Sep 17, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

General Core Requirements



General education nurtures in students the knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and values that provide a foundation for their baccalaureate program and for lifelong learning. General education fosters intellectual breadth, serves as a context for more specialized study, and is essential to the full development of persons who wish to participate meaningfully in the various communities of which they are apart.

Given these goals, we endorse the following Educational Outcomes in the areas of Knowledge, Skills, and Citizenship. We recognize that certain specific aspects of these outcomes will be discipline specific, and we expect that the level of competence in each area will be defined and assessed according to the individual disciplines. The recommendations for core courses and other curriculum changes should be informed by these general outcomes. As programs develop, changes, deletions, or additions may be necessary, and this document outlines a process for making those changes.

Educational Outcomes

Skills

  • Communication (oral, written, visual, professional self-presentation).
  • Critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and solving problems individually and collaboratively.
  • Information technology (locating, retrieving, evaluating, synthesizing).

Knowledge

  • The concepts, methodologies, findings, and applications of mathematics and the social and natural sciences, engineering, and technology.
  • Concepts, methodologies, and global cultural heritage of the arts and humanities.

Values

  • Ethical and personal responsibility.
  • Civic responsibility.
  • Global and cultural understanding.

General Education

The UA Little Rock Core Curriculum is 35-semester credits. These 35 credits will be divided in the following way: 29 credits in the Standard Core and 6 credits in the College Cores. The Standard and College cores together satisfy the Arkansas State Minimum Core. Some colleges, departments, or programs may have additional requirements.

Test-out Option

Every course in the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum must have a test-out option. The test must be reviewed by appropriate program to ensure that it meets the needs of the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum.

UA Little Rock Standard Core (29 hours)

The UA Little Rock Standard Core is intended to make available to students an introduction to the richness of human thought and creativity that find expression in the areas of the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Additionally, the Standard Core serves as the starting point for students to achieve the UA Little Rock Educational Goals while providing a maximum of transferable credits among colleges to allow students to explore a variety of disciplines before selecting a major.

Communication – Written (6 credits)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students to develop ideas and express them clearly, adapt language to rhetorical situations, support ideas by integrating research, and build the skills needed to communicate ethically and effectively in their academic, professional, and civic arenas of life.

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Courses in this area offer a broad overview of one or more art forms, to teach concepts and methodologies involved in the study of the arts, including formal and stylistic analysis, and the use of technical, discipline-specific vocabulary in their own analyses of artworks. These courses enable students to expand their knowledge of the global diversity of cultures, both contemporary and historical, and their awareness of their own culture/s and private values. These courses also require students to experience arts performances and institutions within the larger community.

History of Civilization (3 credits)

Courses in this area are unique in that they bridge the humanities and social sciences. They convey knowledge of key historical people, events, and the contexts in which scientific and humanistic reasoning and discovery take (and have taken) place. These courses explore patterns of social and cultural change and transition over time, make connections between the past and present, and facilitate critical and analytical thinking and writing.

Humanities (3 credits)

Courses in this area emphasize the reading and interpretation of a broad survey of philosophical, literary, and other texts to focus on the examination and representation of human thought and experience. These courses employ humanistic inquiry in order to interrogate the human experience, and the meanings and values that individuals and cultures assign to it.

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Courses in this area address broad areas of individual, group, or societal behavior. These courses also focus on the application of theoretical perspectives and emphasize how scientific methods are applied to understanding behaviors of individuals, groups, or societies.

Science (8 credits)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students the concepts, methodologies, findings, and applications of science while developing their inquiry and analysis skills. All courses in this area use the scientific method, apply quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, information technology, and foster a commitment to ethical behavior. All courses must include a lecture and a laboratory.

U. S. History/Government (3 credits)

Courses in this area teach how our government is structured, the history of our nation, and how that history has shaped and is shaping, our government.

Communication – Spoken (0-3 credits)

Courses in this area focus on developing student knowledge and skills in a variety of spoken communication contexts.

Mathematics (3 credits)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students the concepts, methodologies, findings, and applications of mathematics while developing their inquiry and analysis skills. All courses in this area also address quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and, a commitment to ethical behavior.

Interdisciplinary Studies* (0-3 credits)

Interdisciplinary core courses focus on at least two disciplines and must include at least one of the following curricular areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Communication – Spoken. Courses are team-taught by faculty who have expertise in these disciplines and explore strengths, limitations, and interaction among multiple disciplines, or how disciplines might collaborate to examine a problem.

UA Little Rock Core Requirements

The UA Little Rock Core Curriculum is 35-semester credits. These 35 credits will be divided in the following way: 29 credits in the Standard Core and 6 credits in College Cores. The Standard and College cores together satisfy the Arkansas State Minimum Core. Some colleges, departments, or programs may have additional requirements.

UA Little Rock Standard Core (35 credits)*

Credits Curricular Area
6 Communication – Written
3 Fine Arts
3 Flex**
3 History of Civilization
3 Humanities
3 Mathematics***
8 Science
3 Social Sciences
3 U. S. History/Government

*Donaghey Scholar courses must be accepted by all programs as meeting the Standard Core; however, the Donaghey Scholars program is not required to accept the university Standard Core courses in lieu of Donaghey Scholar program requirements.

**Engineering programs must replace these 3 credits with 3 credits of Mathematics or Science. Students in the College of Business are required to take ACOM 1300 .

***Students in the College of Business cannot take MATH 1321  to satisfy Core requirements.

College Core (6 credits)*

Credits Curricular Area
3 Mathematics (3 credits)
3 Humanities or Social Sciences or Communication–Spoken or Interdisciplinary **

*Courses approved for the college cores are found in the individual college sections of this catalog.

**Engineering programs replace these 3 credits with 3 credits of mathematics and/or science per the State Minimum Core.

Core Transfer

  1. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institution with a completed designated transfer degree (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts in Teaching, or any future associate degree program approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education that includes a 35-hour state core curriculum have met all of the UA Little Rock core requirements.
  2. The core will be transferred according to the core transfer policy and courses will be transferred according to the course transfer policy. Any additional credits that are not assigned by those two policies shall be awarded as general lower level elective credit up to 60 credit hours.
  3. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institutions and transfer a course in the state ACTS system that matches a course in the UA Little Rock core meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  4. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institutions and transfer a course taken to meet a core curricular requirement at the sending institution meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  5. Students who transfer between UA Little Rock colleges and have officially declared a major in the sending college, and transfer a course taken to meet a core curricular requirement in the sending UA Little Rock college, meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  6. Students who transfer from regionally accredited out of state or private institutions, including those transferring in completed associate degrees, who have completed 35 credit course of courses work in the following distribution meet the core requirement in that core curricular area and are only required to take coursework from the area(s) they are missing:
  • English/Communications: 6-9 hours
  • Math: 3 hours
  • Science: 8 hours
  • Fine Arts/Humanities: 6-9 hours
  • Social Sciences: 9-12 hours, including 3 hours of US History or American National Government

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

An associate degree must contain the courses from the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum in the following curricular areas:

  • Communications – Written (6 credits)
  • U. S. Traditions (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Any associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of science in teaching degree which has been designated as a transfer degree per Act 182 of 2009 will adopt the UA Little Rock Core Curriculum. The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching will be designated as transfer degrees per Act 182 of 2009.

U.S. Traditions: United States History or Government Requirement

Arkansas law requires that all students who receive an associate or baccalaureate degree successfully complete a course in U.S. history or U.S. government. This requirement can be met by HIST 2311 - U.S. History to 1877 , HIST 2312 - U.S. History since 1877 , or POLS 1310 - American National Government . Other United States history or government courses may also meet this requirement. However, the student should check with an advisor in the Department of History or the Department of Political Science before choosing to meet the requirement with any other course.

UA Little Rock Core Curriculum Courses (General Education Requirement)

The Faculty Senate Council on Core Curriculum and Policies approves core courses. Every attempt is made to keep this page up to date. Since this is a dynamic process, the catalog page may not have the latest approved courses. Please see the Council’s page for the most up-to-date listing.


General Core Requirements


UA Little Rock Standard Core (29 hours)


Flex* (3 credits)


*Engineering programs must replace these 3 credits with 3 credits of Mathematics or Science.

*Students in the College of Business are required to take ACOM 1300 .

Mathematics** (3 credits)


** Students in the College of Business cannot take MATH 1321  to satisfy Core requirements

College Core (6 credits)


First-Year Experience Courses

First-Year Colloquium

The First-Year Colloquium (FYC) is a graduation requirement for all entering, first-time, full-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 12 hours of credit (concurrent credit does not count towards the 12 transfer hours). All FYC courses carry full academic credit, are small in size, and are designed to provide a strong foundation for a successful transition to UA Little Rock.

The following table lists the FYC courses available for the 2018-19 academic year. Some FYCs are aimed at students intending to major in particular subject areas, while others are limited to students in special programs and to students receiving particular scholarships. Such students will be contacted through those programs and scholarships as to the appropriate FYC for which they should register. Students intending to major in a subject area not listed in the table below may register for PEAW 1300 - The First Year Experience .

Students should consult their academic advisor before registering for an FYC or contact a Discovery Advisor in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center in the Student Services Center Building, room 320, (501) 569-3386.

Intended for Declared Major Course Number
All majors except those listed below – First Year Experience PEAW 1300  
Business (Economics, Marketing, Finance, or Management) BSAD 1100
Construction Management and Construction Engineering CNMG 1101  
Education (Teacher Prep Programs) TCED 1100  
Engineering TechnologyMechanical ETME 1110  
Engineering TechnologyTechnology/Computers ECET 1302  
Information Science/Computer Science IFSC 1105  
Mass Communications MCOM 1300  
Music MUAP 1111  
Systems Engineering SYEN 1210  
Theatre and Dance THEA 1201  
Donaghey Scholars SCHL 1101