Sociology and Anthropology

Haag Hall, Room 208
5120 Rockhill Road
(816) 235-1116
Fax: (816) 235-1117

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Department of Sociology
Haag Hall, Room 208
5120 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Department Chair:
Shannon Jackson

Jennifer Huberman, Shannon Jackson (Coordinator, Anthropology Program), Deborah B. Smith

Associate Professors:
Jeffrey S. Bennett, Marc Garcelon (Coordinator, Sociology Program), Sookhee Oh, Theresa Torres

Assistant Professor:
Michelle Smirnova (Principal Graduate Advisor), Joseph Workman

Associate Teaching Professor:
Ann Marie Wood

Administrative Assistant:
Nathan Milburn

Professors Emeriti:
Linda Breytspraak, Miguel Carranza, Thomas Carroll, Burton Halpert, Philip G. Olson, Peter Singelmann

Department Description

The Department of Sociology offers programs of study leading to:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - two emphasis options:
    • General Sociology
    • Cultural Anthropology Emphasis

Program minors are available in:

  • Sociology
  • Anthropology

Sociology is a wide-ranging discipline that strives to understand how the organization of society affects people’s lives and experiences. Our mission is to help students develop a sociological perspective and use this perspective to question and understand the world around them. Students in our program have opportunities to develop critical thinking and research skills and to apply classroom learning through experiences in community organizations and agencies. Department faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and work to assist students in developing a foundation for moving into a career.

Department Activities

Financial Assistance

Students can receive financial assistance through various campus scholarships, loan programs, grants and the work-study program. Students who are interested should contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Sociology/Anthropology Club and Sociology Honor Society

The Sociology Club is open to all students majoring in Sociology as well as students who are interested in this field but have not yet declared a major. Club activities include service projects in the community, sponsorship of community speakers on campus, participation in local and regional professional meetings, and learning about internships and research opportunities. The department has a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, a national honorary society for Sociology students.

Undergraduate Student Award

A special award was established as a memorial to Edward Tomich, Ph.D., professor of Sociology from 1964 to 1976. Students must submit an application to the department to be considered for the award. On the recommendation of the department faculty, the Edward Tomich Award is given annually to a senior student majoring in Sociology who exemplifies an indomitable spirit; a commitment to the struggle for human welfare; an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and personal growth; an unwillingness to be cowed by authority or the superficialities of status; a readiness to ask the more difficult questions while being ready to accept the uncertainty of answers; and an appreciation of the value of theoretical knowledge about human interaction in everyday life. 

Cooperative Programs

The department cooperates with other programs frequently by jointly listing courses at the undergraduate level. Students may benefit from combining one of these areas of study with their major in sociology: 

  • Race, Ethnic, and Gender Studies
  • Honors

Desirable Preparation for Undergraduate Admission Requirements

High school students are encouraged to take a general college preparatory curriculum. Additional courses in mathematics, English, foreign languages and the social sciences, such as economics, anthropology, psychology and sociology are recommended. Students planning to transfer from a community college are encouraged to take at least 6 credit hours of sociology (including introductory sociology), and college algebra. A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credits, including introductory sociology, can be counted toward satisfaction of the major field requirements.