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Our students are a diverse group of people – diverse not just in race but in nationality, experience, interests, and age. Working with each other and with the faculty, they gain exposure to different ways of thinking and studying. By participating in civic and community projects, internships, and study abroad, they expand their understanding of the world around them.

Explore their stories to see how becoming a political science major or pursuing a graduate degree in public administration has changed our students' lives for the better, and learn how you can benefit from studying with us!


Brian Haynes. The lower your income, the higher your cost of voting. The gas or bus fare to get to the polls is a heavier burden, for instance. But what happens when a person’s income rises? Gathering that kind of data on an individual level is next to impossible. So Brian Haynes, a senior majoring in political science and economics, found an alternative measure: Medicaid.
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Garrett Stephens (left), Samuel Sullivan IV, and Brandon Cohill.
Three worthy students have earned a new honor, awarded for the first time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham — the Green Blazer. Brandon Cohill (left) was one of the men awarded the inaugural green blazer for 2016 at the Blazer Male Excellence Network’s Undugu Male Gathering, held Feb. 18 in the new Hill Student Center. Undugu, a Swahili word, translates to “brotherhood.”
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Erica Coleman and other UAB students.
For more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization. One of those students is Erica Coleman (second from left), who is pursuing an MPA from the Department of Government.

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Rohit Borah. Rohit Borah, from Florence, Alabama, is a senior in political science and the fifth-year Master of Public Health. He designed Nurture International to bring modernized, dynamic health education and literacy to children in low-income areas of Birmingham, and presented the idea at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).

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Wayne Heard and Terri Sewell. Department of Government alumnus Wayne Heard, now a council executive assistant for the City of Birmingham and law student, attended the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus's "Boot Camp" program in July.
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Nicole Rodriguez.
Nicole Rodriguez is the first student at UAB to be named a Rangel Scholar, a collaborative effort between Howard University and the US State Department.

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Sharmin AnwerBrian Rice interviews Sharmin Anwer, a recent graduate of UAB’s Department of Government currently attending Vanderbilt Law School.

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Joy O'Neal and one of the horses at the Red Barn. When her children left for college, Joy O’Neal wondered what she would do next. She returned to UAB for an MPA in non-profit management and then founded The Red Barn, an equine-therapy organization dedicated to supporting children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, as well as those who were at-risk, disadvantaged, or with special circumstances.
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Logan Talbot in front of the Washington Monument. "The most valuable thing about my experience at UAB was the close mentorship I received from the faculty," said Logan Talbot, UAB class of 2011. "Many of my professors helped me find internship opportunities that enabled me to apply the principles I was learning in the classroom to real world situations. That experience is so crucial in today's demanding economy."
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Ashleigh Staples and another student Bama Covered volunteer. Political Science student Ashleigh Staples helped coordinate UAB students who volunteered for Bama Covered, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that helps people enroll in affordable private insurance plans.
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