Programs

Strengthen your opportunities with prospective employers by adding an interdisciplinary program that complements your degree, whether you’re pursuing a B.A., B.S. or B.L.A. These programs ensure you’ll develop the skills needed to navigate our complex society by integrating learning and problem-solving among multiple academic disciplines and by offering a common set of general education requirements.

Whether you’re interested in leadership or just want to make a difference, you’ll research and develop new ideas, participate in community outreach programs and learn how to think critically and collaborate with those who have different viewpoints while addressing society’s everyday challenges.

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps)
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, students earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

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Black Studies Program
The Black Studies Program holistically examines the experience, contributions and condition of African-descent peoples in the formation and evolution of American society and culture. The program’s focus extends to an examination of the active role of Africa and the African Diaspora in global society and human culture.

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Classical and Ancient Studies Program
The Classical and Ancient Studies Program looks at the art, languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean World from 3500 BC to 500 AD. Students have the option of majoring in English with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, majoring in History with an emphasis in Ancient and Medieval History, or completing a minor in conjunction with any other CAS degree program.

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Environmental Studies Program
The Environmental Studies Program provides UMKC students the highest quality environmental education with a special focus on urban environments and sustainability. In an era of global urbanization, students are prepared to address vital urban environmental issues through a foundation in Earth systems science and a broad multidisciplinary curriculum.

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Family Studies Program
The Family Studies Program explores the many facets of families and the societal trends which influence them, such as an aging population, economic changes and public policies. Students focus primarily on American families and use a vast array of disciplines from the humanities and social sciences to contribute to their learning experience.

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Geographic Information Systems, Certificate Program
The Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems at UMKC prepares students for a variety of careers in today’s rapidly growing job market, such as environmental mapping, urban planning and public resource management. These transcripted undergraduate and graduate certificate programs offers GIS-related multidisciplinary courses through several CAS academic programs, including Criminal Justice and Criminology, Economics, Geosciences, Sociology and Urban Planning and Design.

Gerontology Program
“Gerontology the study of the aging process and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. It includes the study of physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age. The UMKC Gerontology Program offers the opportunity to study aging both at the undergraduate (Minor in Gerontology) and graduate (Certificate in Gerontology) levels.

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Historic Preservation, Graduate Certificate Program

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design offers an 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation designed to prepare a wide variety of professionals to understand, maintain, preserve, adaptably reuse, and advocate for the historic built environment and heritage of places. Drawing on the faculty’s diverse training and experience in preservation practice and deep connections to local, regional, and national preservation networks, the program combines classroom discussion, research projects, and practical experience to provide students with a strong foundation in preservation planning.

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Latinx and Latin American Studies Program
The Latina/Latino Studies Program focuses on the experiences of people from a diversity of Hispanic origins living in the United States. The program engages students, scholars and the greater Kansas City community in collaborative programs and service learning projects to create a better understanding of the cultural, economic, historical experiences and contributions of U.S. Latinas/os-Chicanas/os and their diasporic origins.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program enables individuals to pursue interdisciplinary studies at the graduate level. Courses provide participants the opportunity to extend the best experiences of baccalaureate liberal education to the graduate level.

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Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program (MEMS)
The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) offers students an interdisciplinary opportunity to focus their studies in early literatures, history, and culture (ca. 500-1500). The minor may be integrated with the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree. Students complete an 18-credit program of study, with upper-level courses from at least two disciplines. Completion of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies minor is recorded on the student’s transcript. Students must declare their intention to pursue the minor on the “Declaration of Major” form and should meet with the MEMS program director. No more than 6 credits may be transferred from another institution.

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The Religious Studies Program
The Religious Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and socio-historical approach to the study of religion. Students are introduced to the many dimensions of religious belief, practice and expression found in human cultures. In addition to core courses designed for doctoral-level students with Religious Studies as either their Coordinating or Co-Discipline, the Program offers graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Urban Studies Program
The Urban Studies Program allows students to study the city, processes of urbanization and how cities are changing, leading to a bachelors of arts degree grounded in urban social science. The Kansas City metropolitan region serves as a living laboratory. Students choose one of three areas of emphasis in the program depending on career goals: community development and housing; community organization and social services; and urban policy.

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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is devoted to the critical analysis of how gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality contribute to the diversity of women’s and men’s experiences. Students trained in this program are afforded career opportunities in a wide variety of areas, including academic and governmental settings, business, journalism, social services and the health professions.

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