Ozark-Ouachita Studies

Associates Degree  | Russellville Campus | In-Person or Blended

This interdisciplinary program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students from the region who may wish to remain in the state and the region after graduation. The program was derived from student interest (across academic disciplines) in a variety of topics related to the Ozark Ouachita region. This Associate of Science program offers the opportunity for students across campus pursuing a diversity of majors to focus their academic energy on issues of importance to Arkansas and its citizens. The Ozark-Ouachita Studies degree is designed to give students from multiple majors complementary expertise focused on the region surrounding the university. One goal of the program is to make students uniquely employable in Arkansas businesses and to federal and state agencies targeted at cultural preservation, natural resource protection, and social services.

This degree program includes a minimum number of required core courses and a high degree of flexibility with regard to electives so that students may tailor the degree to meet the specific needs of their primary major and area of expertise.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Arkansas Archeological Survey
  • Geographic Information Systems lab
  • Revitalizing Ozark-Ouachita Seed Traditions heirloom seed bank


  • Patterns of human use and protection of environmental resources in the Ozark-Ouachita region.
  • The geographic and natural features of the Ozark-Ouachita region.
  • The history of the Ozark-Ouachita region.
  • The social and cultural features of the Ozark-Ouachita region and its diverse communities.

About This Degree


In-State: $232 per credit hour

Out-of-State: $464 per credit hour

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships


You could work as a(n):

  • Cultural preservationist
  • Ecosystem analyst
  • Social Services

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas State Parks
  • Arkansas Archeological Survey
  • Governmental and non-governmental community development organizations.
  • Heifer International
  • Research faculty at multiple national universities
  • US National Park Service
  • US or Local Forest Service


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Anthropology minor (18 hours)
  • Cultural and Geospatial Studies-BA
  • Sociology-BA

Point of Pride

A major goal of this program is to make ATU students uniquely qualified for employment with Arkansas businesses and nonprofits.



Find out how we will empower you to meet every challenge head-on.