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African & African American Studies

The African and African American Studies (AAST) program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history, culture, and identity of Africans and African Americans. Students may pursue African and African American Studies as a second major alongside a primary major in Fulbright College. Students in other colleges may declare a minor.  Advice on suitable primary majors to be taken with an AAST second major may be obtained from the AAST Program Director.

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Pearl Dowe
Interim Director
230 Memorial Hall
479-575-2872
aast.uark.edu


American Studies

Fulbright College has a long-established commitment to the study of American cultures. Virtually every department offers courses centered on various aspects of human experience on the North American continent. The American Studies major promotes interdisciplinary approaches to these fields and provides substantial flexibility for students wishing to design tightly focused or highly individualized courses of study.

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Robert B. Cochran
Director
530 Old Main
479-575-7708
rcochran@uark.edu


Anthropology

Learn approaches to the various subfields within archeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology to better understand human similarities and differences.

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Justin Nolan
Chair
330 Old Main
479-575-2508
anthropology.uark.edu
jmnolan@uark.edu


Art

Explore art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and visual design.

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Jeannie Hulen
Chair
116 Fine Arts Building
479-575-5202
art.uark.edu


Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program at the University of Arkansas draws on the strength of our faculty both in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and in other colleges on campus to provide resources and training in Asian languages, cultures, history, politics and economics. In addition to offering a minor in Asian Studies, the program supports research initiatives, study abroad, and extra-curricular activities of faculty, students, and the local community.

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Ka Zeng
Director
428 Old Main
479-575-3356
aist.uark.edu


Biological Sciences

Analyze the science of living organisms, including their structure, growth, function, origin, evolution, reproduction, distribution, behavior, and interrelationships.

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Ralph Henry
Chair
601 Science Engineering
479-575-3251
biology.uark.edu


Cell & Molecular Biology

Graduate studies may be pursued in any area of cell or molecular biology, including the study of various aspects of cell function, structure, metabolism, and chemical functions on, within, and between cells; the study of biomolecular interactions; the relationships between biomolecular reactions and observed cellular properties; molecular genetics, protein chemistry, biological structures; as well as the use of molecular detection methods to detect or characterize biological states in prokaryotes, eukaryotes, systematics, forensics, or health care.

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Douglas Rhoads
Director
cemb.uark.edu
drhoads@uark.edu


Chemistry & Biochemistry

Examine matter and energy and the interaction between them with “the central science,” which bridges physics with the other natural sciences.

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Wesley Stites
Chair
119 Chemistry
479-575-4601
chemistry.uark.edu
cheminfo@uark.edu


Classical Studies

Study ancient art, architecture, history, mythology and philosophy. Housed in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, but includes faculty from five different departments. In addition to Greek and Latin, courses are offered in various aspects of classical civilization and study abroad options.

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Daniel B. Levine
Chair of Studies
502 Kimpel Hall
479-575-2951
classics.uark.edu


Communication

Learn about personal, group, and societal relationships and factors and processes that affect important relationships though a field that bridges the humanities and social sciences.

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Robert Brady
Chair
417 Kimpel Hall
479-575-3046
communication.uark.edu
comm@uark.edu


Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies

Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary program, dedicated to the study of literature and culture from a global perspective and across languages, genres, disciplines, nations, and cultures. The program offers advanced academic training in foreign languages, literary translation, comparative literature, and cultural studies.

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Luis Fernando Restrepo
Director
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
uark.edu/ua/cplt lrestr@uark.edu


Creative Writing & Translation

The program leading to the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing provides graduate level training in creative writing and in the study of literature.

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Davis McCombs
Director
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
mfa.uark.edu
dmccomb@uark.edu


English

Study the production and analysis of texts created in English, literatures written in the English language, English linguistics, and English sociolinguistics.

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Dorothy A. Stephens
Chair
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
english.uark.edu
dstephen@uark.edu


European Studies

Courses are offered in European studies, broadly defined as the study of the geography, culture, history, language, and politics of central Europe, including the British Isles.

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Laurence Hare
Director
115 Ozark Hall
479-575-3879
eust.uark.edu


Gender Studies

The gender studies minor introduces students to the ways that various academic disciplines have examined women’s and men’s differing participation in work, the family, political systems, and creative endeavors. Courses explore sex and gender differences and such concepts as masculinity and femininity, essence and performance; distributions of power, work, and resources; and the symbolic representation of gender and identity in literature, religion, and art.

 

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Lisa Corrigan
Director
417 Kimpel Hall
479-575-3046
genderstudies.uark.edu


Geosciences

Learn about the impact of natural processes on Earth and other planets through the study of Earth science, geography, and geology.

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Christopher Liner
Chair
113 Ozark Hall
479-575-3355
geosciences.uark.edu
liner@uark.edu


History

Open window onto the present through studying the past, narratives and counter-narratives across time and place, and mass movements and isolated action.

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Calvin White, Jr.
Department Chair
416 Old Main
479-575-3001
history.uark.edu
calvinwh@uark.edu


International Studies

Fulbright College is strongly committed to the study of global interactions, and this program offers students a strong foundation for more advanced study as well as preparation for careers in an increasingly global economy and society. The degree offers a broad interdisciplinary course of study with a strong intercultural and international focus. Intensive language study and study abroad are especially encouraged.

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Laurence Hare
Director
416 Old Main
479-575-5893
internationalrelations.uark.edu


Journalism

Develop the skills to write for newspapers, magazines, and websites; produce stories for radio and television; or plan and produce promotional messages using traditional and new media.

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Larry Foley
Chair
116 Kimpel Hall
479-575-3601
journalism.uark.edu


Latin American & Latino Studies

Students interested in Latin America and wishing to maximize their potential for academic, business, professional, or government careers related to the area, may earn a second major or a minor in Latin American and Latino studies together with a primary major in another discipline in Fulbright College. Advice on appropriate combinations of Latin American and Latino studies with other primary majors as well as individual approval of such combinations may be obtained from the Latin American and Latino studies program director. New students in this program must officially declare both majors and notify the Latin American and Latino studies program director. Degree checks must also be cleared with the program director. Freshmen and sophomores considering this program are advised to begin their study of Spanish or Portuguese as early as possible.

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Kirstin Erickson
Director
330 Old Main
479-575-5600
last.uark.edu


Liebolt Premedical Program

The program provides guidance to students from every college on campus who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician.

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Neil Allison
Director
SCEN 625
479-575-5348
premed.uark.edu


Mathematical Sciences

Explore the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.

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Mark Johnson
Chair
Science and Engineering 309
479-575-3351
math.uark.edu


Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Medieval and Renaissance studies minor is administered by the Humanities program. This minor encourages undergraduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as a complement to their major field of study.

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William Quinn
Director
333 Kimpel Hall
479-575-4301
mrst.uark.edu


Microelectronics-Photonics

This multidisciplinary program prepares students for careers in the development and manufacturing of micro- to nanoscale materials, processing, and devices in such industries as biosensing, photonics, telecommunications, microelectronics, and MEMs. Typical students in this program will be full-time students residing on campus, but provisions may be made to support remotely located part-time students already engaged in professional careers.

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Ken Vickers
Director
731 West Dickson Street
479-575-3175
microEP.uark.edu
microEP@uark.edu


Middle East Studies

Students interested in the Middle East and North Africa and wishing to maximize their potential for academic, business, professional, or government careers related to the area, may earn a second major in Middle East studies with a required primary major in an approved area such as anthropology, economics, world languages, geography, history, journalism, and political science.

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Tom Paradise
Director
202 Old Main
479-575-2175
mest.uark.edu
mest@uark.edu


Music

Perform with bands, jazz ensembles, orchestra, opera, choirs, and other student ensembles and get inspired by faculty ensembles in this performance-focused, All Steinway School.

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Ronda Mains
Chair
201 Music Building
479-575-4701
music.uark.edu
music@uark.edu


Philosophy

Investigate the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct through a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs.

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Edward Minar
Chair
313 Old Main
479-575-8712
philosophy.uark.edu
phildept@uark.edu


Physics

Investigate matter, energy, and the interaction between them through astronomy, bio-physics, computational/theoretical physics, nano-physics/condensed matter, physics education, or quantum and non-linear optics.

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Julio Gea-Banacloche
Chair
226 Physics Building
479-575-2506
physics.uark.edu
physics@uark.edu


Political Science

Explore the processes, principles, and structure of government political institutions, politics, public affairs, public administration, and law.

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John Gaber
Chair
428 Old Main
479-575-3356
plsc.uark.edu


Psychological Science

Examine human behavior and mental processes through experimental and clinical psychology to study the science of mental life.

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Doug Behrend
Chair
216 Memorial Hall
479-575-4256
psyc.uark.edu
psycapp@uark.edu


Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Program is an interdisciplinary minor that enables students to explore the complex interplay of culture, society, historical traditions, and ideas.

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Tom Senor
Director
318 Old Main
479-575-5896
rlst.uark.edu


School of Social Work

Develop skills to improve the lives of people, families, groups, organizations, communities, and those at economic risk. 

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Marcia A. Shobe
Director
106 ASUP
479-575-5039
socialwork.uark.edu


Sociology & Criminal Justice

Study human social behavior, the development of human society and social institutions as well as systems of law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections connected to the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration, and supervision of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses.

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Anna Zajicek
Chair
211 Old Main
479-575-3205
sociology.uark.edu


Theatre

Identify on- and off-stage talents through acting, musical theatre, dance, directing, writing, stage technology, scenic, lighting, and costume design, theatre management, and theory and criticism.

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Michael Riha
Chair
619 Kimpel Hall
479-575-2953
theatre.uark.edu
theatre@uark.edu


World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Become a proficient communicator in another language while developing a better understanding of cultures and literatures around the world.

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Steven M. Bell
Chair
425 Kimpel Hall
479-575-2951
languages.uark.edu