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.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended)||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 1||3|
|Focus B 1||3|
|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 Requirements
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.
|Jazz Theory and Ear Training|
|CONSVTY 311||Jazz Theory||2|
|CONSVTY 318||Jazz Ear Training and Listening||2|
|CONSVTY 440||Jazz Keyboard Techniques I||2|
|CONSVTY 441||Jazz Keyboard Techniques II||2|
|Applied Lessons and Studio 1|
|Instrument 101J (Freshman Instrument I-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 102J (Freshman Instrument II-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 201J (Sophomore Instrument I-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 202J (Sophomore Instrument II-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 301J (Junior Instrument I-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 302J (Junior Instrument II-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 401J (Senior Instrument I-Jazz)||4|
|Instrument 402J (Senior Instrument II-Jazz)||4|
|CONSVTY 353A||History And Development Of Jazz I||3|
|CONSVTY 353WI||History and Development of Jazz II (WI)||3|
|Big Band and Combo|
|CONSVTY 303E||Jazz Workshop||8|
|CONSVTY 303B||Jazz Band||16|
|or CONSVTY 303G||Jazz Orchestra|
|or CONSVTY 303J||Large Ensemble Rhythm Section Workshop|
|CONSVTY 104||Jazz Improvisation I||2|
|CONSVTY 204||Jazz Improvisation II||2|
|CONSVTY 304||Jazz Improvisation III||2|
|CONSVTY 404||Jazz Improvisation IV||2|
|Jazz Arranging, Business, and Pedagogy|
|CONSVTY 423||Business Jazz And Commercial Music||3|
|CONSVTY 471||Jazz/Commercial Music Pedagogy||2|
|CONSVTY 426B||Jazz Arranging for Small Ensembles||2|
|CONSVTY 426D||Jazz Arranging for Big Bands||2|
Instrument: GUITAR, PERCUSSION, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, STRING BASS, TROMBONE, or TRUMPET
Grade Minimum: C or better in all CONSVTY and instrument specific coursework.
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 123
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.