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Our Mission Statement

The UMKC Department of Sociology seeks to provide an intellectually stimulating environment that cultivates curiosity, reflection, open dialogue and critical thinking. Our faculty members routinely engage in research, teaching, and public service. We encourage students to become concerned, competent, and ethical participants in local and global communities.

Become a Student

UMKC Sociology students receive academic and career advising tailored to their individual needs.

Most of our courses have a small student to faculty ratio, allowing for more one-on-one interaction between faculty and students and an enhanced learning environment.

Both graduate and undergraduate students get the opportunity to work with faculty who are experts in their field.

Learn more about our undergraduate options

Learn more about our graduate options

Contact Us

If you have questions about our programs or want to know more about studying sociology at UMKC, get in touch with us.

Campus Location

The Department of Sociology is located in Haag Hall on the UMKC Volker Campus. Campus maps can be accessed online.

Main Office Location

Haag Hall, Room 208
5120 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-1116
Fax: 816-235-1117
Email

Faculty Offices

Manheim Hall, Suites 106 and 206
710 E. 52nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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Haag Hall, Room 208
5120 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

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UMKC Department of Sociology
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Degree Programs

The UMKC Department of Sociology seeks to provide an intellectually stimulating environment that cultivates curiosity, reflection, open dialogue and critical thinking.

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree options. Our faculty members routinely engage in research, teaching and public service. Our students are encouraged to become concerned, competent and ethical participants in local and global communities.

Learn more about our undergraduate programs.

Learn more about our graduate program.

Faculty and Staff Directory

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Graduate Admission

Admission Requirements

While an undergraduate degree in sociology is an ideal preparation for a Master of Arts in Sociology, many students enter the program with backgrounds in other fields and only some previous sociology coursework.

Students who have not taken undergraduate courses in social theory, research methods and/or statistics may be admissible, but will be asked to complete these courses to gain full admission into our M.A. program.

Our program requirements:
• An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (B) in the junior/senior years
• An overall GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses
• A grade of B- (80%) or higher in three undergraduate courses: Social Theory, Research Methods, and Statistics (equivalent to SOCIOL 263, SOCIOL 361, and SOCIOL 362). We strongly advise potential applicants to have completed at least two (preferably all three) of these courses prior to applying to the program.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a completed UMKC application for admission and all official transcripts from each previous institution attended to the UMKC Office of Admissions.

In addition to the UMKC graduate application, please submit the following documents in an email to smirnovam@umkc.edu.

– Statement of Purpose
– A writing sample
– 3 letters of recommendation (preferably from former professors or academic mentors)

Dr. Smirnova is the Graduate Studies Advisor and can be reached via email at: smirnovam@umkc.edu. You can also call (816) 235-1116 for information about the graduate admissions process within the department.

Graduate Program

The UMKC Sociology Department MA program is in moratorium and is not accepting applications at this time.

The UMKC Department of Sociology offers a Master of Arts in Sociology.

An MA in Sociology opens the door to a myriad of career paths. Some of our students have gone on to teach at the community college or high school level, while others have entered the corporate, nonprofit and government worlds. Our MA is also excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue doctoral level studies.

Dr. Smirnova is the Graduate Studies Advisor and can be reached via email at: smirnovam@umkc.edu. You can also call (816) 235-1116 to set an appointment. The UMKC catalog has more information.

Internships

The Sociology Department is committed to helping those students who wish to expand their learning experiences beyond the classroom and into the community.

Sociology majors who have achieved at least 18 hours toward the major may wish to consider a community internship in a non-profit agency as a way to test out classroom learning and gain new skills beyond the classroom walls. Internships may also help one decide on a career path. Each semester there are opportunities for students to work with community agencies or organizations under the supervision of agency professionals and faculty from the department.

Contact Professor Deborah Smith for more information on Internships or to be matched with a community agency prior to enrolling.

Visit our blog to find internships:

https://info.umkc.edu/sociology

 

Meet Our Students

Sociology students at UMKC come together from all over the country. Get to know our students and you’ll know what the College is all about.

Samadia Saquee poses for a photoSamadia Saquee, a Blue Springs, Missouri, native, chose UMKC because it’s close to home and allowed for an easy commute.

“I like that UMKC is located in the city – there’s so much diversity, which opens lots of doors.”

Read more of Samadia’s story


Shannon Berry poses for a photoShannon Berry was drawn to UMKC because of the campus’s unique feel and all the activities and volunteer opportunities for students.

“My program at UMKC has inspired me to get more involved with people from the community and make a positive impact on their life.”

Read more of Shannon’s story


Shaunika Leonzon poses for a photoWhen researching schools, Shaunika Leonzon met with UMKC professors who encouraged her to consider sociology.

“College has kept me busy and now I know that I am a person who likes to always be on the move. My lifelong goals are to work for the U.S. government.”

Read more of Shanika’s story

Student Organizations

Sociology Club/Alpha Kappa Delta

Sociology Club

The sociology club is for sociology majors and minors, as well as others who are interested in learning more about the field of sociology and connecting with fellow students and faculty.

Mission

  • To promote student interest in the social sciences
  • To increase student involvement on UMKC’s campus and surrounding community through service projects
  • To educate, engage, and empower students to become future leaders and role models
  • To encourage students to investigate and explore societal issues and events through practical application of sociological theory and research methods
  • To increase and promote faculty-student interaction through relevant workshops, conferences and community action

If you would like more information about the UMKC Sociology Club and would like a leadership position in the Sociology Club’s Executive Board, please feel free to contact the Faculty Adviser, Dr. Jennifer Huberman.

If an Executive Board position that you are interested in is not currently available, do not be discouraged, you can still participate as a sub-committee member in that capacity. In addition, all board members participate in event planning and coordination.

Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honor society in sociology for high achieving undergraduate students (must be at least a junior), graduate students, and faculty.

If you would like to find out more about the application process and academic requirements for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, please contact Dr. Jennifer Huberman for more information.

Undergraduate Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences has as dual advising system of general/professional advisors and department advisors designed to help undergraduate students achieve academic success.

Sociology faculty advisors help students get the most out of their experience at UMKC by advising them on the specifics needed for their major/minor.

Advising Appointments

Students are encouraged to meet with their departmental advisor each semester to help plan major/minor coursework and to make sure all requirements are being fulfilled to stay on track towards graduation.

Sociology Majors and Minors

To schedule an advising appointment with a departmental advisor, contact us at 816-235-1116 or at sociology@umkc.edu.

To run a graduation audit, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in CAS Student Services through Connect.

Anthropology Majors and Minor

To schedule an advising appointment or run a graduation audit, contact Dr. Jennifer Huberman at hubermanj@umkc.edu.

Family Studies Minors

To schedule an advising appointment or run a graduation audit, contact Dr. Deborah Smith at smithde@umkc.edu.

CAS Student Services

General UMKC advising and pre-professional program advising is handled by CAS Student Services. Current students should schedule appointments through Connect.

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.

Why Sociology

Sociology is the study of human social life. It covers everything from the ways families interact to global social processes.

Students in the sociology department at UMKC explore the ways race and ethnicity, gender, religion, language, socioeconomic status, and a host of other factors influence people’s behaviors and shape social realities.

Studying sociology is excellent preparation for a variety of careers in diverse fields such as business, human relations, journalism, public policy, law, education, medicine, social work or counseling. In addition, a degree in sociology provides students a solid educational background to continue on to graduate school to become professors or researchers.

The American Sociological Association has more information on sociology careers.