Centers & Institutes

The centers and institutes housed within the College of Arts and Sciences provide a multidisciplinary approach to research, education, training and public service. Their purpose is to enable faculty members and students to work with one another, other institutions and representatives of the civic, corporate and philanthropic communities on issues, projects and programs related to UMKC’s academic strengths and interests.

The Applied Language Institute offers comprehensive ESL instruction for academic, personal and professional purposes. The ALI courses aim to provide students with an understanding of US culture and values while acknowledging students’ own cultures and languages.

The Center for Applied Environmental Research at UMKC provides excellence in environmental education, training and research using an interdisciplinary approach.

The Center for Economic Information at UMKC uses technology in support of economic decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.

The Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs aims to be a link and resource for all its initiatives as well as a place where people can connect to explore the broad field of its charge: governmental affairs.

The Center for Midwestern Studies’ mission is to encourage and disseminate innovative research, teaching and public programming about the American Midwest.

The Center for Neighborhoods was established by the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design in partnership with the State of Missouri and community partners to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in Kansas City, MO.