Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences values the distinctive benefits of a traditional liberal arts education for students and society and therefore adds these degree requirements to work in tandem with the UMKC General Education Core.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers three degree options: the bachelor of arts, the bachelor of liberal arts, and the bachelor of science.

General Differences between B.A., B.L.A and B.S. General Requirements

The CAS degree requirements for the bachelor of arts and bachelor of liberal arts degrees are the same, with two exceptions:

  • The bachelor of liberal arts requires a minor, not a major.
  • The bachelor of liberal arts does not require a foreign language

The CAS degree requirements for the bachelor of arts, bachelor of liberal arts, and bachelor of science degrees are the same, with two exceptions:

  • The bachelor of science degree requires a minimum of 60 hours in math and science.
  • The bachelor of science and bachelor of liberal arts degrees do not require any foreign language.

Students may earn a bachelor of science degree in the following disciplines:

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

In all instances, students should contact the appropriate department concerning its requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

CAS Degree Requirements

  1. Six (6) credit hours in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS.
  2. Six (6) credit hours in the Arts & Humanities Division of CAS. (ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below are not eligible to fulfill this requirement.)
  3. Six (6) credit hours in the Science & Math Division of CAS.
    PLEASE NOTE:
    1. See table below for the College of Arts and Sciences degree programs identified by Division.
    2. Courses taken to fulfill the CAS degree requirements are to be taken outside of the major department (for B.A. and B.S. degrees).  However, if the major requires courses outside of the major department, those courses may count toward the CAS degree requirements.
    3. Classes may not be double-counted for both UMKC general education core and CAS degree requirements.
  4. Junior/Senior-level Writing Intensive Course.
    Upper-level (300/400 level) Writing Intensive courses are designated with WI, PW or LW following the course number.  Writing Intensive courses should be completed during the junior or senior year and after completion of Discourse II (or its equivalent) and the RooWriter.
  5. Foreign Language
    Bachelor of arts students are required to demonstrate competence at the third-semester level of a foreign language.
    1. Students with high school or other foreign language experience are strongly recommended to take the language placement exam, which can be accessed on the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures website.
    2. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school will be exempt from the 110 college-level course and will be required to complete only two additional courses (120 college-level and above) in the same foreign language. Students who completed four years of the same foreign language in high school must complete only one additional sophomore level (211 or above) course in the same language.
    3. Credits earned in HSCP dual enrollment courses in high school count as courses taken in the Foreign Languages and Literatures department.
    4. UMKC currently recognizes specific scores on the AP and IB foreign language exams to count as credit earned, so these credits would be recognized as fulfilling the first year (110 and 120) of the language requirement.  Inquiries may be directed to an academic advisor in the Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office, 9 Scofield Hall.
    5. Students whose education through eighth grade or the equivalent has been in a language other than English and in a non-English speaking country shall be exempt from the foreign language requirement for the CAS degree requirements.  Students must bring an exemption form to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for an official signature.  Students who cannot document their schooling as indicated above, but who are proficient in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, understanding) of a language other than English may be able to take a proficiency test. The test should be certified by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) or a similar accrediting agency.  Contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for information about such exams and the level of proficiency required for exemption from the foreign language requirement.
    6.  Students will not receive college credit towards a degree for any of the above exemptions.  If a student skips over a class, for whatever reason, the student will not get credit as if the class had been taken.
    7. Students who have had more than two years of a foreign language in high school may not enroll in the 110-level course of that language at UMKC without specific permission of either the section head/coordinator for that language or the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in cases where there is no course coordinator (i.e., students who have taken three or more years of French may not enroll in FRENCH 110, those who have taken three or more years of Spanish may not enroll in SPANISH 110, and the same for all other languages taught at UMKC).
    8. Heritage speakers may not enroll in 110-level courses without permission of the language coordinator or section head for their language, or the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in cases where there is no course coordinator.  (Note:  A heritage speaker is someone who grows up with a certain family language in the home which is different from the dominant language in the country.  In the case of the United States, the dominant language is English.  A student who grows up in a family in which they speak Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, etc., would be a heritage speaker of that language.)
  6. The following requirements may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
    1. MATH 110, MATH 116MATH 120 or any 200-level or above MATH/STAT course
    2. Laboratory Science experience
    3. Missouri Constitution course.  Every student must fulfill the Missouri state requirement to take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Courses that satisfy this requirement are:
  7. Additional Requirements and Restrictions:
    1. A minimum of 120 total credit hours is required for graduation.
    2. Thirty (30) credit hours of coursework must be taken at UMKC.
    3. At least 36 credit hours must be at the 300/400 level.
    4. A 2.0 overall GPA is required for graduation.  However, the required major GPA may be higher, as determined by each department individually.
    5. A maximum of 3 hours of one-credit activity courses in physical education may be applied toward the 120 credit-hour minimum.
    6. The RooWriter Assessment.

Transfers with an Associate of Arts Degree from another Missouri Institution or from a Kansas Institution

Students transferring into the College of Arts and Sciences with an Associate of Arts degree from either another regionally accredited Missouri institution or from a regionally accredited Kansas institution must complete the following requirements for baccalaureate degrees in the College:

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Liberal Arts

  • Foreign Language 211 (or equivalent).
  • RooWriter Assessment.
  • Junior/senior-level Writing Intensive course.

Bachelor of Science

  • RooWriter Assessment.
  • Junior/senior-level Writing Intensive course.
  • 60 credit hours minimum (including hours in the major) in math and science.

Transfers with Certified 42-hour block from another Missouri Institution

Students transferring into the College of Arts and Sciences with a certified 42-hour block of general education credit from another Missouri institution must complete the following requirements for baccalaureate degrees in the College:

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Liberal Arts

  • Foreign Language 211 (or equivalent).
  • RooWriter Assessment.
  • Junior/senior-level Writing Intensive course.

Bachelor of Science

  • RooWriter Assessment.
  • Junior/senior-level Writing Intensive course.
  • 60 credit hours minimum (including hours in the major) in math and science.

UMKC's 42-Credit Hour Certified General Education Core for Students Transferring to Another Missouri Institution

College of Arts and Sciences students wishing to complete the 42-hour core should consult with an academic advisor in the Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office, 9 Scofield Hall.

The College offers the following degree programs identified by Division:

Anthropology Social and Behavioral Sciences
Architecture Arts & Humanities
Art/Art History Arts & Humanities
Black Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences (selected courses) and Arts & Humanities (selected courses)
Chemistry Science & Math
Classical/Ancient Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences (selected courses), Arts & Humanities (selected courses), and Science & Math (selected courses)
Communication Studies Arts & Humanities
Criminal Justice/Criminology Social and Behavioral Sciences
Economics Social and Behavioral Sciences
English Language/Literature Arts & Humanities
Environmental Science Science & Math
Environmental Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences
Family Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences
Foreign Language/Literatures Arts & Humanities
Geography Social and Behavioral Sciences (selected courses) and Science & Math (selected courses)
Geology Science & Math
Gerontology Social and Behavioral Sciences
History Social and Behavioral Sciences
Humanities Arts & Humanities
Latina/Latino Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences (selected courses) and Arts & Humanities (selected courses)
Mathematics and Statistics Science & Math
Natural Science Science & Math
Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Physical Science Science & Math
Physics and Astronomy Science & Math
Political Science Social and Behavioral Sciences
Psychology Social and Behavioral Sciences
Religious Studies Arts & Humanities
Social Science Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social Work Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology Social and Behavioral Sciences
Theatre Arts & Humanities
Urban Planning & Design Social and Behavioral Sciences
Urban Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences
Women’s & Gender Studies Arts & Humanities (selected courses) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (selected courses)