Department of Sociology & Anthropology

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Sociology, Anthropology, Nonprofit Leadership Studies, & Gender Studies

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Chairperson:
Lewis, Krista, Associate Professor

Professors:
Briscoe, David L.
Estes, Sarah Beth
Flinn, Juliana
Ito, Kinko
Richard, Terry
Sanderson, Robert E.

Associate Professor:
King, Kathryn
LĂłpez-RamĂ­rez, Adriana
Hawkins, Simon

Nonprofit Leadership Studies Campus Director:
Flinn, Juliana

Gender Studies Coordinator:
Estes, Sarah Beth

weedingdevilsgrassfromnarcissostraditionalmayamaizefieldThe department offers courses and programs designed to teach students to analyze and understand basic socio-cultural processes, statuses, and roles; to this end, we conduct a yearly assessment to determine how well we have achieved these objectives. The department also prepares students for careers and graduate study in sociology, anthropology, health services administration, public administration, and social work; contributes to the liberal arts training and knowledge of all undergraduates; and provides intellectual skills for students considering careers in these professions and in business.

General Information

Awards and Scholarships

Katherine J. Hardie Award in Anthropology

This award is given to the outstanding graduating senior in anthropology each year. The recipient’s name will be engraved on the Hardie Memorial Plaque displayed in the department office. In addition, the recipient will receive an individual plaque.

Outstanding Graduate Award in Sociology

This award honors the graduating senior sociology major who has the highest grade point average.

Mark Hartmann Anthropology Student Fellowship

The purpose of this award is to provide financial assistance to students for participation in anthropological field work or field school concurrently with their studies in pursuit or enrichment of a degree in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Expenses covered by this award may include, but are not limited to, tuition and related travel expenses.

Libbet Crandon-Malamud Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a UALR junior or senior with a minor in Gender Studies and with plans to pursue graduate education in the field of gender or women’s studies. Must have a 3.0 GPA.

Beth and Earl Richard Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full or part-time UALR student major in sociology/anthropology. Selection is based on academic accomplishment with financial need as a secondary consideration.


Student Organizations

The department seeks to promote a sense of collegiality among students. This is reflected in the student-governed Sociology Club (Sarah Beth Estes and Adriana Lopez-Ramirez, faculty sponsors), and Anthropology Club (Katie King, faculty sponsor). Students new to the department should check with the faculty sponsors for meeting times and activities. In addition, the honors sociology organization, Alpha Kappa Delta, and the honors anthropology organization, Lambda Alpha, provides majors with a 3.00 grade point average or above access to professional and social activities.


Field Experience

Field experience opportunities are available and highly recommended for all majors. Placements are offered in nearly 50 public and private agencies and organizations throughout central Arkansas. A list of current opportunities is available in the department office.


Prerequisites

The department requires that prerequisites be met for all classes. Students wishing to enroll in a course without the specified prerequisite courses must petition the department for permission to enroll.


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (30 hours)

    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    SOCI 3381 Social Statistics
    SOCI 3383 Classical Sociological Theory
    or SOCI 3384 Contemporary Sociological Theory
    SOCI 3385 Research Methods
    SOCI 4387 Seminar in Sociology
    15 upper level credit hours of SOCI courses

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

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 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (32 hours)

Anthropology Foundation Courses (19 hours)
    ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology (also counts toward the core)
    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology (also counts toward the core)
    ANTH 3313 Archaeology
    or ANTH 4600 Principles of Archaeological Research
    or another archaeology course approved by the anthropology coordinator
    ANTH 4382 Anthropological Theory
    ANTH 4316 Linguistic Anthropology
    ANTH 4395 Senior Seminar in Holism
Electives (13 hours)1
    1 ANTH 3381 and ANTH 4485 are strongly recommended.

Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
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Nonprofit Leadership Studies

Juliana Flinn, Campus Director

Nonprofit Leadership Studies (formerly American Humanics) is a competency-based minor and certificate program designed to prepare and certify students to work for nonprofit organizations. To complete the minor and earn the Nonprofit Leadership Studies certificate, students must demonstrate that they have acquired the Nonprofit Leadership Studies competencies. The Nonprofit Leadership Studies Campus Director is responsible for certifying that a student has acquired the required competencies. Students acquire these competencies through the following:

  • A minimum of 180 contact hours, fulfilled through
    • 18 hours of approved courses in the minor (see list below) Participation in approved workshops or seminars;
  • A minimum of 300 hours of internship (for six credit hours);
  • Participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Student Association and a Nonprofit Leadership Studies Management Institute.

Recommended courses for students considering this program include PEAW 1300, 2124, and EDFN 1190. Requirements include: NPLS 1100, NPLS 3300, NPLS 4310, NPLS 4301, and 4302; co- curricular activities including two semesters of active participation in the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association and attendance at a Nonprofit Leadership Studies Management Institute; and two or more electives for a total of at least 5 hours selected from the following:

    MCOM 4380 Public Relations Writing
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
    NPLS 4320 Volunteer Management
    NPLS 4390 Special Topics
    NPLS 4180, 4280, or 4380 Independent Study
    RHET 4375 Grant Writing

Students may also seek Nonprofit Leadership Studies certification without seeking the minor. It may be possible, for example, to count work experience or internship experience for the major towards the Nonprofit Leadership Studies certificate, and then only 12 hours of course work might be sufficient for certification, though not the minor. In such cases, the student develops a program with the approval of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Campus Director.
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