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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate music-theoretical knowledge in writing about music.
  • Use music-theoretical knowledge in academic and public verbal communication about music.
  • Use music-theoretical knowledge and ideas to create self-driven research and analytical works.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended)3
Anchor II3
Anchor III3
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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B 13
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'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 Credits21
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

Musicianship
CONSVTY 141Musicianship I4
CONSVTY 142Musicianship II4
CONSVTY 241Musicianship III4
CONSVTY 242Musicianship IV4
Keyboard Skills
CONSVTY 110Keyboard Skills I1
CONSVTY 123Keyboard Skills II1
CONSVTY 223Keyboard Skills III1
CONSVTY 310Keyboard Skills IV1
Applied Lessons and Studio Class 1
Instrument 300 (8 semesters, Studio)
Instrument 101 (Freshman Instrument I)2
Instrument 102 (Freshman Instrument II)2
Instrument 201 (Sophomore Instrument I)2
Instrument 202 (Sophomore Instrument II)2
Instrument 301 (Junior Instrument I)2
Instrument 302 (Junior Instrument II)2
Instrument 401 (Senior Instrument I)2
Instrument 402 (Senior Instrument II)2
Music History
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A )3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)3
Ensemble8
8 semesters from the following
Orchestra
Improvisational Music/Media Performance Ensemble
Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Wind Symphony
University Singers
Conservatory Singers
Conservatory Concert Choir
Analysis, Orchestration and Conducting
CONSVTY 329Advanced Ear Training2
CONSVTY 331AOrchestration I3
CONSVTY 380Basic Conducting - Choral2
or CONSVTY 381 Basic Conducting - Instrumental
CONSVTY 382Choral Conducting2
or CONSVTY 383 Instrumental Conducting
CONSVTY 390Analysis3
CONSVTY 424Acoustics 23
CONSVTY 42718th Century Counterpoint I2
CONSVTY 428Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory3
Instrumental Techniques
Select two semesters from the following:2
Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy
Brass Techniques and Pedagogy
Instrumental Techniques Percussion
Instrumental Techniques Guitar
Survey Of String Instruments
Composition
CONSVTY 133ABeginning Composition For Non-Composition Majors I2
CONSVTY 134ABeginning Composition for Non-Composition Majors II2
Electronic Music
CONSVTY 235Techniques of Electronic Music I: Digital Audio3
or CONSVTY 236 Techniques of Electronic Music II: MIDI
Advanced Theory
CONSVTY 454Advanced Seminar in Music Theory3
CONSVTY 491KPedagogy of Music Theory3
CONSVTY 498Research Problems2
Major Electives
Non-Music Electives6
Total Credits93
1

Instrument:  BASSOON, CELLO, CLARINET, EUPHONIUM, FLUTE, GUITAR, HORN, OBOE, ORGAN, PERCUSSION, PIANO, SAXOPHONE, STRING BASS, TROMBONE, TRUMPET, TUBA, VIOLA, VIOLIN, OR VOICE.

2

Or a 3 credit hour course in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, Physics, Math, or Computer Science.

Students must demonstrate functional piano facility, aural skills and satisfactory part-writing and analysis proficiency.

General Electives3

GPA Minimum: 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.