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 a solid vocal technique and a high level of musicianship and artistry such that the student could be admitted to a graduate program in vocal performance.
  • Apply an understanding of style and languages of operatic and art song repertoire.
  • Apply historical and theoretical components of music so that they may have a better understanding of and context for their own solo vocal/operatic study and performance.
  • Recognize and define all genres, time periods, key composers, forms, and the analytical tools necessary to provide the student with a more holistic view of their repertoire.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended) 13
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 (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 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:
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
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
VOICE 101Freshman Voice I2
VOICE 102Freshman Voice II2
VOICE 201Sophomore Voice I3
VOICE 202Sophomore Voice II3
VOICE 301Junior Voice I4
VOICE 302Junior Voice II4
VOICE 401Senior Voice I4
VOICE 402Senior Voice II4
Studio Class
VOICE 300 (enroll with applied lesson each semester)
Music History
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)3
Analysis and Conducting
CONSVTY 380Basic Conducting - Choral2
CONSVTY 390Analysis3
Vocal Coaching
VOICE 411Vocal Coaching: Voice Recital Preparation (2 semesters)2
Opera
CONSVTY 301E Opera Theatre Ensemble (2 semesters)
CONSVTY 319Opera Role Performance2
CONSVTY 417Opera Workshop (2 semesters)2
CONSVTY 417EScene Study (3 semesters)6
CONSVTY 417FOpera Role Preparation and Audition Techniques1
Diction
CONSVTY 185BForeign Language For Singing II (Italian Diction)2
CONSVTY 185CForeign Language For Singing III (German Diction)2
CONSVTY 185DForeign Language For Singing Iv (French Diction)2
Vocal Pedagogy and Literature
CONSVTY 457Vocal Literature I2
CONSVTY 458Vocal Literature II2
CONSVTY 491BPedagogical Practices I Voice2
Ensemble
Any combination of the following courses (8 semesters):8
Bella Voce
University Singers
Conservatory Singers
Conservatory Concert Choir
Foreign Language
Language (4 semesters) 112
Total Credits102
1

Must take 4 courses in either French, German, or Italian. If two years of one of the required languages have been completed at the high-school level, then the language selected will be one of the other two languages.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 126

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.