Located in the UMKC Student Success Center
UMKCUCollege@umkc.edu

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Associate Vice Provost-University College:
Kim McNeley, Ph.D.

Retention Coordinator/Academic Advisors:
Susi Krulewich

General Information

What is a University College?

University College is an administrative structure that coordinates the overall academic experience of incoming undeclared/exploratory students and continuing students in transition between majors.   University College is a portal to the ultimate academic unit in which the student will be granted a degree.

Exploratory or Transitioning Student

Exploratory students are students that are simply not ready to select a major, whether at the time that they enter UMKC or after realizing their initial decisions regarding a major are not what they want.  Nationally, a large percentage of students entering colleges and universities are unsure of their academic plans.  Estimates indicate that as high as 70% of students change their major at least one time during their academic careers. 

Mission

Our mission is to offer every exploratory or transitioning student the opportunity for success through the engagement with faculty and staff, the development of educational plans, the clarification of career and life goals, and the appreciation of the value of the core skills developed through UMKC’s general education.

The University College will contribute to the University’s mission of providing a “vibrant learning and campus life experience” through the development of a focused community of faculty, students, and staff with a shared responsibility for each student’s achievement of advising goals and progress toward degree completion.

Explore, Network, and Decide

Exploratory students are expected to take an active role in their education through systematic exploration, networking, and active decision making.  UC student success teams will provide a supportive environment for this approach.  UCollege student success teams will be made up of:  the Associate Vice Provost for University College and Undergraduate Advising, University College Retention Coordinators/Academic Advisors, seminar series faculty, librarians, peer mentors, and Student Success Center staff. 

Cross-Campus Collaboration

The mission of University College is impossible without a multidisciplinary participation and collaboration among all undergraduate academic units.  Students in University College explore academic options across the University. Faculty selected to mentor students through the UCollege seminar series are purposely drawn from a breadth of disciplines. Close collaboration between UCollege and all academic units is critical to the successful exploration and ultimate transition of students to their most appropriate academic homes in the College of Arts and Sciences or one of UMKC’s schools.  

Academic Advising

University College Retention Coordinators will partner with each student in the development and completion of educational goals.  Retention Coordinators will provide cross-college academic advising and connections with potential academic units, and facilitate ongoing support and evaluation of each student’s progress.

Advising Expectations

  • Fostering Academic Success
    University College Retention Coordinators will partner with each student in the development and completion of educational goals. Retention Coordinators will provide cross-college academic advising and connections with potential academic units, and facilitate ongoing support and evaluation of each student’s progress.  Students are required to meet with their UCollege Retention Coordinator for a minimum of Goal Setting, mid-term check, & enrollment planning sessions during each term. 
  • Registration Approvals
    All University College students are required to secure an UCollege Retention Coordinator’s approval to register for classes.  To gain this approval, students must fully participate in enrollment advising expectations set by their UCollege Retention Coordinator prior to enrollment.  This advising may include contact with other academic units and/or the completion of additional assessment so that course selection may be optimized. 
    Students’ registration must include enrollment in a least one University College seminar each semester.  The appropriate University College seminar and core curriculum may be administratively added to students’ enrollment to ensure that students are making purposeful progress toward major selection.
  • Declaration of Major
    All UCollege students are required to complete processes of Change of School and Declaration of Major with the appropriate academic unit and the University Registrar.
    All UCollege students will be advised of the advising process of the academic unit to which they are transitioning.

Enrollment

  • Enrollment for Term
    Students must enroll in all required courses and make appropriate selections from optional courses as discussed and documented in their enrollment advising meeting.
    All UCollege students should complete enrollment, prior to the first day of classes.  All changes to courses indicated as required by the UCollege Retention Coordinator during enrollment advising should be approved by the UCollege Retention Coordinator.
    All UCollege students on academic probation are required to complete enrollment prior to the first day of classes.  After this day enrollment holds will not be lifted, and therefore no enrollment will be permitted for the term.
  • Adding/Dropping a Class
    Additions of courses after the first week of classes are deemed unusual and typically negatively impact students’ ability to succeed.  Students wishing to add/drop after the published deadlines must petition UCollege for an exception to normal academic policy.  Forms submitted after the published deadlines must be accompanied by an appropriate, approved petition.
    All UCollege students on academic probation are required to complete all courses required by their UCollege Retention Coordinator and documented in their enrollment advising.

Academic Status Related To Grade Point Average

Undergraduate degree-seeking students' academic status is assessed at the end of every term, whether the student is full-time or part-time for that term. A summer session is considered the same as a semester for the purpose of the following regulations:

  • In general, students will be placed on academic probation whenever their official UM grade-point average falls below 2.0 (C average). First time college freshman admitted to UMKC on the basis of high school records, who have grade-point averages between 1.50 and 1.99 at the end of the first semester of either full- or part-time study will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning must achieve an overall 2.0 average by the end of their second semester or be placed on regular probation.
  • Students on academic probation will be restored to good standing whenever the UM grade-point average reaches 2.0 or the GPA level established by their academic units.
  • Students on academic probation must remove themselves from probation within three successive semesters (including the semester in which they originally were placed on probation). Otherwise they are ineligible to re-enroll without the approval of the academic units.
  • Students are responsible for knowing their academic status by referring to Pathway and their permanent transcript.
  • UMKC students transitioning from an academic unit into University College will be reviewed under the above stipulations.  Students on probation or dismissed (ineligible to re-enroll) from another UMKC academic unit may be admitted into University College under contracts.  In order to be admitted into University College, the student must submit a Petition for Exception including an Academic Recovery plan.  This petition must be approved prior to the first day of the term.

Dean’s List – Term Performance

The Dean’s List is a recognition of excellent academic performance. Students must complete a minimum full-time program of 12 graded hours to qualify for the dean’s list with a minimum of a 3.5 grade.

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 participating in the program will:

  1. Identify and engage with relevant faculty, staff, and community contacts to further career and major exploration;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of UMKC’s General Education requirements and the relevance of this knowledge and skills to his/her academic and career goals: Communication Skills, Technology and Information Literacy, Scientific Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis, Arts and Humanities, Interdisciplinary and Innovative Thinking, Culture and Diversity, Human Values and Ethical Reasoning, Civic and Community Engagement;
  3. Demonstrate how to effectively access and interact with academic information sources (Undergraduate Catalog, Major Maps, Pathway, DARS – Degree Audit Record System); Identify and utilize appropriate campus resources and opportunities that can contribute to his/her educational experience, goals, and campus engagement (i.e. Writing Studio, Math and Science Resource Room, and Career Services);
  4. Identify broad areas of his/her academic interests, aptitudes, and abilities as a step toward major & career selection;
  5. Develop short- and long- term academic plans and initiate proactive steps toward completion; Identify and comply with relevant academic policies, processes, and procedures related to advising, course planning, and major exploration;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of workplace and community diversity;
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of thorough and ongoing personal assessment, balanced with timely decision-making as components to career planning;
  8. Demonstrate factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends) gained about career decision-making and development;
  9. Develop knowledge of specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the fields in which he/she is interested; Demonstrate how to effectively utilize information sources related to possible career options (i.e. Roo Career Network, O*Net, Occupational Outlook Handbook U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Faculty and field informational interviews);
  10. Use written and oral communication to discover, develop, and articulate plans, ideas and viewpoints regarding career and major choice;
  11. Address and interpret evidence gained from multiple sources including self-assessments (strengths, interest, personality, values), course experiences/grades work volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, and other experiences;
  12. Define roadblocks and develop solutions in choosing a major/career path;
  13. Develop a personal portfolio which includes a realistic plan to reach career and major goals.

University College Requirements and Regulations

Progress Toward Decision:  Admission/Declaration

  • Exposure to Academic Disciplines: Hours Completed
  • During the term in which the completion of 45 hours credit hours of acceptable college work occurs and admission requirements have been met, students will complete the administrative process of transitioning to the ultimate academic unit in which their degree will be granted.
  • Students transferring into UMKC with greater than 45 hours of acceptable college work will be required to meet all admission requirements during their initial Fall or Spring term at UMKC.  Declaration of major and/or admission processing must be completed by 20th day of the following term.
  • Students unable to make a decision regarding their major by the guidelines noted above must provide a plan for the upcoming academic semester and/or requirements and petition University College for permission to continue.
  • Purposeful/Required Course Enrollment to Support Decision-making
    • All University College students will enroll in the appropriate level University College seminar course(s) during both Fall and Spring semesters. These courses are: ANCH 101, UNIV 100, UNIV 102, UNIV 202.
    • Early and continuous enrollment in the appropriate Discourse and Anchor course pair, as well as, mathematics and/or foreign languages courses are required depending upon the student’s selected exploratory track. 
    • A grade of C- or higher is required in UNIV 100, ANCH 101, UNIV 102, UNIV 202, DISC 100, DISC 200, and/or MATH (100 or 200 level) courses. 
    • Critical courses will be designated for each plan of study based on academic unit recommendations.  Required courses for each enrollment term will be determined by the student’s UCollege Retention Coordinator based on the student expressed academic interests.

University College Requirements focus on the completion of the UMKC General Education Core that build foundational skills required for all fields.  Students select one of four exploratory tracks and utilize both UMKC General Education Core Requirements and specified Major Critical Courses to explore and identify their optimal academic plans (degrees, majors, and minors).  Options below highlight these exploratory course options by track.


Arts, Culture, and Human Expression Mega-Major

Written and Oral Communication
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
Foreign Language9
Complex Problem Solving
ANCH 101University College Seminar3
Anchor II3
UNIV 100Academic Development (may be required)1
Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 110College Algebra (Focus B)3
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
MATH 100Intermediate Algebra (may be required; depending on ALEKS Placement)3
Interest Exploration Through UMKC General Education Focus and Critical Courses
Historical Perspective
ART-HIST 201From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals3
ART-HIST 202From Michelangelo to Modernism3
HISTORY 201European History to 16003
HISTORY 202European History since 16003
HISTORY 206World History To 14503
HISTORY 208World History since 14503
Mode of Expression
ART 105Introduction To Photography3
ART 112Foundation Drawing3
ART 114Foundation Digital Design3
ART 121Foundation 2D Design3
ART 131Foundation 3D Design3
ART 235Digital Imaging I3
COMM-ST 220Introduction: Modern Communications Media3
COMM-ST 250Introduction to Film and Video Production3
COMM-ST 260PIntroduction To Web Communications4
COMM-ST 265Visual Communication3
CONSVTY 118Electronica (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 125History and Development of Rock and Roll (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 126Introduction to World Music (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 103NFundamentals of Music (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 120NMusic Appreciation (Focus A)3
THEATRE 101Introduction To Acting3
THEATRE 130Foundations Of Fine Arts Theatre3
THEATRE 210Introduction To Design For The Theater3
Culture
ANTHRO 103Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTHRO 207Writing Culture: The Craft of Ethnography3
BLKS 201Global Systems and the Origins of Black American Culture and Institutions3
LLS 201Introduction to Latina/o Studies3
PHILOS 210Introduction to Philosophy (Focus A)3
PHILOS 221Contemporary Moral Issues3
ENGLISH 141Women and Literary Culture/The Heroine in Literature (Focus A)3
WGS 201Introduction To Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Written Text
CLASSICS 119Myth and Literature3
CLASSICS 131Seven Wonders and Beyond: Archaeological Wonders of the Ancient World3
ENGLISH 119Myth and Literature3
ENGLISH 120Literary Monstrosities3
ENGLISH 123True Lives: Autobiographical Arts and Acts3
ENGLISH 124Writing About Literature3
ENGLISH 126Popular Literature3
ENGLISH 130Introduction to Human Language3
ENGLISH 200Introduction To Undergraduate Study In English3
ENGLISH 207World Literature in English3
ENGLISH 213Introduction To Drama2-3
ENGLISH 214Introduction To Fiction3
ENGLISH 215Introduction To Poetry3
ENGLISH 216The Craft of Creative Writing3
ENGLISH 242Women Writing/Women Reading3
ENGLISH 270Writing Tutor Training Seminar3
ENGLISH 273Science Fiction3
ENGLISH 278Asian American Literature3
TCH-ED 201Children's Literature3
Major and Career Decision Making
UNIV 102Career and Major Planning2
UNIV 202Next Steps in Career & Major Exploration1

Numbers, Functions and Technology Mega-Major

Written and Oral Communication
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
Foreign Language9
Complex Problem Solving
ANCH 101University College Seminar3
Anchor II3
UNIV 100Academic Development (may be required)1
Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 100Intermediate Algebra (may be required depending on ALEKS Placement)3
MATH 110College Algebra (Focus B)3
One of the following courses:
MATH 120Precalculus (Focus B)5
MATH 206Brief Calculus And Matrix Algebra3
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B)4
or MATH 266 Accelerated Calculus I
STAT 235Elementary Statistics (Focus B)3
Interest Exploration Through UMKC General Education Focus and Critial Courses
ACCTNG 210Introduction To Financial Accounting3
ASTR 150Astronomy: Motions of the Cosmos (Focus B)3
ASTR 153LIntroductory Astronomy Laboratory2
ASTR 155Astronomy: Starlight and Star Stuff (Focus B)3
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
5
CHEM 212R
CHEM 212LR
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (Focus B)
5
COMP-SCI 101Problem Solving and Programming I3
COMP-SCI 111Introduction to Computing3
E&C-ENGR 130Engineering Graphics3
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I (Focus B)3
ECON 202Introduction To Economics II (Focus B)3
GEOG 203Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
or UPD 203 GIS For Urban Planning
GEOLOGY 220General Geology (Focus B)3
MIS 202Computer Applications In Management3
PHILOS 222Foundations Of Logic and Scientific Reasoning (Focus B)3
PHY-SCI 110
110L
Foundations Of Physical Sciences I
and Foundations Of Physical Sciences, Laboratory I
5
PHYSICS 210General Physics I (Focus B)4
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I (Focus B)5
Major and Career Decision Making
UNIV 102Career and Major Planning2
UNIV 202Next Steps in Career & Major Exploration1

Individual and Group Behavior Mega-Major

Written and Oral Communication
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
Foreign Language9
Complex Problem Solving
ANCH 101University College Seminar3
Anchor II3
UNIV 100Academic Development1
Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 100Intermediate Algebra (may be required depending on ALEKS Placement)3
MATH 110College Algebra3
or STAT 235 Elementary Statistics
Interest Exploration Through UMKC General Education Focus and Critial Courses
ANTHRO 103Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (Focus C)3
CJC 101Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJC 215Methods Of Criminological Research (Focus C)3
CJC 220Theoretical Criminology3
CJC 240Delinquency And Juvenile Justice (Focus C)3
CJC 280Gangs and Crime (Focus C)3
CJC 282Criminal Justice & Criminology in Popular Media (Focus C)3
COMM-ST 140Principles Of Communication3
ECON 150Introduction To Labor Studies3
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I3
ECON 202Introduction To Economics II3
ENT 215Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
GEOG 200World Geography I3
GEOG 202World Geography II3
GEOG 210Human Geography3
HISTORY 101U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C)3
HISTORY 102U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C)3
HISTORY 201European History to 1600 (Focus A)3
HISTORY 202European History since 1600 (Focus A)3
HISTORY 206World History To 1450 (Focus A)3
HISTORY 208World History since 1450 (Focus A)3
HLSC 110Personal Wellness (Focus A)3
NURSE 252Human Growth and Development3
PHILOS 210Introduction to Philosophy3
POL-SCI 220Introduction To Comparative Politics (Focus C)3
POL-SCI 221Introduction to Comparative Politics and Research (Focus C)3
POL-SCI 230International Relations (Focus C)3
PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 201Introduction To Social Psychology3
SOCIOL 203Social Problems (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 211Social And Psychological Development Through The Life Cycle3
TCH-ED 151Introduction to Urban Education Field Experience2
UPD 260History Of Planning And Urban Design3
WGS 201Introduction To Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Focus C)3

Health, Life Science and Our World Mega-Major

Written and Oral Communication
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
Foreign Language9
Complex Problem Solving
ANCH 101University College Seminar3
Anchor II3
UNIV 100Academic Development (may be required)1
Constitution
Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C)
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C)
Constitutional History of the United States
American Government (Focus C)
Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 100Intermediate Algebra (may be required depending on ALEKS Placement)3
MATH 120Precalculus5
MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B)4
or MATH 216 Calculus for Biological Sciences
Interest Exploration Through UMKC General Education Focus and Critical Courses
Continuous enrollment in one or more of the following:
BIOLOGY 102
102L
Biology and Living
and Biology and Living Laboratory (Focus B)
4
CHEM 115
115L
Elements Of Chemistry I
and Elements Of Chemistry, Laboratory I (Focus B)
5
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
5
CHEM 212R
CHEM 212LR
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II (Focus B)
5
Health
BIOLOGY 108
108L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory (Focus B)
4
BIOLOGY 109
109L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory (Focus B)
4
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 206Genetics3
CHEM 206Human Nutrition (Focus B)3
HLSC 110Personal Wellness3
HLSC 120Anatomy & Physiology I4
HLSC 160Anatomy and Physiology II4
LS-PHYS 217Human Physiology3
LS-MCRB 112Microbiology and Living3
Our Environment
CHEM 160
160L
Chemistry, Society, And The Environment
and Laboratory For Chemistry, Society, And The Environment
4
ENV-DSN 110The Meaning Of Architecture (Focus A)3
ENV-SCI 110R
ENV-SCI 110L
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
and Understanding the Earth Laboratory (Focus B)
5
ENV-SCI 210Issues in Environmental Science (Focus B)3
ENV-SCI 220Ecosystem Science for Decision Makers3
GEOG 215Introduction to Weather and Climate4
GEOLOGY 220General Geology (Focus B)3
GEOLOGY 250LField Methods in Earth and Environmental Science (Focus B)3
HLSC 158Public Health Principles3
UPD 260History Of Planning And Urban Design3
URBAN ST 100Neighborhood And Community Development3