Message from the Dean

Dr. Neil Hattlestad, Dean

As Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS), I want to thank you for your interest in the University of Central Arkansas – where students come first. I am excited that you are considering a major in our college. I believe you’ll find we offer some of the strongest programs available at UCA.

The academic experience in CHBS rivals that of any prestigious, small liberal arts college with faculty who are passionate about teaching students and experts in their chosen field – engaging undergraduates in related activities such as conducting research; presenting at regional, national and international conferences; and co-publishing with faculty mentors. Classes are relatively small and interactions with professors both inside and outside the classroom foster a rich learning environment. Within this context, CHBS provides options only found at large universities.

Opportunities available to our undergraduates include a range of courses with unique areas of specialization, academic-focused clubs and organizations, study abroad, internships or practica, as well as community service related to your program of study. We offer a one-of-a-kind living and learning experience designed to prepare you for a career in your chosen profession and graduate school.

Few undergraduates anywhere will have the support you will have at UCA to unleash your intellectual potential. No matter your chosen degree, you can be assured that you will be prepared to enter the job market with valuable knowledge to impact the lives of others. Visit our website for more information about the exceptional options available to you in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Again, I am delighted that you are considering the University of Central Arkansas, and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. I hope to see you on campus soon!


Dr. Neil Hattlestad
Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
University of Central Arkansas