CAST, housed in the new J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. Center for Academic Excellence, was established in 1991 to apply computerized research methods to spatial data. The geomatics teaching and research labs have an extensive array of hardware and nearly every form of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing software. Undergraduate and graduate courses are available in GIS and remote sensing through the anthropology and geosciences departments.
The mission of the Arkansas Archeological Survey is to conserve and research the state's heritage and communicate this information to the public. The Survey operates 10 stations around the state for research, public education, and community service. Both on- and off-campus Survey archeologists advise students and serve on committees. The Survey's headquarters, located in Fayetteville, hold extensive archeological facilities. The library contains complete sources on Arkansas archeology, and the Registrar's Office is the central repository for information about archeological sites in the state. Also available are excellent laboratories, computing facilities, access to GIS, 3-D modeling, database, geophysical, and web authoring software, and sub-surface remote sensing / prospecting tools.
Fostering understanding between the United States and the Middle East is the guiding principles behind the King Fahd Middle East Studies Program (MEST). The MEST program in Fulbright College is a natural extension of the vision of international education and exchange promoted by the College´s namesake, the late Senator J. William Fulbright. In the spirit of this tradition, the program promotes innovative interdisciplinary approaches to issues of international understanding within a broad context of respect for cultural differences. MEST provides scholarship and research support to both graduate and undergraduate students and sponsors the Department of Anthropology's bioarcheological field school. Three of the anthropology department's full-time faculty members are affiliated with the Center.