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'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have the ability to analyze literary and theatrical values of world dramatic literature.
  • Have the ability to communicate ideas in clear and correct writing.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of the actor's vocal instrument.
  • Have the ability to identify a playable action and implement it in performance.
  • Have the ability to work in collaboration with an ensemble of artists.
  • Have a fundamental knowledge of research methods through which to gain an understanding of the circumstantial life of a character.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of the foundational theatrical design process.
  • Have the ability to communicate theatrical collaboration in a visual medium.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of the actor's physical instrument.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
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 Credits21

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: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.

Departmental Distribution Requirements

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus A Course 13
Science and Math Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus B Course6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS or any UMKC Focus C Course6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course )3
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
or MATH 120 Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience 1
Total Credits28

Major Requirements

The main objective of the B.A. in Theatre is to give students a broad education. The degree requirements for the B.A. in Theatre furnish our majors with a well-rounded education in all aspects of theatre. While the program is broad in its scope, it allows students the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest by choosing from one of three interest areas.

General Theatre Interest Area

The general theatre interest area is for students who want the flexibility to explore all areas of theatre. They can choose from a wide variety of courses including stage management, design, performance and playwriting.

Performance Interest Area

Students interested in performance may select the performance area. Courses are geared toward students who want a professional career as an actor or want to prepare for placement in a top graduate program. Students receive instruction in voice, movement, acting, Shakespeare and specialty areas such as stage combat or physical theatre.

Design/Tech Interest Area

Students interested in areas of technical theatre and design are offered the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work in the professional theatre or attend a top graduate school. Within this area students might choose to emphasize a particular area, such as scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, or stage management.

All Theatre Majors

Production experience as well as internship opportunities give undergraduate theatre majors the chance to apply classroom theory to practical situations. Taking part as a crewmember, designer or performer in one of the departmental productions is an integral part of the theatre experience at UMKC. In a typical year there are two undergraduate productions in addition to as many as seven department productions, providing plenty of opportunity. The department also has relationships with many professional theatres. Internships and job opportunities frequently occur from these relationships.

Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all courses required by the major.

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Non-Departmental Requirements
ART-HIST 110Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso3
CONSVTY 120Music Appreciation3
Required Courses
THEATRE 113Introduction To Technical Production 13
THEATRE 130Foundations Of Fine Arts Theatre3
THEATRE 210Introduction To Design For The Theater3
THEATRE 350Theatre History I3
THEATRE 351WITheatre History II3
THEATRE 378Stage Management I 13
THEATRE 403Theatre Company & Production (required every fall and spring of enrollment)8
THEATRE 415Beginning Directing3
THEATRE 497Repertory Theatre3
Interest Areas
Undergraduates can choose from the following interest areas:18
General Theatre
Acting I (3 Hours)
Choose one of the following (3 Hours):
Scene Design
History of Costuming II
Stage Lighting
Costume Design
Theatre Sound And Electronics
THEATRE Electives (12 Hours)
Take all of the following (18 Hours):
Speech For The Theatre I
Movement For Actors
Acting I
Acting II
Acting III
Master Class In Acting
Stage Makeup
Choose one of the following (3 Hours):
Introduction To Acting
Speech For The Theatre I
Movement For Actors
Acting I
Choose from the following (15 Hours):
Scene Design
History of Costuming I
History of Costuming II
Stage Lighting
Rendering Techniques For The Theatre Designer I
Costume Design
Theatre Sound And Electronics
Stage Management II
Total Credits56

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives12

Minimum GPA: 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.

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.