The urban studies program at UMKC leads to a bachelors of arts degree grounded in urban social science. Students study the city, processes of urbanization, and how cities are changing. The Kansas City metropolitan region serves as a living laboratory for our classes and curriculum. 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.
The program draws upon the faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences and the Bloch School of Management who have expertise in urban-focused research. This faculty includes experts in their field of social science who also focus on cities and urban-related research.