School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean's Office
Scofield Hall, 3rd Floor
711 E. 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1136
Fax: (816) 235-5191

Tamara Falicov

Associate Deans:
Alex Holsinger
Caitlin Horsmon
Beth Vonnahme

Statement of Purpose

The UMKC School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) is formed of ten academic departments and multiple interdisciplinary programs. Our majors, minors, and graduate programs support students in developing the most sought-after career skills – excellent communication, analysis, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. Students’ classroom experiences often expand into Kansas City with community-based learning and internships that lead to strong community connections and job placements.

Interactions in the classroom at UMKC form relationships that continue beyond graduation through our national alumni network. All students are a critical part of the conversation, not only as listeners but as valued contributors. We strive to cultivate an environment where diversity, equity and inclusivity are an integral part of everything we do. In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences we foster your academic, professional, and personal development and believe your needs, interests, opinions, passions, and dreams are all an important part of the equation.

UMKC’s innovative programs like the Professional Career Escalators, First Gen Roo Scholars, Multicultural Student Affairs, Honors Program, and our numerous student groups highlight the importance of tailoring each student’s experience. We believe every student deserves the tools to be successful. Whether you are entering college straight from high school, coming to us from another university, or reigniting your passion for learning later in life – we are dedicated to supporting you.