The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) has adopted statewide general education goals to facilitate transfer among Missouri institutions of higher education. To that end, signatory schools have selected courses to meet these goals and to fit within the CBHE's 42-credit-hour core of general education.
With completion of this "core" noted on their transcripts, students may transfer to participating Missouri colleges and universities, and this 42 credit general education core will be accepted as equivalent to the receiving institution's 42-credit core. Institutions may require transfer students to complete additional general education requirements beyond the 42-hour core when these requirements are also required of their native students.
When UMKC students planning to transfer to another Missouri institution complete the 42 hour transferable core, they may go to the advising and student services offices in their academic units to apply for certification of completion of the general education core. Once completion of the core is verified, a statement will appear on the student's transcript. A student should apply for certification well in advance of requesting a transcript be sent to another Missouri institution.
Please note that the CBHE core may not be as specific as the general education requirements for baccalaureate degrees at any particular institution. Students who intend to complete their degrees at UMKC must complete the general education requirements of the specific bachelor's degree they wish to earn. Similarly, students transferring to UMKC whose transcripts do not certify their completion of the core at another institution must complete all the general education requirements of the UMKC degree they wish to earn.
Below are the UMKC courses students may elect to take if they wish to complete the 42 credit hour transferable core prior to transferring to another Missouri institution:
- Communicating (9 credit hours)
To develop students' effective use of the English language and quantitative and other symbolic systems essential to their success in school and in the world.
- Writing and Critical Analysis: Students must satisfactorily complete ENGLISH 110 and 225. In addition, students must pass the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT) or satisfactorily complete ENGLISH 299. A student earning a score of 30 or better on the ACT English subtest or 690 or better on the SAT Verbal, may be exempt from the English 110 requirement.
- Oral Augmentation/Speech. Students must satisfactorily complete COMM-ST 110.
- Higher Order Thinking, Managing Information and Valuing (6 credit hours)
To develop students’ ability to distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences. Students must successfully complete 6 hours from at least two different fields, chosen from the following list:
These courses, in addition to the remainder of the general education block of 42 hours, satisfy the three skill area goals of Higher Order Thinking, Managing Information and Valuing.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credit hours)
To develop students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them through study of content and the processes used by historians and social and behavioral scientists to discover, describe, explain and predict human behavior and social systems.
- Constitution course chosen from: HISTORY 101 or 102 or 360R or POL-SCI 210
- Six additional credit hours from at least one field other than above, chosen from Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Geography or Criminal Justice
- Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credit hours)
To develop students’ understanding of the ways in which humans have addressed their condition through imaginative work in the humanities and fine arts.
- One 3 credit hour course chosen from English, Communication Studies, Foreign Language or Philosophy
- One 3 credit hour course chosen from Art/Art History, Conservatory or Theatre.
- Mathematics (3 credit hours)
To develop students’ understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and their applications.
MATH 110 or higher (including MATH 116)
- Life and Physical Sciences (8 credit hours)
To develop students’ understanding of the principles and laboratory procedures of life and physical sciences and to cultivate their abilities to apply the empirical methods of scientific inquiry.
One Life Science and one Physical Science, to include at least one laboratory component.
- Total General Education Core Credit Hours
One additional credit hour from any of the above areas to total 42 hours.
Students should consult with advisers in their primary academic unit to determine which additional courses may be used as alternatives to satisfy the General Education Core.