College of Liberal Arts

Dean and Professor: Dr. Lee, 450-3167
Associate Dean and Professor: Dr. Mehl, 450-3167

[1] Mission

The College of Liberal Arts is a community of teachers, scholars and students whose primary mission is the pursuit of knowledge. Through teaching, advising, scholarly or creative endeavors and community and professional service, the faculty members of the college seek to extend their own knowledge, the knowledge of their students and the knowledge of other members of the larger community. By exploring and freely exchanging ideas, members of the college advance the understanding of different disciplines, cultures, and viewpoints.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to establishing and maintaining a culturally diverse environment characterized by openness and mutual respect. Through its recruitment of faculty, staff and students, its curricular offerings and its extra-curricular activities, the college seeks to introduce students from many backgrounds to the great diversity of groups and cultural traditions that characterizes American society and the world.

The college provides university students with a broad education in the liberal arts. The goals of a liberal undergraduate education include the following:

  • To introduce students to a variety of disciplines and categories of human knowledge so that they may discover, develop and use their full range of abilities;
  • To enable students to reason clearly, to inquire deeply into the purposes and consequences of events and to exercise sound, critical, historically informed judgment;
  • To provide students with a basic foundation of knowledge on which more advanced learning in the various disciplines and majors can later build; and
  • To prepare students to become more responsible and adaptable human beings who understand the complexity of a constantly changing world and who are prepared to function effectively in a globally interdependent world.
  • To engage students in experiential learning through such activities as undergraduate research projects, internships, study abroad, and service-learning.

The College of Liberal Arts offers a rich variety of UCA Core courses, with a focus on the areas of American History and Government, Social Science, Humanities, Diversity, and Responsible living. In addition, the College of Liberal Arts provides opportunities for more comprehensive learning in a number of academic areas, including several interdisciplinary programs. Students who choose one of the college's major or minor undergraduate programs of study begin to master the knowledge and research methods of a particular field of learning and, as appropriate, to prepare for a career.

Graduate programs in community and economic development, English, geographic information systems, history, and Spanish are provided for post-baccalaureate students who wish a more advanced, focused education in these areas. Through public lectures, conferences, and other cultural offerings, the college also provides members of the university and the general community with numerous opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.

[2] Departments

English
Geography
History
Philosophy and Religion
Political Science
Sociology
World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

[3] Undergraduate Scholars Programs

English
French
Geography
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology
Spanish

[4] Degrees Offered

[4.1]Associate Degree

Associate of Arts in General Education

The associate of arts degree with a major in in general studies requires 38 hours of lower-division UCA Core courses and 22 hours of electives for a total of 60 unduplicated college credits to complete the degree, and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

[4.2] Bachelor of Arts

African/African American Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
English
French
Geography
History
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
International Studies
Modern Languages
Philosophy
Political Science
Religious Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Sociology
Spanish

[4.3] Bachelor of Science

Geography
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Administration
Sociology

[4.4] Bachelor of Science in Education

Social Studies, History Emphasis

[4.5] Pre-Professional Studies

Pre-Law

[4.6] Graduate Certificate

Geographic Information Systems

[4.7] Master of Arts

English
History
Spanish

[4.8] Master of Science

Community and Economic Development

[4.9] Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS)

Geographic Information Systems

[4.10] Minors

African/African-American Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Anthropology
Asian Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
English
French
Gender Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Geographic Information Science
Geography
German
History
International Studies
Latin American Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Mandarin Chinese
Philosophy
Political Science
Presidential Studies
Public Administration
Religious Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Sociology
Southern and Arkansas Studies (see Interdisciplinary Programs)
Spanish