The B.A. curriculum in sociology is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths, including:
- Graduate level work in sociology degrees in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied social scientist.
- Entry-level positions throughout the business, human services, and government sectors. Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate degree in sociology provides.
- Careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration--fields that involve the kind of investigative skills and ability to work with diverse groups that students encounter in the curriculum our faculty's expertise.
- Professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling--fields that all draw on the rich fund of knowledge from sociology.
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Examine the role and relevance of the sociological perspective for contemporary social life. Thus students will gain knowledge of the fundamentals in Sociology, such as the foundations of human practice, belief, and organization.
- Reflect on contemporary issues and controversies in the academic discipline of Sociology. Thus students will be able to examine issues of inequality, cultural difference, and social stratification from a comparative perspective, applying sociological principles and concepts to their own lives.
- Explore the basic theoretical and methodological perspectives, both in the social sciences and in a chosen specialty area. Thus students will have the capacity to critically evaluate and engage contemporary issues, trends in theory, and instruments of social analysis.
- Advance the critical research, thinking, and writing skills that are integral to professional development and civic engagement. Thus students will apply the fundamentals of sociology to both experience and enhanced interest in community engagement.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A 1||3|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements
Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.
|ALEKS Math Placement|
|Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 1||6|
|Science and Math Division of CAS||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS||6|
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)||9|
|MATH 110||College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 2||3|
|or MATH 116||Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|or MATH 120||Precalculus|
|Laboratory Science Experience||1|
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology requires a total of 33 credit hours in addition to the general requirements for a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.
|ANTHRO 103||Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (Focus C)||3|
|SOCIOL 101||Sociology: An Introduction (Focus C)||3|
|SOCIOL 263||Introduction to Statistics in Sociology/Criminal Justice 1||3|
|SOCIOL 361||Social Theory||3|
|SOCIOL 362||Methods Of Sociological Research||3|
|SOCIOL 404WI||The Sociology Capstone: Senior Seminar 2||3|
All majors are required to take a writing intensive course within the Department of Sociology (SOCIOL 404WI fulfills this requirement).
Other degree requirements include:
- A minimum grade of C- in all required core courses.
- A 2.0 grade-point average in the 33 major credit hours.
- Completion of the general degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours of Sociology courses from other institutions toward the major (i.e. introductory sociology, introductory cultural anthropology, and/or sociology electives).
- No more than three one-credit courses of Special Topics in Sociology (SOCIOL 300__) may be used to fulfill sociology elective requirements.
Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
Bachelor of Arts Electives: Sociology with Cultural Anthropology Emphasis
Sociology majors at UMKC can earn a cultural anthropology emphasis within the undergraduate degree. As the comparative study of human societies, a cultural anthropology emphasis is uniquely poised to develop diversity awareness which is increasingly critical as the world becomes more global. To earn the cultural anthropology emphasis, in addition to the core major requirements, students must take 15 elective credit hours from the course list below. Nine of these 15 credit hours must be at the 300-level or higher. Completion of the emphasis is recorded on the student’s transcript.
|ANCH 213||Empire 1||3|
|ANTHRO 302||Social Stratification||3|
|ANTHRO 303CN||Cluster Course: Terrorism, Civil War and Trauma||3|
|ANTHRO 305||Language and Culture||3|
|ANTHRO 306||Culture, Emotion, and Identity||3|
|ANTHRO 308||The Social Life of Things||3|
|ANTHRO 322||Race And Ethnic Relations||3|
|ANTHRO 324||Diversity And You||3|
|ANTHRO 326||Consumer Society||3|
|ANTHRO 328||Body and Society||3|
|ANTHRO 331||Urban Anthropology||3|
|ANTHRO 340R||Social Change||3|
|ANTHRO 348||Latina/Latino Immigrants & Migrants in the U.S.||3|
|ANTHRO 358||Culture and Society||3|
|ANTHRO 373||Anthropology of Religion||3|
|ANTHRO 384||North American Prehistory||3|
|ANTHRO 385||Archaeology as Anthropology: The Development of Human Societies||3|
|ANTHRO 397||Independent Readings in Anthropology||1-3|
|ANTHRO 441||Globalization and Development||3|
One-credit courses that can be used for Cultural Anthropology Emphasis:
|ANTHRO 327||US Government's Indian Policies: Practices Of A Colonizing Nation||1|
|ANTHRO 329||The Imagery Of The American Indian In Film||1|
|ANTHRO 339||American Indian Leaders: Past And Present||1|
|ANTHRO 347||The American Indian Image: Stereotype Vs. Reality||1|
ANCH 213 cannot satisfy both the Anchor II General Education requirement and the elective requirement for the major.
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.