Dean’s Welcome

Dean Jim McCusick

I would like to welcome you to the Honors College at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. We are a living and learning community of dedicated students, attentive advisors and engaged professors. I am proud to serve as the founding dean of the Honors College, a position I assumed in 2015. Built upon the strong foundation of UMKC as a world-class research university, the Honors College provides a comprehensive college community serving the intellectual and social needs of our outstanding honors students.

As a member of the Honors College, you will pursue an intensive honors curriculum within the stimulating intellectual environment of an urban research university. While you will be part of a small college of talented and highly motivated students, all of whom excel in academics, you will also be part of the UMKC student body of more than 15,000 from diverse geographic and cultural backgrounds.

Students in the Honors College are dedicated to excellence in all of their pursuits. Honors College students are enrolled in every academic major offered at UMKC, and a surprisingly large number of our students are pursuing double majors. Through their participation in small, seminar-style honors courses and their engagement in undergraduate research, our students become active investigators in the quest for new knowledge. Honors College students have presented their research at national conferences and earned scholarships to the world’s most elite graduate and professional schools. Our students are truly exceptional in their aspirations and their achievements.

I encourage every student in the Honors College to become conversant with the great books and the great ideas that have shaped the historical development of world civilization. I intend to provide Honors College students with ample opportunities for leadership development, study abroad, service learning and original research. I would like to become personally acquainted with every member of the Honors College, and I am always glad to meet with individual students for advice and friendly conversation about books, ideas and current events.

Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the Honors College staff, if you have questions or need more information about the Honors College. I am eager to get acquainted with every honors student at UMKC, and it is always a pleasure for me to meet prospective honors students, so please swing by my office and say hello to “Dean Jim” the next time you are on the UMKC campus. I look forward to meeting you in person!

Sincerely yours,
Jim McKusick
UMKC Honors College