Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university.
  • Your academic adviser will help you understand all of the degree requirements.


  • UMKC’s location in the heart of a major city provides a natural laboratory for learning about groups and social relationships. Through internships in community organizations or participation in ongoing research projects, students have opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom.
  • UMKC students can take a general curriculum or pursue an emphasis area within the sociology major.
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Fast facts

  • Students who study sociology gain valuable insights into how social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education and social class affect daily life and how organizations operate.
  • Students who study sociology gain special research skills that are often useful in obtaining positions.
  • The study of sociology builds critical thinking, writing and oral presentation skills that are a great background for further study in many fields.
  • The department has approximately 120 majors in sociology and 60 minors in anthropology and sociology.
  • The average junior or senior-level class size is 20-25 students.


  • Full-time faculty all hold Ph.D.s from major universities and bring the diversity of their backgrounds, experiences and areas of specialization to the classroom. 
  • Faculty are active in research and publication and regularly present their work at professional meetings.
  • The faculty as a whole has been recognized for extensive community engagement and projects involving student participation. 
  • Faculty are active in advising students on academic and career plans and interact with students on special projects.

Student organizations

The UMKC Sociology Club provides students with opportunities to:

  • Sponsor community speakers on campus
  • Participate in service projects in the community
  • Take field trips relevant to their studies
  • Learn about internships and research opportunities
  • Attend regional and national conferences


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.