Centers and Institutes

The centers and institutes housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences provide a multidisciplinary approach to research, education, training and public service.

These centers and institutes enable faculty members and students to work with one another, other institutions and representatives of the civic, corporate and philanthropic communities on issues, projects and programs related to UMKC’s academic strengths and interests.

Applied Language Institute

The Applied Language Institute (ALI) offers comprehensive English as second language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal and professional purposes. ALI courses aim to provide students with an understanding of U.S. culture and values while acknowledging students’ own cultures and languages.

Center for Digital and Public Humanities

The purpose of the Center for Digital and Public Humanities, launched in Fall 2022, is to provide resources to students, faculty, and staff as they develop digital and public humanities projects and conduct original research that integrates digital methods with creative work and scholarship; offer a robust curriculum that provides students with opportunities for high-impact learning experiences and transferable skills that they can apply in the twenty-first century workforce; and partner with the community to collaboratively conduct research and engage in creative projects. 

Center for Economic Information

The Center for Economic Information uses technology in support of economic decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.

Center for Midwestern Studies

The mission of the Center for Midwestern Studies is to encourage and disseminate innovative research, teaching and public programming about the American Midwest.