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.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 recommended)3
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 13
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective 13
'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 Credits27
1

 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
Total Credits3
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.

Major Requirements

Jazz Theory and Ear Training
CONSVTY 311Jazz Theory2
CONSVTY 318Jazz Ear Training and Listening2
Jazz Keyboard
Jazz Keyboard I2
CONSVTY 441Jazz Keyboard Techniques II2
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
Jazz History
CONSVTY 353AHistory And Development Of Jazz I3
CONSVTY 353WIHistory and Development of Jazz II (WI)3
Big Band and Combo
CONSVTY 303EJazz Workshop8
CONSVTY 303BJazz Band16
or CONSVTY 303G Jazz Orchestra
or CONSVTY 303J Large Ensemble Rhythm Section Workshop
Improv
CONSVTY 104Jazz Improvisation I2
CONSVTY 204Jazz Improvisation II2
CONSVTY 304Jazz Improvisation III2
CONSVTY 404Jazz Improvisation IV2
Jazz Arranging, Business, and Pedagogy
CONSVTY 423Business Jazz And Commercial Music3
CONSVTY 471Jazz/Commercial Music Pedagogy2
CONSVTY 426BJazz Arranging for Small Ensembles2
CONSVTY 426DJazz Arranging for Big Bands2
Electives
Music Electives6
Total Credits93
1

Instrument: GUITAR, PERCUSSION, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, STRING BASS, TROMBONE, or TRUMPET

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.