College of
Arts and Sciences

Strengthen your opportunities with prospective employers by adding an interdisciplinary program that complements your degree.

Interdisciplinary Programs

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 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country. During classes and field training, students learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an officer in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation, students earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.

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Black Studies (BLKS)

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Holistically examine 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.

Black Studies Minor

Classical and Ancient Studies

Study the art, languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean World from 3500 BC to 500 AD. You have the option of majoring in English with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Languages and Literatures with an emphasis on Classical Languages and Cultures; History with a focus in Antiquity and Medieval courses; or completing a minor in conjunction with any other undergraduate degree program at UMKC.

B.A. in English - Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature Emphasis

B.A. in Languages and Literatures - Classical Languages and Cultures Emphasis

B.A. in History

Classical and Ancient Studies Minor

Environmental Studies

This is a high-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.

B.A. in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Minor

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

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

GIS Undergraduate Certificate

GIS Graduate Certificate 

Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate

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.

Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate

Latinx and Latin American Studies

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.

Latinx and Latin American Studies Minor

Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

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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 six credits may be transferred from another institution.

History Minor

Urban Studies

Urban Studies allows students to study the city, processes of urbanization and how cities are changing, leading to a Bachelor 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 or urban policy.

B.A. in Urban Studies

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

WGSS is devoted to the critical analysis of how gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality contribute to the diversity of human 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.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor