About the Honors College

Honors College study

The Basics

The UAB Honors College brings together intellectually curious students from all majors to form a close-knit community of emerging scholars. Our Honors College scholars challenge themselves to look deeper, think broader, and work harder through a variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences, such as:
  • Innovative honors freshman seminars
  • Honors sections of core and elective courses
  • Unique experiential learning opportunities in Service Learning, Undergraduate Research, and Study Away
  • Special speaker series, discussion groups, and student activities
  • Departmental (major-specific) honors programs
  • Fast-Track and Fifth-Year Master’s Programs

The Benefits

All Honors College scholars benefit from smaller class sizes, additional academic advising, priority course registration, and optional honors housing. The average honors class size is approximately 25 students, which allows students to form closer relationships with their honors peers and faculty. In addition, our honors advisors take a personal interest in the holistic development of our students. They help students find appropriate coursework, experiential learning, and academic enrichment experiences to place them on a trajectory for future success.

The Options

All honors students also have the option of applying to programs housed within the Honors College that specialize in science and technology, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, and global and community leadership. Admission to these programs is competitive. Students who join the Honors College will have the opportunity to apply to one or more of these programs by December 15th.

  • Global and Community Leadership Honors Program (GCL): Students in the GCL Honors Program explore social issues such as educational disparities, poverty, food security, healthcare, and more. Through multi-disciplinary coursework in political science, sociology, public health, and other fields, these students learn about the complex process of social change.
  • Science and Technology Honors Program (STH): STH Program students synthesize ideas from multiple disciplines to tackle real, meaningful scientific problems. The unique, four-year STH curriculum of coursework, seminars, mentored-research, and leadership challenges builds community and sharpens scientific thinking.
  • University Honors Program (UHP): Founded in 1983, the University Honors Program offers a challenging, innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences consisting of unique interdisciplinary courses and honors seminars taught by top faculty. We focus on critical thinking and the intellectual exchange of ideas as students cultivate of research skills, intellectual gifts, and leadership talents in a community of scholars.

The Success Stories

UAB honors students are among the best of the best! In the past year, they have won 20 nationally and internationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. These include:

  • 3 Critical Languages Scholarships to fund overseas language study in Arabic and Korean
  • 2 Goldwater Scholarships in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments
  • 1 Clarendon Scholarship to fully fund graduate study at Oxford University

Our students are also gaining admission into some of the best graduate and professional programs in the country and around the world. Of our most recent graduates, 33 were admitted to professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and law. In addition, 25 students were selected for master’s and doctoral programs in biology, public health, economics, global development, and engineering, to name a few. Many of our graduates also secured employment with local hospitals, international banks, non-profits and government agencies, and research institutes.