Founded in Normal, Alabama in 1875, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (also known as Alabama A & M), is a historically African-American school where some 5,000 students are currently enrolled. It is one of Alabama’s leading institutions of higher education and the only Northern Alabama university to offer a master’s degree in social work.
Alabama A & M offers degrees in a very wide range of subjects. The university is known for its strong physics program (with a particular emphasis on space physics), in which it offers a PhD. PhD’s are also available in three other areas, including plant and soil science, and the University is one of the leading providers of these degrees for African-Americans. Other academic programs include computer science, which contains both graduate and undergraduate programs, telecommunications, psychology, urban and regional planning and many others. Engineering degrees are available in the fields of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The institution is a nationally accredited provider of both graduate and undergraduate degrees in family and consumer sciences. Alabama A & M is also home to an army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. SACS provides accreditation to institutions within an 11-state area, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Some accreditation is also extended to parts of Latin America. (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 – (404)679-4500 – Fax: (404)679-4558).