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General Information | Degree Requirements | PEAW Courses

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Kim Tran
The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) degree was designed with the idea in mind that all students have unique goals and interests. Students’ responses on the AAGS survey, which all students obtaining the degree must complete, confirm this notion. Some students wish to obtain the degree for professional advancement within a company, while others may want to use it as a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree. Regardless, the common thread is that the AAGS degree reinforces achievement for those who attain it.

General Information

UALR’s mission is to “develop the intellect of students” and “to instill in students a lifelong desire to learn.” The Associate of Arts in General Studies supports this mission by providing students with the same competencies, through the core curriculum, while preparing students to move on to complete a bachelor’s degree. This mission is accomplished through the following goals and objectives:

Learning Objectives
  • Complete the UALR Core Curriculum. The purpose of the core curriculum is to establish a foundation for the undergraduate academic experience and to ensure that students develop fundamental skills and a lifelong commitment and ability to learn.
  • Be prepared to continue studies for a bachelor’s degree.
  • To provide students with the UALR Core Curriculum as a base for continuing in school for a bachelor’s degree.
  • To encourage students to consider this degree as progress toward a higher degree.
  • To enable students to feel a sense of personal accomplishment upon receipt of the AAGS degree.
  • To provide students with a means of professional advancement.

Degree Requirements

Associate of Arts in General Studies (60 hours)
Rhetoric/Communications (9 hours-all of the following courses)
    Rhetoric 1311
    Rhetoric 1312
    Speech 1300
Mathematics (3 hours-one of the following courses)
    Math 1302
    or Math 1315
    or MATH 1321
    or higher-level math
History (6 hours-all of the following courses)

    History 1311
    History 1312
U.S. History or Government (3 hours-one of the following courses)

    History 2311
    or History 2312
    or Political Science 1310
Fine Arts (6 hours-two of the following)

    Theatre 2300
    or Music 2300
    or Art 2200
World Humanities (3 hours-one of the following courses)

    English 2337
    English 2338
    Philosophy 2320
Lab Science (8 hours-choose from the courses)

    Anthropology 1415 (lab included)
    Astronomy 1301 course/lab 1101
    Biology 1400 (lab included)
    Biology 1401 (lab included)
    Chemistry 1409 (lab included)
    Earth Science 1302course/lab 1102
    Earth Science 1303course/lab 1103
Social Science (6 hours-two of the following courses)

    Anthropology 2316
    Criminal Justice 2300
    ERSC 2300
    Gender Studies 2300
    Geography 2312
    Psychology 2300
    Sociology 2300
    Economics 2301
    Political Science 2301
    Religious Studies 2305
    Mass Communications 2330
16 hours of electives, freshman (1000) level or above

Personal Awareness Courses

The Division Chief of the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising oversees courses in Personal Awareness. The PEAW 1300 course described below can be taken to meet the First-Year Colloquium requirement.

Courses in Personal Awareness (PEAW)

PEAW 1300 The First Year Experience
Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enhance their understanding of communication and learning styles, lifestyle risks, and loci of control; 2) learn to identify and use appropriate resources both on campus and within the community; 3) acquire skills needed to promote study, personal wellness, goal setting and achievement; 4) develop strategies to manage money, time and stress wisely; and 5) participate in a service learning experience outside the classroom in a setting designed to foster community service. Final course grades are A, B, C, and NC. Three credit hours.

PEAW 1190 Career Planning and Life Options
A systematic approach to developing decision-making skills and an orientation to the world of work. The focal point of the course is the student and his or her goals. Emphasis is on clarifying and formulating realistic career goals and an appropriate career plan and strategy to achieve these goals. Final course grade is credit/no-credit. One credit hour.

PEAW 1310 Library Research and Resources
Basic techniques for using the library effectively. Use of information resources, including on-line catalog, computerized databases, bibliographies, and indexes. Attention to students’ individual subject needs. Three credit hours.

PEAW 1124, 2124, 3124, 4124 Practicum: Leadership Training
Designed to recognize and enhance the development of student leaders through an orientation to campus and community resources and through participation in service projects and social activities. Enrollment is restricted to students participating in official university leadership groups. Final course grade is credit/no-credit. One credit hour.