This site is home to the next generation of what we used to call Program Completion Plans and is anchored by an annually reviewed Academic Map for nearly every undergraduate degree program at the University of Central Arkansas. Beginning in fall 2015, we added links to information about undergraduate minor programs, increasingly recognized as a way to enrich a major with complementary knowledge and skills.
Links to each year’s guide are listed by the academic year, accessed from the Academic Year tab above. Six years of plans are kept in the navigation tab. Older annual index pages are linked from the Archives tab.
An Academic Map is a plan designed by academic departments to assist students in mapping a program of study to meet all degree requirements for graduation from UCA. Academic Maps include, but are not limited to, programs participating in the guaranteed Eight-Semester academic map/program completion plan initiative (see below). Academic Maps are intended to inform everyone but are, in terms of schedule, particularly applicable to first-time freshmen who begin in the fall semester of an academic year. (See the Eight-Semester Guarantee, below.)
Students: You should meet with an academic advisor every semester to consider available course offerings in relation to graduation requirements, to confirm academic progress toward graduation, and to update your plan of study. Remember that changes of major or minor, repeating courses, or any other disruption in your plan of study may be unavoidable but may also delay timely completion of your degree. Ask your advisor about UCA’s powerful program-planning application Degree Works.
The Eight-Semester Guarantee
UCA offers entering first-time students assistance in completing many of the university’s undergraduate degrees in a guaranteed eight semesters. Eight-semester PCPs are included in the list in the Entry Year pages linked above. The following paragraphs answer two of the questions asked most frequently by students about the eight-semester guarantee.
How do I sign up for an eight-semester program plan?
During your summer registration appointment, your advisor will ask if you want to participate in one of these guaranteed plans. Your participation means that UCA will ensure class availability, as outlined in the plan, to keep you on track for graduation as long as you continue to meet the conditions for participation.
What are the conditions for participation?
To participate in UCA’s 8-semester guarantee program, you must
Enter the University of Central Arkansas as a first-year student in the fall semester and choose a major that offers an Eight-Semester degree plan.
Complete the Guaranteed Eight-Semester Academic Map contract with your advisor prior to the first day of class. (Use this link to view a sample of the contract.)
Follow the schedule of classes in your Eight-Semester AMAP throughout your eight semesters.
Maintain satisfactory academic progress in all courses and programs.
Satisfy all prerequisites for the courses listed in your Eight-Semester AMAP prior to enrollment in courses for which they are required. (This may include prerequisites for the BA degree requirement in a foreign language.)
Have your course schedule approved by your official advisor each semester and enroll during your designated registration period.
Accept any available section of a required course – or an alternative course sequence approved by your academic advisor – that can be accommodated in your class schedule.
Remain in your declared major and successfully complete all courses and other degree requirements as scheduled, including a minor if required.
For additional information about participating in this program, contact the Academic Advising Center by phone at (501) 450-5149 or by email at AdvisingCenter@uca.edu.
Degree Programs and Academic Maps
The Academic Maps lists linked from this site (see the Entry Year tab above for a link to each year’s list) are sorted by program title and by degree (AA, BA, BBA, BS, etc.), followed by links to each Academic Map(s), the program’s page in the Undergraduate Bulletin, and the program’s home department.