Undergraduate Academic Advising

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Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising

Student Services Center, Suite 320 | (501) 569-3386

Undergraduate Academic Advising (Originally named University College) was created in 1987 as a part of a university and nation-wide movement to address the needs of incoming and undeclared students. While students with an intended track and/or declared major often had access to advising within their respective departments, the growth of the University system and the degree options that came with it led to an ever-increasing number of students that were “exploratory.” From this need, the Faculty Members, namely through the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures, created what is today known as Undergraduate Academic Advising.

In addition to Academic Advising, this office offers First Year Colloquium (PEAW) courses and the Associate of Arts in General Studies. PEAW courses are designed to help first-year students transition into the college. As of Fall 2011, the First Year Colloquium is a graduation requirement for all entering, first-time, full-time freshman students at UALR. See the list of courses in the “Quick Start Guide” section.

The primary function of the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising is to provide academic advising for new and continuing students who have not declared a major. Students who are seeking admission to degree programs offered at other institutions and who are taking prerequisite course work at UALR are also advised. A complete review of the student’s academic record is provided each term; required test scores and course placement, transfer work, high school concurrent, AP and IB, and the core curriculum requirements are all considered.

The office maintains advisement records for all undergraduate students who have not declared their major. The degree plan for the associate of arts in general studies is developed and maintained in this office for students who are seeking this degree. Personalized advising conversations are intentional and assist students in learning to assess their competencies, discover their passions and clarify their academic path and that leads to graduation.

Academic advising processes assist in clarifying and reinforcing optimum course sequences to plan degree completion on a full-time or part-time bases. Guidance is based on University policy, state and federal laws, major and minor program requirements and individual choices. Advising via e-mail and telephone is available.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) degree was designed with the idea in mind that all students have unique goals and interests. Students’ responses on the AAGS survey, which all students obtaining the degree must complete, confirm this notion. Some students wish to obtain the degree for professional advancement within a company, while others may want to use it as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree. Regardless, the common thread is that the AAGS degree reinforces achievement for those who attain it.

General Information

UALR’s mission is to “develop the intellect of students” and “to instill in students a lifelong desire to learn.” The Associate of Arts in General Studies supports this mission by providing students with the same competencies, through the core curriculum, while preparing students to move on to complete a bachelor’s degree. This mission is accomplished through the following goals and objectives:

Learning Objectives

  • Complete the UALR Core Curriculum. The purpose of the core curriculum is to establish a foundation for the undergraduate academic experience and to ensure that students develop fundamental skills and a lifelong commitment and ability to learn.
  • Be prepared to continue studies for a bachelor’s degree.


  • To provide students with the UALR Core Curriculum as a base for continuing in school for a bachelor’s degree.
  • To encourage students to consider this degree as progress toward a higher degree.
  • To enable students to feel a sense of personal accomplishment upon receipt of the AAGS degree.
  • To provide students with a means of professional advancement.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

General: 60 minimum total hours, including 44 hours of UALR core and 16 hours of unrestricted electives, 2.00 GPA, completion of 15 hours at UALR.

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (It is recommended that students select their core courses based on their intended baccalaureate degree requirements.)

Unrestricted General Electives

Any course at the 1000-level or above for which they have the prerequisite (It is recommended that students select electives based upon their intended baccalaureate degree.)