College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

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Shearle Furnish, Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies:
Johanna Miller-Lewis, Professor

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies:
Tito Viswanathan, Professor

The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences is the culmination of an extensive restructuring process that is realigning academic resources to best serve the state and region and meet UALR’s goal of becoming one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged, research universities among the 16 member states of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB).

By melding the classic arts and letters disciplines with science programs, the college is the academic centerpiece of the campus.

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Interdisciplinary Programs: Majors, Minors, and Special Centers

The following interdisciplinary majors, minors, and special centers are housed within the college. For program details and contact information for advising, see the coordinator and home department indicated for each.

  • Center for Arkansas History and Culture: Kimberly Kaczenski
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (major): Keith Robinson, Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate programs are offered in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. In addition, many departments in the college offer graduate courses that can apply toward a graduate degree in education. For more information about graduate degree offerings at UALR contact the Graduate School at (501) 569-3206 or visit the UALR Graduate School website.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Majors within the College

For admission to most majors within the college, students must meet or exceed eligibility requirements to enroll in RHET 1311 Composition I.


The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences offers a comprehensive program of student advisement intended to help students transfer, register, and meet graduation requirements. Although most students will be advised in their major department, all students with special questions regarding their academic programs and progress toward their degrees should contact the college for more information.

The office of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences is in the Fine Arts Building, room 210. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and for extended hours by appointment. Call (501) 569-3350 or (800) 340-6509.

Pre-professional Studies

The science departments in CALS offer pre-professional curricula for students interested in professional areas requiring a background in science and/or technology as well as in the liberal arts. The pre-medical and pre-health advisors and the college’s Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee assist students preparing to apply for entrance into such programs. Applications must be submitted approximately one year before the student enters a professional school. Thus, students should obtain information and advice about their intended programs of study as early as possible.

Prospective students should be aware of the Arkansas Health Education Grant Program (ARHEG, The ARHEG provides assistance to students seeking professional training in dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and chiropractic medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions. Students are encouraged to visit with ARHEG to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements and inquire about the availability of funding for that particular year.

Pre-Medical,Pre-Dental, Pre-Vet, Optometry, and Physical Therapy

Students are required to meet with the Pre-Professional Advisor (Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, FA 210D) early in their academic career. Students must meet with Dr. Lewis at least a month before they apply to any of these professional schools. Different schools have different requirements but they all require a combination of chemistry, physics, and biology courses that need to begin with the core in order to graduate in four years. Consequently, students should seek advising for Pre-Professional schools in their Freshman or Sophomore years.


Dr. Jeff Gaffney (SCLB 451) is the pre-pharmacy advisor. Students planning to enter other schools of pharmacy are urged to obtain a copy of the entrance requirements from the school of their choice early in their freshman year and coordinate those requirements with courses taken at UALR. For advising purposes, the pre-pharmacy students should declare Chemistry BA or BS degree or Biology BS as major. The UALR pre-pharmacy curriculum assumes that the student is prepared to enroll in MATH 1302 and CHEM 1402. If the student is deficient in these areas, an additional semester or summer school may be necessary.

Undergraduate Degrees in the Health Professions

Students who wish to complete an undergraduate degree in a health profession at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences need to see the Pre-Admit Science Advisor in CALS, Ms. Alisha Harris. UAMS offerings include, but are not limited to: Cytotechnology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Sciences, Health Information Management, Medical Technology, Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Opthalmic Technologies, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology.

UALRTeach for mathematics and science majors

UALRTeach introduces science and mathematics majors to the teaching profession through early field experiences with mentor and master teachers. One degree: unlimited opportunities – learn how UALRTeach can expand your career options! Explore teaching through two one-hour, hands-on, tuition-reimbursed courses (SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1 and SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2). Additional courses required in the UALRTeach program emphasize the relationships between mathematics and science, while integrating teaching content and skills throughout the field-intensive curriculum.

SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC IGSC 4386 STEM Methodologies
SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design SCED 4387 Project Based Instruction
SCED 3383 Knowing and Learning IGSC 4388 Functions and Modeling
SCED 3384 Classroom Interactions SCED 4689 Apprentice Teaching
SCED 4385 Perspectives of Science & Math

This innovative teacher preparation program offers students seeking math or science degrees the opportunity to also earn a teaching license. Students receive early field experience and learn from mentor teachers while still pursuing their core degree. UALRTeach allows students to explore teaching as a career at no cost. Both of the one-credit courses below are available to UALR students who are thinking of majoring in science or math. Visit for additional information.

SCED/IGSC 1101 Step 1: Inquiry Teaching FYC

An introduction to the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver quality inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction that provides the scaffold for the early field experience. In this one hour credit course, the UALRTeach instructor or master teacher and the elementary school mentor teacher emphasize both inquiry and classroom management techniques. Step 1 invites students to explore teaching as a career. With the guidance of the instructor, in Step 1, students teach science or math lessons in upper elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum. Master teachers teach Step 1, so students have direct access to accomplished teachers holding certificates who love teaching and who believe that teaching is a rewarding career choice. Local public school elementary classrooms provide the future teachers with a first taste of teaching in a supportive, diverse environment. Students shall be required to submit to a criminal background check.

SCED/IGSC 1102 Step 2: Inquiry Lesson Design

Prerequisite: SCED/IGSC 1101. This course (Step 2) continues the exploration of teaching careers in a middle school environment that began in SCED/IGSC 1101 (Step 1). In this one hour credit course, students observe a lesson taught by a middle school mentor teacher, and then plan and teach three inquiry-based middle school lessons with a partner. Students build on and practice lesson design skills developed in the Step 1 course while also becoming familiar with science or mathematics curricula for the middle school setting. Students demonstrate their own content knowledge in developing the lesson plans. As a result of their classroom experiences, students reflect on the observation and their teaching. At the end of the Step 2 experience, students are generally ready to make a decision about whether they want to pursue a pathway to teacher certification.

Course in Integrated Science

IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

Prerequisite: 16 credit hours of science courses. Lecture, laboratory, and field methods stress the learning of science as active, integrated, constructive processes involving experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning, and problem solving as applied to life, earth, and physical systems. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory sessions are held each week.

Departments/Undergraduate Degrees (Programs) Offered


College Core (14 hours)

Math (3 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

Science (8 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”

Flex (3 hours)

All Courses approved by the Core Council. See “General Education Requirements.”