Degree Requirements

Students are required to learn and understand the policies and requirements of their degree.

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

Policies

  • A minimum of 120 hours is required to earn a degree. 
  • Students may need to complete general electives to reach 120 credit hours.
  • At least 30 hours numbered 3000 level or higher are required for graduation.
  • The final 30 of 36 hours taken for a degree must be completed as MU courses UNLESS the hours are earned through a study abroad program.
  • Students must meet the following GPA requirements to graduate:
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • 2.0 major GPA
    • 2.0 GPA in the final 30 hours
    • 2.0 GPA in the final 60 hours

English 1000

  • Complete with a grade of C- or higher. 
  • This course is a prerequisite for Writing Intensive (WI) courses.
  • Complete by 60 hours to be eligible to file a graduation plan.

Writing Intensive (WI) courses

  • Complete one WI course numbered 1000 + and one WI course 3000+. 
  • The WI courses offered each semester are found at the Campus Writing Program website.
  • WI courses can double-dip, that is, count for more than one requirement.

Diversity (DI) course (for first time college students beginning Fall 2017 or later)

  • Complete one DI course.
  • The DI courses offered each semester are found in myZou and are searchable under the course attribute “A&S Diversity Requirement.”
  • DI courses can double-dip, that is, count for more than one requirement.

College Algebra or Equivalent

  • Complete Math 1100 or equivalent with a grade of C- or higher. 
  • This course is a prerequisite for Math Reasoning Proficiency (MRP) courses.
  • Fulfill this requirement by 60 hours to be eligible to file a graduation plan.
  • Placement information can be found at the Math Placement website.

Math Reasoning Proficiency (MRP)

Missouri State Law Requirement

  • Complete an approved course in American Government or American History. 
  • Approved course options are listed at the General Education website.

Capstone

  • Complete Service Learning, Readings, or Internship course numbered 4000 level in the Focus Area.
  • Complete this course in the final 45 hours at MU.
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in the Capstone.
  • Find a full description of the options in the Service Learning, Internships, & Directed Readings section.
  • The Capstone must be an MU course.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

Foreign Language

  • Complete the elementary levels of a single foreign language. 
  • Language courses must be taken in order.  

Policies

  • Courses fulfilling A&S Foundation requirements must be included in the General Education course list.   
  • One course from a department outside of A&S may be used to fulfill requirements in each of the four areas.
  • Courses fulfilling foundation requirements may NOT also fulfill major requirements.
  • International Studies majors must complete 9 hours from the list of Core courses below to fulfill foundation requirements. At least 3 hours must be from the Humanities section.

Biological and Physical Sciences Core Courses

  • Anthropology 2050: Introduction to Anthropology with Laboratory (Biological Science)
  • Anthropology 2051: Introduction to Anthropology (Biological Science)
  • Atmospheric Science 1050: Introduction to Meteorology (Physical Science)
  • Atmospheric Science 2150: Natural Hazards (Physical Science)
  • Atmospheric Science 3600: Climates of the World (Physical Science)
  • Biological Sciences 1060: Basic Environmental Studies (Biological Science)
  • Geology 1100: Principles of Geology with Laboratory (Physical Science)
  • Geology 1200: Environmental Geology with Laboratory (Physical Science)
  • Geology 1250: The World’s Oceans (Physical Science)

Behavioral Sciences Core Courses

  • Anthropology 1000: General Anthropology
  • Peace Studies 2000: Exploration in Social and Economic Justice
  • Sociology 1000: Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 2200: Social Inequality
  • WGST 2040: Perspectives on Empowerment (coming in fall 2014-spring 2015)
  • WGST 2250: Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas

Social Sciences Core Courses

  • Agricultural Economics 1041: Applied Microeconomics
  • Agricultural Economics 1042: Applied Macroeconomics
  • Economics 1014: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Economics 1015: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Peace Studies 1050: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • WGST 1120: Bodies, Cultures, and Nations

Humanities Core Courses (at least one course from the list below is required)

  • Architectural Studies 1600: Fundamentals of Environmental Design
  • Art History 1110: Ancient and Medieval Art
  • Art History 1120: Renaissance through Modern Art
  • English 2155, 2156, 2157, 2158 or 2159: Introduction to World Literatures (no more than 6 hours may be taken in this series)
  • Film 2020: World Cinema for Non-Majors
  • Film Studies 2820: World Cinema
  • General Honors 2112H: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • General Honors 2113H: The Early Modern World
  • General Honors 2114H: The Modern Era
  • Journalism 1000: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society
  • Music 1310: Masterpieces of Western Music
  • Music 1313: Introduction to World Music
  • Peace Studies 2410: Philosophies of War and Peace (cross-listed with Philosophy 2410)
  • Peace Studies 2810: Think Global Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies
  • Philosophy 2100: Philosophy of East and West (rarely available)
  • Philosophy 2430: Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Religious Studies 1100: Introduction to Religion
  • Religious Studies 2100: Indigenous Religions (cross-listed with Anthropology 2100)
  • Religious Studies 2110: Religions of the World
  • Religious Studies 2310: Religions of China and Japan (rarely available)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 2080: Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Diversity

Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

  • Complete 9 hours from two different disciplines. 
  • One lecture with a corresponding laboratory must be completed.
  • Laboratories should be taken with the corresponding lecture or after the lecture course is completed, but not before completing the corresponding lecture course.

Behavioral Sciences

  • Complete Anthropology 2030. 
  • Complete an additional 2-3 hour general education approved Behavioral Science.

Social Sciences

  • Complete Geography 1100 or Geography 1200.
  • Complete Political Science 1400 or Political Science 2700.
  • The remaining 3 hours are fulfilled by the MO State Law course.

Humanistic Studies and Fine Arts

  • Complete 12 hours from three different departments.
  • Complete at least one course from the list of Core Humanities courses below: 
    • Architectural Studies 1600: Fundamentals of Environmental Design
    • Art History 1110: Ancient and Medieval Art
    • Art History 1120: Renaissance through Modern Art
    • English 2155, 2156, 2157, 2158 or 2159: Introduction to World Literatures (no more than 6 hours may be taken in this series)
    • Film Studies 2820: World Cinema
    • General Honors 2112H: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
    • General Honors 2113H: The Early Modern World
    • General Honors 2114H: The Modern Era
    • Journalism 1000: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society
    • Music 1310: Masterpieces of Western Music
    • Music 1313: Introduction to World Music
    • Peace Studies 2410: Philosophies of War and Peace (cross-listed with Philosophy 2410)
    • Peace Studies 2810: Think Global Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies
    • Philosophy 2100: Philosophy of East and West (rarely available)
    • Philosophy 2430: Contemporary Moral Issues
    • Religious Studies 1100: Introduction to Religion
    • Religious Studies 2100: Indigenous Religions (cross-listed with Anthropology 2100)
    • Religious Studies 2110: Religions of the World
    • Religious Studies 2310: Religions of China and Japan (rarely offered)
    • Women’s and Gender Studies 2080: Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Diversity

9 Hours Numbered 2000+

  • Complete 9 hours of coursework numbered 2000 or higher from the following four areas: Behavioral, Biological, Physical, Mathematical, Social, and Humanities and Fine Arts.
  • One of these courses may be outside of A&S.
  • At least 3 hours of this requirement must be fulfilled with an MU course.

Major Requirements

Policies

  • A total of 42 hours is required for the major. 
  • Students must complete 30 hours numbered 2000 or higher in the major.
  • 18 hours numbered 3000 level or higher are required in the major.
  • D-range grades are not allowed in the major.

Additional Foreign Language

  • Complete 6 additional hours of foreign language (conversation and/or composition) beyond the elementary level.

Regional/Cultural Humanities

  • Meet this requirement with 12 hours of Humanities courses that have a strong international/global focus. 
  • Course options include additional foreign language beyond those required for the major, Art History, civilizations courses, Film Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, etc.
  • Civilizations courses are instructed in English and can be found in language departments.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Students meet this requirement by completing 12 hours in the Social and/or Behavioral Sciences. 
  • Course options can be found in the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Focus Area

  • A total of 12 hours are required in this area. 
  • Courses taken to fulfill this requirement should reflect the language, geographic region, or theme the student studies: East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace Studies or South Asian Studies.

Study Abroad

  • Students should study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks. 
  • If a program is less than 4 weeks, it must be approved by the academic advisor.
  • Credit earned during a study abroad experience may be used to fulfill major requirements.
  • Students should complete their study abroad experience prior to their last year.
  • Preparation for a study abroad experience should begin a year in advance.
  • Information on study abroad is available at the International Center website