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:
- Create coherent academic arguments that are built upon multi-leveled textual analysis
- Integrate close readings of primary texts
- Situate texts in cultural and/or historical contexts
- Engage in critical conversations
- Present an essay in ways that reflect a sense of professional rules and conventions
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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|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; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|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|
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 18 of the 36 required hours taken in the department at UMKC with 12 of those hours at the 300-level or above.
|Complete the following introductory course:|
|ENGLISH 337||Introduction to American Literary and Cultural Studies||3|
|Complete the following in Literary Surveys:|
|ENGLISH 311||American Literature I||3|
|ENGLISH 321||American Literature II||3|
|ENGLISH 331||African American Literature I||3|
|Select two of the following in Language, Rhetoric, and Theory:||6|
|Language, Literacy, Power|
|Rhetorics of New Media|
|Rhetorics of Public Memory|
|Introduction To Linguistics/Language Science|
|Women And Rhetoric|
|Girls And Print Culture|
|History And Principles Of Rhetoric|
|Theory and Criticism in English Studies|
|Select three of the following in Cultural Issues in American Literature:||9|
|Asian American Literature|
|Black Women Writers|
|The Civil Rights Movement in African American Literature|
|From Field Shout to Hip Hop: African American Poetic Traditions|
|African American Migrations in Literature|
|Women's Literature in Africa and the African Diaspora|
|Select two of the following Electives:||6|
|Introduction To Cultural Anthropology|
|Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations in African American Studies|
|History And Development Of Jazz I|
|History and Development of Jazz II|
|Political Economy of Race, Class And Gender: Theory, History, And Policy|
|British Literature II|
|18th-Century British Literature|
|Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing|
|Introduction to African American Studies|
|Women in Modern America|
|History of the American South I|
|Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History|
|Women and Gender in Latin America|
|Special Topics in Latinx and Latin American Studies|
|Independent Readings in Latinx and Latin American Studies|
|Advanced Special Topics in Latinx and Latin American Studies|
|Made in the USA: Latinx Art and Experience|
|Race And Ethnic Relations|
|Introduction To Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies|
|Introduction to Feminist Theory|
|Capstone Experience: 1||3|
|Senior Tutorial 2|
Please see the Director of Undergraduate Studies to apply for the Capstone course. All students must complete a Capstone contract, signed by the instructor and submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of the third week of the semester in which the Capstone course is being taken.
Approval is required by a tenure-line faculty member and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for enrollment in ENGLISH 499.
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