UMKC is the only Public Research University in the Kansas City region that offers an undergraduate degree program in Urban Studies. We prepare students for careers in community development and housing, community organizing and social services, or urban policy and urban affairs. Please contact us today at 816-235-1725 to learn more about the Urban Studies program at UMKC!

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-Urban Affairs 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.


Students may also be accepted into the graduate program in Urban Affairs at the Bloch School of Management to earn a graduate degree combined with the Urban Studies undergraduate major. To learn more about the program here.