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:

  • Knowledge of the Past: Acquire knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples, and their political, economic, social and cultural histories.
  • Knowledge of the Past: Gain in-depth knowledge of a historical field by specializing in one of several departmental interest areas..
  • Knowledge of the Past: Gain exposure to a range of historical subjects outside the concentration.
  • Knowledge of the Past: Complete at least one course that examines a non-western society.
  • Perspectives: Develop a historical understanding of an increasingly multicultural society and interdependent world.
  • Perspectives: Understand the variety and complexity of the human experience and foster an appreciation for processes of change.
  • Perspectives: Comprehend how constructions of class, race and gender dynamically shape social structures, national identities and all forms of human relationships.
  • Perspectives: Realize the interlocking relationships among science, technology, the environment and society.
  • Perspectives: Appreciate the value of interdisciplinary perspectives and methods.
  • Analysis and Interpretation: Critically evaluate secondary, textual evidence by identifying a thesis, noting sources and methods used in argument, discerning the conclusions and determining the perspective, bias and reliability of the argument.
  • Analysis and Interpretation: Think critically, and master the art of interpretive analysis based on the widest possible array of primary sources: written, material and other cultural texts.
  • Research and Communication: Locate printed and online information sources to research a topic exhaustively.
  • Research and Communication: Write clear, well organized, properly documented and grammatical 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 iin 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
Constitutional History of the United States
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 16
Science and Math Division of CAS6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS6
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 Asia, Middle East and Latin America. 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 the 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, Middle East, 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 (HISTORY 496, HISTORY 497) and Internship classes (HISTORY 392B) 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
History of Christianity to the Middle Ages
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
Medieval Civilization I
Medieval Civilization II
Medieval Women & Children
Medieval England, 1066 To 1485
Islam and the Arabs: The Formative Period
Medieval Methods and Paleography
Archaeology and the History of Antiquity
Archeology and Biblical History
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Late Antiquity: The transformation of the Mediterranean World (200–600 AD)
The History of Ancient Israel
Medieval Jewish History
Asia, Middle East, and Latin America12
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
Special Studies
Special Studies
Women and Gender in Latin America
Colonial Latin America (From the Encounter to the Early 19th Century)
Modern Latin America
Islam and the Arabs: The Formative Period
The Ottoman Empire in the Middle East to World War I
The Middle East from World War I to the Present
Japanese Civilization
Early Modern and Modern Europe12
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
History of Christianity from the Middles Ages to Present
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
17th and 18th Century European History
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Nations & Empires:19th Century Europe
The Age of Extremes 20th Century History
Contemporary Europe: 1930-2000
European Criminal Justice History, 500-1900
The Scientific Revolution, 1500-1700
The Darwinian Revolution, 1650-1900
History Of The Body
'We Are The Dead': The Great War Experience Through its Artifacts
Tudor England, 1485-1603
History of Britain 1603-1832
History of Britain 1832-Present
Modern German History
Imperial Germanies, 1848-1918
First German Republics, 1917-1935
The Third Reich, 1930-1950
Cold War Germanies, 1941-1991
The Ottoman Empire in the Middle East to World War I
The Middle East from World War I to the Present
Modern Jewish History
United States12
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
Decade of Dissent: The 1960s
Colonial North America, 1492–1763
The American Revolution, 1763-1789
America, 1783-1828: The National Experience
America, 1828-1852: The Jacksonian Period
America, 1850-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction
America 1877-1917: Development of Industrial America
America: 1914-1945: The Era Of The World Wars
Cold War, Conformity, and Dissent: America, 1945-1989
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
Constitutional History of the United States
America and the World in the Global Age: 1900 to the Present
American Environmental History
American Labor History
Children and Youth in American History
Women and Work in Early America
Introduction to Material Culture
American History Through Film
Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History
Archival Internship
Public History Internship
Museum Studies
African American History Before 1877
African American History Since 1877
Black Civil Rights in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Special Studies (See Advisor for Topics)
Religion in America
#Heartlandia: Digital Histories of the Midwest

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.