A Message from the Dean
Welcome to Samford! If you're a student considering your college choices, let me give you a few reasons to consider majoring in one of the many subjects offered in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences:
An emphasis on lasting value
Students are sometimes attracted to "fad" courses and "practical degrees." Neither of these has much lasting value. A few years ago taking a course on "Working with Windows XP" or "How to Program your Palm Pilot" would have been trendy. Now, having such courses on your transcript would be an embarassment. At Samford our emphasis is on those ideas that have stood the test of time.
A personal connection with your professors
At many large universities you'll be crowded into mass lecture halls with professors who will never know your name. At Samford, you are guaranteed to have small classes where you'll get to know your professors and make friends with other students.
The benefits of a comprehensive university
Some liberal arts colleges are quite limited in their outlook. Samford has the benefits of a mid-size university—Division I athletics, cultural events, outstanding guest speakers—without the anonymity of a large state university. You'll also have access to the resources of our professional schools: business, divinity, education, law, nursing, arts, and pharmacy. It's really the best of both worlds.
An emphasis on enduring values
In a time when our country has been torn by greed and scandal, it's good to know that some schools still insist on a code of values. Samford strives to uphold five core values: worth of the individual, self-discipline, integrity, respect for property and the environment, and respect for community authority. These values are not simply given lip service, but are reinforced through learning, living, and worshiping together.
An ideal environment for studying and living
Samford's campus is one of the most beautiful in the South. Georgian colonial buildings encircle the beautifully landscaped quadrangle. The campus has the charm of a secluded retreat but is located within minutes of the city of Birmingham with its outstanding healthcare, restaurants, and cultural activities.
We encourage you to browse through the departmental websites. If you have questions, you can contact our faculty through email or telephone. Then we encourage you to take the next step and come to visit our campus and meet our faculty in person. I think you will find that Samford is a very special place.
Dean, Howard College of Arts and Sciences