Department of Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies

The Department of Race, Ethnic and Gender Studies (REGS) offers an excellent interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches critical thinking through an examination of historical and contemporary problems and expands student understanding of gender difference, cultural diversity and social change.

  • The department offers three minors: Black Studies; Latinx and Latin American Studies; and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students are able to pursue a specialized focus while enhancing their major in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. The minors provide flexibility to allow for the creation of a course of study suited to individual student interests.
  • Internship programs provide opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students to gain on-site experience. In some cases, students can receive 1 to 4 hours of academic credit while learning and working in off- or on-campus placements.

Become a Student

Why REGS?

Students with a minor in one of our areas extensively broaden their educational and professional opportunities in the public and private sectors by enriching their liberal arts, social science or natural science training. Employers in business, law, education, journalism, the arts, government, medicine, public and social services actively recruit job candidates with knowledge and training in issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender.

Graduate schools and professional programs particularly select our students for their creativity, intellectual flexibility, sensitivity to difference and breadth of knowledge.

For Black Studies or Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies advising, contact Dr. Brenda Bethman at bethmanb@umkc.edu or Dr. Crystal Doss at dosscr@umkc.edu. For Latinx and Latin American Studies advising, contact Dr. Theresa Torres at torresth@umkc.edu.