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

Kati Toivanen (Interim)

Associate Deans:
Alex Holsinger
Caitlin Horsmon
Beth Vonnahme

Statement of Purpose

The primary academic missions of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) are teaching, research and service. Through these functions, the School serves the community, the state and society at large. The research and scholarship of the SHSS's faculty not only expand the body of knowledge generally, but also enrich and enhance its teaching and instructional programs.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) enables students to develop the creative, analytical and communication skills which sustain a lifelong educational process. In addition to serving its own students, SHSS provides instruction in the humanities and social sciences for students in the UMKC professional schools.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)'s degree requirements, in coordination with the UMKC general education core, give students a breadth of knowledge, enabling them to understand and appreciate the many facets of human experience, to make meaningful relationships between the various fields of knowledge, and to increase their understanding of themselves, their interests and special abilities. The general requirements and introductory courses allow for maximum freedom in selection of a field of study and provide the basic knowledge for that particular program.

Work in a field of study provides students with a comprehensive and systematic introduction that prepares them to function in the professional fields of their choice. The objective of the total academic program of SHSS is to engage students in study that will enable them to work competently in their chosen fields or pursue graduate work, while at the same time developing a breadth of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. In that way, students can understand their specializations in the larger context of the intellectual and social life of the community.

Graduate-level studies provide students with advanced instruction and/or independent research in a major field of study. Students pursuing master's-level work in a major field are directed to the relevant department or program and to the General Graduate Academic Regulations and Information section of this catalog. Those planning other Ph.D.-level studies are directed to UMKC's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program listing in the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.