The UAB Philosophy Department offers courses covering a broad spectrum. Courses are taught in the history of Western philosophy, ethical theory, applied ethics (including bioethics), social and political thought, legal philosophy, philosophy of science, epistemology and metaphysics, and Continental philosophy.

Faculty research, which is both theoretical and practical, covers many of the areas identified above. Members of the Department of Philosophy publish widely in leading journals in philosophy and in other fields related to their research, bringing the knowledge gained from interaction with philosophical and other intellectual communities into the classroom. 

The Department has had a long-standing interest in ethics, which continues with a focus on moral psychology and bioethics. The Department sponsors an Ethics Bowl team, which won the IEB national championship in 2010 and the national Bioethics Bowl championship in 2011.

The Princeton Review ranked the university as the fifth most diverse nationally. Additionally, the adjacent medical center for the University of Alabama School of Medicine is one of the largest in the country.