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At BSC we help you find your passions and achieve your goals. With more than 50 majors, minors, and specialty programs, there's a pathway to your future.

For a list of Majors and Minors with their corresponding CIP Codes, click here.


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    Accounting

    Major, minor
    Department website

    Why study accounting at a liberal arts college? Recently-released CPA exams show that more than two-thirds of BSC students passed the CPA exam on the first try—compared to a national average of 48.8%. As well as learning everything you need to succeed as an accountant, you’ll get the tools that will propel you upwards professionally, including critical thinking, analytical, and presentation skills. You’ll be able to serve in an internship in a local accounting firm for your senior capstone; you’ll also get opportunities before graduating to meet representatives for well-known firms, attend presentations by accounting leaders, and visit local offices.

    Recent alumni:

    Blake Stevens ’15, auditor, Deloitte & Touche LLP
    Claire Burns Swanner ’16, staff accountant, CDPA
    David Harrell ’16, accounts payable accountant, MedSouth Inc.
    Katherine Ann Mitchell ’16, accountant, MedSouth Inc.

    Related programs and fields:

    Business Administration
    Economics

     

     

     

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    Arabic

    Language
    Department website

    Want to learn the language that more than 300 million people speak worldwide? Or better understand the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Arab world? BSC’s Department of Foreign Languages offers a four-course sequence in the Arabic language as well as a course on Cultures of the Arabic-Speaking World.

    Also consider:

    BSC recently offered an E-term class on “Dangerous Liaisons: the U.S. and the Muslim Brotherhood, from the Suez Canal Crisis to ISIS.” And the Sklenar Center for International Studies has information on government scholarships for study abroad in Arabic-speaking countries.

    Related programs and fields:

    Business Administration
    Economics
    History
    Political Science
    Religion

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    Architectural Studies

    Major

    This new major at BSC blends visual design with the study of how architecture impacts society with a goal of preparing students for graduate school in architecture and urban studies or for work in urban planning, community development, and more. You’ll take art and art history courses along with required and recommended courses in math, physics, sociology, and urban environmental studies, and a hands-on semester doing set design! You’ll also do an internship with a local architecture firm and a senior capstone project in architectural studies focused on community development and creative problem-solving.

    Also consider:

    How about an Exploration Term course that visits great architectural sites in Europe? Join BSC faculty for “Classical and Renaissance Italy: the Major Cities and the Places In Between,” a three-week January study-travel experience that visits Rome, Florence, and Venice as well as other architecturally and artistically significant locations to explore the foundations of modern Europe.

    Related majors and fields:

    Art
    Art History
    Urban Environmental Studies
    Sociology
    Poverty Studies

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    Art

    major (BFA or BA), minor
    Department website

    If “learn by doing” applies anywhere, it applies in the study of art. Our focus on small, undergraduate classes ensures you’ll not only get experience, you’ll build close mentoring relationships with our art faculty—all accomplished artists themselves who will treat you as fellow pros. Whether sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or 3D design, you’ll be challenged as an observer and participant. Seniors take on a one-semester or full-year studio project and are invited to exhibit in the campus gallery. And being in Birmingham gives you access to a thriving contemporary art scene, dozens of local alumni working artists, and opportunities to intern or participate in art fairs.

    BSC students go on to be:

    internationally exhibiting artists
    graphic designers
    commercial illustrators
    museum and gallery curators and owners
    art buyers
    art conservationists
    attorneys in copyright law
    teachers and professors
    and more

    We offer two art degrees:

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)=extensive professional preparation in studio art; the choice for students interested in an MFA

    Bachelor of Arts (BA)=a strong concentration in studio art and art history but with broad application for other fields; the choice for education students looking to teach K-12

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    Art History

    major, minor
    Department website

    This major will help you develop visual literacy--and prepare you for graduate study in art history or to pursue a wide range of careers. It also provides a solid liberal arts foundation for further study leading to professional vocations in architecture, law, pharmacy, ministry, and more. 

    Graduates go on to:
    museum and gallery work
    teaching
    art criticism/journalism
    art conservation
    arts management

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    Asian Studies

    major, minor
    Department website

    Want to better understand the world’s largest and most populous continent? In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll learn broadly about this dynamic and growing region. You’ll study classical and contemporary issues from perspectives including history, religion, philosophy, language, literature, film, economics, and political science. With an Asian Studies major, you’ll also learn one or more Asian languages to better prepare you for study abroad or a global experience post-graduation.

    Graduates go on to:

    Government service
    International business
    Banking
    Marketing
    Law
    Education
    Media

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    Associated Colleges of the South

    BSC is one of the “Sweet 16” colleges in the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), a prestigious group of private liberal-arts colleges. The consortium works together on a number of initiatives, including encouraging faculty and students across campus to cooperate academically and helping campuses advance diversity and inclusion.

    For more information, click here. http://colleges.org/

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    Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE)

    BACHE is a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham area. As a BSC student, you can take one course per semester at any of the other schools (Miles College, Samford University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, or the University of Montevallo) for no extra tuition. BACHE also brings visiting writers and other speakers to each campus and offers free admission to local cultural institutions for students

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    Biology

    major, minor
    Department website

    This program gives graduates a strong foundation in science and emphasizes hands-on learning. Small classes and labs mean professors can guide you in small groups and one-on-one settings. If you’re interested in research, you’ll get opportunities as an undergrad that graduate students fight for at bigger schools. There are also numerous opportunities for fieldwork, both here in Birmingham (with special access to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, which BSC co-manages) and across the world; international travel includes regular trips to the Galapagos and Honduras.

    Graduates go on to become:

    Health care professionals
    Researchers
    Teachers
    Patent lawyers
    Genetic counselors
    Medical illustrators

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    Business Administration

    major, minor
    Department website

    Why study business within the liberal arts? Because CEOs from across the country say their skills align with our outcomes—they need to be able to think critically, analyze data, communicate well, and always be learning something new. Plus, you’ll learn hands-on through our internship program, through the “create your own business” senior capstone course, or through travel to explore business opportunities around the world. Plus, we have special niches for entrepreneurship and leadership. 

    Related programs and fields:

    Accounting
    Economics
    Entrepreneurship
    Leadership Studies

    Graduates go on to:

    MBA and other graduate programs Banking/finance
    Legal industry
    Medical field
    Government work
    Non-profit work
    Marketing
    Startups and entrepreneurship

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    Chemistry

    major, minor
    Department website

    Career opportunities in chemistry include healthcare, teaching, government and industrial research, and graduate school and the health professions. At BSC, you’ll take chemistry from award-winning professors—not graduate students—and get research experience usually not open to undergraduates. Looking to teach K-12 chemistry? The Education Department can help you fulfill your requirements and get certified. You can also apply chemistry courses to a minor in math or physics.

    Graduates go on to:

    Healthcare
    Teaching
    Government research
    Industry research

    Did you know? 

    Chemistry professor Dr. Laura Stultz was the 2013 CASE/Carnegie Alabama Professor of the Year, in part for her commitment to undergraduate research.

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    Chinese

    Language
    Department website

    BSC offers an eight-course series in Mandarin Chinese to take students from brand-new beginners up through being proficient in conversation, in Chinese for the workplace, and to reading Chinese newspapers and other media. There’s also a full range of courses designed to give you broad perspectives on Chinese culture, including some Asian Studies, history, philosophy, and more. And you can dip into the hands-on Exploration term course into “Explorations of Qi,” which looks at the Chinese concept of life-energy and how to harness it through film, food, calligraphy, tea culture, Feng Shui, acupuncture, and physical exercises such as Qigong and Tai-Chi.

    Other offerings:

    Weekly Chinese Language Table
    Weekly Chinese Tutoring Hours
    Bi-weekly Chinese Movie Night
    Student Organizations: Love Asia

     

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    Classics

    minor 
    Department website

    What can the ancient world tell us about today? Everything. By studying Greco-Roman antiquity from prehistory to the end of the Roman Empire, you’ll gain an appreciation of the cultures that continue to influence us today. Courses toward the major include Latin, art history, classics, English, and philosophy.

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    Creative and Applied Computing

    major, minor 
    Department website

    One of BSC’s newest and most interdisciplinary majors, CAC is based on the idea that computers are embedded into our daily lives. You’ll code and build programs, yes, but you’ll also understand how technological change affects our legal systems, business, ethics, science, and our society and culture. Courses that go toward the major include those in computing, art, math, business, media and film studies, music, philosophy, and psychology.

    Graduates go on to:

    • High-tech
      Big data analysis
      Art and design
      Film

    Did you know?

    You’ll be encouraged to choose a minor in another field that connects with computing—then do your CAC projects on topics in that area.

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    Economics

    major, minor
    Department website

    As an economics major, you’ll learn the tools to understand decisions made by consumers, workers, producers, employers, investors, governments, and countries—tools that can be applied to many fields. You’ll get the critical thinking and communications skills you need to succeed in business, government, or graduate school.

    Graduates go on to:

    Finance
    Marketing
    Management
    International business
    Government policy

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    Education

    major
    Department website

    We believe good teachers have both firm academic grounding and lifelong curiosity, and we seek to develop teachers who are passionate and intentional about teaching and advocacy. There are three courses of study for future teachers: elementary/collaborative K-6, which includes special education; secondary 6-12; and visual art P-12. All of our programs are accredited by the state and lead to certification.

    Did you know? Major in your field of choice and then add on Education courses and you’ll fulfill the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher.”

    Learning hands on:

    At BSC, you’ll complete a student teaching internship for at least a full semester, working in two or more schools. We work closely with neighborhood schools and have a partnership with a school in Uganda.

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    Engineering

    Dual-degree program
    Department website

    Students who participate in the pre-engineering dual-degree program attend BSC for approximately three years and then continue their education at an ABET accredited institution. After completing the academic requirements at both schools, you’ll be awarded a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern and an engineering degree from the cooperating institution.

    These schools guarantee admittance to their engineering program for BSC students who complete the pre-engineering requirements and receive a positive recommendation:

    • Auburn University
      Columbia University
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Vanderbilt University
      Washington University

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    English

    major, minor
    Department website

    Whether you want to read great literature or create it yourself, you’ll find a home in the BSC English program. And even if you have your nose in a book, we offer plenty of opportunities to learn hands-on. Get real-world writing experience by contributing to the student newspaper, Bagheera, or the college literary magazine, The Quad. Intern in town with a local publication or content creation firm to find out what comes next. Or travel with faculty to Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Miss., or to Yeats’ poetic stomping ground in Ireland.

    Graduates go on to be:

    Published authors and poets
    Policy experts
    Politicians
    Lawyers
    Nonprofit managers
    Teachers
    Business owners

    Did you know?

    You can take or offer tutoring services in the Writing Center, which provides a place for inspiration, guidance, or even just an editorial eye.

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    Entrepreneurship

    Specialty program
    Department website

    The BSC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program rewards students who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit in and out of the classroom and are interested in business as a career. As a Stump Scholar, you’ll:

    • be matched with an academic advisor and an entrepreneurship mentor;
    • get priority registration for business courses, an entrepreneurship internship, a capstone project, and an E-term class on entrepreneurship;
    • be invited to meet our guest speakers in entrepreneurship.

    Also notable:

    Did you know that BSC hosts an entrepreneurship-in-residence? Each year, a proven entrepreneur becomes a professor in the business department, teaching classes and guiding future entrepreneurs from across the campus.

    Related majors and fields:

    Business Administration
    Accounting

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    Environmental Studies

    dual-degree program
    Department website

    A partnership with Duke University, this dual degree allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree from BSC and either a Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management from Duke in a shortened period.

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    Gender & Women Studies

    minor 

    This interdisciplinary program gives you the chance to explore how we define gender identity and the forces that have shaped gendered experience. It is designed to fit in with your chosen major, such as English, History, Sociology, Psychology, or any other field. Courses toward the major include art history, business, English, history, psychology, religion, and sociology. 

    Graduates go on to:

    Public health
    Education
    Social service
    Business
    Government

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    Global & Comparative Studies

    Coming soon
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    Health Sciences

    Major
    Department website

    This new major is designed for students who plan to go into allied health and related careers after graduation, including nursing, physical and occupational therapy, pharmacy and pathology work, and more. You’ll master the basics of human biology, build a foundation in the natural sciences, and explore the social sciences such as psychology and sociology. You’ll learn critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and problem-solving skills that will position you to succeed in the fast-evolving field of health care and in professional school. BSC’s health professions advisor will work with you to tailor the major to your interests.

    You’ll also take one rise3 course or experience: an internship in a local clinic or hospital, a service-learning project examining how people access care, or research into an aspect of allied health that interests you, or other options. For your senior capstone, you’ll investigate the latest trends in the health sciences and present you findings to the campus community during Honors Day. That research will give you a leg up if you choose to apply to graduate or professional school after graduation.

    Preparation for:

    Nursing
    PT & OT
    Pharmacy
    Physician assistant
    Genetic counseling
    Care management
    Health care policy
    Public health
    &more

    Related majors and fields:

    BSC’s Pre-Health Advising Program
    Distinction in Public Health
    Distinction in Poverty Studies
    Psychology major/minor
    Sociology major/minor

     

     

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    History

    major, minor
    Department website

    Studying history prepares students for graduate study and for widely varied careers in teaching, law, the clergy, government, diplomatic service, museums, libraries, nonprofits, policy, business, and other fields. By understanding the past, you’ll develop skills like how to evaluate evidence, think creatively, and research deeply. And by studying the process of change, you’ll be prepared for a rapidly emerging society. 

    Related fields:

    Classics
    History, Philosophy, and Law
    Political Science
    Human Rights and Conflict Studies
    Gender and Women’s Studies
    Asian Studies

    Hands on:

    Spend E-Term doing an internship in Birmingham’s museums and archives to get a taste of public history and do original research.
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    Honors Program

    Academic distinction
    Department website

    You don’t have to be first in your class to be a Harrison Honors Scholar. What’s most important is that you’re open to new ideas and willing to incorporate, embrace, and encourage differences. Participants in the Donald C. Harrison Honors Program look at problems from multiple perspectives, working together to find solutions. 

    As a Harrison Scholar, you’ll:

    • Take small, student-centered honors seminars with no more than 16-18 students;
    • Complete an interdisciplinary, independent senior project;
    • Have access to the Honors Commons for meetings and study time;
    • Be eligible for a research stipend of up to $3,000;
    • Receive priority registration for classes at BSC and can enroll in honors-only courses through the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education (BACHE);
    • May travel to the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference; and 
    • Get a special notation on your transcript.
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    Human Rights & Conflict Studies

    minor 

    This minor will give you the skills and perspectives to create a more just and peaceful world. You’ll learn about social movements through the lens of literature, history, and policy. And you’ll study right here in Birmingham, the cradle of the American Civil Rights movement, which played a pivotal role in the quest for global human rights.

    Graduates go on to:

    Business
    Government
    Education
    Public Service

    Advocacy 

    Hands on:

    Students travel to Ireland to study the link between human rights in Birmingham and in Europe and attend and present at an international conference.

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    Latin American Studies

    Minor
    Department website

    As an LAS minor, you’ll understand Latin America on a global stage, studying language and literature, history, politics, and culture. You’ll also dig into the complexities of the vast diversity of Latinos living in the United States. And you’ll be encouraged to travel abroad—including joining E-Term trips to Ecuador and Cuba—or  take on an international internship.

    Related fields: 

    Spanish
    Business
    Political Science
    History
    Economics 

    Hands on

    E-Term classes include trips to Ecuador, Cuba, Chile, traveling with a group of students and faculty.

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    Leadership Studies

    Academic distinction
    Department website

    The Distinction in Leadership Studies Program invites students to study and practice leadership. You’ll take an introductory theory course, two classes from departments across campus that are designated leadership courses, a junior-year practicum working with a community group and a senior capstone. Any student in any major can earn the leadership studies distinction, so you can be a learned leader no matter your field.

    Also consider:

    Check out the First-Year Leadership Challenge, which will help you identify your leadership role at BSC and find your strengths. The challenge meets about six times a month for reflection, discussion, and exercises.

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    Mathematics

    major, minor
    Department website

    At BSC, math is more than textbook problem-solving. You’ll need curiosity, intuition, critical thinking, and effective communication. You’ll work closely with faculty to develop your skills in all of these—skills valued by a wide range of employers. Many of our graduates go on to graduate school in mathematics, law, medicine, engineering, business, and biostatistics. Others go straight on to employers such as NASA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Alabama Power.

    Graduates go on to:

    Engineering
    Business
    Biostatistics
    Actuarial work/studies
    Teaching

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    Media & Film Studies

    major
    Department website

    Media and Film Studies at Birmingham-Southern College is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in Film and Media Studies while being informed by other disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The program also stresses the ways in which academic study and artistic practices are mutually informative. Students in the MFS program develop and apply their skills in critical thinking, oral communication, and persuasive writing, in the true liberal arts tradition.

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    Music

    major, minor
    Department website

    At Birmingham-Southern, you can explore music in ways you never imagined—from making it to understanding its history. From its beginnings as the Birmingham Conservatory of Music in the city's early years, music at Birmingham-Southern College has focused on excellence. It now features an extraordinary faculty of nationally and internationally recognized artists and teachers, including performers, composers, conductors, music historians, and music educators. Equally impressive is our record of student achievement.

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    Musical Theatre

    major, minor
    Department website

    BSC’s major in musical theatre provides students with a combination of courses in dance, music, and theatre in order to prepare them for performance careers. With an emphasis on acting, ballet, voice, piano, jazz, and music theory, the musical theatre major is more specialized than the theatre major. In order to officially declare a major in musical theatre, students must successfully complete a Sophomore Review at the end of their second year in the program.

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    Nursing

    Why start out in a liberal arts college for nursing? You'll be steeped in the basics of math and science and other courses that will teach you the data analysis, reading comprehension, and other requirements for clinical training. But even more, you'll gain a broad understanding of the world that will help you collaborate with patients and medical and administrative staff. Plus, our hands-on focus means that you'll get internships, clinical experience, pre-professional advising, and mentoring even as an undergraduate to prepare for a career in nursing. You can also dig into related fields, such as Public Health, Poverty Studies, languages like Spanish and Chinese, and Business--all of which will prepare you for a leadership role. In 2018, BSC plans to launch a dual-degree program in nursing with a local nursing school, pending approval from our accrediting agency.  

    Related fields: 

    Biology
    Health Sciences
    Public Health

     

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    Philosophy

    major, minor
    Department website

    What is the nature of our existence? How do we know this life? What does it matter? Take a personal journey even while you explore the most profound ideas of the past 2,500 years--and learn critical thinking, how to make a compelling argument, and hone your communication skills. BSC philosophy majors go into graduate school or into other professions, such as medicine, law, theology, and psychology.

    Related fields:

    Religion
    Political Science
    Economics
    Pre-Law
    Philosophy, History, and Law

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    Philosophy, History, and Law

    Major

    This new major at BSC gives students the skills for success in law school and a legal career. You’ll learn about the philosophy of law, the development of the U.S. Constitution, accounting, writing, and economic analysis. There are two tracks: one emphasizing analytical techniques and another emphasizing history of our nation’s legal system.

    Related majors and fields:  

    History
    Philosophy
    Political Science
    Pre-Law

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    Physics

    major, minor
    Department website

    Physics majors fall into two categories: those who don't plan a career in physics but are interested in teaching physics in secondary schools or continuing training in some other area such as medicine or law; and those who intend to pursue graduate work in physics. Our major prepares you for either option. 

    Related fields:
    Mathematics
    Chemistry
    Pre-Health 

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    Political Science

    major, minor
    Department website

    BSC political science majors conduct theoretical and practical analysis to explore and predict political behavor. You'll communicate to a wide variety of audiences, participate in internships, collaborate with practitioners, and work in political settings. And you'll be prepared for graduate work, law school, public service, or the private or non-profit sectors. 

    Our graduates have become:
    Truman Scholars
    Fulbright and Rotary scholarship winners
    elected officials
    lobbyists
    policy analysts
    lawyers 
    entrepreneurs
    diplomats
    journalists and authors 

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    Poverty Studies

    distinction

    In this new program, you'll examine the complex problems of poverty and inequality from multiple perspectives. You'll complete a relevant internship or other experiential learning project, including internships via the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Graduates with this distinction (in addition to a separate major), will get valuable preparation for health careers, law, business, education, public policy, and ministry, among other fields.

    Related fields:
    Service-learning
    Human Rights/Conflict
    Public Health 
    Sociology
    Political Science 
    Pre-Health 
    Pre-Law 

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    Pre-Health

    advisory program
    Department website

    You’ve worked hard to get to college—and you’re ready to take the next steps toward your health career. At Birmingham-Southern, we’re here to make sure you succeed. We offer the perfect blend of challenging academics, strong teachers, undergraduate research, internships, and service opportunities to prepare you for medical school and help you stand out from other applicants. You’ll shadow physicians at local hospitals or health care professionals in your chosen field full-time for a month during the January E-Term and get extra mentoring if you choose. A designated Health Professions Program Advisor helps you along the way, including with applications, an advisory committee writes the important Committee Letter endorsing you. It all works, too--our admittance rate to medical schools for the Class of 2017 is 72 percent, well above the national average, and other professions are even higher. 

    At BSC, you'll get: 
    -a health professions advisor to guide you on your career path
    -individualized course planning to keep you on track
    -mock interviews by BSC faculty and local professionals
    -an advisory committee that assists with your applications
    -hands-on internships to get you clinical experience
    -peer mentoring and tutoring for academic and other support
    -one-on-one evaluations from leaders at area professional schools

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    Pre-Law

    advisory program
    Department website

    BSC has a long tradition of preparing students for the study and practice of law. Our graduates are admitted to prestigious law schools across the country and go on to make outstanding contributions to the legal profession. They go into private practice, serve as judges or prosecutors, provide legal aid to the poor, or work as corporate counsel. Still others are corporate executives or civil servants. The great advantage of legal training is that it opens up a wide array of career opportunities.

    Law schools--unlike medical schools--don't require applicants to have had certian courses as undergraduates. Instead, they're looking for you to demonstrate critical thinking, strong written and oral communication skills, intellectual curiosity, integrity, and leadership. At BSC, we give you the opportunity to develop in all of these areas, no matter your major. 

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    Psychology

    major, minor
    Department website

    By studying psychology at BSC, you'll gain an understanding of the principles of human behavior. What profession doesn't require that? From management in business to teaching to politics to engineering, understanding human psychology is critical today. You'll also learn how to conduct quantitative and qualitative research, use critical and creative thinking, and become skilled in using technology for many purposes. 

    Did you know?
    About 2/3 of BSC psychology grads go on to professional or graduate school, either in clinical, social, or cognitive psychology or in neuroscience, or in other fields such as health professions (medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy), divinity school, law school, and more.

     

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    Public Health

    distinction

    This new program includes courses in biology, sociology, a capstone rise3 project, and additional public health courses that will help students with a range of majors understand health and wellness within and across populations. You'll go on to public health positions in government, nonprofit, and business or to graduate work in public health; it will also be helpful for pre-law and pre-health students. 

    Related fields:
    Health sciences
    Pre-health
    Biology
    Sociology
    Political Science 

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    Religion

    major, minor
    Department website

    Whether you're looking for a career in the ministry, seeking to expore global religions, or looking for a deeper understanding of the human experience, BSC religion has a place for you. You'll take topics such as ecological spirituality, the cultural context of the Hebrew Bible, Buddhist meditation, the history of Christian thought, and the intersections of religion with gender, film, and politics. 

    Did you know? 
    Religion students have opportunities to study Hebrew and to participate in E-Term travel projects to England, India, and the forests of northen Alabama. 

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    ROTC

    Department website

    BSC offers Air Force Reserve Officer Training (AFROTC) and Army Reserve Officer Training. Students enrolled in AFROTC attend BSC as regular students and attend class and one leadership lab per week at Samford University; you’ll commission as officers in the U.S. Air Force upon completion of the program. Students enrolled in the Army ROTC also are students at BSC and attend specialized courses at UAB; you’ll serve as an Army officer, either full time on active duty or part time when you begin your civilian career. Both programs offer scholarships to eligible students.

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    Service-Learning

    specialty program
    Department website

    Service-learning at Birmingham-Southern blends academic study and community action. You'll take what you learn in the classroom out into the world--then reflect what you draw from those experiences when you return to campus. We have a long tradition of service-learning at BSC and, through the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, deep ties to our community partners.

    Through service-learning--whether it's a day-long program or a semester serving abroad or across down--you'll broaden your horizons, impact the world, make connections with others, question your assumptions, and gain practical skills. Many rise3 and other classes on campus incorporate service-learning projects: theatre students interview teachers and write a drama about their lives; chemistry students inform the community on safe disposal of medicines; and marketing students take on a non-profit or arts group to work for. Plus, there's a U.S. and international service-learning project each E-Term, including teaching in Uganda, working with the homeless in San Francisco, and studying nonviolence in India.   

    Related fields:

    Leadership Studies
    Human Rts/Conflict Studies
    Poverty Studies
    Public Health 
    Pre-Health

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    Sociology

    major, minor
    Department website

    As a sociology major at BSC, we’ll prepare you for career opportunities in social service, law enforcement, health care, social justice and advocacy, and education—or for graduate work in any of those fields. Some students focus on medical sociology, studying the causes and spread of diseases or the organization of the health care system and how it is affected by factors like poverty and race.

    Related fields:

    Health Sciences
    Leadership Studies  
    Pre-Health
    Political Science
    Poverty Studies
    Public Health
    Service Learning
    Urban Environmental Studies

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    Spanish

    major (Spanish for the Workplace), minor
    Department website

    Our focus at BSC is on giving you language skills you can use in your everyday lives. We teach written and oral proficiency and encourage you to learn “ears-on” through internships and service-learning with Spanish-speaking communities either here in the U.S. or abroad. As a Spanish for the Workplace major, you’ll be urged to double-major or minor in another field, so you can bring your language skills into business, health care, social work, law, government service, technology, or more. E-Term courses also travel regularly to Spanish-speaking countries, including Ecuador and Cuba. Credit is available via AP or IB programs.

    Did you know?
    Each year BSC hosts the Latin American Studies Symposium, an interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference that draws students from across the country.

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    Study Abroad

    specialty program
    Department website

    We encourage all students to study abroad--whatever your major. The Sklenar Center for International Programs provides advising and orientation, as well as help finding funding and scholarships for for-credit study-travel or international internships. BSC has exchange agreements with schools in China, England, France, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands; you may also study in many other places through our partners or individual programs.

    Many BSC students travel during the January E-Term, either independently or on faculty-led projects that span the globe. E-Term travel lets you explore outside your major and fit an international experience into a busy academic schedule. 

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    Theatre

    major (BA in theatre arts, BA in musical theatre), minor
    Department website

    Our theatre faculty know production skills are best learned through active participation in the classroom and on the stage. We place equal importance on learning and doing so you’ll be prepared for graduate work and for careers in professional and educational theatre, or whatever path you choose. Theatre majors regularly go on to becoming nationally-recognized performers, doctors, lawyers, arts administrators, educators, and more. We complete four major productions each year and six to 10 student-led productions; you’ll get hands-on experience starting your very first semester.

    Graduates have become:

    International performers
    Producers
    Directors
    Product spokeswoman
    a Rockette
    CEOs
    Arts managers
    Attorneys
    Teachers

    Did you know?

    Each E-term, theatre students put on a full-scale production in just three weeks.

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    Urban Environmental Studies

    major, minor
    Department website

    Do you want to be one of the next generations of problem-solvers and leaders in global environmental policy? BSC’s UES program is unusual because it focuses on the issues surrounding the urban landscape—where more than half of the planet’s population lives. You’ll explore sustainability, air and water quality, global development, urban farming, environmental racism, urban planning, and much more. And Birmingham—a city working to overcome a history of industrial pollution and inequality—is the perfect laboratory. The campus is also home to the Southern Environmental Center.

    Related fields:
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Leadership Studies
    Human Rts/Conflict
    Political Science
    Poverty Studies
    Public Health
    Sociology

    Did you know?
    BSC co-manages a 500-acre nature preserve just 20 minutes north of Birmingham that’s home to endangered endemic species and open to students for research and service.