University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Composition and one course in Communication; and a Math Pathway course.

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.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations 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.

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110English I: Introduction To Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening
Principles Of Communication
Argumentation And Debate (offered via dual credit only)
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (choose one of the following):3
Mathematics For Liberal Arts
Statistical Reasoning
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus (5 credit hours)
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Subscore of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Subscore of 660 or higher
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)3
Total Credits30

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
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
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.

Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits10

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.

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 361Social Theory3
SOCIOL 362Methods Of Sociological Research3
SOCIOL 363Introduction To Statistics In Sociology/Criminal Justice3
SOCIOL 404WIThe Sociology Capstone: Senior Seminar3
Cultural 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
Technology and Society
Writing Culture: The Craft of Ethnography
Globalization and Development
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 Electives44

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.

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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

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.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).

Four Year Graduation Plan - Courses & Critical Benchmarks for First Time College Students:

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, undergraduate four-year course outlines that inform students on the classes they should take and when to take them. Outlines are updated yearly. Graduate students should visit their program's individual school for program outlines.

The following is a sample course of study. Your path to graduation may vary based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, transfer work from other institutions of higher learning, and placement in Mathematics. You are responsible for checking prerequisites to any courses. It is the Student’s responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are met. This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
GEFSE 1013STAT 115, MATH 110, or MATH 1163
ENGLISH 1103COMM-ST 110 or 2773
Foreign Language Requirement (110 or higher)3Foreign Language Requirement (120 or higher)3
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ANTHRO 103CC3ANTHRO 3XX/4XX Major ElectiveCC3
GECDV 2013HISTORY 101, 102, or POL-SCI 2103
Foreign Language course (211)3Lab ScienceLO1
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SOCIOL 3633ANTHRO 3XX/4XX Major Elective3
3XX/4XX General Elective33XX/4XX General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ANTHRO 3XX/4XX Major Elective3SOCIOL 404WI3
ANTHRO 3XX/4XX Major Elective3ANTHRO 3XX/4XX Major Elective3
3XX/4XX General Elective33XX/4XX General Elective3
General Elective 3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective2
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

Recommendations to Maintain Progress toward 4-Year Degree Completion

  • Completion of the First Semester Experience (FSE) course in first term.
  • Early completion of Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Math Pathway requirements.
  • Maintain the minimum GPA required for academic Good Standing for your degree program.
  • Completion at least 15 credit hours toward degree each regular semester. (Students may use the summer to ensure completion of 30 hours per academic year or to lighten Fall and Spring course loads.)
  • Enrollment in Critical Courses as listed on the Major Map is recommended in order to maintain timely progress and completion of prerequisite coursework.
  • Early and continuous enrollment in Foreign Language through completion of level required for degree program is recommended. (The Foreign Language placement exam is highly recommended to ensure placement in the correct course level.)
  • Regular consultation with Academic Advisor(s) for program(s) of study is strongly recommended and may be required for some degree programs..

Advising Contact Information

College of Arts & Sciences Student Services

09 Scofield Hall (basement)