Find Your Future
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Alabama invites you to
share an intellectual and creative journey with our dedicated and dynamic faculty.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of
Music, or Graduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences will be a defining
experience for you and a stepping-stone to your future success. A baccalaureate degree
in one of our many undergraduate degree programs, or a masters or doctor of philosophy
degree in one of our graduate degree programs, will give you the opportunity to discover
and explore your passion, and find your future career. In the years after graduation,
Arts and Sciences majors have among the highest rates of employment and the greatest
gains in median salary of any major – visit our webpage on the value of an A&S degree for details.
Our programs offer many of the advantages of an expensive private-school education,
such as high-quality, engaged research faculty, small class sizes, and individualized
attention, at a fraction of the cost of most private schools. And in contrast to many
large universities, the majority (79%) of the course hours taught in the College are taught by full-time
faculty. This compares very favorably with the average US university, where fewer than one-half
of course hours are taught by full-time faculty.
• Approximately 250 full-time, research-active, and student-focused faculty members
providing individual attention.
• 24 Undergraduate Majors, 13 Graduate Programs, and nearly 50 Undergraduate Concentrations.
• Nearly all Arts and Sciences faculty have the highest degree in their field (Ph.D.
or equivalent) and are active researchers or artists.
• Small class sizes, with a 21:1 student-faculty ratio university-wide. Many Arts
and Sciences programs have even better student-faculty ratios.
• A high percentage (79%) of courses in the College are taught by full-time professors.
• Over 100 Arts and Sciences College scholarships are available, plus hundreds of University scholarships.
• Modern classrooms, laboratories, and computer labs.
• Vibrant student organizations in nearly every major.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested in a major in the Arts and Sciences, but shouldn’t I take a more vocational
major to find a financially rewarding career?
Because it prepares you for a wide range of careers, the liberal arts education you
will receive as an A&S major is one of the best ways to prepare for your career. It
is true that a few vocational majors, such as some engineering majors, start at a
very high salary. But be careful about how you interpret this, because over time,
Arts and Sciences majors tend to see higher rates of salary growth than nearly all
vocational majors. This means that after a few years in the workplace, Arts and Sciences
majors often catch up or surpass the salaries of more vocationally-oriented majors.
Please visit our Value of an A&S Degree
page for more details about the career prospects of our majors
How is the College of Arts and Sciences different from the University of South Alabama?
The College of Arts and Sciences is one of nine colleges at the University of South
Alabama. Each College is composed of many departments, and these departments offer
the various major degree programs. Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse
college at the university. Because of its diversity, and because its offerings are
at the heart of a modern college education, the College of Arts and Sciences also
provides many of the core courses for majors in the other eight colleges.
Do I have to decide on a major before I can be in the College of Arts and Sciences?
No, you can join the College as an undecided major. While you are undecided, the official
name of your major will be General Studies, and you will be advised by a professional
advisor in the A&S Advising Center
. As a General Studies major, you will have the same opportunities to register for
classes as other students with a major. A General Studies major is an excellent way
to start, because it allows you to find a major that’s the right fit for you while
still making progress toward your degree.
Where can I find information to help me choose a major?
Choosing a major is a significant decision. If you are unsure, you can start as a
General Studies (undecided) major and still work toward your degree while you take
classes and explore different options. Here are some other sources of information
to help you find a major:
- You can read about the different departments and major descriptions on the Arts and Sciences website, to see what interests you.
- You can talk with one of our professional advisors in the Arts and Sciences Advising
Center. These advisors will know what kind of major might be a good match with your
interests and skills. To make an appointment, visit our Advising Center webpage, choose Making Appointment, and then choose “Make an Appointment with Ms. Shylonda
- You can talk to the faculty of any program you are interested in to learn about
career options in that major.
- The University of South Alabama Career Center offers a range of career advising and testing to help you pick a major that matches
your interests and aptitude.
Can I change my major after I arrive at USA?
Yes, major changes can be made during most of your undergraduate career. However,
be advised that frequent major changes can slow down your progress toward your degree,
so it’s best to talk about your proposed major change with your academic advisor before
making the change
What is a major concentration?
Some majors have concentrations in specific sub-fields related to the major. If your
major department offers concentrations, the concentration you choose will make your
education more specialized in the concentration area. However, neither your degree
title nor your diploma will be affected by your choice of concentration.
What is a minor, and do I have to have a minor?
is additional education in a specific area that is different from your chosen major.
Minors exist to insure that all bachelor degree students receive an education that
includes both breadth and depth. Most Arts and Sciences majors require a minor. The
only exceptions are Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, or Bachelor of Music degrees. Talk
with your academic advisor about finding the right minor for you.
Is there an Honors Program available to majors in the Arts and Sciences?
Yes. The University of South Alabama has a thriving honors program that is open to
qualified students in Arts and Sciences. The Honors Program
combines special courses with small class sizes, top research faculty, and extra-curricular
activities. In addition to the Honors Program, many Arts and Sciences departments
have major-specific clubs or honors societies. Be sure to talk with your faculty advisor
about these exciting opportunities.