Education in the College of Arts and Sciences

Education in the College of Arts and Sciences

The College serves more than 50% of the students at UAB through one of its 29 majors. But all of the undergraduate students, regardless of their majors, are taught by the College of Arts and Sciences for their core classes.

The College currently occupies roughly 350,000 square feet of space in 14 buildings across campus. Among those is the Humanities Building, which was dedicated as University College Building No. 3 in 1971. No one at that time could have imagined the growth, scale, and reputation of UAB as we know it today — the most important international university in the state of Alabama.
Replacing the Humanities Building

Replacing the Humanities Building

Dr. Robert E. Palazzo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says that it is time for a new facility to replace the Humanities Building on 13th Street South. “While the Humanities Building has served UAB well for 45 years, it was not designed to support 18,000 students. The facility is simply too small, and it doesn’t have the modern expectations to teach the undergraduate curriculum in 2016.”

“As a result of the rapid growth of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College, and the limitations of the Humanities Building, the College proposed the construction of a new Arts and Sciences building located on the Green near Heritage Hall to better serve the students of UAB,” he says.

Every freshman has classes in the current Humanities building, so the new Arts and Sciences building will touch every freshman who enters the university. It will provide modern teaching facilities and technologies, larger classrooms, and it will be a safe and secure space for students to learn and for faculty to conduct their scholarship and research.
Design and Location

Design and Location

The new Arts and Sciences building will have two wings and will include a 300-seat auditorium that we hope will be a gathering space for students. In addition to the curriculum environment, the building will serve many extracurricular activities.

Architects: Goodwin Millsa and Cawood

Builders: TBD

The new building will be located on the corner of 10th Avenue South and 14th Street South on the Green, as part of the rest of the undergraduate complex.
New Home for Seven Departments

New Home for Seven Departments

The new Arts and Sciences building will be home to the following departments:

Anthropology
Computer and Information Sciences
English
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Mathematics
Philosophy
Social Work