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Nontraditional Studies

Transforming the Undergraduate Experience

The Department of Nontraditional Studies provides distinctive learning opportunities for students who 1) prefer a customized major as opposed to a traditional major, 2) are preparing for a graduate/professional program which transcends the scope of an undergraduate course of study across a single academic discipline, or 3) are focused on personal or career achievement through degree completion. In addition, Nontraditional Studies provides academic avenues to enrich the undergraduate academic experience beyond the traditional classroom through a variety of experiential and prior learning opportunities.

 Our Mission

The Department of Nontraditional Studies oversees the general and interdisciplinary studies degree programs, experienced learners programs, and academic outreach. The primary mission of Nontraditional Studies is to engage students in creative, flexible, and individualized learning pathways that promote innovation, successful degree attainment, and professional development.


Message from the Director

Welcome to the Department of Nontraditional Studies. I am so privileged and delighted that I get to serve as program director.  I am tremendously proud of our department and its vital contributions to the overall mission of Undergraduate Studies and Arkansas State University. The core of our mission is to create a learning environment that educates, enhances, and enriches. Everything we do aims toward one outcome: student success.

The Department of Nontraditional Studies is experiencing an exciting time of growth and progress. Opportunities are limitless for our students as we foster their potential and brilliance. With our emphasis on transformative learning, study abroad opportunities and community service, students in our program experience the world beyond traditional classroom settings.

 Together our faculty, staff, students and graduates comprise a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to academic excellence, global and civic engagement, and impactful and innovative change.

I am eager that you have taken the time to learn more about us.  It is my hope that you find your academic home with us. I invite you to explore the rest of our website or connect with us via social media to see what exciting options Nontraditional Studies has to offer you.

Many thanks for your interest in Nontraditional Studies at Arkansas State University.

Go Red Wolves!

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Nikesha Nesbitt

Program Director