University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Composition and one course in Communication; and a Math Pathway course.

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.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

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.

Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above)3
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits13

Students wishing to focus on ancient literatures in translation can pursue a degree in English with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature. This track involves a core of three survey courses to give students grounding in each of the three periods. Students also take one elective from each time period that allows them to study each period in more depth, a course such as 'Shakespeare In Film', 'The Ancient World in Film', or 'Arthurian Legends' that allows them to study how these literatures have been received in modern society; a course such as 'History of English', 'Old English', 'Ancient Greek', 'Classical Latin', or the 'History and Principles of Rhetoric' that allows students to understand the linguistic backgrounds of these literatures. Students complete the degree with three electives that can be taken in the English department or many other departments in the college including Classics, History, Art History, Philosophy, and Geosciences.  For more information, see the relevant catalog section for the English Department.