Undergraduate Programs

Students will learn to analyze information, communicate effectively, and engage in research. Such skills are useful for and transferable to careers in government service, business, industry, and social service institutions, in addition to being the foundation for graduate and professional studies beyond the undergraduate level.

Bachelor of Arts in History

More fascinating than fiction, the study of the human past with all its achievements and tragedies is the centerpiece of a Bachelor of Arts in History. Completing this degree program – in-person or online – allows you to explore topics of your own interest while simultaneously preparing you for any career that involves understanding and communicating with other people.

The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed for students with a general interest in history, as well as those students who plan on pursuing a career in history-related fields.

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts in History

The Department of History offers a combined BA/MA Accelerated History Program in order that qualified students may complete the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in one year after completing their Bachelor of Arts in History. Students must apply to this program prior to the beginning of their fourth year of baccalaureate study and may then double count, at maximum, twelve credits of approved coursework toward each degree.

Admissions At a Glance

Current Bachelor of Arts in History students should review the Graduate and Professional Program Application Process through UMKC Admissions and the Graduate Admissions Requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) prior to completing their application. In addition, prospective students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Department of History’s Master of Arts Program Coordinator and Department Faculty Mentor before applying.


*Consider pursuing a minor to round out your degree and enhance your career opportunities.


Art History

Business Administration

Classical and Ancient Studies


Criminal Justice and Criminology

Data Science & Analytics

Digital and Public Humanities




English Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing

English Writing

Environmental Studies

Film Studies


Geographic Information Systems



German Studies

Media, Art & Design

Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Political Science

Race, Ethnic, and Gender Studies



Urban Studies


Note: Students interested in or desiring to become Middle or High School Social Studies teachers are encouraged to apply to the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences’ Master of Arts in Teaching (4+1 Track). Student’s will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in their chosen content area; at the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree students are able to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching within one year (Summer/Fall/Spring). For more information see the School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching (4+1 Track).

The School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education provides scholarships (between $5,000-$15,000 per year) for UMKC students interested in or desiring to become teachers in Kansas City. Additionally, Kansas City Public Schools offers Tuition Reimbursement up to $10,000 over the course of the degree/certification for teachers seeking an advanced educational degree and/or certification.