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

If you would like to focus on the study of ancient languages, you can pursue a degree in Foreign Languages with an emphasis in Greek and Latin.  This track involves a core set of language courses that allow you to become a proficient reader of Ancient Greek and Latin texts.  This language core is supplemented with electives offered by the Classics Program, the History Department, the English Department, the Art and Art History Department, and the Philosophy Department.  These electives are taught using translated texts, and these courses allow you to tailor your program of study to your specific interests in history, art or literature.  In addition to these electives, students must also complete a capstone course.  For more information, see the relevant catalog section for the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.