Prerequisite Courses

Traditional Program Prerequisite Courses

A minimum of 69 credits are required from a regionally accredited college or university and must fulfill all College requirements regarding the acceptance of transfer credit.  Only courses with a grade of “C” or better are accepted to meet prerequisite course requirements.  Students are eligible for the MLS program after completing 63 credits, including all of the science and mathematics requirements.  However, upon acceptance into the program, an additional 6 credits of core curriculum must be listed on the student’s degree plan.

Our Advisor’s Manual, a guide to taking these prerequisites at various institutions in Arkansas, is available by clicking the button below.

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Area/Typical Course TitleMinimum Credits
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
English Composition
Two-semester sequence of English Composition6
Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech or Speech Communication3
MATHEMATICS
College Algebra3
Trigonometry/Statistics/Calculus (or higher level mathematics)3
SCIENCE
Biological/Health Science*
Biology with laboratory4
Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory4
Microbiology with laboratory4
Chemistry
Two-semester sequence of General Chemistry with laboratories8
Science Electives** (2000 level and above)8
FINE ARTS/HUMANITIES
Fine Arts***
Music, Art, Theater3
Humanities****
Philosophy, Political Science, Literature, or Humanities3
SOCIAL SCIENCES
History
History of the United States or National Government3
Social Sciences
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, or Economics6
Electives**11
OVERALL TOTAL69

Chemistry and Biology/Health Science courses must be suitable for majors in those disciplines and must include laboratory credit in required courses. Other courses may fulfill the program’s requirements. Contact the department for course approval.  CLEP credit for science courses is limited to Biology I and Chemistry I.

** Recommended electives include introductory courses in Computer Science, Management, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Quantitative Analysis.

*** The Fine Arts requirement cannot be fulfilled with a studio course.

**** Humanities requirements may be selected from the courses in the subject areas of philosophy, political science, literature and the humanities.  The course in National Government, if selected to meet the US History/National Government requirement, cannot also be used to meet the Humanities requirement in Political Science.  Acceptable courses in literature must be broad survey courses; world literature is especially recommended.