College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

Fine Arts, Suite 210 | (501) 569-3296 | fax (501) 569-8775 |Website 

Interim Dean: Thomas Clifton, Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies: Johanna Miller Lewis, Professor

Associate Dean for Research & 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).

CALS is distinctive resembling the same assortment of liberal arts that were collected in the ancient Greek academy, where they were thought to reflect the higher concerns of free citizens, and the pursuit of which were understood to liberate the spirit.

Because CALS also offers a tremendous proportion of the core curriculum, we also serve students across the entire university.

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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.

Departments/Undergraduate Degrees (Programs) Offered

Department of Art

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

Department of Music

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance

Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

Department of English

  • Bachelor of Arts in English

Department of History

  • Bachelor of Arts in History

Department of World Languages

  • Bachelor of Arts in World Languages: French and Spanish

Department of Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Department of Biology

Department of Chemistry

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Department of Physics & Astronomy

  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics

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.”

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) at 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, Pre-Pharmacy, Physician’s Assistant, Optometry, and Occupational and Physical Therapy

Students are required to meet with the Pre-Professional Advisor (Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis, FA 210D) early in their academic career, as there are specific core courses they must take. 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.

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.