Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. For 10 straight years, Birmingham-Southern has been ranked among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In 1987, the magazine ranked the college as the No. 1 Regional Liberal Arts College in the South Region.

The following year, Birmingham-Southern was elevated to the Liberal Arts College-Bachelor‚Äôs category‚ÄĒthe top category a liberal arts institution can attain in the magazine‚Äôs annual rankings. Since then, the college‚Äôs ranking has continued to improve from Tier IV to its current Tier I ranking, placing it among the top 66 liberal arts colleges in the nation. The college also has been ranked by the magazine as the most efficiently operated school in the nation and as one of the 10 Best Values in America, in addition to one of 22 private colleges in the country listed as a ‚ÄúBest Buy‚ÄĚ by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.


Birmingham-Southern College is the result of a merger of Southern Uni... [ Read All ]


United States

Birmingham-Southern College, 900 Arkadelphia Road
Phone: 205-226-4696
Fax: 205-226-3074

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Our Aims

Birmingham-Southern College provides a liberal arts education of distinctive quality. The college challenges students to think independently, to examine the arts and sciences aesthetically and critically, and to communicate clearly. It fosters the advancement of scholarship, personal and resourceful learning, and comprehensive advising.

The total educational experience at Birmingham-Southern College focuses on individual students and their intellectual and ethical development, and offers opportunities for spiritual and physical well-being. The academic program challenges students to understand a range of disciplines and requires the in-depth study of one. The college is distinguished by a dedicated faculty, undergraduate scholarship and research, Interim term, leadership studies and service-learning, cross-cultural opportunities, on- and off-campus mentor relationships, and by graduate education within a liberal arts context.

Birmingham-Southern College operates under the auspices of the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church, with its most responsible service to the Church being to p...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

192 wooded acres three miles west of downtown Birmingham. The college has 45 academic, residential, administrative, and athletic buildings/facilities, including 25 new facilities/structures, additions, or renovations completed since 1976. New facilities since 1998 include a campus center, fitness center, 100,000 square-foot science center, and a new Fraternity Row. In addition, renovation was completed in Fall 2002 to reconfigure North Residence Hall to three- and four-bedroom suites for male students, and a renovation project to convert the Phillips Science Building into a center to accommodate the academic needs of the college's Division of Humanities was completed in February 2003.  

Department and information about the department

The Visual Arts program at Birmingham-Southern is dedicated to providing the opportunity and the environment for the best possible education in the visual arts at the undergraduate level. No single aesthetic or style dominates the curriculum, the faculty,or the work of the students. We believe in facilitating the imaginative depth and reach of the individual student/artist, and we seek to promote a climate of diversity and excellence. Art studio majors at Birmingham-Southern are given fundamental instruction in design, drawing, and theory in the freshman year. They may then pursue a concentration in one of the following disciplines: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

Art History majors follow a similar track with an introduction to the studio process, but with an involved concentration in Art History. Students may also choose to pursue a minor in either Art Studio or Art History.

Three degree programs are offered through the Department of Art and Art History. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) involves a course of study emphasizing extensive professional preparation in studio art.  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

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Information For  Undergraduates

Undergraduate Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Music

Information For  Postgraduates

Graduate Degrees:
Master of Arts in Public and Private Management
Master of Music

Information For  International Students

Birmingham-Southern College is recognized by many national publications and organizations as one of America’s best national liberal arts colleges with more than 50 programs of study, as well as interdisciplinary and specially individualized majors and dual degree programs. The borders of Birmingham-Southern College span well beyond its campus in Birmingham, Alabama. Its students benefit from the opportunity to travel and learn outside the United States while others find their way to the BSC experience from other countries and other continents.

International students are important to the entire BSC campus. We invite all international students to read the International Student Guide to Birmingham-Southern College and see why BSC is one of the best values in higher education in America.  


Student Support

Student Affairs handles a host of activities and services for students. Among these responsibilities are housing, student activities, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and lost and found. This office also acts in an advisory capacity to the Honor Council. The Student Affairs staff works closely with the SGA in its presentation of activities, services, and programs.

The primary function of Student Affairs is to be of assistance to students in any way possible. If you have any problems, questions, or suggestions, feel free to come by. If Student Affairs can't help you, they will be able to direct you to someone who can, and if you don't have any questions or need any help, come by Student Affairs and volunteer your help. There are always projects going on...from making posters to planning programs and parties, or organizing Homecoming. If it has to do with students, Student Affairs can probably be found helping in some way.  

Student Life

Your college years are about more than academics. There's the atmosphere on campus and the friendships you make. It's a totally new beginning.

And with more than 80 student organizations at BSC, getting involved is easy. "It's such an open community," notes one student. "Whether it's volleyball on the dorm quad or coffee in The Cellar at 2 a.m., you will find so many ways to enjoy time on campus with your friends."  


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