Bachelor of Arts: History
UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum. Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/
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.
Information on exit examinations 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:
- recognize, demonstrate, and apply general knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples as well as their political, economic, social, and cultural histories.
- relate the events in their particular historic stories to the general history of the topic; and students relate their interpretation to existing historical scholarship.
- demonstrate the ability to identify and employ primary and/or secondary sources to research a topic.
- be able to use primary and secondary sources to construct an historical interpretation, demonstrating competency in identifying a problem, posing a hypothesis, proposing a methodology, and offering an interpretation of the evidence.
- be able to compose and present clear, well-organized, properly documented, and grammatical academic prose.
The Department of History has developed a set of carefully crafted learning objectives. Simply put, history majors are expected to acquire specified levels of knowledge, perspectives and skills through the study of the past. The learning objectives are designed to help students succeed in their undergraduate history major, as independent, creative and self-directed learners. More important, they will help students to be successful in their pursuit of a career and to hold a lifelong appreciation for the humanities and social sciences.
|First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)||3|
|ENGLISH 110||Introduction to Academic Prose||3|
|ENGLISH 225||English II: Intermediate Academic Prose||3|
|Oral Communication (choose one of the following):||3|
|Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening|
|Introduction to Communication|
|Argumentation And Debate (offered via dual credit only)|
|Math Pathway (choose one of the following):||3|
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|Precalculus (5 credit hours)|
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Subscore of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Subscore of 660 or higher
|Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)||3|
|Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)||3|
|Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)||3|
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|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Honors American Government|
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.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences Degree Requirements
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; satisfied in major requirements below):||0|
The History major consists of 36 total credit hours, but no credit will be given toward the major for courses in which the grade is below C-.
Two courses, or 6 credit hours, are required in survey courses, including United States History (HISTORY 101 or HISTORY 102), European History (HISTORY 201 or HISTORY 202), or World History (HISTORY 206 or HISTORY 208). Students will select one course, or 3 credit hours, from two of these three categories (United States, European, or World) for a total of two courses, or 6 credit hours. These courses may also fulfill UMKC general education requirements.
At least four courses, or 12 credits, inside the student's interest area. The history department divides all upper division courses into five interest areas: Antiquity and Medieval; Early Modern and Modern Europe; Public History; United States; and World. All majors should select a primary interest area in order to gain an in-depth understanding of their topic. A student can also devise a thematic interest area with approval by an Undergraduate History Advisor.
Students will also take additional courses from other interest areas to enlarge the scope of their historical knowledge. At least three courses, or 9 credits, should be outside of the student's primary interest area, and at least one non-western course, or 3 credits, should be taken covering Africa, Asia, Latin America, and/or indigenous North Americans.
Independent-study courses and Internship classes may also help fulfill History electives. Enrollment in these courses is granted only by the supervising instructor.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.
|Two Surveys, selecting one from two different categories:||6|
|Category 1: U.S. History|
|U.S. History to 1877|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Category 2: European History|
|European History to 1600|
|European History since 1600|
|Category 3: World History|
|World History To 1450|
|World History since 1450|
|At least four 300- or 400-level courses inside the student's interest area, chosen in consultation with department advisor (see below). 1||12|
|At least three 300- or 400-level courses outside of the student's interest area.||9|
|At least one 300- or 400-level Non-Western course.||3|
|Historiography and Method|
Students may petition for inclusion of up to 6 hours of relevant 300- and 400-level courses offered by other departments to be counted as major 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.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
Interest area electives may be taught on a rotation basis, please see advisor for current availability.
|Antiquity and Medieval||12|
|Ancient World in Cinema|
|Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine|
|Special Studies in Antiquity and Medieval History|
|History of Christianity to the Middle Ages|
|Medieval Civilization I|
|Medieval Civilization II|
|Women and Gender in the Middle Ages|
|History of the British Isles, ca. 500 to 1500|
|Archeology and Biblical History|
|Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Mediterranean World (200–600 AD)|
|Early Modern and Modern Europe||12|
|Special Studies in Early and Modern European History|
|History of Christianity from the Middles Ages to Present|
|The French Revolution and Napoleon|
|Tudor England, 1485-1603|
|History of Britain 1603-1832|
|Comparative Histories of Modern Germany|
|Studies in Digital Humanities|
|Special Studies in Public History|
|Museums, Monuments, and American Life: An Introduction to Public History|
|Public History Internship|
|World War One through its Artifacts|
|Planning For Historic Preservation|
|Special Studies in United States History|
|Decade of Dissent: The 1960s|
|The American Revolution, 1763-1789|
|The Early American Republic, 1789–1850|
|America, 1850-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction|
|History of Technology|
|Missouri/Kansas Border Wars|
|Civil War in Memory and Film|
|Rise of the City in the U.S.|
|Kansas City: History of a Regional Metropolis|
|The American West|
|History of the Early American South|
|American Environmental History|
|Women in Early America|
|American History Through Film|
|Black Civil Rights in the 20th and 21st Centuries|
|Cities, Climate, and the Future 1|
|From Oil Gushers to Fracking: A History of American Petroleum 1|
|We Shall All Overcome: Civil Rights Movements in Contemporary America 1|
|Special Studies in World History|
|Colonial North America, 1492–1763|
|Women, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America|
|Colonial Latin America (From the Encounter to the Early 19th Century)|
|Modern Latin America|
|Latin American Crises and Opportunities|
|The Americas in America 1|
|UMKC Ireland Study Abroad 1|
Students may apply one GECUE and one GECDV course to major requirements.
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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.
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.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).