University of Arkansas Main Campus
About University of Arkansas Main Campus
The main campus of the University of Arkansas is located in the city of Fayetteville. Fayetteville is in northwest Arkansas, near the Ozark Mountains. Central to the cultural offerings of Fayetteville is the Walton Arts Center, Arkansas' largest performing arts center. It offers a year-round schedule of symphony performances by the North Arkansas Symphony, pop concerts, dance and art exhibits, and theater productions, including Broadway shows. Another well-known feature in the city is Dickson Street. Dickson Street is a strip of boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and clubs close to the University campus. The strip offers great eating, shopping, and live music, and is also the center of the annual Bikes, Blues, and BBQ motorcycle rally to support local charities.
The University of Arkansas is a public co-educational land-grant university. It was established under the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, classes were first held in February 1872. Its present name was adopted in 1899. The campus is nestled among the hilltops on the western side of the city. Among the 130 buildings on the campus, 11 buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Buildings. There are 272 registered student organizations including special interest, religious, international and cultural organizations, honorary and professional service groups. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The architecture program at the University is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Students can choose to complete a four-year BS in architectural studies or enter into the five-year program to complete a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. The BS degree requires courses in architectural design, architectural technology, and the history and theory of architecture, plus completion of general education requirements and fine arts and foreign language cores. Students must also complete some upper level professional electives within the school of architecture, and round out their total hours with additional free electives. Each student graduating in architectural studies must write a research or analytical paper in at least one upper-division course in the student's major or minor area. Although foreign study is not required for the BS program, students are encouraged to participate in the school's off-campus study programs in Rome, Mexico City, and Bath. Students wishing to enter the professional degree program are evaluated for admission midway through their third year of study. The professional program requires additional coursework in each of the main areas of architectural study and additional professional electives, plus a professional practice course and completion of the University core. Participation for at least one semester in an approved educational experience in a major urban center is also required. This requirement is generally fulfilled through participation in the international study program mentioned above.
The University's school of human environmental studies offers a 10-semester BS in human environmental studies with an emphasis on apparel studies. Coursework for this degree includes study in science, marketing, social science and liberal arts, as well as human environmental sciences and specialized areas of business and art. Specialized courses include apparel production, fashion merchandising, computer-aided design, textiles, history and contemporary apparel, and an internship. Internships allow students to gain vital career skills during on-the-job training as a pre-professional. The apparel studies program also offers summer study tours of European and U.S. fashion centers.
The interior design program at the University is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research, and is the only FIDER accredited program in the state of Arkansas. The 9-semester program results in completion of a Bachelor of Interior Design degree. Examples of coursework include a history of interiors and furniture, presentation techniques, lighting layout and design, materials and resources, professional procedures, computer-aided design, special projects and portfolio courses, and a required internship. The internship requires a two-course sequence to be completed the spring of the junior year and the summer prior to the senior year of study.
The University provides students an office of academic scholarships as a resource for prospective and current undergraduate students seeking scholarship funding. The office administers university-wide merit-based scholarships and serves as a clearinghouse for scholarships awarded by academic departments and outside agencies. Entering Freshman scholarships include the Chancellor's Scholarship, the Silas Hunt Scholarship, the University Scholarship, the Honors College Academy Scholarship, and the Leadership Scholarship. Current student scholarships include college and departmental scholarships and Arkansas Alumni Association Scholarships. Both the school of architecture and the school of human environmental sciences offer many scholarships for students enrolled in each school, meaning that students wishing to study architecture, interior design, or apparel studies have even more scholarships available from which they may choose.