UMKC is the only University in the region to offer an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies. We prepare students for careers in community development and housing, community organizing and social services, or urban policy and urban affairs.

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.