UALR General Education Core Curriculum

The UALR Core Curriculum introduces students to the richness of human thought and creativity that finds expression in the areas of the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences.  It nurtures in students the knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and values that provide a foundation for their baccalaureate program and for lifelong learning, fosters intellectual breadth, serves as a context for more specialized study, and allows students to participate meaningfully in the various communities of which they are a part.

All graduates of the University should be able to:

  • Understand how knowledge is acquired and applied in disciplines such as mathematics, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology and the arts and humanities
  • Communicate in a variety of ways including oral, written, visual, professional self-presentation
  • Think critically, engage in quantitative reasoning, and solve problems individually and collaboratively
  • Synthesize and evaluate information using information technology
  • Exercise ethical and personal responsibility
  • Understand civic responsibility
  • Analyze situations based on global and cultural understanding

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

Curricular areas in UALR Core Curriculum

Communication – Written (6 credits)

Courses in this area focus on teaching students to develop ideas and express them clearly, adapt language to rhetorical situations, support ideas by integrating research, and build the skills needed to communicate ethically and effectively in their academic, professional, and civic arenas of life.

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Courses in this area offer a broad overview of one or more art forms, to teach concepts and methodologies involved in the study of the arts, including formal and stylistic analysis, and the use of a technical, discipline-specific vocabulary in their own analyses of art works. These courses enable students to expand their knowledge of the global diversity of cultures, both contemporary and historical, and their awareness of their own culture/s and private values. These courses also require students to experience arts performances and institutions within the larger community.

History of Civilization (3 credits)

Courses in this area are unique in that they bridge the humanities and social sciences.  They convey knowledge of key historical people, events, and the contexts in which scientific and humanistic reasoning and discovery take (and have taken) place.  These courses explore patterns of social and cultural change and transition over time, make connections between the past and present, and facilitate critical and analytical thinking and writing.

Humanities (3 credits)

Courses in this area emphasize the reading and interpretation of a broad survey of philosophical, literary, and other texts to focus on the examination and representation of human thought and experience. These courses employ humanistic inquiry in order to interrogate the human experience, and the meanings and values that individuals and cultures assign to it.

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Courses in this area address broad areas of individual, group, or societal behavior. These courses also focus on the application of theoretical perspectives and emphasize how scientific methods are applied to understanding behavior of individuals, groups, or societies.

Science (8 credits)

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

U. S. History/Government (3 credits)

Courses in this area teach how our government is structured, the history of our nation, and how that history has shaped, and is shaping, our government.

Communication – Spoken (0-3 credits)

Courses in this area focus on developing student knowledge and skills in a variety of spoken communication contexts.

Mathematics (3 credits)

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

Interdisciplinary Studies* (0-3 credits)

Interdisciplinary core courses focus on at least two disciplines, and must include at least one of the following curricular areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Communication – Spoken.  Courses are team taught by faculty who have expertise in these disciplines and explore strengths, limitations, and interaction among multiple disciplines, or how disciplines might collaborate to examine a problem.

UALR Core Requirements

The UALR Core Curriculum is 35 semester credits. These 35 credits will be divided in the following way: 29 credits in the Standard Core and 6 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 (29 credits)*

Credits Curricular Area
6 Communication – Written
3 Fine Arts
3 History of Civilization
3 Humanities
8 Science
3 Social Sciences
3 U. S. History/Government

*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 (6 credits)*

Credits Curricular Area
3 Mathematics (3 credits)
3 Humanities or Social Sciences or Communication–Spoken or Interdisciplinary **

*Courses approved for the college cores are found in the individual college sections of this catalog.

**Engineering programs replace these 3 credits with 3 credits of mathematics and/or science per the State Minimum Core.

Core Transfer

  1. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institution with a completed designated transfer degree (an AA, AS, or AAT) or 60 completed hours that include 35 hours of the state minimum core have met all of the UALR core requirements.
  2. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institutions and transfer a course in the state ACTS system that matches a course in the UALR core meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  3. Students who transfer from public Arkansas institutions and transfer a course taken to meet a core curricular requirement at the sending institution meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  4. Students who transfer between UALR colleges and have officially declared a major in the sending college, and transfer a course taken to meet a core curricular requirement in the sending UALR college, meet the specific core requirement fulfilled by that course.
  5. Students who transfer from regionally accredited out of state or private institutions, including those transferring in completed associate degrees, who have completed 35 credit course of courses work in the following distribution meet the core requirement in that core curricular area and are only required to take coursework from the area(s) they are missing:
  • English/Communications:  6-9 hours
  • Math: 3 hours
  • Science: 8 hours
  • Fine Arts/Humanities: 6-9 hours
  • Social Sciences: 9-12 hours, including 3 hours of US History or American National Government

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

An associate degree must contain the courses from the UALR Core Curriculum in the following curricular areas:

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

U.S. Traditions: United States History or Government Requirement

Arkansas law requires that all students who receive an associate or baccalaureate degree successfully complete a course in U.S. history or U.S. government.This requirement can be met by HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877, HIST 2312 U.S. History Since 1877, or POLS 1310 American National Government. Other United States history or government courses may also meet this requirement. However, the student should check with an advisor in the Department of History or the Department of Political Science before choosing to meet the requirement with any other course.

Approved UALR Core Curriculum Courses

(General Education Requirement)
The Faculty Senate Council on Core Curriculum and Policies approves 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.

UALR Standard Core (29 hours)
Curricular Area Approved Courses
Communication – Written

(6 credits)

RHET 1311 Composition I

RHET 1312 Composition II

RHET 1320 Honors Composition

Fine Arts (3 credits) ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

ARHA 2306 Introduction to Architecture

MCOM 2306 Intro to Motion Pictures

MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre & Dance

History of Civilization

(3 credits)

HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Humanities (3 credits) ENGL 2337 World Literature

ENGL 2339 Mythology

PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

PHIL 2321 Ethics and Society: Professional Applications

RELS 2305 World Religions

Science (8 credits) ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

BIOL 1433 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology

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

PHYS 2322/2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab


Social Sciences (3 credits) ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

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 credits)

HIST 2311 US History to 1877

HIST 2312 US History since 1877

POLS 1310 American National Government

College Core (6 credits)
Curricular Area Approved Courses
Mathematics (3 credits) 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

Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication –Spoken/Interdisciplinary

(3 credits)

Communication – Spoken

SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Humanities – See Above

Social Sciences – See Above

Interdisciplinary – CNMG 1385 Infrastructure, Environment, and Society