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Core Requirements and Courses for Bachelor Degrees - 503.3

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Core Requirements and Courses for Bachelor Degrees
Policy Number: 503.3
Effective Date: April 1, 2010 (review date)

Policy:

Core Requirements

A student seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete a total of 44 hours in core courses. Listed here are the required categories, the number of hours required in each category, and the specific courses that will fulfill that requirement. Students majoring in a program of study offered through the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology follow a different core. See “DCEIT Core Requirements.”

Core Courses for Bachelor Degrees

English/Communications (9 hours)
RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Science (8 hours)1
ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology
ASTR 1301 Introduction to Astronomy and ASTR 1101 Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society
ERSC 1302 Physical Geology and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
ERSC 1303 Historical Geology and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory

Fine Arts/Humanities (9 hours)
One course (3 hours) from the following:
ENGL 2337 World Literature
ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

Two of the following courses (6 hours)2:
MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

Math (3 hours)
MATH 1315 College Mathematics
MATH 1302 College Algebra

Social Sciences (15 hours)
HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

One course (3 hours) from the following:
HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
POLS 1310 American National Government

Two courses (6 hours) from the following:
ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
ERSC 2300 Science and Technology in Society
GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
RELS 2305 World Religions
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
U.S. Traditions: United States History or Government Requirement

Arkansas law requires that all students who receive an associate or baccalaureate degree successfully complete a course in U.S. history or U.S. government.

This requirement can be met by HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877, HIST 2312 U.S. History Since 1877, or POLS 1310 American National Government. Other United States history or government courses may also meet this requirement. However, the student should check with an advisor in the Department of History or the Department of Political Science before choosing to meet the requirement with any other course.

Second Language Requirement

BA Students

Students seeking a BA degree in any of the following majors are required to complete a 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as measured by a competency test:

BA Anthropology
BA Art History
BA Chemistry
BA Criminal Justice
BA English
BA French
BA History
BA German Studies
BA International Studies
BA Interpretation: American Sign Language/English
BA Liberal Arts (also offered via distance)
BA Music
BA Philosophy
BA Physics
BA Political Science
BA Professional and Technical Writing
BA Psychology
BA Sociology
BA Spanish
BA Speech Communication
BA Studio Art; Option in Applied Design
BA Theatre Arts

Languages which may be used to meet the second language requirement include French, German, Spanish, American Sign Language, and other languages as approved and arranged through the Department of International and Second Language Studies.

Students may meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing a 2000-level second language course at UALR and satisfying all the prerequisites for that course.
  • Transferring the equivalent courses from another institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrating equivalent proficiency on a language test.

BSE Students

Students seeking a BSE in Early Childhood Education are required to complete 3 hours of a second language and 3 hours of English as a Second Language.

Students seeking a BSE in Middle Childhood Education are required to complete 6 hours or a second language or English as a Second Language in any combination or level. Students may meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing a second language course at UALR and satisfying all the prerequisites for that course.
  • Transferring the equivalent courses from another institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrating equivalent proficiency on a language test.*

BSW Students

Students seeking a BSW degree are required to complete the elementary I and II levels of a second language sequence of courses (Foreign Language 1311 and 1312 or Interpretation 1320 and 1321) or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as measured by a competency test.

Languages which may be used to meet the second language requirement include French, German, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Students may meeting the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing six hours of an approved sequence of second language courses at UALR.
  • Transferring the equivalent courses from another institution of higher education to UALR.
  • Demonstrating equivalent proficiency on a language test.*

Demonstrating Proficiency in a Second Language to Satisfy the Requirements for BA, BSE, and BSW Degrees

Students who wish to meet second language requirements by demonstrating proficiency should take either the CAPE test or the American Sign Language Proficiency test before enrolling in UALR language courses. These tests are also used to determine placement in the appropriate language courses.

The following students do not need to take the test before enrolling in a language course:

  • Students who have already completed UALR second language courses.
  • Students who have completed university-level courses for transfer credit in French, German, Spanish, or ASL3.
  • Students who have never studied French, German, Spanish, or ASL before and are enrolling in first semester courses in these languages.

Second language course waivers may be granted to students with verified disabilities, after examination by a special committee. Students seeking such a waiver should contact the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at 501.569.3204.

French, German, or Spanish

Students must take a computerized, multiple-choice test (the FCAPE, the G-CAPE, or the S-CAPE) coordinated by the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research.

To demonstrate proficiency in a language other than French, German, or Spanish, students should contact the Department of International and Second Language Studies, Stabler Hall 201 at 501.569.3272.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Students may take a two-part test administered by the Department of Counseling, Adult, and Rehabilitation Education’s (CARE) interpreter education program. The first part of the test is a written multiple-choice exam. The second part is an interview with the program faculty conducted in American Sign Language. Results of both the written test and interview are shared with the student at the end of the interview. Students should contact the Department of CARE for an appointment.

*Students whose first language is not English may use the following core courses (9 credit hours) to satisfy the second language requirement:
RHET 1311 Composition I
RHET 1312 Composition II
ENGL 2337 World Literature or ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes or PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

1Students may substitute four hours of the eight hour science requirement in the core curriculum with technical courses, with certain conditions. The substitution will be two for one; the student must take two hours of a technical course for every one hour of an approved competency course. A technical course is defined as any science course at the 1000-level or above that is not approved as a core course. Each substitute course must have a laboratory component, and all substitute courses must be from the same discipline. A science course is from the disciplines of anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. The remaining four hours of the science competency requirement must be met by an approved core course.
2Previous course sequences FNAR 2300 Introduction to Fine Arts I and FNAR 2301 Introduction to Fine Arts II or MUHL 2200 Introduction to Music; ARHA 2200 Introduction to Visual Art; and DRTH 2200 Introduction to Theatre and Dance will no longer be offered after Fall 2008.
3Courses in signing systems other than ASL, such as manually coded English and conversational sign language, will normally not apply. Contact the Department of Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education (CARE) for more information.



Source: UALR Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10, p. 27 & 28
Revised:
Approved By: VCESS, April 1, 2010
Custodian: Academic Advising

Updated 4.24.2013