Birmingham Southern College
About Birmingham Southern College
Birmingham Southern College is an affordable nationally recognized four-year liberal arts college in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is a southern city located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The city offers historical sites of interest including the Arlington Antebellum home and gardens and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Thrill-seekers will want to visit the Alabama Adventure Theme Park, while nature lovers explore the caves at DeSoto Caverns, take in the city skyline views while walking the Vulcan Trail, or canoe down the Cahaba River.
BSC's Art Department offers 4-year BA and BFA degrees in photography. The BFA degree is intended for students interested in the pursuit of studio art production and art-related fields of employment. It is also the degree for students interested in pursuing post-graduate study. The BA in studio art provides a similar concentration in studio art and art history, but allows for a greater spread of course work in other disciplines as well. Required coursework for both degree programs include at least three photography units plus two and three dimensional design, an introductory course in art issues, at least three levels of drawing courses, an art history survey course plus at least two other art history courses, and a senior studio course leading to the production of a series of related works in photography. For the BA student, the course fulfills the senior capstone experience culminating in a public exhibition of the completed works, a public talk, and a written formal statement. For the BFA student, another senior studio course is required, followed by a senior project in art capstone course that may be project or research oriented, documented travel, or an internship. The completion of all three courses culminates in a public exhibition, a public talk, a formal artist¡¦s statement, and a written thesis, all required for graduation.
BSC offers many institutionally funded scholarship programs. All students are automatically considered for Guaranteed Achievement Scholarships, partial tuition scholarships awarded based on academic and extracurricular achievements. GAS scholarships include the Trustee and Greensboro Scholarships and the Foundations and Partnership Awards. Entering freshmen are eligible for the Distinguished Scholars Awards, competitive scholarships valued for up to full-tuition based on outstanding scholastic achievement and participation in an invitation-only scholarship competition. Available DSA awards include the Guaranteed Presidential Scholarship and Full-Tuition Distinguished Scholar Awards.
BSC offers a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee to all students. The college promises that "because of the strength of the college¡¦s academic advising, a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and careful planning of annual course offerings, students are guaranteed to graduate within four years if they satisfy certain guidelines." The guarantee states that if the courses required for a specific major are not offered, or an academic advising error leads to the necessity for an additional course or courses in the fifth year, the college will cover the cost of tuition plus any course fees. That promise, along with an expanding Study Abroad program and a beautiful, modern campus with a lake and park area for student use, make BSC an enticing institution of higher learning. The college also offers more than 80 student organizations, Division III intercollegiate athletics, and more than 20 varsity sports.