Students will be able to design and implement a research project analyzing a specific urban issue.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective 13
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits24
1

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 16
Science and Math Division of CAS6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits22
1

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.

2

This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

It is recommended to take one or more of these Anchor courses, depending on what your admittance level would be: ANCH 102, ANCH 206, ANCH 211, ANCH 301.

During the first 60 hours of coursework, students are advised to fulfill prerequisites for core courses and for required courses in the urban studies concentration they choose. At the same time, students should fulfill general graduation requirements, where possible, through completion of courses listed under College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements.

It is recommended that students planning an Urban Studies major take ENV-SCI 110R, ENV-SCI 210, or GEOLOGY 220 to satisfy part of the Science and Math Division of CAS requirements. In preparation for the core requirements of the urban studies major, the student should take ECON 201, SOCIOL 101, GEOG 105 and PSYCH 210.

When prerequisites and general requirements have been satisfied, students must complete for the urban studies major:

  • Core course requirements: 22 hours
  • Interest area requirements: 18 hours

Total hours required for the major in urban studies: 40 hours

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Required Courses
GEOG 309Urban Geography3
URBAN ST 495Urban Studies Internship1
URBAN ST 499WIUrban Studies Seminar3
History (Choose 1)3
History Of Planning And Urban Design
Kansas City: History of a Regional Metropolis
Statistics (Choose 1)3
Introduction to Statistics in Sociology/Criminal Justice
Introduction To Statistics In Sociology/Criminal Justice
Elementary Statistics
Race/Class/Gender (Choose 1)3
Hate & Bias Crimes
Political Economy of Race, Class And Gender: Theory, History, And Policy
Cultural Diversity And American Education
Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Race And Ethnic Relations
Urban Political Economy (Choose 1)3
The Kansas City Economy
Urban Economics
Politics of Kansas City Metro
Urban Politics and Community Power Structures
Methods (Choose 1)3
Research Seminar
Methods Of Sociological Research
Spatial Thinking in Social Science
Quantitative Planning Methods And Techniques
Interest Area Electives (see below)18
Total Credits40

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives31

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120


Interest Areas (18 hours)

In addition to the core requirements, 18 hours must be taken in an interest area:

  • Community Development and Housing
  • Community Organization and Social Services
  • Urban Policy/Management

In consultation with an advisor, selected by the student or designated by the program director, students are expected to develop a program (reflecting interest and applicability to career goals) in one interest area: a recommended course and five electives from those listed under the interest area chosen. Students may not double count any core courses toward the 18 hours.

Community Development and Housing

Recommended Course
UPD 340Neighborhood And Community Development3
Electives
Select five of the following:15
Urban Anthropology
The Kansas City Economy
The Meaning Of Architecture
Environmental Design Studio I
Environmental Design Studio II
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Economic Geography
Population Geography
Social Organization Of The City
GIS For Urban Planning
History Of Planning And Urban Design
Planning And Design Studio I
Planning And Design Studio II
Planning Theory And Practice
Transportation Planning
Planning For Historic Preservation
Planning Law And Practice
Urban Redevelopment
American Housing
Total Credits18

Community Organization and Social Services

Recommended Course
ANTHRO 331Urban Anthropology3
Electives
Select five of the following:15
Introduction To Criminal Justice
Policies Of Drug Use And Control
Hate & Bias Crimes
Political Economy of Race, Class And Gender: Theory, History, And Policy
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Population Geography
Labor, Politics and Society
Urban Politics and Community Power Structures
Child Psychology
Introduction To Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities And Community Life
Social And Psychological Development Through The Life Cycle
Social Stratification
Race And Ethnic Relations
Introduction To Social Work: Principles And Practice
Social Organization Of The City
Immigration and the City
GIS For Urban Planning
Neighborhood And Community Development
American Housing
Total Credits18

Urban Policy/Management

Recommended Course
POL-SCI 314Politics of Kansas City Metro3
Electives
Select five of the following:15
Hate & Bias Crimes
The Kansas City Economy
Public Finance
Urban Economics
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Economic Geography
Geographic Elements of Urban Planning
Labor, Politics and Society
Urban Politics and Community Power Structures
Voluntarism, Philanthropy & The Non-Profit Sector In The U.S.
Latina/Latino Immigrants & Migrants in the U.S
Social Movements
Immigration and the City
GIS For Urban Planning
Planning Theory And Practice
Transportation Planning
Planning For Historic Preservation
Urban Environment Planning And Design
Planning Law And Practice
Total Credits18

NOTE: Courses counted towards the core requirements cannot be double-counted for the Interest Area

Internship (1-6 hours)

In developing internships, students should first contact the urban studies director.

The student is expected to participate in work activities in a community organization and receive instruction from agency staff for a minimum of 240 hours on site by the end of the program.

The internship may be repeated up to a maximum of two semesters and should be taken as URBAN ST 495. Other internship courses may satisfy this requirement with approval of the advisor.

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.