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General Education

General Education

SouthArk offers a variety of degree and certificate programs via its Liberal Arts Division, with general education at its core.  The vast majority of the coursework is fully transferable to four-year colleges for students who decide to pursue a bachelor's degree. SouthArk's associate of arts degree provides a foundation for any career that requires a four-year degree, but it also looks good on the resume as a stand-alone credential for almost any kind of job search. It tells employers that the applicant has a solid background in math, science, English, history, the social sciences, and the humanities for a well-rounded understanding of the world and how to function in the workplace.

Technical Certificate - General Studies

The Certificate of General Studies is designed to recognize the completion of a general education core of 34 credits. This program allows students to earn an award after approximately one year of college education. The program is transferable to four year colleges in Arkansas and should have good transferability to colleges in other states.  Students should always contact the university to which they wish to transfer for more information.

English/Communications
Nine hours from the following:

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
    (“C” or better)
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II
  • SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech
Mathematics
Three hours from the following:
  • MATH 1023 College Algebra

Social Science
Total of nine hours from the following:
U.S. History or American Government-
Three hours taken from the following:

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700
  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876
  • PSCI 2003 American Government:  National

Social Science Courses-Ssix hours from the following:

  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology
  • ECON 2003 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography

Natural Science
Total of four to eight hours from the following (with lab):
Biological Science

  • BIOL 1004/L Fundamentals of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 1024/LZoology/Lab
  • BIOL 1034/LGeneral Botany/Lab
  • BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

Physical Science-Four hours from the following:

  • CHEM1024/LChemistry I for Science Majors/L
  • GEOL 1004/LPhysical Geology
  • GEOL 1014/LHistorical Geology
  • PHYS 2024/LThe Physical Sciences/Lab

Technology
Three hours from the following:

  • CSCS 1003 Computers and Information Processing OR Technology Elective


Fine Arts and Humanities
Six hours taken from the following:

  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II
  • ENGL 2653 American Literature I
  • ENGL 2663 American Literature II
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation
  • PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy

Associate of Arts - General Transfer

This 60-hour sequence of courses is designed to fulfill the general requirements of the first two years of study for a four-year degree. Of the courses listed below, 46 hours are required, but students may choose 14 additional hours from the same list as electives to complete the 60 hours required for the degree. Students wishing to transfer should ask for a transfer guide from the college where they plan to pursue their baccalaureate.  Students may earn certificates and degrees from more than one program in an academic year, but only the highest certificate or degree in any program will be awarded.
English/Communications
Nine hours from the following:
  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
    (“C” or better)
  • ENGL 1123 Composition II
  • SPCH 1113 Principles of Speech
Mathematics
Three hours from the following:
  • MATH 1023 College Algebra
  • MATH 1033 Plane Trigonometry
  • MATH 2015 Calculus I

Social Science –Minimum of fifteen hours total*
History (six credit minimum) **

  • HIST 1003 History of Civilization to 1700
  • HIST 1013 History of Civilization since 1700
  • HIST 2013 History of the United States to 1876
  • HIST 2023 History of the United States since 1876

Social Science (minimum of six hours in two different fields)

  • ECON 2003 Macroeconomic Principles
  • GEOG 2003 Introduction to Geography
  • PSCI 2003 American Government:  National
  • PSYC 2003 General Psychology
  • SOC 2003 Introduction to Sociology


Natural Science-Eight hours total
Biological Science-Four hours from the following:

  • BIOL 1004/L Fundamentals of Biology/Lab
  • BIOL 1024/LZoology/Lab
  • BIOL 1034/LGeneral Botany/Lab
  • BIOL 2064/L Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 2074/L Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

Physical Science-Four hours from the following:

  • CHEM1024/LChemistry I for Science Majors/L
  • GEOL 1004/LPhysical Geology
  • GEOL 1014/LHistorical Geology
  • PHYS 2024/LThe Physical Sciences/Lab


Fine Arts and Humanities-Nine total;
must include three hours of World Literature:

  • ENGL 2213 Literature I
  • ENGL 2223 Literature II
  • ENGL 2653 American Literature I
  • ENGL 2663 American Literature II
  • ART 2003 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 2003 Music Appreciation
  • THEA 2003 Theatre Appreciation
  • PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy


Health and Physical Education
Two hours from the following:

  • P E 1001 P. E. Activity

                      Or

Three hours from the following:

  • HPER 1403 Personal and Community Health

Administration

Phil Ballard
Dean of Liberal Arts
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Administrative Specialist
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