Culture and Diversity Courses

GECDV 201 Culture and Diversity Credits: 3

Students engage in investigation and reflection of their own backgrounds and cultures, examining their own worldview and implicit bias. Through engagement with self and others, students begin recognizing the culture and worldview of those different from themselves. Students develop an awareness of self and how this self-knowledge manifests in interactions with others. Through dialogue and engagement with others in addition to reflection of self, students develop a critical consciousness of self and society.

Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities Courses

GECRT-AH 101 Making Meaning in A Changing World Credits: 3

Students appreciate the Arts and Humanities and the importance of the creative and human experience by learning how to analyze artifacts (e.g., texts) to make meaning out of their world.

Critical Thinking in the Natural and Physical Sciences Courses

GECRT-SC 101 How Do I Live in A Changing World Credits: 3

Students will investigate the natural and physical world through testable questions, models, hypotheses, or discoveries and evaluate different lines of evidence including observations and measurements. Students will apply natural and physical science techniques and use results and conclusions to explain and appreciate the natural and physical phenomena that impact our lives, our community and the world in which we live.

Critical Thinking in the Behavioral and Social Science Courses

GECRT-SS 101 Why Though? Credits: 3

What is human behavior? How do humans influence and are influenced by the world around them? How can we study the "why" behind human behavior in a meaningful way given just how complex humans and societies are? In this course, students apply perspectives and critical thinking processes from the social sciences to identify and explore relevant questions. In particular, students collect and evaluate evidence and draw conclusions about the human experience in individual, social, and cultural contexts.

Civic and Urban Engagement Courses

GECUE 201 Civic and Urban Engagement Credits: 3

Students participate in engagement with communities in which they investigate an issue of personal and public concern. Students analyze this community-defined issue or need by synthesizing knowledge from primary sources and/or secondary sources. Students discern and discuss the tension between individual and collective needs, and demonstrate ability and commitment to work actively within community contexts and structures to achieve a civic aim or remediate a problem or issue. In doing this, students develop decisions/ actions/ solutions that benefit the most people within a society while also not oppressing those in a minority. In short, students analyze issues and solutions that contribute to the greater good for the greatest number of diverse groups and people.

First Semester Experience Courses

GEFSE 101 First Semester Experience Credits: 3

The First Semester Experience will introduce students to the people, systems, and resources that foster success at UMKC. Students will participate in weekly Impact Seminars to learn about the research and teaching that takes place across campus and how to engage with faculty in your time at UMKC. They will also participate in small group sections for students pursuing related majors to explore big ideas, academic programs and career paths. The course also includes a range of co-curricular activities to connect students with a wide range of activities and events on campus and in the broader Kansas City community.