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.
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.
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.
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:
- Have the ability to analyze literary and theatrical values of world dramatic literature.
- Have the ability to communicate ideas in clear and correct writing.
- Have a fundamental understanding of the actor's vocal instrument.
- Have the ability to identify a playable action and implement it in performance.
- Have the ability to work in collaboration with an ensemble of artists.
- Have a fundamental knowledge of research methods through which to gain an understanding of the circumstantial life of a character.
- Have a fundamental understanding of the foundational theatrical design process.
- Have the ability to communicate theatrical collaboration in a visual medium.
- Have a fundamental understanding of the actor's physical instrument.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse 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 1||3|
|'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.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
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|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
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 1||3|
|Science and Math Division of CAS||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS||6|
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)||9|
|MATH 110||Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course )||3|
|or MATH 116||Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|or MATH 120||Precalculus|
|Laboratory Science Experience||1|
ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
The main objective of the B.A. in Theatre is to give students a broad education. The degree requirements for the B.A. in Theatre furnish our majors with a well-rounded education in all aspects of theatre. While the program is broad in its scope, it allows students the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest by choosing from one of three interest areas.
General Theatre Interest Area
The general theatre interest area is for students who want the flexibility to explore all areas of theatre. They can choose from a wide variety of courses including stage management, design, performance and playwriting.
Performance Interest Area
Students interested in performance may select the performance area. Courses are geared toward students who want a professional career as an actor or want to prepare for placement in a top graduate program. Students receive instruction in voice, movement, acting, Shakespeare and specialty areas such as stage combat or physical theatre.
Design/Tech Interest Area
Students interested in areas of technical theatre and design are offered the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work in the professional theatre or attend a top graduate school. Within this area students might choose to emphasize a particular area, such as scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, or stage management.
All Theatre Majors
Production experience as well as internship opportunities give undergraduate theatre majors the chance to apply classroom theory to practical situations. Taking part as a crewmember, designer or performer in one of the departmental productions is an integral part of the theatre experience at UMKC. In a typical year there are two undergraduate productions in addition to as many as seven department productions, providing plenty of opportunity. The department also has relationships with many professional theatres. Internships and job opportunities frequently occur from these relationships.
Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all courses required by the major.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.
|ART-HIST 110||Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso||3|
|CONSVTY 120||Music Appreciation||3|
|THEATRE 113||Introduction To Technical Production 1||3|
|THEATRE 130||Foundations Of Fine Arts Theatre||3|
|THEATRE 210||Introduction To Design For The Theater||3|
|THEATRE 350||Theatre History I||3|
|THEATRE 351WI||Theatre History II||3|
|THEATRE 378||Stage Management I 1||3|
|THEATRE 403||Theatre Company & Production (required every fall and spring of enrollment)||8|
|THEATRE 415||Beginning Directing||3|
|THEATRE 497||Repertory Theatre||3|
|Undergraduates can choose from the following interest areas: 2||18|
Contact the Theatre Department for interest area recommended courses.
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.
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.