The 30-hour UMKC General Education Core curriculum includes three Anchor courses—levels I, II and III—that are paired with 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.
(One 6-hour pair at each level)
(One 3-hour course in each focus area)
Three Anchor courses—each of which is paired with a Discourse classâ€”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.
The Discourse classes—each of which is paired with a 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.
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.