UALR General Education Core Curriculum

General education nurtures in students the knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and values that provide a foundation for their baccalaureate program and for lifelong learning. General education fosters intellectual breadth, serves as a context for more specialized study, and is essential to the full development of persons who wish to participate meaningfully in the various communities of which they are a part.

Given these goals, we endorse the following Educational Outcomes in the areas of Knowledge, Skills and Citizenship. We recognize that certain specific aspects of these outcomes will be discipline specific, and we expect that the level of competence in each area will be defined and assessed according to the individual disciplines. The recommendations for core courses and other curriculum changes should be informed by these general outcomes. As programs develop, changes, deletions or additions may be necessary, and this document outlines a process for making those changes.

Faculty Senate Council on Core Curriculum and Policies evaluate courses for consideration as core courses. Every attempt is made to keep this page up to date. Since this is a dynamic process, the catalog page may not have the latest approved courses.

Please see the Council’s page for the most up-to-date listing.

Educational Outcomes

Skills:
  1. Communication (oral, written, visual, professional self-presentation).
  2. Critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and solving problems individually and collaboratively.
  3. Information technology (locating, retrieving, evaluating, synthesizing).
Knowledge:
  • The concepts, methodologies, findings, and applications of mathematics and the social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.
  • Concepts, methodologies, and the global cultural heritage of the arts and humanities.
Values:
  • Ethical and personal responsibility
  • Civic responsibility
  • Global and cultural understanding

The UALR Core Curriculum is 35 semester credits. These 35 credits will be divided in the following way: 21 credits in the Standard Core and 14 credits in College Cores. The Standard and College cores together satisfy the Arkansas State Minimum Core. Some colleges, departments or programs may have additional requirements.


UALR Standard Core (21 hours)

The UALR Standard Core is intended to make available to students an introduction to the richness of human thought and creativity that find expression in the areas of the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences. Additionally, the Standard Core serves as the starting point for students to achieve the UALR Educational Goals while providing a maximum of transferable credits among colleges to allow students to explore a variety of disciplines before selecting a major.

Communication – Written (6 hours)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students to develop ideas and express them clearly, adapt language to rhetorical situations, and build the skills needed to communicate ethically and effectively in their academic, professional, and civic lives.
Courses focus on reading and writing. All courses in this area also address information technology, critical thinking, a commitment to ethical behavior, and civic and personal responsibility.

Fine Arts (3 hours)

Courses in this area offer a broad overview of one or more art forms, with options for more precise focus. They focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts; involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression; and enable critical and creative communication about works of art, with some attention to international aspects of the arts. These courses place an assessed emphasis on response to arts experience both on-campus and in the community.

In addition to the knowledge domain of the arts, these courses address communication, critical thinking, information technology, ethical and personal responsibility, civic responsibility, and global and cultural understanding.

Humanities (3 hours)

Courses in this area focus on the examination and interpretation of human thought and experience. These courses employ humanistic inquiry, a focused attention on interpreting a broad survey of textual and intellectual artifacts produced by individuals and groups, in order to interrogate human experience as well as the meanings and values that individuals and cultures assign to it.
In addition to the knowledge domain of the humanities, these courses address communication, critical thinking, information technology, ethical and personal responsibility, civic responsibility, and global and cultural understanding.

Social Sciences – (3 hours)

Courses in this area address broad areas of individual and/or group behavior. They also focus on the application of theoretical perspectives to individual and/or group behavior and emphasize how scientific methods are applied to understanding individual and/or group behavior.

In addition to the knowledge domain of the social sciences, these courses address communication, critical thinking, information technology, ethical and personal responsibility, civic responsibility, and global and cultural understanding.

History of Civilization (3 hours)

In an age of increasing globalization it is imperative that UALR students be introduced to the range of peoples and civilizations of the world. As citizens in a democracy, UALR graduates can act more responsibly and knowledgeably with a grasp of the varied sources of the culture in the United States.

U. S. History/Government (3 hours)

For UALR graduates to accept the idea of and desire to engage in civic activities requires that they gain an understanding of how our government is structured and the history of our nation and how that history has shaped and is shaping our government.
Individual colleges will not be required to accept lower level courses to satisfy specified college/program requirements.
Donaghey Scholar courses must be accepted by all programs as meeting the Standard Core; however, the Donaghey Scholars program is not required to accept the university Standard Core courses in lieu of Donaghey Scholar program requirements.


College Core (14 hours)

Approved college core courses are found in the individual college sections of this catalog.

Mathematics (3 hours)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students the concepts and methodologies, findings and applications of mathematics while developing their inquiry and analysis skills. All courses in this area also address quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and a commitment to ethical behavior.

Science (8 hours)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students the concepts and methodologies, findings and applications of science while developing their inquiry and analysis skills. All courses in this area explore the physical world using the scientific method applying quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, information technology, and a commitment to ethical behavior. All courses must include a lecture and laboratory.

Humanities* (0-3 hours)

See the curricular area for Humanities in the UALR Standard Core.

Social Sciences* (0-3 hours)

See the curricular area for Social Sciences in the UALR Standard Core.

Communication – Spoken (0-3 hours)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students to develop ideas and express them clearly, adapt language to rhetorical situations, and build the skills needed to communicate ethically and effectively in their academic, professional, and civic lives.
Courses focus on speaking and listening. All courses in this area also address information technology, critical thinking, a commitment to ethical behavior, and civic and personal responsibility.

Interdisciplinary Studies* (0-3 hours)

Interdisciplinary core courses focus on at least two disciplines in order to examine how they may collaborate to address a particular issue or problem. They explore strengths and limitations of the disciplines, as well as possible avenues of integration. Every interdisciplinary course must address the criteria for at least one of the following curricular areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Communications- Spoken. The emphasis on interdisciplinarity should balance the modifications to the content criteria necessitated by the sharing of class time between two or more disciplines.
*Engineering programs replace these 3 credit hours with 3 hours of mathematics and/or science per the State Minimum Core.
An associate degree must contain the courses from the UALR Core Curriculum in the following curricular areas:

    Communications – Written (6 hours)
    U. S. Traditions (3 hours)
    Mathematics (3 hours)

Any associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of science in teaching which has been designated as a transfer degree per Act 182 of 2009 will adopt the UALR Core Curriculum.
The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching will be designated as transfer degrees per Act 182 of 2009.

Any baccalaureate degree program or any associate degree which has been designated as a transfer degree per Act 182 of 2009 will adopt the following interim college core until such a time as that college or program has completed its desired college core through the curriculum process.


UALR Core Curriculum Courses (General Education Requirement)

Beginning Spring 2015, UALR will adapt a 35-hour core curriculum comprised of two parts, the University Standard Core (21 hours) and the College Core (14 hours). All majors within a college will require both the Standard and College Core.

University Standard Core (21 hours)
Criteria Course
English Language Communication-Written
(6 hours)
RHET 1311 Composition IRHET 1312 Composition II
RHET 1320 Honors Composition
Fine Arts (3 hours) ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
MCOM 2306 Intro to Motion Pictures
MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre & Dance
History of Civilization (3 hours) HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
Humanities (3 hours) ENGL 2337 World Literature
ENGL 2339 Mythology
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
Social Sciences (3 hours) ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography
GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
U. S. History/Government
(3 hours)
HIST 2311 US History to 1877
HIST 2312 US History since 1877
POLS 1310 American National Government
College Core Categories (14 hours)
Criteria Course
Mathematics (3 hours) MATH 1302 College Algebra
MATH 1303 Trigonometry
MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 1342 Business Calculus
MATH 1401 Precalculus
MATH 1451 Calculus I
STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
Science (8 hours) ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology
ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab
BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
BIOL 2401 Microbiology
CHEM 1400 Fundamental Chemistry I
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society
ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab
ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab
ERSC 2303/2103 Historical Geology and Lab
PHYS 1321/1121 College Physics I and Lab
PHYS 1322/1122 College Physics II and Lab
PHYS 2321/2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab
Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech/Interdisciplinary (3 hours) Communication – Speech
SPCH 1300 Speech Communication
Humanities – See Above
Social Sciences – See Above
Interdisciplinary – Awaiting Submissions

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