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 a solid academic foundation as well as the opportunity to explore aspects of several academic disciplines both within and outside of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences in order to craft a single degree that fits each student’s goals.
Interdisciplinary studies majors learn how to communicate effectively and think critically, which are vital skills necessary for both academic and vocational success.
To be fully admitted into this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be formally admitted to UA Little Rock. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.
- Meet or exceed the eligibility requirements to enroll in RHET 1311 Composition I: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, RHET 0310, or RHET 0321.
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 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.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Professional and Technical Writing
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.
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.
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.
University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)
Please note: Developmental courses are only available through the main campus and must be completed prior to declaring an online program.
First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)
College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.
Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)
(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition
Fine Arts (Choose 3 hours)
Humanities (Choose 3 hours)
Social Sciences (Choose 3 hours)
PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.
History of Civilization (Choose 3 hours)
College Core Courses (14 hours)
Science (Choose 8 hours)
Mathematics (Choose 3 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
Required Courses (6 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
Category I Concentration - History (Choose 18 hours)
2311+2312 OR 1311+1312
+ 12 hours of upper-level HIST electives
Category I Concentration - Legal Studies (Choose 18 hours)
(no more than nine hours from any single discipline)
Category I Concentration - Mathematics (Choose 18 hours)
Listed courses + 3 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
Category I Concentration - Political Science (Choose 18 hours)
Listed courses + 12 hours of upper-level POLS electives
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
Category I Concentration - Sociology (Choose 18 hours)
Listed course +
SOCI 3383 OR SOCI 3384 +
12 hours of upper-level SOCI electives
Category I Concentration - Spanish (Choose 21 hours)
Blocks must be completed in order and with a grade of C or better in order to proceed to the next block. Consult advisor for course schedule details. *All Block 3 courses can be fulfilled by transfer or study abroad credit.
Block 1 (6 hours)
Block 2 (6 hours)
Block 3 (9 hours)*
SPAN (3000-level course)
SPAN (3000/4000-level course)
SPAN (4000-level course)
Category I Concentration - Speech Communication (Choose 18 hours)
Listed courses + 12 hours of upper-level SPCH electives
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