College of Social Sciences & Communication

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Interim Dean:
Julien Mirivel, Professor


Interim Associate Dean:
Olaf Hoerschelmann, Professor


Assistant to the Dean:
Mariah Nehus

Student Outreach and Enrollment Specialist:
Joshua Thomsen

Assistant Dean of Learning and Student Success:
Rachel Jones

Finance Director:
Sabrenna Rodgers-Lee

Administrative Specialist:
Christina Owens

The College of Social Sciences and Communication includes 7 units offering degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels, including the School of Mass Communication, The School of Public Affairs, and the departments of Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Rhetoric and Writing, , and Sociology and Anthropology. The college also supports several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, including University Television, KLRE/KUAR public radio, the Survey Research Center, the Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and the Center for Public Collaboration.

Our academic programs enable students through hands-on coursework and training in social science, communication, and public affairs to better understand the human experience and our global society. Students are prepared to use their knowledge and skill to enrich, inform, and help improve their communities and the world.

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.

  • Nonprofit Leadership Studies (minor or certificate in non-profit management): Nichola Driver, School of Public Affairs
  • Gender Studies (minor): Krista Lewis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • International Studies (major and minor):  Joseph Giammo, School of Public Affairs
  • Legal Studies (minor): Joe Giammo, School of Public Affairs
  • Middle Eastern Studies (minor): Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, School of Public Affairs

University Core (35 hours)

Standard Core (29 hours)

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

College Core (6 hours)
Math (3 hours)

MATH 1302 College Algebra or Core Course with College Algebra as a prerequisite. See “General Education Requirements.”

Flex – Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech/Interdisciplinary (3 hours)

ACOM 1300 Applied Communication or any approved core Fine Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences course


Bachelor of Applied Science Information

The College of Social Sciences and Communication (CSSC) is home to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). The BAS is a degree designed with the working adult in mind. It is an interdisciplinary degree, which means students will reap the benefit of taking classes that are designed to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate bachelor’s degree program.

The BAS is a degree-completion program. Students pursuing the BAS must have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from a regionally-accredited college or university, or 40 hours of technical military credits. The proposed degree program is designed for students who desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field.

Contact Louis Scivally in the CSSC Dean’s office for further information. You may email, lfscivally@ualr.edu or call him, (501) 537-1930.


Bachelor of Applied Science

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

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 36 for details)

Core (35 hours)
Standard Core (29 hours)

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

College Core (6 hours)

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

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Major (76-81 hours)
Technical Area (45 AAS hours or 40 hours military credit)
Concentration (36 hours related to the managerial, social, and behavioral aspects of organizational leadership)

(No more than 24 hours (8 courses) can be from the College of Business)

Required Organizational Leadership Courses (6 courses- 18 hours):

MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management
MGMT 3340 Managing People in Organizations
MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
SPCH 3330 Professional Communication
RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

Professional Course Electives (at least 18 hours)

BINS 3352 Data Analysis and Visualization
ERSC 4421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
ITEC 3610 Introduction to Information Technology and Applications (6-hour course)
MGMT 3362 Venture Management and Decision Making
MGMT 4377 International Business Management
MKTG 3385 Consumer Analysis and Behavior
MKTG 4370 Business-to-Business Marketing
PSYC 3370 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 4325 Personnel Psychology
PSYC 4363 Organizational Psychology
RHET 3301 Editing for Use and Style
RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing
SPCH 3320 Advanced Public Speaking

SPCH 3340 Communication Ethics for the Professional
SOCI 3330 Racial and Minority GroupsSOCI 3334 Social Problems
SOCI 4365 Sociology of Organizations

Other appropriate courses identified by the academic advisor may be used as electives

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours to reach 120 total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses and/or 30 hours in residence


Departments and Schools

Department of Applied Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication
Department of Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
School of Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
Department of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
School of Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Department of Rhetoric & Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Courses at College of Social Sciences & Communication