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:

  • Examine the role and relevance of the sociological perspective for contemporary social life. Thus students will gain knowledge of the fundamentals in Sociology, such as the foundations of human practice, belief, and organization.
  • Reflect on contemporary issues and controversies in the academic discipline of Sociology. Thus students will be able to examine issues of inequality, cultural difference, and social stratification from a comparative perspective, applying sociological principles and concepts to their own lives.
  • Explore the basic theoretical and methodological perspectives, both in the social sciences and in a chosen specialty area. Thus students will have the capacity to critically evaluate and engage contemporary issues, trends in theory, and instruments of social analysis.
  • Advance the critical research, thinking, and writing skills that are integral to professional development and civic engagement. Thus students will apply the fundamentals of sociology to both experience and enhanced interest in community engagement.

Career Implications

The B.A. curriculum in sociology is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths, including:

  • Graduate level work in sociology degrees in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied social scientist.
  • Entry-level positions throughout the business, human services, and government sectors. Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate degree in sociology provides.
  • Careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration--fields that involve the kind of investigative skills and ability to work with diverse groups that students encounter in the curriculum our faculty's expertise.
  • Professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling--fields that all draw on the rich fund of knowledge from sociology.

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 (Satisfied in program requirements 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
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

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

Required Coursework
ANTHRO 103Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 263Introduction to Statistics in Sociology/Criminal Justice3
SOCIOL 361Social Theory3
SOCIOL 362Methods Of Sociological Research3
SOCIOL 404WIThe Sociology Capstone: Senior Seminar 13
Major Electives15
Social Problems
Social And Psychological Development Through The Life Cycle
Social Stratification
Culture, Emotion, and Identity
The Social Life of Things
Families And The Life Course
Sociology Of Gender
Sociology Of Death And Dying
Social Deviance
Race And Ethnic Relations
Consumer Society
US Government's Indian Policies: Practices Of A Colonizing Nation
Body and Society
The Imagery Of The American Indian In Film
Sociology Of Political Life
Society And Community Service
Community Development In Urban America
American Indian Leaders: Past And Present
The American Indian Image: Stereotype Vs. Reality
Latinx Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees in the U.S
Social Movements
Culture and Society
Aging In Contemporary Society
Sociology Of Human Sexuality
Feminist Theories
Social Organization Of The City
Immigration and the City
Spatial Thinking in Social Science
Sociology Of Medicine
Globalization and Development
Total Credits33

Other degree requirements include:

  1. A minimum grade of C- in all required core courses.
  2. A 2.0 grade-point average in the 33 major credit hours.
  3. Completion of the general degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  4. No more than three one-credit courses of Special Topics in Sociology (SOCIOL 300__) may be used to fulfill sociology elective requirements.
  5. A maximum of 6 hours from any combination of field experience, directed individual study and research will count toward the requirements.

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


Bachelor of Arts Electives: Sociology with Cultural Anthropology Emphasis

Sociology majors at UMKC can earn a cultural anthropology emphasis within the undergraduate degree. As the comparative study of human societies, a cultural anthropology emphasis is uniquely poised to develop diversity awareness which is increasingly critical as the world becomes more global. To earn the cultural anthropology emphasis, in addition to the core major requirements, students must take 15 elective credit hours from the course list below. Nine of these 15 credit hours must be at the 300-level or higher. Completion of the emphasis is recorded on the student’s transcript.

Required Coursework
ANTHRO 103Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction3
SOCIOL 263Introduction to Statistics in Sociology/Criminal Justice3
SOCIOL 361Social Theory3
SOCIOL 362Methods Of Sociological Research3
SOCIOL 404WIThe Sociology Capstone: Senior Seminar3
Anthropology Emphasis Electives15
Social Stratification
Language and Culture
Culture, Emotion, and Identity
The Social Life of Things
Race And Ethnic Relations
Consumer Society
Body and Society
Urban Anthropology
Latinx Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees in the U.S.
Culture and Society
Anthropology of Religion
Writing Culture: The Craft of Ethnography
Globalization and Development
One-credit courses that can be used for Cultural Anthropology Emphasis:
US Government's Indian Policies: Practices Of A Colonizing Nation
The Imagery Of The American Indian In Film
American Indian Leaders: Past And Present
The American Indian Image: Stereotype Vs. Reality
Total Credits33

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

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.