The Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature is recommended for students interested in a broad background in the humanities and for those interested in obtaining a firm foundation for further study in graduate school. This option within the English major 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; a course such as “Shakespeare in Film,” “The Ancient World in Film,” or “Arthurian Legends” that allows for the study of how these literatures have been received in modern society; and a course on the linguistic backgrounds of these literatures, such as “History of English,” “Old English,” “Ancient Greek,” “Classical Latin,” or the “History and Principles of Rhetoric.” The remaining three electives can be taken in the English Department or many other departments in the college including Classics, History, Art History, Philosophy, and Geosciences. 

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:

  • 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 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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
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 Credits21

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

 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 CAS6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above)3
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 23
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
or MATH 120 Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits34

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.

 Major 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.

I. Literary Survey:9
British Literature I
Classical Literature in Translation
Classical Literature In Translation
Foundations Of Ancient World Literature I
II. Ancient Literature: ONE of the following:3
Myth and Literature (Focus A)
Myth and Literature
Bible As Literature
Bible As Literature
CC: Women In The Ancient World
III. Medieval Literature: ONE of the following:3
Arthurian Legends
Medieval Literature
Medieval Methods & Paleography
IV. Early Modern Literature: ONE of the following:3
Restoration And Early 18th-Century British Literature
Renaissance Literature I
Renaissance Literature II
Shakespeare Comedies And Histories
Early English Drama
Shakespeare Tragedies And Romances
Restoration And 18th-Century Drama
V. Reception: ONE of the following:3
Cluster Course: Ancient World/Cinema
CC: Ancient World/Cinema
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Shakespeare and Film
VI. Language/Linguistics/Rhetoric Class: ONE of the following:3
History Of The English Language
Old English
History And Principles Of Rhetoric
Any course with the curricular designation GREEK or LATIN
VII. Electives:9
Any three courses from the list above, which have not already been used to satisfy a requirement, or any of the courses listed below.
From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals
History Of The Designed Environment I, Ancient And Medieval
Northern European Art: 15th And 16th Centuries
15th Century Italian Art And Architecture
Greek Art And Architecture
CC: Archaeology Of Ancient Disasters
Introduction To Prehistoric And Classical Archaeology
Archaeology as Anthropology: The Development of Human Societies
Archaeology And Biblical History
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt
Ancient World: The Social History Of The Ancient World
Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece
Ancient World: The Political Structure Of The Ancient World
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome
Ancient World: The Cultural & Intellectual Dimensions Ancient Civ
History Of Ancient Israel
The History of Ancient Israel
History of Christianity to the Middle Ages
Medieval Civilization I
Medieval Civilization II
Medieval Women & Children
The Black Death and Late Medieval Society
Medieval England, 1066 To 1485
Tudor England, 1485-1603
Islam and the Arabs: The Formative Period
Medieval Methods and Paleography
Archaeology and the History of Antiquity
Medieval Jewish History
Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy In The Middle Ages
ENGLISH 400CFCluster Course: Courts And Culture In The Middle Ages3
Theatre History I
VIII. Capstone Experience: 13
Select one of the following:
Any 400-level English course in literature or linguistics that is cross-listed with a graduate level course in English
Senior Tutorial (Students must sign a Capstone contract) 2
Senior Tutorial
Students must complete the 36 hours in required above, and of those at least 18 credits must be taken with the English Department at UMKC. English courses in which students receive a grade of below C- will not count toward fulfilling these requirements.
Total Credits39

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.

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 Electives26

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Please see the Director of Classics to apply for the Capstone course. All students must complete a Capstone contract signed by the instructor and submitted to the Director of Classics 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 Classics for enrollment in ENGLISH 499 or CLASSICS 499.

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.