Birmingham-Southern College is an institution formed from two pre-existing colleges: Southern University of Greensboro, Alabama (founded 1856), and Birmingham College of Birmingham, Alabama (founded 1898). Both were private schools that were united in 1918 as a new private institution focusing on the liberal arts. Seated on a 192-acre campus located three miles outside of Birmingham, BSC currently has 1,400 enrolled students and a large, well-educated faculty, maintaining an unusually low 12:1 student to faculty ratio. BSC is a privately-run, Christian-oriented institution.
Birmingham-Southern College offers programs that provide bachelor’s degrees in the areas of the arts, sciences, fine arts, music and music education. Master’s degrees are available in public and private management as well as music. Majors within these programs are many, with some examples being business administration, computer sciences, languages, mathematics, philosophy, political sciences and religion, among many others. Birmingham-Southern College offers two Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs in the Army and Air Force branches. Many study abroad programs are also available to students.
Birmingham-Southern College 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).