Welcome Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit at UAB offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees. The College includes departments in the arts, humanities, mathematics, social, behavioral, natural and physical sciences, and programs leading toward certification for teaching, counseling, and leadership in the field of education. Nearly 6500 students pursue degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences each year studying with more than 350 of the most accomplished faculty in the country. The College offers 58 degree programs leading to a bachelors degree and 36 programs leading to a masters or doctoral degree.
Situated at the center of an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center, students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences have unparalleled opportunity to be part of the innovative and ground-breaking research and creative work that is the signature of UAB.
We offer a student-centered, experiential curriculum designed to prepare students not only for the careers and challenges of the 21st century, but also to be leaders in the global marketplace of ideas. Every program in the arts and sciences is designed to insure that students cultivate strong oral and written communication skills, proficiency in mathematical and analytical reasoning, and a sophisticated appreciation of ethics and civic engagement. Graduates with an arts and sciences major develop the ability to understand diverse perspectives making them better prepared to work creatively and productively with others to solve the most important problems of our times.
Honors and Study Abroad Opportunities
Honors programs and honors level study are offered in every department, along with mentored research and study abroad for interested students. Our metropolitan location provides an endless number of internship placements coordinated with an academic program of study. Each year about 20% of our students pursue at least one of these opportunities.
Interdisciplinary Studies Encouraged
Interdisciplinary programs of study are increasingly popular as we realize the benefits of multiple perspectives and methods to advance understanding and improve solutions. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences can pursue formal interdisciplinary programs such as African American Studies or International Studies, or work with faculty to design an individualized, interdisciplinary major in a focused area like “Sports and Health in Society” or “Global Health Issues.”
We invite you to explore the arts and sciences at UAB and experience learning that will last a lifetime.
Dr. Robert E. Palazzo
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences