Majors and Minors
The MD is only one of the two degrees that you will earn as a student at UMKC. You will also need to choose an undergraduate major field of study. When choosing a major, it is wise to consider your personal interests and strengths as well as possible career goals. Your major may support and deepen your study of medicine and enhance your future as a physician. It could allow you to pursue your interests, acquire special skills and enrich your life. Below is a list of the most common BA majors that can be combined with your MD degree. To complete some of the majors within the 6-year time-frame, specific course work must be completed before entering the School of Medicine. Major Maps for Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, and the Bachelor of Liberal Arts are available at http://sfa.umkc.edu/majormaps and show what courses a student would be taking each semester under the various degree plans. Major Maps for other degrees can be constructed in coordination with your ETC. Below are some common majors for six-year students.
This unique degree offers you the opportunity to explore a breadth of experiences in the social sciences and humanities in addition to the natural sciences courses required by the medical school curriculum. The Major Map for this degree provides an example of the curriculum throughout the six years.
Courses will increase your understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in health and disease. Opportunities for research will sharpen your problem-solving skills, teach you research design and analysis, and allow you to understand modern diagnostic methods. Students must have completed General Chemistry I and II, along with several other courses, prior to beginning in Year 1 in order to pursue this degree. The Major Map for this degree provides an example of the curriculum throughout the six years.
Educational opportunities in inorganic and organic chemistry will sharpen your problem-solving skills, and teach you research design and analysis. This will help you critically evaluate scientific research and understand modern technology employed in the health care setting. Students must have completed General Chemistry I and II, along with several other courses, prior to beginning in Year 1 in order to pursue this degree. The Major Mapfor this degree provides an example of the curriculum throughout the six years.
You will learn the critical importance of communication in health care, from the doctor-patient relationship, to the interpersonal communication between members of a health care team, to the power and politics of mass media. This major is available only when students have a significant amount of transfer work or credit by exam.
Studying philosophy prepares you for a profession requiring flexibility of thought and problem solving ability. Philosophy is also the foundation of clinical bioethics that is of paramount importance in today’s health care. This major is available only when students have a significant amount of transfer work or credit by exam.
The field of psychology is a broad discipline incorporating knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. You will earn about important concepts that underlie current scientific thought and receive training in the design and application of research methodology. This major is available only when students have a significant amount of transfer work or credit by exam.
As a sociology major you will learn investigative skills, research methods, and various abilities to aid in working with diverse populations. This major is available only when students have a significant amount of transfer work or credit by exam.
More information on these and other majors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog at http://www.umkc.edu/catalog. Please keep in mind that each student has his/her unique set of previous credit (transfer/AP/CLEP/IB) which makes talking to your advisor an important step in the process of choosing a major. Transfer Equivalency and Credit by Examination (AP, IB, CLEP) charts can be found here
Minors are offered in a variety of disciplines and can be added to any major as long as space allows in a student’s curriculum. While the foreign language minors and the Healing and Humanities minor are common, many other minors are available at UMKC. More information on these and other minors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog at http://www.umkc.edu/catalog.
Foreign Language Minor (French, German, Spanish)
Minors are available in Spanish, French, and German and require a minimum of 18 hours consisting of six hours of second-year courses or above plus 12 hours of courses at the 300 and 400 levels. French 435 and German 304 do not count toward a minor. The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures STRONGLY encourages all students who have studied the language previously to take the placement exam before enrolling in their first French, German or Spanish course at UMKC. As a guideline, 2 years of a language in high school should prepare the student to proceed to the 120 course in that language while 4 years of a language in high school should prepare the student to proceed to the 211 course.
Foreign Language Placement Exam (French, German, and Spanish)
Take the Placement Exam below to confirm your readiness for the proper foreign language course. The exam is on-line, and only takes 10-20 minutes. It may be taken from any on-line computer using the site name and password (provided below). Students placing significantly above the baseline score for semester 4 (221) and students who score at the extremes of an indicated range should consult an advisor in the language for appropriate placement.
Go to: http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org?acct=umkc
Enter the password “kangaroos1”
3. Choose your language from the drop-down menu.
4. Fill in the requested information and take the test (10- 20 minutes long). Note the instructions for resuming an interrupted test or viewing your previous score.
NOTE: As with other standardized tests, various factors can affect your score. The results are valid under normal circumstances, and only if you provide honest, non-contradictory answers. If you disagree with the results, you may try again (a different version is offered every time). You may also consult with a Foreign Language adviser.
below 281: French 110 (1st semester French)
281 – 345: French 120 (2nd semester French)
346 – 402: French 211 (3rd semester French)
above 403: French 221 or above (4th semester French), consult Dr. Lindsy Myers, email@example.com
below 328: German 110 (1st semester German)
328 – 416: German 120 (2nd semester German)
417 – 547: German 211 (3rd semester German)
above 548: German 221 or above (4th semester German), consult Dr. Larson Powell, firstname.lastname@example.org
below 296: Spanish 110 (1st semester Spanish)
296 – 355: Spanish 120 (2nd semester Spanish)
356 – 439 : Spanish 211 (3rd semester Spanish)
above 440: Spanish 221 or above (4th semester Spanish), Dr. Alberto Villamandos, email@example.com
Students who want to take a foreign language course should take this placement test prior to their arrival at Summer Orientation. It is also possible for students to take additional exams to test out of second-year coursework. For additional information contact the Department of Foreign Languages at 816-235-1311 or any of the faculty listed above.
Healing and Humanities Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in healing and humanities enables students to explore the complicated nature of health care issues by integrating knowledge from the arts and humanities with the social and natural sciences. The minor is particularly appropriate for students considering health-related professions, complementing other scientific, clinical and professional preparation. Health care careers are projected to be among the fastest-growing fields well into the 21st century. America's changing health care environment increasingly calls for individuals who understand the complexity of factors affecting healing and who are able to take a humane, holistic approach.
The healing and humanities curriculum enables pre-health and health professions students to develop an interdisciplinary foundation for a future health care career. To earn a minor in healing and humanities, students must earn at least 18 credit hours from the list of approved courses below and other courses as approved by the program adviser. Credits must be earned in at least three departments or curricular designations. At least nine credit hours must be upper-division (i.e., 300 or 400), and at least nine must be earned at UMKC. Students may select from among a wide variety of courses offered by many participating departments. The program adviser is available to provide academic advice on course selections and degree requirements, as well as career guidance. Students interested in the healing and humanities minor should consult with the program adviser to plan a program of study.
A list of approved courses for this minor can be found at. http://www.umkc.edu/catalog/Healing_and_Humanities.html#222212
While the Foreign Language and Healing and Humanities minors are common, many other minors are available at UMKC. The Undergraduate Catalog, available at http://www.umkc.edu/catalog/, lists the many minor possibilities. Let your ETC know of any interest you have in obtaining minors as part of your undergraduate degree.