Interdisciplinary Study

 

Programs | Minors | Prelaw | Pre-professional | Individual Interdisciplinary Courses | Donaghey Scholars

The University provides opportunities for interdisciplinary study, combining aspects of several academic disciplines that may be affiliated with more than one department or college. These include baccalaureate and associate degrees, minors, and individual courses.


Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

For more information about the programs below, students should consult the listings appearing under the appropriate department or college in this catalog.

College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Business

  • Interdisciplinary Business Studies
  • International Business Program

Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology Studies

  • Construction Management
  • BA in Web Design and Development

Undergraduate Academic Advising

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies

College of Social Sciences & Communications

  • International Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Legal Studies (Supplementary Major)

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Interdisciplinary Minors

For more information about the minors below, students should consult the listings appearing under the appropriate department or college in this catalog.

College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

  • Linguistics
  • Certificate in Professional Spanish

Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Bioinformatics
  • Information Technology Minor
  • Information Assurance
  • Certificate in Mobile Web Design and Development

College of Social Sciences & Communications

  • Human Services
  • Nonprofit Leadership Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • International Studies
  • Legal Studies

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Legal Studies (Prelaw)

Joseph D. Giammo, Coordinator | School of Public Affairs, Ross Hall 642 | (501) 569-3331| jdgiammo@ualr.edu

Students interested in pursuing a legal career through law school should get the most from their undergraduate education. UA Little Rock offers two programs designed to build skills needed in the legal profession:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (Supplementary Major): Student must also select a primary major.
  • Minor in Legal Studies

BA in Legal Studies (Supplementary Major)

The School of Public Affairs BA in Legal Studies supplemental major is perfect for students interested in going to law school.  The major emphasizes building the skills that you will need to succeed, including critical thinking and effective communication, while also offering an opportunity to gain background information in a variety of areas of law.

There is no recommended set of prelaw courses, and there is no recommended prelaw major. Indeed, legal issues arise in every domain in society, from business to education, artistic creation to construction. So pick a major you love and will do well in. It will be helpful, though, if you use your minor or elective hours to become familiar with the United States legal system and to take additional challenging courses requiring complex reading and writing. Also, courses that introduce you to broad legal principles may present you with enough information to decide whether or not you want to continue with a legal education.

Students considering attending law school will be required to complete the following during the application process:

  • your LSAT score,
  • your compiled GPA, which includes all undergraduate courses taken at all institutions—even ones you’ve re-taken, and
  • several written essays.

Your complete application should indicate you have challenged your thinking and reasoning skills in a variety of courses. Above all, you should be able to read and write well.

For additional information and resources on applying to law school, visit the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law School website at ualr.edu/law.


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  • Pre-professional Studies in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
  • The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences offers students pre-professional curricula for professional areas requiring a background in science or technology as well as in liberal arts. The associate dean and the college’s Premedical Advisory Committee advise students preparing to enter such programs. Advisement in the other pre-professional areas is available through the associate dean’s office in Engineering Technology and Applied Sciences (ETAS) 125.

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  • Individual Interdisciplinary Courses (IDST)
  • The content of each of these courses changes with each offering. Interested students should consult the list of current course offerings for the title, description, and teachers of each course. More information can be obtained from one of the instructors listed.
  • In general, interdisciplinary courses address a theme or a problem from the viewpoints of several academic disciplines or a subject that does not fall within one of those disciplines. These courses are often supervised by more than one teacher. Courses include:
  • IDST 1100, 1200, 1300
    IDST 2100, 2200, 2300
    IDST 3100, 3200, 3300
    IDST 4100, 4200, 4300
  • Each interdisciplinary studies course carries a number and title indicating that course’s level, credit hours, and subject, such as IDST 3312 The Humanities and Technology. All such courses apply as credit hours toward the total needed for graduation and as elective hours. Their applicability toward a major or minor is determined by the department, college, or school of the student’s major or minor field.

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  • Donaghey Scholars Program
  • The Donaghey Scholars Program is UA Little Rock’s University-wide honors program. Its interdisciplinary curriculum promotes critical thinking and active learning. Scholars classes demand wide reading and extensive writing and lead to vigorous discussions and frequent independent study.
  • The Donaghey Scholars admissions process uses academic records, test scores, written essays, recommendations, and personal interviews to determine whether the student would benefit from admission to the program. Since space in the program is limited to a total of 100 students, admission is highly competitive. Each year’s class is composed of incoming college freshmen, students transferring from other colleges, and UA Little Rock students who have been referred to the program by faculty members. Both traditional and nontraditional students are in the Scholars Program.
  • Students who are admitted to the program are granted a scholarship equal to the full in-state tuition, a stipend (currently $2,250, $3,500, or $5,000 per semester), and a generous subsidy applied toward study abroad. Scholars who perform satisfactorily are assured of up to eight semesters of support.
  • Scholars classes are small, making it possible for faculty to get to know students and their interests. Informal advising is frequent. Formal advising in the Scholars Program is handled by the Director for all Scholars who have not declared a major. Because the Scholars Program has requirements spread over four years, the Director remains informed of the Scholar’s progress in meeting these requirements, even when formal advising has been transferred to the department of the Scholar’s major area of study.
  • The Scholars Program has a specially designed interdisciplinary curriculum, which replaces the University’s core curriculum requirements.
  • Students admitted to the Donaghey Scholars Program who meet all of the requirements of the Program, as well as all of the requirements in their major and minor fields, graduate as Donaghey Scholars.
  • Scholars Program Requirements
  • Scholars Core Courses:
  • SCHL 1101, 1102 Scholars Colloquium I and II
    SCHL 1300, 1301 Rhetoric and Communication I and II
    SCHL 1320, 1321 Science and Society I and II
    SCHL 2310, 2311 Individual and Society I and II
    SCHL 3310, 3311 Individual and the Creative Arts I and II
    SCHL 2300, 2301 3300 History of Ideas I, II, and III
  • Other Requirements:
    • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA
    • Maintain full-time enrollment status
    • One seminar outside the student’s primary field
    • Fulfillment of the University’s core curriculum mathematics requirement
    • US History or American National Government
    • A lab science course
    • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language
    • Study abroad in an approved program
    • Final project
    • Exit interview
    • A course in the history of civilization, though not required, is strongly recommended

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  • Courses in Scholars Program (SCHL)
  • SCHL 1101, 1102 Scholars Colloquium I and II
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. Weekly discussions with faculty and community representatives and a time for advising, testing, and other organizational aspects of the program. One credit hour each semester.
  • SCHL 1300, 1301 Rhetoric and Communication I and II
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. Logic combined with oral and written communication; critical examination of ideas and facts in a rhetorical context; and effective communication. Three credit hours each semester.
  • SCHL 1320, 1321 Science and Society I and II
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. Science as a mode of thought and a method of inquiry; impact of scientific thought and scientific technological discoveries on humanity. Three credit hours each semester.
  • SCHL 2300, 2301, 3300 History of Ideas I, II, and III
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. This course examines three recurring themes: humanity’s conceptions of and perceived relationships to the divine; humanity’s conceptions of reality in general and perceived methods of knowing this reality; and humanity’s conceptions of the roles people do and should play as individuals and as members of the social order. These themes are studied in both Western and non-Western cultures, using the methods of history, philosophy, and the study of literature. This is a three-semester course; all three semesters must be taken. The normal sequence is II, III, I. Three credit hours each semester.
  • SCHL 2310, 2311 Individual and Society I and II
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. Individual and group relationships, combining views from political science, anthropology, psychology, literature, and history. Three credit hours each semester.
  • SCHL 3310, 3311 Individual and the Creative Arts I and II
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. An examination of the role of artistic endeavors in enriching human life, including material from art, architecture, music, dance, literature, and theatre. Students must attend and discuss concerts, plays, exhibits, and related events. Three credit hours each semester.
  • SCHL 3150, 3250, 3350 Scholars Seminar
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. Special courses on topics that vary from semester to semester. Scholars seminars will explore issues in depth from an interdisciplinary perspective. These seminars involve active modes of learning (such as reports, projects, or fieldwork); enrollment is normally limited to 15. Non-scholars students are admitted when space is available. One, two, or three credit hours.
  • SCHL 4399 Independent Study
    Prerequisite: admission to the Scholars Program or consent of the program director. This course is designed for students engaged in research leading to the Scholars final project. Topic and thesis committee must be approved by the Scholars Policy Council. Three credit hours.
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