UMKC General Education Core


Current Core Curriculum at UMKC

The UMKC General Education Core is the university's current core curriculum, designed to provide knowledge and skills that are important for all students, no matter their major or field of study. The UMKC Core provides an innovative learning experience for students, employing interdisciplinary courses that are team–taught by faculty. These courses challenge students to think across boundaries in a way that more closely resembles real–world situations, helping them prepare better for 21st–century careers. The UMKC General Core was implemented in August 2013, with incoming freshmen students. Currently, UMKC undergraduates in every academic unit, in every major, have the same set of core requirements.

General Education Task Force 2.0

In 2016, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer convened a new General Education Task Force. The task force was charged with the review and re-design of the University’s General Education Program in order to meet existing requirements of the Higher Learning Commission and new requirements outlined in Missouri House Bill 2651: Higher Education Core Curriculum Transfer Act. It must achieve this while continuing to provide UMKC students with a high-quality, highly engaging educational experience that inspires their curiosity, and challenges their intellectual capacities with curricular breadth, depth, and interdisciplinary study that reflects the mission of the university. The core and emphasis of the program will be a clearly articulated focus on the skills, knowledge and values that UMKC students should demonstrate at the conclusion of their studies to demonstrate competence as individual citizens, professionals, and community leaders. The Task Force met throughout the 2016-17 Academic Year to design the new curriculum and learning outcomes and over summer 2017 to design an implementation plan. For more information on the Task Force members or to read the Task Force reports, visit this page.

Gen Ed 2.0 will be implemented beginning Fall 2020 – all incoming first time college (FTC) students will be required to complete the Gen Ed 2.0 curriculum. Incoming transfer students may opt for the MDHE Core 42 curriculum.

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