The Exploration term emphasizes innovation and experimentation for both students and faculty. Exploration term refers to the
College’s January term. Projects offered during this term facilitate exploration not possible during the regular term, including
group study-travel projects focused on a specific region or issue, on-campus projects that examine a topic from multiple angles,
or projects that provide sustained focus and practice over extended meetings. Students also participate in internships or contract
their own projects during January.
Norton Board of Advisors
The Norton Board is a group of over 200 community leaders who advise the College’s programs and facilitate internships and
mentorships for students. The Norton Board’s charge is to connect the College to the community, its people and its needs, as
well as to connect the community to the College’s students. Established in 1974 to honor the memory of Edward Lee Norton,
the Norton Board provides a forum for mixing the academic and theoretical wisdom of the College with the practical advice of
Birmingham’s business and professional communities. The Norton Board also supports Panther Partnerships, a nine-month
professional mentoring experience for Birmingham-Southern students.
Hess Center for Leadership and Service
Established in 1999, the Hess Center promotes effective leadership practice and advocacy through the Distinction in Leadership
Studies Academic Program, the First-Year Leadership Challenge, and Hess Fellows Advocacy Internships.
Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action
The Bunting Center, named in 2007, coordinates and supports the College’s curricular and co-curricular service-learning program,
including regional, national, and international partnerships. In coordination with rise
and the Hess Center, the Bunting Center
supports faculty professional development for community-based learning and research.
e Sklenar Center for International Programs
The Sklenar Center coordinates all national and international study-travel projects, assisting students and faculty in the selection
and design of study-travel experiences suited to individual interests and needs. Partnerships with international institutions
and educational programs allow students to study away during the regular term, contract a travel experience during January, or
complete a summer internship at an national or international location.
Shibani Chakrabarty (‘18),
President Elect of PanHellenic,
Hess Fellow, studied abroad
in spring 2016 in London,
England through the
American Institute for Foreign
“I thought I would have to choose between
studying abroad and embracing leadership
opportunities at the College. However, with
hard work and determination, I was able
to do both. Choosing to study abroad was
the best decision I have made. My advice
is this: if you have the slightest inclination
to study abroad, the tiniest amount of
wanderlust in you, then do not let anything
hold you back.”