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:

  • Describe psychology’s content domains.
  • Engage in integrative, science-based reasoning to interpret behavior and solve problems.
  • Apply ethical standards to science and practice, and promote community at local, national, and global levels.
  • Effectively write, speak, and interact with others.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals, and develop professional direction for life after graduation.

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 13
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 Credits21

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

Majors are required to complete a minimum of 34 hours of coursework in psychology. The major is comprised of general, core area, and elective courses.

General Courses
PSYCH 207Orientation to the Psychology Major1
PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C)3
PSYCH 302Experimental Psychology4
PSYCH 307Academic and Career Opportunities in Psychology2
PSYCH 316Quantitative Methods In Psychology3
Core Area and Elective Courses 1
Core Area A
PSYCH 312Social Psychology3
or PSYCH 322 Child Psychology
Core Area B
PSYCH 323Theory and Methods of Personality3
or PSYCH 433 Abnormal Psychology
Core Area C
PSYCH 308Sensation and Perception3
or PSYCH 418 Brain and Behavior I
Core Area D
Select one of the following:3
Motivation and Emotion
Cognitive Psychology
Major Electives
Select a minimum of three elective courses in psychology 29
Ethnic and Minority Perspectives in Psychology
Introduction to Health Psychology
Adult Development and Aging
Special Topics
Field Practicum
Directed Individual Research
Psychology Research Externship
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Total Credits34

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 Electives31

Other Requirements

Double majors with Sociology or Criminal Justice & Criminology may use the statistics courses taught in those departments (SOCIOL 263 or CJC 210) to fulfill PSYCH 316

Double majors with the Conservatory may apply up to 6 credits from CONSVTY 342, CONSVTY 395, or CONSVTY 435 toward their psychology electives. 

A grade of "C-" or higher must be achieved for any course to apply toward the major in psychology. The Undergraduate Psychology Advising Office encourages students to visit each semester to check on degree requirements and registration for courses, and to discuss professional development issues that will prepare students for their careers post-graduation.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

General Advice for Developing a Plan of Study

Note that the Department of Psychology varies course offerings each semester. Not all courses are offered every year. Students, with the required prerequisite courses, who are interested in a particular elective or core area course should enroll when it is offered.

Do not plan to complete coursework by taking courses during the summer. The department usually offers some courses during the summer term, but doesn't guarantee that all required courses will be offered.

Make sure the prerequisites for courses are met prior to enrollment. Students who do not meet course prerequisites will not be allowed to enroll through Pathway.

For questions regarding the Undergraduate Psychology Program, or to schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor, please contact the Psychology Advising Office at or (816) 235-1092.

The Undergraduate Psychology Program is designed to provide majors with a base of scientific knowledge in psychology, as well as a broad background in the field for students who want to pursue graduate study.

See Undergraduate Advising for more information.


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.