General Studies (BGS Degree)

Director: P. Mehl (PhD), Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, peterm@uca.edu

[1] Program Purpose and Description

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is a broad multidisciplinary degree designed for individuals who have some college credit—an associate degree with at least 60 hours of college credit—but have not completed a bachelor’s degree. Interested students who have not completed an associate degree with at least 60 credit hours will work with an Academic Advisor to complete the lower-division UCA Core program and at least 60 hours of credit. Interested students should contact an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts.

The program in General Studies requires 60 hours. Students will be required to focus in two or three broad concentrations of 18 or 12 hours each. The student will complete 36 hours within these concentrations, with the remaining degree hours (24 hours) to include electives chosen by the student with his or her adviser. The concentration hours must be earned in UCA courses. Currently available concentrations—and the courses currently available in each—are outlined below. Appropriate electives may substitute for courses in a concentration with permission of the student’s advisor and the director of the BGS program. Students are assigned an advisor within the College of Liberal Arts. Students may complete a minor, but a minor is not required. Students must complete upper-division UCA Core requirements. The concentration course lists below include information about UCA Core categories satisfied by courses within the program. A number of options exist to fulfill the UCA Core capstone requirement, such as capstone courses in programs that are open to all students, and the General Studies Capstone course (GEST 4380 [UD UCA Core: Z]). Some courses in the program are offered online, and certain concentrations can be completed online.

[2] BGS Concentrations

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[2.1] American Studies Concentration

ANTH 3315 Native American Cultures
ENGL 4304 Studies in English and American Literature
ENGL 4313 American Romanticism and Realism [UC UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4382 Race in American Literature [UC UCA Core: D]
HIST 3340 Introduction to American Indian History, 1500-Present [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 3353 African-American History Before 1868 [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 3354 African-American History 1868-Present [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 3381 American Military History [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4301 American Environmental History [UD UCA Core: C, R]
HIST 4304 Material Culture: Finding History in Everyday Things [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4306 Atlantic Slave Trade [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4308 Gender in American History [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4311 Colonial and Revolutionary America [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4327 The American West [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4333 U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History from Colonial Times to Present [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4335 Diplomatic History of the U.S. [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4341 The History of the War in Vietnam [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4345 The South to 1865 [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4346 The South since 1865 [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4355 Arkansas and the Nation [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4359 Civil Rights Movement History [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PHIL 3304 American Pragmatism
PHIL 3340 Critical Theories of Race [UD UCA Core: D, R]
PSCI 4313 Contemporary Issues in American Politics
RELG 3300 Religion in the U.S. [UD UCA Core: D]
SOC 4342 Stratification

[2.2]Education Concentration

EDUC 4210 Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning
ELSE 3301 Development and Learning Theories
ELSE 3305 Integrated Approaches to Child and Young Adult Literature
ELSE 3308 Foundations of Diverse Learners or EDUC 3322 Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
MSIT 3320 Introduction to Teaching at the Middle Level

[2.3] Global Studies Concentration

ANTH 3340 Environmental Anthropology
ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3300 World Regional Geography
GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: C, D]
H ED 4343 Health Concerns for Multicultural Population
HIST 3320 History of Christianity I [UD UCA Core: R]
HIST 3321 History of Christianity II [UD UCA Core: R]
HIST 3360 Pre-Colonial Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 3365 Modern African History [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 3385 World Military History: A Survey of Global Conflict Patterns [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4302 History of Witchcraft [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4305 The United States and the Middle East, 1776 to the Present [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4306 Atlantic Slave Trade [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4328 Modern Latin America [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4333 U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History from Colonial Times to Present [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4335 Diplomatic History of the United States [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4360 The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity
HIST 4361 The Mediterranean World in the Medieval Period
HIST 4362 Tutor and Stuart England
HIST 4365 History of Imperialism: A Review of World Colonial Systems [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4374 European Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 4397 History of Ireland
HIST 4398 The Politics of Sex and Sexuality in Modern East Asia [UD UCA Core: C, D]
LING 3310 Issues in English as a Second Language
PSCI 4314 Contemporary Issues in Global Affairs
PSCI 4328 Dynamics of Democratization [UD UCA Core: Z]
RELG 3325 Buddhism [UD UCA Core: D, R]
RELG 3352 Asian Philosophy and Religion [UD UCA Core: C, D]
RELG 4305 Chinese Philosophy and Religion
SOC 4310 Globalization and Development

[2.4] Health Science Concentration

FACS 3311 Resource Management
FACS 3318 Parenting Issues
FACS 3372 Personal and Family Finance
FACS 3456 Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences Education [UD UCA Core: Z]
H ED 3300 Health Education Methods and Materials [UD UCA Core: C]
H ED 3301 The Health Education Profession [UD UCA Core: R]
H ED 3305 Human Sexuality [UD UCA Core: D]
H ED 3310 Fundamentals of Occupational Health
H ED 3320 Epidemiological Research [UD UCA Core: I]
H ED 3325 Disease Management
H ED 4302 Health Education at the Worksite
H ED 4303 Environmental Health Problems
H ED 4310 Health Concerns of Aging
H ED 4312 Drug Education
H ED 4320 Health Communication and Advocacy
H ED 4343 Health Concerns for Multicultural Populations
H ED 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
H ED 4395 Health Concerns for Women [UD UCA Core: D]
H ED 4396 Health Concerns for Men [UD UCA Core: D]
H SC 3320 Legal and Ethical Issues in Addiction [UD UCA Core: D]

[2.5] Humanities Concentration

CHIN 3312 Culture and Society: Advanced Readings in Modern China [UD UCA Core: D, I]
CHIN 3320 Advanced Readings in Chinese Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
ENGL 3325 Advanced Readings in World Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 3345 Literature and the Examined Life [UD UCA Core: R]
ENGL 4304 Studies in English and American Literature
ENGL 4313 American Romanticism and Realism [UD UCA Core: D]
ENGL 4330/4331 Shakespeare I/II
ENGL 4335 Senior Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]
ENGL 4370 Women’s Literature [UD UCA Core: D]
FREN 3312 French Civilization [UD UCA Core: D, I]
FREN 3315 Issues of Cultural Identity in the Francophone World [UD UCA Core: D, R]
FREN 3320 French Literature I
FREN 3321 French Literature II [UD UCA Core: D, I]
FREN 3350 French Cinema
GERM 3312 German Civilization [UD UCA Core: D, C]
GERM 3320 Introduction to German Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
GERM 4395 Advanced German Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
HIST 3340 Introduction to American Indian History [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4304 Material Culture: Finding History in Everyday Things [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4333 U.S. Immigration and Ethnic History from Colonial Times to Present [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4338 American History through Film [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4362 Tutor and Stuart England
Any upper-division philosophy (PHIL) or religion (RELG) course can be used for the Humanities concentration and where applicable to meet an upper division Core requirement.
SPAN 3313 Latin American Civilization [UD UCA Core: D, I]
SPAN 3320 Spanish Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
SPAN 3321 Latin American Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
SPAN 4395 Advanced Hispanic Literature
SPAN 4396 Hispanic Studies
SPAN 4397 Topics in Advanced Spanish Linguistics

[2.6] Social Sciences Concentration

CRIM 3370 Criminology
GEOG 3300 World Regional Geography
GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: C, D]
HIST 4302 History of Witchcraft [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4304 Material Culture: Finding History in Everyday Things [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4306 Atlantic Slave Trade [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4308 Gender in American History [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4327 The American West [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4335 Diplomatic History of the United States [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4341 The History of the War in Vietnam [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4345 The South to 1865 [UD UCA Core: C, I]
HIST 4346 The South since 1865 [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4355 The Role of Arkansas in the Nation [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4359 Civil Rights Movement History [UD UCA Core: C, I]
LING 3315 Semantics
LING 3325 Sociolinguistics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4313 Contemporary American Politics
PSCI 4314 Contemporary Issues in Global Affairs
SOC 3310 Racial and Ethnic Relations [UD UCA Core: D, R]
SOC 3361 Gender and Society [UD UCA Core: D, R]
SOC 4310 Globalization and Development
SOC 4342 Stratification
SOC 4360 Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

[3] Course Links

For links to the subject course lists, jump to the UBulletin Course Index.