Jun 23, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [OFFICIAL CATALOG]

College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

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Fine Arts, Suite 210 | (501) 569-3296 | fax (501) 569-8775 | ualr.edu/cals

Dean: Sarah Beth Estes,
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies: Johanna Miller Lewis,
Interim Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies: Mariya Khodakovskaya,

The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences is the culmination of an extensive restructuring process that is realigning academic resources to best serve the state and region and meet the UA Little Rock goal of becoming one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged, research universities among the 16 member states of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB).

CALS is distinctive resembling the same assortment of liberal arts that were collected in the ancient Greek academy, where they were taught to reflect the higher concerns of free citizens and the pursuit of which was understood to liberate the spirit.

Because CALS also offers a tremendous proportion of the core curriculum, we also serve students across the entire university.

Interdisciplinary Programs: Majors, Minors, and Special Centers

The following interdisciplinary majors, minors, and special centers are housed within the college. For program details and contact information for advising, contact the home department indicated for each below:

  • Center for Arkansas History and Culture | Laura McClellan | 501-320-5780
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (major): Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies | Michael Norton | 501-569-3312

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate programs are offered in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. In addition, many departments in the college offer graduate courses that can apply toward a graduate degree in education. For more information about graduate degree offerings at UA Little Rock contact the Graduate School at (501) 569-3206 or visit the UA Little Rock Graduate School website.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Majors within the College

For admission to most majors within the college, students must meet or exceed eligibility requirements to enroll in RHET 1311 - Composition I .

Academic Advising

Students majoring in, or interested in major in, programs within the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences (see “University Advising ” for the list of majors) are advised in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center until they earn approximately 45 credit hours.

After reaching approximately 45 hours, CALS majors will be advised in their major departments or, in the case of Interdisciplinary Studies, in the CALS Dean’s Office. To make an IDST advising appointment, call 501-569-3296 or schedule an appointment online at ualr.edu/cals.

The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences offers a comprehensive program of student advisement intended to help students transfer, register, and meet graduation requirements. Although most students will be advised in their major department, all students with special questions regarding their academic programs and progress toward their degrees should contact the college for more information.

The office of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences is in the Fine Arts Building, room 210. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and by appointment for extended hours. Call 501-569-3296 or 800-340-6509.

Pre-Professional Studies: Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy, Physician’s Assistant, Optometry, and Occupational and Physical Therapy

Students interested in pursuing careers in the following disciplines who are new freshmen or transfer students with less than 45 credit hours are advised by professional advisors in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center :

  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Vet
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Optometry
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy

Students who have reached approximately 45 hours will be advised by the Pre-Professional Advisor in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences (Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, FA 210D). Keep in mind, all professional schools in the health field have a different set of requirements, but all institutions require a combination of chemistry, physics, and biology courses. This includes completing core courses early in the student’s academic career in order to graduate in four years. Consequently, students should be advised for pre-professional disciplines in their freshman year.

Allied Health Professions and Undergraduate Degrees

Students who wish to complete an undergraduate degree in a health profession at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences can earn a high-quality degree from both institutions in the most efficient manner possible. Students first earn the Associate of Arts in General Studies from UA Little Rock and are then eligible for admission consideration to the UAMS degree programs. The UALR and UAMS partnership is known as the AAGS 2+2 UAMS Degree programs:

Students interested in pursuing one of the AAGS 2+2 UAMS Degree programs must speak with a Discovery Advisor in the Trojan Academic Advising and Support Center . Learn more about the degree programs at 2 + 2 AAGS to UAMS Allied Health.


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