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.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate the fine technical skills of a professional performing dance artist.
  • Employ the expressive skills of a professional performing dance artist.
  • Synthesize advanced choreographic skills with compositional form.
  • Produce original choreography with the use of appropriate production elements.
  • Show an understanding of dance in an historical, cultural, and stylistic context.

Program Prerequisites

  1. Students applying for the dance program must have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance.
  2. Applicants will be admitted, upon approval of the dance faculty, following mandatory auditions by the prospective student.
  3. All applicants who are accepted to the Dance Division will be admitted on a provisional basis and officially enter the dance program after the completion of the first two semesters.  If evidence shows that the BFA dance major is unable to meet required proficiency standards in dance technique courses, dancers will be counseled to pursue another degree or a more suitable dance program at the time of end of year conferences.

Transfer students

Transfer who are admitted into the dance program are expected to fulfill all requirements of the BFA degree.  The Dance Division will recognize as many transferable credits as possible, but curriculum and curricular standards must be fulfilled, possibly resulting in additional semesters of study.

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) 1
'Total credits' in this section indicates tht number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

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
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

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

Throughout their programs of study, all dancers are expected to maintain general physical fitness and dance aesthetic as prescribed by the dance faculty. Health and dance aesthetic requirements, and many other details, are contained in the Conservatory Dance Student Handbook that is furnished to all dance students. Dance Division Website


The student will be allowed to repeat a technique level after the initial year for only two semesters - for example: if 141B and 142B have been completed and the ballet faculty does not feel the student is ready to move up to the 200 level, the student will be allowed to repeat the 100 level for only two semesters. If progress in the class still has not been accomplished by that fourth semester, the student will not be allowed to continue in the dance program.

All Dance majors must achieve the 200-level in Ballet or Modern Technique by the Junior year.

All Dance majors must successfully complete the 400-level Technique and Theory courses in either Ballet or Modern – and at least the 300-level Technique and Theory courses in the alternative area – in order to graduate. 

Ballet Technique and Theory
8 semesters of the following determined by skill level and placement with a minimum grade of C:
DANCE 141BBallet Technique and Theory I3
DANCE 142BBallet Technique And Theory II3
DANCE 241BBallet Technique And Theory III3
DANCE 242BBallet Technique And Theory IV3
DANCE 341BBallet Technique And Theory V3
DANCE 342BBallet Technique And Theory VI3
DANCE 441BBallet Technique And Theory VII3
DANCE 442BBallet Technique And Theory VIII3
Modern Technique and Theory
8 semesters of the following determined by skill level and placement with a minimum grade of C:
DANCE 141MModern Dance Technique and Theory I3
DANCE 142MModern Dance Technique and Theory II3
DANCE 241MModern Dance Technique And Theory III3
DANCE 242MModern Technique And Theory IV3
DANCE 341MModern Dance Technique And Theory V3
DANCE 342MModern Dance Technique And Theory VI3
DANCE 441MModern Dance Technique And Theory VII3
DANCE 442MModern Dance Technique And Theory VIII3
Dance History, Theory and Related Studies
DANCE 107Dance Production I1
DANCE 108Dance Production II1
DANCE 118Analysis of Movement1
DANCE 120Ballet Pedagogy and Analysis1
DANCE 301Dance Science and Kinesiology3
DANCE 304Fundamentals of Body Alignment and Pilates1
DANCE 305History Of Dance I3
DANCE 306History Of Dance II3
DANCE 216Composition I2
DANCE 218AComposition II2
DANCE 218BComposition III2
DANCE 319AComposition IV2
DANCE 319BAdvanced Choreographic Design,Composition IV2
DANCE 260Jazz I1
DANCE 261Jazz II1
Performance Techniques
DANCE 416APerformance Techniques I1
DANCE 416BPerformance Techniques II1
DANCE 310Conservatory Dance Ensemble (1 CH taken 6 semesters)6
Pas De Deux
4 semesters of the following:
DANCE 313APartnering/Pas De Deux I1
DANCE 313BPartnering/Pas De Deux II1
DANCE 413AAdvanced Pas De Deux I1
DANCE 413BAdvanced Pas De Deux II1
Ballet Variations/Modern Rep/Men's Classes
4 semesters of the following:
DANCE 405AModern Dance Repertory I1
or DANCE 213C Men's Class I
or DANCE 415A Variations I
DANCE 405BModern Dance Repertory II1
or DANCE 213D Men's Class II
or DANCE 415B Variations II
DANCE 414AMen's Variations I1
or DANCE 414B Men's Variations II
DANCE 415AVariations I1
or DANCE 415B Variations II
Senior Capstone
DANCE 493Senior Capstone Project I1
DANCE 494Senior Capstone Project II1
Supporting Requirements
CONSVTY 120Music Appreciation (Focus A)3
or CONSVTY 120N Music Appreciation
ART-HIST 110Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso3
Total Credits98
General Electives3

GPA Minimum: 2.0

Total Credit hours: 125

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.