Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies online degree program is designed for students who have a wide range of interests and are considering multiple majors. The 120-hour program offers both a solid academic foundation as well as the opportunity to explore more than one discipline within the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

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University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

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 enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
OR
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

History of Civilization

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

U.S. History or Government

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Science

Choose 8 hours

A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

Flex

Choose 3 hours

Listed course, or:
Any additional Humanities from the Standard Core Humanities list
Any additional Social Sciences from the Standard Core Humanities list

This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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ACOM 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (6 hours)

Required Courses

Choose 6 hours

Students will study interdisciplinary processes and concerns that apply to the liberal arts, including reading and thinking critically, making effective arguments, exploring research techniques, and writing effectively. ...

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IDST 3350 Reasoning Across Disciplines (Junior Year)

3 credit hours

A capstone course. Students will employ interdisciplinary methodology and critical thinking skills to examine and evaluate an interdisciplinary topic. The development and presentation of an interdisciplinary thesis/proje...

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IDST 4350 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone (Senior Year)

3 credit hours

Program Concentration Courses (54 hours)

Three Concentrations (18 hours each, 54 hours total)
Choose 2 concentrations from Category I and 1 concentration from EITHER Category I or II.

Category I Concentration - Criminal Justice

Choose 18 hours

Listed course + 15 hours of upper-level CRJU electives

Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - History

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses + 12 hours of upper-level HIST electives

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Legal Studies

Choose 18 hours

(no more than nine hours from any single discipline)

Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An analysis of the legal problems associated with the investigation of crime; the acquisition, preservation, presentation of evidence; principles of proof in criminal proceedings. Three credit ho...

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CRJU 3301 Criminal Evidence

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An analysis of criminal acts, elements of specific crimes, and defenses permitted in the United States legal system. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3307 Criminal Law

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A review of the distribution and causes of crime from the point of view of the victim, as well as detailing the interface between victims and the legal and social service communities. Three credi...

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CRJU 3312 Victimology

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRJU 2300. A survey of state, local, and federal judicial systems and their interrelationships. Examines judicial structures, functions, and decision-making procedures. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Cat...

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CRJU 4301 Judicial System and Process

3 credit hours

An examination of legal problems involving employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age. Examines the impact of developing principles of employment law on pre-employment inquirie...

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MGMT 4391 Employment Law

3 credit hours

An introduction to reasoning skills. Focus on the recognition of informal fallacies, the nature, use, and evaluation of arguments, and the characteristics of inductive and deductive arguments. Three credit hours.

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PHIL 1330 Intro to Critical Thinking

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: POLS 1310 or junior standing. Legislative politics in the United States Congress: socialization; role of party, constituency, and legislative institutions as they affect legislative behavior and public poli...

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POLS 3325 Legislative Process & Behavior

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: POLS 1310 or junior standing. Civil liberties; analysis of leading constitutional decisions focusing on human freedom and fundamental rights. Emphasis on religious liberty, freedom of expression, racial equ...

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POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. A theoretical and practical introduction to the art of written persuasion. Emphasis on persuasive techniques and their ethical consequences. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of workplace communication required of professionals who write as part of their jobs. Emphasis on developing a sense of audience and purpose, writing in teams...

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RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of nonfiction writing to explore, investigate, and explain ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Emphasis on style, voice, revision, and collaboration. Three ...

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RHET 3317 Nonfiction

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Theory of and practice in writing for government and business organizations. Topics will include training manuals, job descriptions,...

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RHET 4306 Writing for Business & Government

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 3317 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. An advanced nonfiction writing class. Study and practice of writing to explore, investigate, and explain. Students will write a variety ...

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RHET 4317 Advanced Nonfiction Writing

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Mathematics

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses + 3 hours

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1451 or an equivalent transfer course. Integration, the definite and indefinite integrals, L’Hopital’s rule, improper integrals, Taylor polynomials, infinite series, powe...

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MATH 1452 Calculus II

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1452 or equivalent transfer course. Three-dimensional analytic geometry, vectors, lines, planes, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, and gradient fields....

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MATH 2453 Calculus III

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302. Emphasizes applications of mathematics in computer science and other areas of modern technology. The topics include mathematical reasoning, set theory, proofs by induct...

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MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Philosophy/Religious Studies

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses +
PHIL 1330 OR PHIL 2350 +
3 hours of upper-level PHIL elective +
3 hours of upper-level RELS elective +
3 hours of upper-level PHIL or RELS elective

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Survey of basic themes in philosophy. Addresses such fundamental concerns as the nature of morality and beauty, the reasonableness of religious conviction, the nature of persons and the existence...

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PHIL 1310 Intro to Philosophy

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the global patterns of contemporary world religions as symbol systems and expressions of discrete, coherent world views. Three credit hours.

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RELS 2305 World Religions

3 credit hours

1330 - An introduction to reasoning skills. Focus on the recognition of informal fallacies, the nature, use, and evaluation of arguments, and the characteristics of inductive and deductive arguments. Three credit hours.

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PHIL 1330 Intro to Critical Thinking

3 credit hours

2350 - Prerequisite: instructor consent. Introduction to deductive logic including translation of sentences into formal systems, immediate inferences, syllogisms, formal fallacies, proofs of validity, and quantification....

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PHIL 2350 Intro to Logic

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Political Science

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses + 12 hours of upper-level POLS electives

An introduction to the political institutions, processes, and patterns of the national government of the United States, focusing on the Congress, presidency, and courts, and on their interrelationships. Attention is give...

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POLS 1310 American National Government

3 credit hours

Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Professional and Technical Writing

Choose 18 hours

18 hours of upper-level RHET electives

Category I Concentration - Psychology

Choose 18 hours

Listed course + 15 hours of upper-level PSYC electives

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Sociology

Choose 18 hours

Listed course +
SOCI 3383 OR SOCI 3384 +
12 hours of upper-level SOCI electives

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

3383 - Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. The conceptual and historical framework of classical sociological theories will be considered. Special emphases will be given to pre-twentieth-century theory and the philosophical underpin...

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SOCI 3383 Classical Sociological Theory

3 credit hours

3384 - Prerequisite: SOCI 2300. Introduction to and critical examination of contemporary sociological theory. The course offers an overview of the concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives employed by contemporary ...

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SOCI 3384 Contemporary Sociological Theory

3 credit hours

Category I Concentration - Speech Communication

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses + 12 hours of upper-level SPCH electives

Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course provides an overview to the study of human communication. A number of contemporary approaches to human interaction in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and intercultural sit...

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ACOM 2310 Human Communication Concepts

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course develops the student’s ability to effectively prepare and deliver a speech. Topics include audience analysis, critical thinking and listening, the use of supporting materials and vi...

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ACOM 3320 Persuasive Presentations

3 credit hours

Category II Concentration - Health Sciences

Choose 18 hours

18 hours of upper-level HHPS electives

Category II Concentration - Management

Choose 18 hours

Listed courses + 12 additional hours of upper-level MGMT electives

Introduction to organizational operations, internal and external forces, planning, decision and control processes. Introduction to the various organizational functions required to operate a successful business or non-pro...

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MGMT 3300 Principles of Management

3 credit hours

The principles of planning, directing, and controlling the personnel function. Emphasis on the effective implementation of a comprehensive personnel program, including the recruitment, development, evaluation, and motiva...

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MGMT 3320 Human Resources Management

3 credit hours

Category II Concentration - Social Work

Choose 18 hours

Available spring 2016!

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students must meet or exceed eligibility requirements to enroll in RHET 1311 Composition I.

Graduation Requirements

The program requires 60 hours in addition to the UALR core curriculum requirements. The major must include 18 hours of study in three emphasis areas (54 hours total) as well as intermediate-level second language proficiency, IDST 3350 Reasoning Across the Disciplines and IDST 4350 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone.

Students will choose 2 areas from Category I and a third area from either Category I or II.

Category I
History
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Professional and Technical Writing
Legal Studies
Criminal Justice
Mathematics
Speech Communication

Category II
Health Sciences

All required courses for the concentrations listed above are available online in the standard semester-length format. Some courses may also be offered in an accelerated 8-week format. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details about this program.

Program Advisor

Dr. Johanna Lewis | 501.569.3296 | jmlewis@ualr.edu
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies website

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280