UALR Courses Take the Lazy Out of Summer

Demand is up, but opportunities still abound for students who want to get a head start on their degree and for working professionals who want to advance their skills by taking advantage of the summer months by enrolling in UALR’s summer ’10 sessions.

Find out registration requirements, financial aid, and more on our Summer information page.

More than 1,080 courses, including online offerings, are available this summer in four different sessions.

Thea Z. Hoeft, director of undergraduate academic advising at UALR, said overall enrollment in summer classes is up, but there are opportunities for students to pick up classes – from basic requirements like history, political science, and composition I to information technology classes that teach web design, to enrichment classes like ballet and art.

Current UALR students may contact Hoeft’s office at 501-569-3386 or their major department if they are interested in taking summer classes. Students new to UALR need to complete the admissions process prior to academic advising for summer sessions.

Summer classes don’t have to be all work and no play. A number of courses on the summer schedule offer recreation, relaxation, and enrichment. Among some of the offerings: 2D Design, Poetry Writing, Politics in the Movies, and Family Communication.

Stephanie Thibeault, associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, is offering for the first time Ballet II – found in the class catalogue as DANC3341 – in the Summer IV term. From July 6 to Aug. 6, students with prior dance training will meet daily from 10 to 11:50 a.m.

“Anyone with previous dance experience is encouraged to contact me at about permission to take the Ballet II course,” she said.

Students can get behind the headlines in several courses, including the course on “The Medicalization of Birth and Death in the U.S.”

“We will examine how birth and death practices became medicalized in America, leading to once entirely social processes to be recast as medical problems to solve,” said Dr. Karen Drummond of the Department Sociology and Anthropology. “There are no prerequisites, though junior standing is recommended. Health professions students are particularly welcome, and anyone interested in the minor in Medical Anthropology/Sociology is encouraged to take the class.”

Another class related to a current event, History of U.S-Latin American Relations, is offered by Dr. Kristin Mann, associate professor of history.

“In light of the 200th year anniversary of many Latin American independence movements, students may be interested in this class that explores the historic and current relations between the United States and our neighbors to the south,” Mann said.

Those classes and many others offer the added enticement that taking classes this summer doesn’t mean a student has to miss the pool or the beach. Can’t stand the thought of missing the sun while stuck in a classroom? Do it online.

UALR’s web-based classes this summer include the History of Civilization I and II, World Literature, College Algebra, American National Government, and Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, plus a wide variety of other courses.

“I took an intermediate Spanish class in the summer and it was great,” said Meaghan Milliorn, a 2008 graduate from the School of Mass Communication. “I was able to knock that requirement out in a month, and it allowed me to get ahead on my degree plan and provide space for some fun electives.”

Milliorn is enrolled in a speech communication class this summer to get a jump start on the fall when she starts a master’s degree program.

For more information about summer enrollment at UALR, visit

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