Nonprogram Courses in AHSS

Courses in ANTH | ENGL | MUAP, MUED, MUPR, & MUTH | PHIL | POLS | PSYC | SOCI | DRTH

Many departments that do not offer graduate degrees provide graduate courses for other degree programs such as those in applied science, computer science, education, integrated science and mathematics, journalism, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Degree-seeking students should check with their advisors and/or the UALR Graduate School to determine which of these courses may be accepted toward graduation requirements, to inquire about prerequisites, or other requirements for these courses.


Courses in Anthropology

ANTH 5155 Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite: ANTH 5355. Hands-on experience in use of anthropometric, morphological, and statistical techniques employed in age and stature estimation as well as sex and race determination; also includes forensic archaeology, treatment and proper handling of forensic anthropology evidence, and writing a forensic anthropology report.

ANTH 5310 Urban Anthropology
A survey of urbanization throughout the world, with emphasis on urban adaptation of rural migrants and the phenomenon of urbanization in emerging nations.

ANTH 5316 Linguistic Anthropology
Introduction to the subfield of linguistic anthropology. Examines the impact of linguistic structure on culture, socioeconomic factors in linguistic variation, intercultural and intracultural verbal and nonverbal communication. Also examines the theories and methods of descriptive anthropological linguistics applied to non-Indo European languages and introduces the student to structural linguistic analysis. Required for majors.

ANTH 5320 Sociocultural Change
Sociocultural change resulting from contact of acculturation, question of acceptance and rejection, pressures toward change, the role of the individual, appraisal of anthropological information and theory in a changing world.

ANTH 5355 Forensic Anthropology
Application of human variation knowledge to legal matters; emphasis on human skeletal variation; theoretical basis of sex determination, age estimation, and ethnic origin classification based on skeletal characteristics; also includes fire death scene investigation, interval since death, and forensic archaeology.

ANTH 5382 Anthropological Theory
Examines the range of theories used to describe and explain variability in sociocultural phenomena. Explores the organization of particular theories as well as issues that separate divergent theories. Major theoretical orientations to be explored include evolutionism, Marxism, Freudianism, structuralism, structural functionalism, ethnoscience, diffusionism, historical particularism, cultural ecology, sociobiology, and cultural materialism.

ANTH 5398 Special Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics in anthropology.

ANTH 5485 Ethnographic Methods
Lecture, laboratory. Data-gathering methods, analyses in native or ethnic settings.

ANTH 5600 Principles of Archaeological Research
Lecture, laboratory. Methods, theory; Arkansas prehistory, public archaeology.

ANTH 7300 Seminar in Anthropology
Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Readings in professional literature and extensive discussions under faculty guidance. Course may be repeated for credit.

ANTH 7305 Teaching Internship
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor. Students will assist with the teaching of an undergraduate course. They will have opportunities to present course material, lead activities and review sessions, facilitate discussions, and prepare a syllabus. Three credit hours.


Courses in English

ENGL 5116, 5216, 5316 Seminar in Creative Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 3398, 3399, or consent of instructor. Study and practice in creative writing. Class discussion/studio workshop/field placement. May be repeated when the topic varies. Offered in summer.

ENGL 5202 Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
A methods course which is team taught by the English and rhetoric and writing departments. The topics will include making classroom presentations, managing small group work, responding to student writing, evaluation, and using secondary school literature and composition textbooks, approaches to teaching literature, and writing as a way to reading. It should be taken in conjunction with RHET 5202.

ENGL 4315 World Englishes
A study of national, regional, and social varieties of English with special attention to the political, cultural, and economic issues facing the use of English as a world language or lingua franca. Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 3311 or ENGL 3313. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ENGL 5315. Three credit hours.

ENGL 4317 Literary Linguistics
An application of recent theories and methodologies of linguistics and language arts to the reading, analysis, and appreciation of literature. Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 3311 or ENGL 3313. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ENGL 5317. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5324 Shakespeare
Selected works, including the major comedies and tragedies. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5325 Teaching Shakespeare
Prerequisites: graduate standing, undergraduate major or minor in English or equivalent consent of instructor. Pedagogical focus on teaching Shakespeare’s plays in the elementary and secondary schools by using performance activities. Special emphasis on the four Shakespearean plays most often taught (Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet); one comedy and one history play will be included by titles, may change each time course is offered.

ENGL 5328 Seventeenth-Century Literature
English poetry and prose from 1600 to 1660, with emphasis on Donne and Milton. ENGL 5332 Mid and Late Eighteenth-Century Literature Later Pope, the novel, Johnson. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5341 Romantic Poetry
Representative works of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5343 Victorian Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing. Representative writers, including Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5364 Modern Poetry
Representative readings in modern English and American poetry including works by Hopkins, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, and Eliot. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5365 Modern Novel
Reading of American and British novels of the Modernist Period. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5367 Short Story Survey
Wide reading of American and foreign short fiction. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5369 The Form and Theory of Poetry
Survey of the form, techniques, and theories of poetry, emphasizing the views of poets. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5370 Seminar in Language or Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Selected topics in language or literature. May be repeated when the topic differs. Offered in fall. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5381 American Fiction
Representative readings in the development of American literature. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5398 Fiction Writing II
Prerequisites: ENGL 2336, 3319, or consent of the instructor. Continued study and practice in the writing of fiction. Class discussion/workshop and individual conferences. Three credit hours.

ENGL 5399 Poetry Writing II
Prerequisites: ENGL 2336, 3319, or consent of the instructor. Continued study and practice in the writing of poetry. Class discussion/workshop and individual conferences. Three credit hours.

ENGL 7100, 7200 Independent Study
Students will work with an instructor on a project designed to apply critical thinking skills to specialized knowledge in one of the areas of English literature or linguistics. Students may work on evaluating primary and secondary sources, exploring one or more critical methodologies, and/or constructing research plans for further work. Limited to a total of three credit hours.

Prerequisites: graduate standing, a current secondary teaching job, or secondary certification in English or a related area. For graduate students and working teachers, each of these courses focuses on one or more literary works or areas commonly taught in secondary schools. Each course covers particular texts, current interpretations and approaches, useful teaching methods, resources currently available (videos, CD-ROMs, etc.) and classroom assignments and activities.

ENGL 7312 Linguistic Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing (assumes knowledge of traditional grammar). Examination of English grammar in current objective, scientific terms; focus on how English sentences are structured.

ENGL 7320 Seminar in Linguistics
Prerequisites: graduate standing, background in formal language analysis related to the seminar topic or consent of instructor. Advanced topics in linguistic analysis including syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition; work with primary sources in the area of study. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Offered on demand.

ENGL 7360 Seminar in Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate English minor or equivalent or consent of instructor. Major author in either British or American literature; author may change each time course is offered.

ENGL 7369 Seminar in Analysis of Literary Form
Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate English minor or equivalent or consent of instructor. Selected literary texts representing a variety of eras, modes; substantial body of criticism of those texts reflecting a variety of methods, theories. ENGL 7150, 7250, 7350 New Perspectives in Teaching Literature


Courses in Applied Music

MUAP 7214 Advanced Functional Piano
Prerequisites: graduate standing, pass piano functional exam. Intensive review of functional skills; development of harmonization skills, accompanying, transposition; uses common practice period, 20th-century elements.

MUAP 7325 Advanced Choral Conducting
Prerequisites: undergraduate basic and choral conducting courses or consent of instructor. Techniques required in performing major choral works of selected musical periods, specific composers, different genres of choral form from inception to present.

Courses in Music Education

MUED 5192, 5292, 5392 Special Studies
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Concentration on a specific area of music or music education. Offered on demand.

MUED 5252 Perspectives on Careers in Music
Prerequisite: must have passed the upper-level qualifying jury in MUPR, as well as MUTH 2391 and MUTH 2292, or consent of instructor. Course objective is to broaden the student’s understanding of the range of careers in the world of professional music. The course will explore music as both a creative endeavor and as a product. Students will learn how music progresses from artistic creation to consumable product, and how the participants in the music business make a living utilizing skills in marketing, performance, teaching, recording, technology, venue management, etc. MUED 5252 is not open to students with credit for 4252. Two credit hours.

MUED 7112 Vocal Pedagogy
Methods, materials for teaching voice in private studio, institution; application of fundamental vocal techniques to public school choir; practical application of techniques through observation of demonstrations, supervised teaching.

MUED 7322 Advanced Elementary Music Education
Prerequisite: MUED 3322, 3332, or equivalent. Current principles, practices in elementary school music; most recent methods and materials, their applications to different school systems.

MUED 7332 Fine Arts Concept
Prerequisites: graduate standing, BA in music or art. Teaching fine arts survey courses in public schools; elements, genres of visual arts, music, theater, dance, films; interrelated changing art styles in context of culture, cultural history; language, criteria for artistic criticism.

MUED 7333 Fine Arts Pedagogy
Prerequisites: MUED 7332; Instructional Resources in Education 4301 or 7302. Skills for planning, teaching survey of fine arts curricula.

MUED 7382 Concepts of Music
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Acoustical, psychological aspects of music; emphasis on problems of perception, experimental aesthetics, musical function, measurement and diagnosis of music ability; related literature of experimental investigation.

Courses in Private Instruction in Music

MUPR 7100, 7200 Applied Music-Private Instruction
Prerequisite: graduate-level proficiency demonstrated through audition before music faculty. Jury examinations required at the end of each semester. One hour of credit for a half-hour lesson each week; two hours of credit for an hour lesson each week. Consult the department for guidance in registering for any of these areas: baritone, flute trumpet, bassoon, French horn, tuba, cello, oboe, viola, clarinet, organ, violin, euphonium, piano, and voice.

Courses in Music Theory

MUTH 7370. Advanced Analysis
Prerequisite: MUSC 1211, 1310, 1510, 1520, 2510, or equivalent. Common practice period in western music; 20th-century techniques; summary of topics such as voice leading, doubling, chord-choice criteria, variety of techniques for analysis; integration of topics covered at undergraduate level; introduction of aesthetics, theory pedagogy using computer.


Courses in Philosophy

PHIL 5280, 5380 Topics in Philosophy
Prerequisite: graduate standing, consent of instructor. In-depth study of selected major problems in philosophy or the works of individual philosophers or groups of philosophers. Content changes on demand. For descriptive title of the content, refer to the UALR Schedule of Classes.

PHIL 5373 Philosophy of Race
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of race and ethnicity. It will explore the philosophical assumptions behind concepts of race, including I) historical origins and contemporary views of race and racial identities; 2) the intersection of racism with other forms of oppression; or 3) race in the history of philosophy.

PHIL 5385 Seminar in History of Philosophy
This seminar allows participants to pursue intensive study of a pivotal movement or central figure in the history of philosophy or the development of a particular idea. Topics may include Plato, Hellenistic Philosophy, Stoicism, Skepticism, Ancient and Modern, German Idealism, Marx and Marxism, Rationalism, Logical Positivism, Analytic Philosophy, or Post-structuralism.

PHIL 5290, 5390 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Selective reading and written project on a topic submitted by the student and approved by the instructor before registration. Open only to students with demonstrated ability to write research papers of superior quality in philosophy. Applicants unknown to the instructor should submit academic transcripts and samples of their research papers in philosophy.

PHIL 7310 Current Philosophical Issues
An examination of the impact of philosophical writings on contemporary culture. The course will address such topics as: the ethical and legal ramifications of recent scientific advances; the just distribution of resources within the context of the current global economy; and the basis of justification for human, animal, and environmental rights.


Courses in Political Science

POLS 5308 Topics in Urban Studies
Cross-listed with URST 5308.

POLS 5310 Seminar in American National Government
Research seminar dealing with selected aspects of U.S. politics and government. It gives students the opportunity to bring analytical skills and substantive knowledge gained in prior courses to bear on a selected topic of importance, and involves a substantial writing project. Three credit hours.

POLS 5320 American Foreign Policy
Examines the goals and motivation of American foreign policy and relations, the actors and processes that shape policies and decisions, and selected foreign policy problems and issues. Three credit hours.

POLS 5330 U.S.-Panamanian Relations: Decisions and Documents
Prerequisites: graduate status; consent of the instructor is also required for on-line students. U.S.-Panamanian relations during the late 19th and 20th centuries, in the context of U.S.- hemispheric relations and U.S. to global power status. Through course modules on canal treaties and historic turning points, students master the background necessary to conduct their own research projects based on archival materials. The course will focus on benchmark decisions, which include responses to opportunities and crises in Panama, decisions to agree or refuse to negotiate canal treaties, and decisions about alternative control regimes for the Panama Canal. Major themes of the course include perceptions of national interests, adaptation to changing international realities, conflict resolution, and bargaining behavior during negotiations.

POLS 5333 Seminar in State Politics
Research on selected aspects of state politics such as comparative policy making, political culture variations, and problem solving. Three credit hours.

POLS 5341 Seminar in International Relations
Special problems, issues, or trends in the study of international relations. May be repeated with a change of subject and permission of the department chairperson. Cross-listed as an undergraduate and graduate seminar.

POLS 5343 Seminar in Local Politics
Research on selected aspects of local politics such as community power structure, local autonomy, and comparative administration. Three credit hours.

POLS 5345 Clinton Presidency
This course explores the presidency of Bill Clinton from several perspectives, all grounded in the discipline of political science: the administration’s policy making; presidential power and leadership; crises and turning points in the Clinton administration; campaigning and communications skills of the president; the administration’s relations with the press, political parties and groups; and the legacy of the Clinton presidency.

POLS 5348 Internship
This course is a public service learning experience that gives students the opportunity to blend practical concepts learned on the job with their academic course work in political science. Students attend periodic seminars and participate in a substantial writing assignment aimed at fully integrating and synthesizing their public service experience. Three credit hours.

POLS 5356 Urban Policy and Government
Cross-listed with URST 5356. Course explores urban policy- making and urban government from a critical, analytical urban studies perspective. Considers historical and modern variations of urban government and intergovernmental relations and how this relates to urban policy making, political will and quality of urban life issues.

POLS 5370 Politics of the Middle East
The course covers the politics and political dynamics of the Middle East, introducing the student to the main issues and actors (state and non-state) of the contemporary Middle East. The course explores the nature of contemporary politics in the region including of the impact of the complex relationships among great power intervention, economics, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion.

POLS 5376 Global Terrorism
The course will cover the history, contemporary nature and defense against terrorism, with a particular emphasis on the post 09/11 “war on terror.” Graduate students will conduct additional research and write a research paper on advanced topics in terrorism. Students who took the course at 4000 level cannot take it again at the 5000 level.

POLS 5380 Classical Political Theory
Major political ideas and doctrines of political thinkers from Plato to Montesquieu, with emphasis on the contributions of each to the theory and practice of government. Three credit hours.

POLS 5387 Great Decisions in American Foreign Policy
A lecture and discussion course that examines eight current foreign policy issues. The course explores the origin of each issue, alternative proposals and strategies for American foreign policy, other nations' proposals and strategies, and the consequences of past and current international problems for the United States and the world community. Three credit hours.

POLS 5390 Modern Political Theory
A continuation of POLS 5380. From Edmund Burke to the present, with emphasis on the more recent political theories and systems of democracy, communism, and socialism. Three credit hours.


Courses in Psychology

PSYC 5300 Drugs and Behavior
Effects of drug administration on ongoing behavior, learning; emphasis on drugs of clinical application, usage.

PSYC 5310 Counseling Psychology
Field of counseling, its philosophy; emphasis on counseling relationship; includes educational, vocational, industrial, personal counseling.

PSYC 5311 Lifespan Development Psychology
This course will use an Eriksonian stage theory to examine the developmental changes characteristic of adults in our society. State as an interaction between physical changes and social constructs will be stressed, and the problems of careers and mature relationships will be examined.

PSYC 5325 Personnel Psychology
Areas of industrial psychology generally concerned with personnel work; includes predictors, criteria, related issues; statistical analysis for selection, placement; testing; interviews, other non-test procedures; personnel development; attitude measurement.

PSYC 5330 Learning and Memory
Fundamental principles; includes parameters of reinforcement, secondary reinforcement motivation, extinction, discrimination, generalization.

PSYC 5336 Cognitive Development
An introduction to the theories and research on the development of thinking in infants, children, and adolescents.

PSYC 5340 Shaping of Human Behavior
Applying learning, conditioning principles to human behavior; includes behavior modification, operant conditioning, contingency management in shaping the behavior in a variety of real-life settings (e.g., school, home, work, interpersonal relations); ethical issues involved in changing human behavior.

PSYC 5345 History of Psychology
This course presents an overview of the development of the contemporary science of psychology, connecting it with developments in intellectual history and the history of science. It explores the philosophical and physiological roots of psychology as well as the major questions regarding human nature that psychologists, along with other social scientists, have repeatedly addressed.

PSYC 5365 Psychological Disorders of Childhood
Prerequisite: condition 1. Nature, causes, treatment of disturbed behavior in children.

PSYC 5385 Psychology and Public Health
This course will consider how psychological science and applications can help shape community health and public health efforts. Issues related to health psychology research, community psychology, preventive health, and public health practice will be considered. The course will explore innovative public health models in which psychological science or applications have been prominent.

PSYC 5460 Psychological Tests: Composition and Interpretation
Reliability and validity, norms, standardization; composition, interpretation of frequently used intelligence, personality, vocational interest, other tests. Three hours lecture, two hours field research per week.

PSYC 7230, 7330, 7430 Graduate Seminar in Psychology
Readings in professional literature, extensive discussions under faculty guidance. Topic determined by student interest; may be repeated for credit with coordinator's permission.

PSYC 7320 Advanced General Psychology
Overview of psychology sub-specialties; emphasis on critical analysis of theory, research to understand values, limitations of each approach. Various faculty members present lectures on special topics.

PSYC 7321, 7621 Independent Study in Applied Psychology
Directed readings, individual discussion with a faculty member. May be repeated for credit with coordinator’s permission.

PSYC 7335 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Basic concepts: content-includes issues in personnel, testing, organizations, human factors, professional questions.


Courses in Sociology

SOCI 5301 Computer Use: Packaged Programs
Prerequisites: SOCI 2381, 3385. Using various statistical and graphics packages, such as SPSS and SAS, to research designs. Students select an appropriate analysis from the Institute for Social Research, General Social Survey, or other appropriate data base and write up the results of this analysis. Offered on demand.

SOCI 7370 Program Planning and Research in Organizations
Program planning issues, such as design, decision making, budgeting, community organizing, organization environment relations, intergovernmental relations, personnel management, in a wide variety of complex organizations; includes research methodologies appropriate to organizational planning, implementation, and evaluation.

SOCI 7375 Program Evaluation
Prerequisites: SOCI 3175, 3375. Application of research methods to evaluation, assessment of programs in education, social work, corrections, health, mental health, job training, community action, etc. Students design, conduct evaluation research on an ongoing program.

SOCI 7390 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Consent will be based on intersection of faculty expertise and student/program need. Specialized instruction on sociological topic.


Courses in Theatre

DRTH 5140, 5240, 5340 Special Topics in Theatre Arts
Topics may include plays, playwrights, theatrical periods, styles, production methods; emphasis on directed readings, research, casebook studies. Content changes each time offered. Offered on demand.

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