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Birmingham-Southern College Catalog 2016-2017




Birmingham-Southern College prepares men and women for lives of significance. The

College fosters intellectual and personal development through excellence in teaching and

scholarship and by challenging students to engage their community and the greater world,

to examine diverse perspectives, and to live with integrity. A residential, baccalaureate

liberal arts institution, Birmingham-Southern honors its Methodist heritage of informed

inquiry and meaningful service.


At Birmingham-Southern College we believe the best educational experiences we can

provide students are those that encourage the development of skills and interests that will

serve graduates well throughout a lifetime of learning. Toward that end we offer a

curriculum founded upon a rich liberal arts tradition.

All of our degree programs include a common foundation of general education

requirements designed to support the educational goals of the College. Known as the

Explorations curriculum, our general education program has been purposefully designed

to foster five learning outcomes that the College expects all of its graduates to exhibit:

effective communication, creative problem solving, civic engagement, the ability to

connect disparate areas of thought, and self-directed teaching and learning.

In addition to completing general education requirements, students may choose a major

offered by the College or, in consultation with a faculty committee, may design their own

majors in order to pursue another specific academic interest or goal. This option for

allowing students to participate in designing their own academic programs is one that we

believe not only encourages enthusiasm and responsibility but also adds to the intellectual

vitality of the College.

We work hard to keep our programs flexible, our courses up to date, and our outlook

toward education innovative. We value diversity in all of its senses. Experiential learning,

to which the College has a strong commitment, complements classroom work. A number

of learning experience formats are available to all students, including internships,

international study-travel, service learning, and faculty-student research collaborations.

We also provide for tutorials and independent study through which students may pursue

topics of special interest in close cooperation with a faculty member.

Our obligation as a liberal arts college is to help students develop the capacity to make

and communicate responsible decisions based on information accurately gathered and

astutely analyzed. Faculty take this responsibility seriously and work to direct students

toward developing skills in reading, writing, and speaking; in understanding the methods

and principles of the sciences and their significance in the modern world; in cultivating