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.

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:

  • Students recognize, demonstrate, and apply general knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples as well as their political, economic, social, and cultural histories.
  • Students relate the events in their particular historic stories to the general history of the topic; and students relate their interpretation to existing historical scholarship.
  • Student demonstrate the ability to identify and employ primary and/or secondary sources to research a topic.
  • Student are able to use primary and secondary sources to construct an historical interpretation, demonstrating competency in identifying a problem, posing a hypothesis, proposing a methodology, and offering an interpretation of the evidence.
  • Student are able to compose and present clear, well-organized, properly documented, and grammatical academic prose.

The Department of History has developed a set of carefully crafted learning objectives. Simply put, history majors are expected to acquire specified levels of knowledge, perspectives and skills through the study of the past. The learning objectives are designed to help students succeed in their undergraduate history major, as independent, creative and self-directed learners. More important, they will help students to be successful in their pursuit of a career and to hold a lifelong appreciation for the humanities and social sciences.

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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'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 Credits18

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
Total Credits3

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 16
Science and Math Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus B course6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus C course6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110Precalculus 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 Credits31

Major Requirements

The History major consists of 36 total credit hours, but no credit will be given toward the major for courses in which the grade is below C-.

Two courses, or 6 credit hours, are required in survey courses, including United States History (HISTORY 101 or HISTORY 102), European History (HISTORY 201 or HISTORY 202), or World History (HISTORY 206 or HISTORY 208). Students will select one course, or 3 credit hours, from two of these three categories (United States, European, or World) for a total of two courses, or 6 credit hours. These courses may also fulfill UMKC general education requirements.

At least four courses, or 12 credits, inside the student's interest area. The history department divides all upper division courses into four interest areas: Antiquity and Medieval; Early Modern and Modern Europe; United States; and World. All majors should select a primary interest area in order to gain an in-depth understanding of their topic. A student can also devise a thematic interest area with approval by an Undergraduate History Advisor.

Students will also take additional courses from other interest areas to enlarge the scope of their historical knowledge. At least three courses, or 9 credits, should be outside of the student's primary interest area, and at least one non-western course, or 3 credits, should be taken covering Africa, Asia, Latin America, and/or indigenous North Americans.

The final two courses, or 6 credits, come from HISTORY 301WI and HISTORY 498WI. These courses cannot be taken in the same semester and are not offered in the summer. NOTE: Students must complete the RooWriter before enrolling in any writing intensive courses.

Independent-study courses and Internship classes may also help fulfill History electives. Enrollment in these courses is granted only by the supervising instructor.

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Two Surveys, selecting one from two different categories:6
Category 1: U.S. History
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C)
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C)
Category 2: European History
European History to 1600 (Focus A)
European History since 1600 (Focus A)
Category 3: World History
World History To 1450 (Focus A)
World History since 1450 (Focus A)
At least four 300- or 400-level courses inside the student's interest area, chosen in consultation with department advisor (see below). 112
At least three 300- or 400-level courses outside of the student's interest area.9
At least one 300- or 400-level Non-Western course.3
Methods Course:3
Historiography and Method
Capstone Course:3
Senior Capstone
Total Credits36

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 Electives32

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Interest Areas

Interest area electives may be taught on a rotation basis, please see advisor for current availability.

Antiquity and Medieval12
Frauds, Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology
History of Christianity to the Middle Ages
Antiquity and Medieval History
Medieval Civilization I
Medieval Civilization II
Medieval Women & Children
Medieval England, 1066 To 1485
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Late Antiquity: The transformation of the Mediterranean World (200–600 AD)
World History
Women and Gender in Latin America
Colonial Latin America (From the Encounter to the Early 19th Century)
Modern Latin America
Latin American Crises and Opportunities
Early Modern and Modern Europe12
History of Christianity from the Middles Ages to Present
Early Modern and Modern Europe
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Nations & Empires:19th Century Europe
'We Are The Dead': The Great War Experience Through its Artifacts
Tudor England, 1485-1603
History of Britain 1603-1832
Modern German History
United States12
Telling Stories: History, Memory, and American Life
From Oil Gushers to Fracking: A History of American Petroleum
Decade of Dissent: The 1960s
Colonial North America, 1492–1763
The Early American Republic, 1789–1850
America, 1850-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction
World War II Film and Propaganda
History of Technology
Oral History
Missouri/Kansas Border Wars
Civil War in Memory and Film
Women in Modern America
Rise of the City in the U.S.
Kansas City: History of a Regional Metropolis
The American West
History of the American South I
American Environmental History
Women and Work in Early America
American History Through Film
United States History
Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History
Archival Methods
Archival Internship
Public History Internship
Museum Studies
Black Civil Rights in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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.