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.
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.
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.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams 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'.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Produce work applying best practices in short- and long-form news, feature and investigative reporting for print, broadcast and digital journalism
- Research and develop methods in data collection.
- Produce writing that meets or exceeds professional standards.
- Demonstrate reporting skill that meets or exceeds professional standards.
- Adapt the dissemination of information appropriate to cross-cultural audiences.
- Identify and express ethical news writing and reporting in the best traditions of American journalism and mass communication.
The Journalism and Mass Communication emphasis offers concentrated study in select areas including print and electronic journalism, radio, television, journalism, advertising and public relations.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A 1||3|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective 1||3|
|'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.|
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|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 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 or any UMKC Focus A course 1||6|
|Science and Math Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus B course||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus C course||6|
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above)||3|
|Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)||9|
|MATH 110||Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 2||3|
|or MATH 116||Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|or MATH 120||Precalculus|
|Laboratory Science Experience||1|
ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
Journalism and Mass Communication Emphasis
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major courses. Only major courses with a grade of C- or higher will be accepted for credit in the major, and counted toward the major GPA. With prior permission, three hours of elective credit from another department may be accepted as Communication Studies elective credit.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 18 credit hours taken in the department at UMKC with 12 of those hours at the 300-level or above.
|Department's Core Courses|
|COMM-ST 110||Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening||3|
|COMM-ST 483||Research Seminar In Communication Studies||3|
|COMM-ST 203||Introduction to Journalism||3|
|COMM-ST 220||Introduction: Modern Communications Media||3|
|COMM-ST 484||Communication Studies Activities||3|
|Journalism and Mass Communication Electives|
|Select six of the following courses including at least one WI course:||18|
|Introduction To Web Communications|
|Introduction to Digital and Mobile Journalism|
|Introduction To The Study Of Human Communication|
|Radio & Television Performance|
|Mass Media, Culture And Society|
|Rhetorical Theory And Criticism|
|The Art of the Interview|
|Fundamentals Of Writing For The Media|
|The New Feature Writing|
|U News Practicum|
|Radio Production I|
|Cross-Cultural Journalism & Mass Media|
|Documentary Film History|
|Strategic Communication Research|
|Press, Politics And Public Policy|
|Principles Of Advertising|
|Interactive and Social Media Advertising|
|Principles Of Public Relations|
|Urban Journalism Practicum|
|Advanced Electronic Journalism|
|Communication Studies Activities|
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.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
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.
UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.