Founded in 1928, the University of Arkansas (UA)—Fort Smith offers excellent academic programs in education, history, biology, applied sciences, business, and healthcare. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UA—Fort Smith provides students the opportunity to earn bachelor or associate degrees as well as certificates.
UA—Fort Smith offers undergraduate programs in seven colleges: College of Applied Science & Technology; College of Education; College of Business; College of Health Sciences; College of Languages & Communication; College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; and, College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
In the College of Applied Science & Technology students earn a bachelor or an associate degree, a technical certificate, or a certificate of proficiency. The degree programs prepare students for technical and occupational positions within the workforce.
The College of Education is designed to prepare students for the field of teaching by incorporating classroom instruction with field study within area school districts. Students may choose the bachelor degree program or the associate degree program. In addition, a certificate program is offered for those working in nursery schools.
The College of Business prepares students for the business world by focusing on several core business areas such as finance, accounting, management, economics, and marketing. Students earn bachelor degrees in business administration or accounting.
In the College of Health Sciences, students earn a bachelor degree in nursing and imaging sciences. Students may also earn associate degrees in one of the following areas of study: dental hygiene, radiography, nursing, and surgical technology. A certificate program is also offered for students seeking certification in practical nursing.
The College of Languages & Communication consists of two departments: English, Rhetoric, & Speech; and, World Languages in which students may pursue bachelor degrees in English, Spanish, Rhetoric and Writing, or licensing to teach English or Spanish.
The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics includes the departments of mathematics, science, engineering, and information technology. Students have the option of a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, mathematics, information technology or teaching licensure in chemistry, biology, or mathematics.
The College of Humanities & Social Sciences provides an extensive liberal arts education with a concentration in several disciplines. It includes six departments which provide students a wide knowledge base of the world today. Students may choose a bachelor degree in a variety of fields of study including music, history, graphic design, music education, psychology, criminal justice, as well as some teaching licensure programs.
In addition, some classes are offered online for students with busy schedules and who require a flexible learning environment. The university also maintains the Center for Business & Professional Development which offers associate degrees, certificates of proficiency in leadership as well as technical certificates. Other services include customized training for area businesses.