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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

Department of Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Studies

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Stabler Hall, Room 307 | (501) 569-3312 | ualr.edu/philosophy

Chairperson: Norton, Michael B.
Professor: Robinson, Keith A.
Thomas, Jan L
Assistant Professors: McAuliffe, Jana
Spino, Joseph M.
Instructor: Taylor, Reed W.

The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies offers undergraduate instruction leading to the baccalaureate degree in Philosophy, a minor in Religious Studies, a minor combining Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies

Within the baccalaureate degree in Philosophy, students may choose an emphasis in Legal and Moral Studies that enables them for early acceptance into the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. For more information, see ualr.edu/philosophy.

General Information

Major in Philosophy

The study of philosophy sharpens critical thinking and analytical skills, which allows students to perform better in all areas of study and on into their careers. More importantly, though, philosophy gives students the means to understand, direct, and reflect on their lives and the world around them. To decide the right course of action, to wonder if a law is just, to analyze a speech or an article in the newspaper, to ask what you can do to help others or yourself, to engage any of the issues that make our lives worthwhile and meaningful is to practice philosophy. When you study philosophy you learn how to think critically about any topic. That is why philosophy majors consistently score higher than other majors on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE tests.

The ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and solve problems—which are the aims of philosophical training—have become increasingly necessary for success in today’s rapidly changing work environments. The study of philosophy is an excellent preparation for further study of law, medicine, or business, as well as a career in a wide variety of fields.

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies

An Interdisciplinary Studies degree is for students who are interested in a variety of areas and are not content settling for only one primary discipline of study. The degree provides not only a solid academic foundation for its students but also unique opportunities to explore multiple disciplines together. This approach draws on the strength of multiple fields, making students well-rounded critical thinkers who are ready for a variety of career options or post-graduate academic pursuits.


    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Arts and Juris DoctorMinor

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