Student Resources: Academics
Get Educated in Academic Courses
At the UA, you will feel welcome in inclusive classrooms where faculty value the contributions of students from many different backgrounds and “real world” diversity issues are used as case studies to enhance learning. You can chose from over 120 undergraduate programs many with an emphasis on diverse issues including Mexican American studies, Africana Studies, Women’s Studies, and more.
Offers an undergraduate major focusing on the people of African descent in the Americas and around the globe. A major in Africana Studies can prepare students for vocations in areas such as law, business, education, medicine, health care, international relations, social work, the arts, counseling, and graduate studies in the field.
Arizona American Indian Studies
Maintains productive scholarship, teaching, research, and community development. In addition, it provides unique opportunities for students and scholars to explore issues from American Indian perspectives which place the land, its history, and the people at the center.
Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
Provides programs that meet high standards of excellence and is fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. CESL provides instruction through a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for academic and professional success. CESL promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and understanding through sensitivity, professionalism, and collaboration both on and off campus.
Center for Judaic Studies
Promotes advanced scholarship by translating faculty research into undergraduate instruction, and by contributing to the community through educational outreach and professional advising. The program’s goal is to transmit, interpret, and critique Jewish historical, religious, and cultural traditions for the benefit of present and future generations.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Supports and promotes Middle East language and Middle East studies-related teaching and research throughout the University, and fosters understanding of the Middle East through an extensive program of outreach to schools and the wider community.
Department of French and Italian
Offers undergraduate degree programs in French and Italian which emphasize proficiency in the target language, critical thinking, and intellectual growth.
Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
Committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.
Collaborative serves as an interdisciplinary center for disability-related research, education, practice and service.
East Asian Studies
Dedicated to the study of the civilizations and culture of China and Japan in all their diversity. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered by courses in literature, history, religion and thought, linguistics and language, and other aspects of culture.
General Education - Gender, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, or Non-Western Studies
Provides UA students breadth of knowledge and methods of inquiry meant to foster independent, creative, and interactive learning, prompting students to think about themselves, others, and social organizations in new and insightful ways. One course in a student’s degree program must focus on one of the following General Education areas: Gender, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, or Non-Western Studies.
Guadalajara Summer Program
Provides students an opportunity to study coursework in Spanish as well as Mexico-related courses. Participants are given the opportunity to live with a Guadalajara host family and be totally immersed in the culture as well as the language.
Language, Reading, and Culture
Strives to establish and support a scholarly community for the study of the teaching and learning of literacy and bi-literacy in the educational context of cultural and linguistic diversity.
Latin American Studies
Offers an undergraduate major and minor; a Masters Degree, with dual degree programs in Journalism, Law, Public Health and Public Administration; and a Ph.D. minor option. Thematic strengths include Environmental Studies, Border Studies, Power & Inequality, and History & Culture. The Center for Latin American Studies coordinates a broad range cultural events, faculty & student research, outreach and teaching.
Educates the citizens of Arizona by developing curriculum, promoting research, and presenting public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and the diverse scholarship on sexuality.
Offers undergraduate and graduate programs in linguistics and human language technology. The faculty has research specializations in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition, represented by diverse interests in a variety of languages.
Mexican American Studies and Research Center (MASRC)
Committed to contemporary applied public policy research on Mexican Americans. The MASRC is Arizona’s leading public policy research center addressing issues of concern to this minority group in Arizona, the MASRC works collaboratively with key community agencies in promoting leadership and empowerment of Mexican Americans within the state and the nation.
Middle Eastern and North African Studies
A multi-disciplinary department focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East and North Africa, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew (through Judaic Studies).
The only such program in the state of Arizona to meet rehabilitation education, research, and service needs within Arizona and the nation. The program prepares professionals to address, in some capacity, the service needs of adult individuals with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Program offers undergraduate and graduate courses leading to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in rehabilitation.
An interdisciplinary program offering a wide range of approaches to the various religions. The program is designed to coordinate the resources for the study of religion available at the UA and to make them accessible to undergraduates in the form of coherent and strong programs of study.
Russian and Slavic Studies Africana Studies
Provides instruction designed to develop competence in the Russian language, awareness of cultural traditions, and an understanding of literature and the arts.
Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
Provides a graduate education program that meets designated criteria for excellence at the UA and demonstrates promise for national and international distinction in possessing faculty who have achieved national and international distinction for teaching, scholarship, and service activities; in providing services which are of particular relevance to regional multilingual settings; and in stimulating and coordinating interdisciplinary activities that contribute to new knowledge in an emergent field and innovative developments in practical application.
Spanish and Portuguese Department
Offers a wide variety of academic programs and sponsors various conferences and cultural events. Located at the UA, just 60 miles from the border with Mexico, the Department benefits from the intersection of people and culture that only the southwest can provide.
At the cutting edge of interdisciplinary feminist research and curriculum. The Department, founded in 1975 and gained full departmental status in 1997, offers BA, MA/JD and PhD degree programs, and its renowned faculty - composed of 13 core faculty and over 60 affiliates - work in a wide range of areas.
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