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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)
Communication – Written (Complete 1 or 2)
    RHET 1311 – Composition I
    RHET 1312 – Composition II
    RHET 1320 – Honor’s Composition
Fine Arts (Complete 1)
    ARHA 2305 – Intro to Visual Art
    MUHL 2305 – Intro to Music
    THEA 2305 – Intro to Theatre and Dance
Humanities (Complete 1)
    ENGL 2337 – World Literature
    ENGL 2338 – Mythology
    PHIL 2320 – Ethics and Society
History of Civilization (Complete 1)
    HIST 1311 – History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 – History of Civilization II
U.S. History or Government (Complete 1)
    HIST 2311 – U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 – U.S. History since 1877
    POLS 1310 – American National Government
Social Science (Complete 1)
    ANTH 2316 – Cultural Anthropology
    CRJU 2300 – Intro to Criminal Justice
    GNST 2300 – Intro to Gender Studies
    GEOG 2312 – Intro to Cultural Geography
    PSYC 2300 – Intro to Psychology
    SOCI 2300 – Intro to Sociology
    POLS 2301 – Intro to Political Science
    ECON 2301 – Survey of Economics
    ECON 2322 – Principles of Microeconomics
Mathematics (Complete 1)
    MATH 1302 – College Algebra
    MATH 1303 – Trigonometry
    MATH 1311 – Applied Calculus I
    MATH 1342 – Business Calculus
    MATH 1401 – Pre-calculus
    MATH 1451 – Calculus I
    MATH 1321 – Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning
    STAT 2350 – Introduction to Statistical Method
Lab Science (Complete 2)
    ANTH 1415 – Physical Anthropology
    ASTR 1301/1101 – Intro to Astronomy and Lab
    BIOL 1400 – Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    BIOL 1401 – Science of Biology
    BIOL 2401 – Microbiology
    CHEM 1400 – Fundamental Chemistry I
    CHEM 1402 – General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1406 – Chemistry for Engineers
    CHEM 1409 – Chemistry and Society
    ERSC 1302/1102 – Physical Geology and Lab
    ERSC 1303/1103 – Historical Geology and Lab
    ERSC 1304/1104 – Earth and the Environment
    PHYS 1321/1121 – College Physics I and Lab
    PHYS 1322/1122 – College Physics II and Lab
    PHYS 2321/2121 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
Flex Credits (Complete 1)
    Social Science or Humanities from Core list
    SPCH 1300 – Speech Communication
Directed Electives (Complete 15 hours)

Choose from any of the above subjects.

Free Electives (Complete 9 hours)

Choose any freshman 1000-level or above class. Can include a First Year Experience Class.

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)