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Undergraduate Programs

Sociology is a wide-ranging discipline that strives to understand how the organization of society affects people’s lives and experiences.

Students who study sociology at UMKC develop a sociological perspective to question and understand the world around them. They have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and research skills, and to apply classroom learning through experiences in community organizations and agencies.

Undergraduate Degrees

The UMKC Department of Sociology offers two baccalaureate degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Cultural Anthropology Emphasis.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is designed for students who are interested in thinking critically about human life. It not only provides a solid foundation for students wanting to continue on to graduate school to become professors, researchers or applied sociologists, but also for students interested in other professions, such as business, human relations, journalism, public administration, law, education, medicine, social work or counseling.

Requirements, learning outcomes and sample schedules can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Cultural Anthropology Emphasis

Students can also earn Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Cultural Anthropology Emphasis. As the comparative study of human societies, a student majoring in Sociology with a Cultural Anthropology emphasis is uniquely poised to develop diversity awareness, which is vital in today’s global society.

Requirements, learning outcomes and sample schedules can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Undergraduate Minors

The department also offers three undergraduate minors in Sociology, Anthropology and Family Studies, all of which are designed to allow students to obtain a thorough understanding of the subject matter while also pursuing a major in another academic subject. Any undergraduate UMKC student can declare a minor in the Department of Sociology.

Minor in Sociology

The sociology minor is designed to allow students to obtain a thorough background in sociology in conjunction with a major in another academic subject.

Requirements and learning outcomes can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Minor in Anthropology

Anthropology is a holistic and cross-culturally comparative science that is uniquely qualified to prepare students for multicultural work and social environments in the U.S. and abroad. Students minoring in Anthropology will be introduced to the subject and methods of cultural anthropology, examining its foundations and current trends in theory and applications.

Requirements and learning outcomes can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Minor in Family Studies

The Family Studies Minor is designed to educate students concerning the welfare of American families as well as aid human service professionals in empowering the families with whom they work.

This interdisciplinary undergraduate academic program introduces participants to the sociological, psychological and historical foundations of the family. The family studies minor complements degree programs in such fields as sociology, psychology, nursing, criminal justice and criminology as well as the bachelor’s degree in liberal arts (BLA) program.

Students who earn a minor in family studies have expanded career opportunities in related fields such as human services, healthcare, law, communications, program development and research.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Academic Advising

As an undergraduate sociology student at UMKC, you will receive specialized academic and career advising tailored to meet your individual needs.

Learn more about undergraduate advising for sociology students.