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UMKC General Education Core

Course Types

The 30-hour UMKC General Education Core curriculum includes three Anchor courses—levels I, II and III—that are linked to co-requisite Discourse classes. Students take the paired courses concurrently, but the levels must be taken in sequential order: Level I Anchor and Discourse, followed by levels II and III.

Students must also take four Focus courses. None of these requirements can be waived.

18 hours
(One 6-hour pair at each level)

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12 hours
(One 3-hour course in each focus area)

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Anchor

Three Anchor courses—each of which is paired with a complementary Discourse class—take an interdisciplinary approach to teach students critical thinking in three subject areas: Level I, Reasoning and Values; Level II, Culture and Diversity; and Level III, Civic and Community Engagement. These courses, which are team-taught by faculty from different departments, cut across traditionally recognized academic disciplines. They are designed to impart knowledge that becomes the basis of work done in the paired Discourse classes. Students enroll in the Anchor course through the companion Discourse class. But the classes are distinct and will be assessed independently.

Discourse

The Discourse classes—each of which is paired with a complementary Anchor course—help students develop strong speaking and writing skills. These courses fall into three subject areas: Level I, Reasoning and Values; Level II, Culture and Diversity; and Level III, Civic and Community Engagement. Discourse classes typically have smaller enrollment than the companion Anchor courses and reinforce the content learned in the Anchor courses.

Focus

Students take four Focus courses, which are drawn from three subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Scientific Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis; and Human Actions, Values and Ethics. Students take one course from each subject area, as well as one elective. These discipline-specific classes give students a broad base of skills and knowledge and serve as a strong foundation for all students in every major.

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