Terry G. Roberson, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office of Academic Affairs
Calkins Hall, Station 6015
telephone: (205) 665-6015
fax: (205) 665-6018
Kathy Hoefker, Registrar
Palmer Hall, Station 6040
telephone: (205) 665-6040
fax: (205) 665-6042
All students seeking an undergraduate degree at Montevallo must complete a core curriculum, which includes courses in oral and written communication; literature, humanities, and fine arts; the natural sciences and mathematics; history and social and behavioral sciences; health and activity education; and computer applications.
Purpose and goals of general education
The core curriculum is the most complete embodiment of the University’s mission as Alabama’s publicly funded liberal arts college. In this curriculum, the University bears continually in mind the special meaning of freedom embodied in the term “liberal arts”: the arts that free or enable students to explore the perennial questions that confront every thoughtful human being—questions about nature, human nature and society, and metaphysics. The University provides opportunities to explore these questions through liberal studies in the sciences, literature, the fine arts, history, behavioral and social sciences, and philosophy. The University is committed to liberal inquiry, not only in its core curriculum, but also in its professional and pre-professional programs. In all of these, the University aims to graduate students who can bring to their vocations, their private lives, and their civic participation the habits of lifelong learning and energetic, informed reflection.
Liberal education is possible only if the student has acquired some degree of mastery and understanding of the instruments or skills through which the human mind can absorb information about the world, come to a deepened understanding of that information, and transmit that understanding to others. Accordingly, the University dedicates a substantial portion of the core curriculum to acquiring the skills and symbol systems that, because they make it possible for the mind to grasp what is not apparent to the senses, enable genuine learning.
The arts of learning outlined to this point enable students to explore, in the traditional disciplines, three principal kinds of questions posed to thoughtful people by the world around them:
In the contemporary university, students have access to modes of acquiring, processing, and transmitting information unknown to previous generations. Accordingly:
General education credit hour requirements
For the most-current list of approved general education (GE) course titles, refer to the latest published course schedule (issued for Fall, Spring, May, and Summer semesters).
Written Composition, 6 credit hours
English Composition I, 3 credit hours
English Composition II, 3 credit hours
Writing Reinforcement, 12 credit hours
After completing English Composition I and II, students are required to take 12 credit hours of Writing Reinforcement (WR) coursework. Six of these credit hours are completed in the required literature courses listed in the Humanities and Fine Arts section that follows, and the final 6 credit hours are completed during the junior and senior years, usually in the major. Writing Reinforcement courses provide students with frequent opportunities to write about course material as a means toward learning that material, to prepare the kinds of texts typically written by professionals in that field, and to receive instructor coaching, critique, and commentary on their written work.
Humanities and Fine Arts, 18 credit hours
Literature, 6 credit hours
Oral Communication, 3 credit hours
Fine Arts, 3 credit hours
Further study in humanities, 6 credit hours
Fine Arts (maximum of 3 additional credit hours in Fine Arts)
Natural Sciences and Math, 11 credit hours
Mathematics, 3 credit hours
Lab science in two disciplines, 8 credit hours
History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences, 12 credit hours
History, 6 credit hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences, 6 credit hours
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Wellness, Activity, 3 credit hours
Health and Wellness, 2 credit hours
Activity, 1 credit hour
Computer Applications, 1–3 credit hours
Courses offered in several disciplines
For transfer purposes, courses taken to meet the general studies curriculum requirements approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee of the State of Alabama (AGSC) will apply to UM general education requirements. The AGSC requirements are degree and program specific, and some courses may not apply if a student changes programs upon or after transferring to the University of Montevallo. Students should consult an academic adviser or the Assistant Registrar (Records Office) concerning substitutions or the applicability of transfer credit in satisfying general education requirements. The AGSC requirements are available at any public accredited post-secondary institution in Alabama and on the UM website (www.montevallo.edu) or at http://stars.troy.edu/.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs must approve any substitution or waiver of a General Education requirement.
The Becoming Program is intended to enhance students’ transition to university life, engagement with opportunities for learning and service, and collaboration with faculty to integrate learning in ways meaningful to their personal and career goals. The goal of the first course, UM 101, is to promote among freshmen a better understanding of themselves, of the culture and traditions of UM, and of the liberal arts tradition. The second course, UM 201, helps sophomores engage and reflect on the value of both classroom and experiential learning for finding meaning in life and work. The third course, UM 301, serves as a synthesizing experience, helping juniors and seniors to explore opportunities for working projects which integrate curricular and co-curricular learning experiences at UM. All students are required to successfully complete the three courses.
General graduation requirements
Responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the student. In addition to the University’s minimum general requirements, colleges and/or departments may have additional graduation requirements as described in the colleges’ information sections of this Bulletin. Minimum general requirements for graduation are:
Specific degree requirements
Bachelor of Arts
In addition to the General Education curriculum, students seeking this degree must complete the second-year course sequence in French, German, or Spanish.
Bachelor of Science
Students seeking this degree must complete a total of 18 or more credit hours in mathematics and science.
Other undergraduate degrees
For information about the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, refer to the College of Business section of this Bulletin. For information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, refer to the College of Fine Arts section.
Second bachelor’s degree
A second bachelor’s degree may be conferred when all degree requirements of the second degree, including General Education requirements, are completed. For students with a first degree from the University of Montevallo, requirements for the second degree shall consist of at least 30 semester hours of credit beyond those required for the first degree. For students with a first degree from another regionally accredited institution, requirements for the second degree shall consist of at least 33 semester hours of credit beyond those on the first degree. Students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree must meet the General Education and major and minor requirements in effect at the term of admission for the second degree. All courses must be approved by the student’s academic adviser and the Registrar.
Students who select two majors must meet the degree requirements of both majors, including the General Education requirements. If the majors are in different degree programs, students will receive two diplomas simultaneously at graduation. The recipients’ names will be listed in the printed commencement program under both degree programs.
Teacher certification requirements
Students who intend to earn teacher certification should review requirements with their advisers during the freshman year. Information regarding teacher education programs is included in the College of Education section of this Bulletin and in the undergraduate Teacher Education Handbook.
Academic regulations and procedures
Responsibilities of students
The academic advising process is crucial to the success of a student’s University career. In planning a program of study, students should coordinate their personal goals with their academic and professional goals and should discuss long-range goals and career opportunities available in a particular major with their advisers.
Students must obtain approval from their adviser in order to register or preregister for courses. A student should meet with the adviser during the preregistration advising period and should consult the adviser prior to any change in classes, prior to a change in major or minor, immediately following any report of unsatisfactory progress, and when considering withdrawal from Montevallo.
Students are responsible for being familiar with the requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin and on the University’s website and should maintain copies of their personal checksheet and transfer evaluation so information regarding progress toward a degree is readily available.
Students are ultimately responsible for planning and implementing their own academic programs, and no legal responsibility rests with Montevallo. The University reserves the right to modify degree requirements, programs of study, and curricula as it deems necessary or appropriate.
Declaration of major and minor
The major and minor fields of study should be chosen by the end of the sophomore year. Requirements for specific majors and minors are listed under the appropriate department headings in this Bulletin. Courses for the major and minor must be selected in consultation with the academic adviser. A minor is optional except where required for a specific major.
Change of major or minor
To change a major, students may obtain a change-of-major form in any department office or from the Records Office. The form must be taken to the new department, for approval and for assignment of an academic adviser, and then to the Records Office, where the change will be recorded. To change a minor, a student should contact the Records Office.
Assignment of academic advisers
Advisers are assigned by the major department. However, if a student changes majors, a new adviser is assigned by the new major department. The change takes place at the time that the change of major is approved. A student may change advisers within a department by consulting the chair of the department.
A program evaluation (checksheet) is available from the Associate Registrar upon request by the student. Graduating seniors who have completed a diploma card in the Records Office are notified to meet with the Associate Registrar before the final academic advising session. The remaining academic requirements are discussed, and the student is given a copy of the checksheet and transcript. The adviser receives a deficiency notice, checksheet, and transcript prior to academic advising.
Checksheets indicating equivalency of transfer courses are issued to new transfer students at orientation.
Grades represent the instructor’s assessment of the student’s performance on classroom and laboratory assignments, as well as on essays, term papers, class participation and examinations, etc. Grades and grade points are earned and recorded as follows:
Grade, grading standard, grade points per hour
A Excellent 4 B Good 3 C Satisfactory 2 D Passing 1 F Failing 0 I Incomplete 0 IP In Progress 0 NC No Credit 0 P Pass 0 S Satisfactory 0 U Unsatisfactory 0 W Withdrawn 0
Grades of “I” (Incomplete) may be given when students, because of circumstances beyond their control, are unable to complete coursework that is assigned and/or due during the last 15 calendar days of long semesters and/or during the last 5 calendar days of the May and Summer terms. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to complete remaining requirements.
All incomplete work must be finished by a date determined by the instructor and not later than the conclusion of the next long semester (i.e., for Fall semester “I”s, no later than the last day of the following Spring semester; for Spring semester, May term, and Summer term “I”s, no later than the last day of the following Fall semester). Otherwise, an “I” grade automatically becomes an “F”.
In Progress grades
A grade of “IP” (In Progress) may be assigned only in designated courses.
Repeating courses and grades
Students who want to receive credit for a course failed at UM must repeat the course at UM. The credit hours for every occurrence of the course are used in determining the grade-point average (GPA).
Students who want to improve a grade(s) of B or lower in a UM course must repeat the course(s) at UM. The credit hours for every occurrence of the course are used in determining the GPA. The credit hours for a repeated, previously passed course are not included in earned hours.
Transient courses and grades
A student must receive approval from the chair of the department, the academic adviser, and the Registrar to register for courses at another college or university. A passing grade must be earned in each course to transfer credit to Montevallo.
All applicable grade-point averages, including total institution, total transfer, and overall, will appear on the academic transcript.
The University expects students to attend all classes for which they are enrolled. Instructors may establish specific regulations governing their classes and will provide them to their students at the beginning of each term.
Minimum academic progress
Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours are classified as freshmen. At 30 hours, the student is classified as a sophomore, at 60 hours a junior, and at 90 hours a senior.
Maintaining minimum academic progress
A student is expected to achieve consistent progress toward the attainment of a University degree. Earning the following minimum cumulative UM GPAs is considered minimum academic progress:
0–29 earned hours*, 1.5 GPA (UM)
30–59 earned hours*, 1.7 GPA (UM)
60–89 earned hours*, 1.9 GPA (UM)
90+ earned hours*, 2.0 GPA (UM)
*includes transfer hours
At the end of each semester, a student maintaining minimum academic progress, as defined previously in this section, is placed on academic warning when, after attempting 12 or more credit hours at the University of Montevallo, the cumulative UM GPA is below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. A student may be removed from academic warning only by attaining a minimum cumulative UM 2.0 GPA on study attempted at UM. Courses eligible for transfer from another institution are not considered in determining academic warning. Academic warning will be noted on the student’s academic transcript.
At the end of each spring semester, a student who does not maintain minimum academic progress, as defined previously in this section, will be suspended from study for one regular semester (the subsequent fall semester). Any student who is suspended will be allowed to enroll in the subsequent summer term. If summer enrollment results in meeting minimum academic progress, the student will be reinstated for the fall semester. The previous suspension will be noted on the student’s academic transcript. If a student chooses not to enroll in the subsequent summer term, the suspension will remain in effect and the student will not be allowed to enroll in the fall semester. A student may not transfer to the University any credits earned at another college or university while on suspension.
Following expiration of the suspension, the student will be readmitted under academic warning. A student returning from suspension is placed on warning and must achieve a term GPA of 2.0 or better.
A returning student who subsequently does not attain the aforementioned standards at the end of the spring semester shall incur an indefinite suspension (minimum of 12 months) and may be readmitted only after review and approval of the Committee on Readmission. The request for such a review should be addressed to the appropriate college dean, who appoints and chairs the committee.
Students placed on academic warning are usually not eligible to participate in extracurricular activities; however, a student incurring warning during a period of active participation in an intercollegiate sport, theatrical production, or other officially recognized extracurricular activity in which the student represents the University (in the case of athletes, from the first scheduled game through the last scheduled game only, including playoffs) may be allowed to complete the period of participation, provided that this provision does not conflict with relevant external rules. For purposes of enforcing this policy, the beginning and ending dates of each activity are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Graduation honors that are designated on the transcript and on the diploma are based on the following standard:
To be eligible for Honors Day recognition, a student must be full-time, degree-seeking, and have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at UM. “Highest honors” are awarded to students with a 3.8 cumulative GPA on University study, while “honors” are awarded to students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA on University study.
President’s List and Dean’s List
Students who earn at least 12 semester hours and a minimum 3.8 GPA during a semester are placed on the President’s List for that term. Those students who earn at least 12 semester hours and between a 3.5 and a 3.79 GPA during a semester are placed on the Dean’s List for that term. The designations appear on the transcript.
Registration and preregistration
Orientation and evaluation
The University provides freshmen and transfer students a program of orientation, advising, and academic counseling prior to enrollment. The program provides students with an opportunity to better understand academic requirements and degree programs, to consider personal abilities, interests, and talents, and to become familiar with the campus and facilities.
New students are expected to participate in an orientation session prior to beginning classes. Students entering Montevallo during a Summer Session or during the Spring Semester attend one-day registration/orientation sessions. Fall Semester transfer students choose between two one-day preregistration/orientation sessions offered during the summer. Fall Semester freshmen attend one of two preregistration sessions during the summer and return to campus for Freshman Orientation immediately prior to the beginning of Fall Semester classes. An orientation fee is required of all student participants.
Students also participate in one or more evaluative activities:
University Calendar and credit hours
The University operates on the semester system. The University Calendar includes Fall and Spring Semesters, a May Term, and a Summer Session of two five-week terms.
The semester hour (or “credit hour”) is the unit of academic measurement. One semester hour represents one clock hour of instruction per week for approximately 16 weeks. Two clock hours of laboratory time are considered equivalent to one hour of instruction.
Registration and preregistration procedures
Registration and preregistration procedures and dates are available on the Records Office website at www.montevallo.edu/Records/ each semester prior to academic advising. The schedule of classes is available on the University’s website at: www.montevallo.edu/Records.
Each semester students may preregister for the subsequent semester. Students who preregister and pay by the required date (published in the class schedule) do not have to participate in regular registration. Schedules of students who do not submit payment by the prepayment deadline may be dropped.
In order to avoid closed classes and obtain the optimal schedule, students are encouraged to preregister and pay by the preregistration deadline.
Maximum course loads
Maximum course loads are as follows: 19 semester hours for Fall or Spring Semesters; 4 semester hours for May Term, and 7 semester hours for each Summer Session. Overloads must be approved by the student’s academic dean.
Students may audit courses (i.e., without receiving grades or credit) on a space-available basis. Auditing students must register in the Records Office during the official late-registration period only. Students taking courses for credit may not change credit to audit after the add-period ends.
Students may drop and/or add during the specified period either on Banner Self-Service or in the major department. A student who is considering either dropping or adding a course should discuss the proposed change with the academic adviser.
Courses may be added and dropped for a specified period, as indicated in the University Calendar. After the drop period, freshmen may drop one course without penalty until near the end of the term, as indicated in the University Calendar. This drop must be done in the Records Office.
Withdrawal from the University
Students intending to withdraw during a term must go to the Records Office to complete a withdrawal form. Students receiving financial aid should consult the Office of Student Financial Services to determine the effect the withdrawal may have on their aid. Resident students should notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life of their intent to withdraw. Residents who withdraw from the University must check out of their room within 24 hours of withdrawal. Completing these procedures results in official withdrawal from the University, and a grade of “W” is recorded for each course. Students may not withdraw from the University after the final withdrawal date, which is published in the University Calendar in this Bulletin. Those who do not adhere to the withdrawal procedure receive those grades as posted to the academic record at the conclusion of that semester or term.
A student on probation who has withdrawn on more than one occasion from the University is not eligible for subsequent withdrawal without special permission from the dean of the college and the concurrence of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Cancellation of courses
The University reserves the right to cancel any course offered when enrollment is fewer than 10. The decision is made by the dean of the college in which the course is offered.
Transcript of academic record
The transcript is a student’s official permanent record. The handling of transcripts and the retention and disposal of student records are in accordance with the guidelines of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the requirements of the Alabama University General Records Schedules.
Final grades for each term are reported to students on their Banner Student Self Service link. A printed copy of grades is available from the Records Office upon written request.
Students who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the University may obtain official transcripts of their records from the Records Office. Students may obtain unofficial transcripts from the Records Office or from their Banner Self-Service page.
Confidentiality of records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are as follows:
Any complaints or questions should be addressed to the Registrar, Records Office, Palmer Hall, (205) 665-6040. There is also a complete copy of the University’s FERPA policy on file in the Records Office.
The mission of the University of Montevallo Honors Program is to provide intellectually talented students with specially designed academic offerings, co-curricular activities, and recognition.
The academic dimension is composed of two types of honors classes. One type is designed to fulfill requirements in the General Education Program, such as Foundations in Writing (ENG 103 and 104), World Civilizations (HIST 103 and 104), and Oral Communications (COMS 102). The other type of honors class, intended to supplement the student’s course work, consists of seminars on topics best considered in an interdisciplinary context. Seminars often include guest speakers or involve travel to special events or places.
Upon successful completion of honors courses in each year of attendance at the University, a student may be awarded Honors Certificates and the University Honors Degree. The degree will be awarded with “University Honors” upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 26 credit hours in honors courses. For the degree, the hours in honors classes should be distributed as follows:
Honors students will be awarded Sophomore Honors Certificates upon satisfactory completion of the 18 hours of honors courses during the freshman and sophomore years. Honors students who receive Advanced Placement Program (AP), CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program credit in History or English will receive up to 6 hours of honors credit toward the Sophomore Honors Certificate. Upon satisfactory completion of the additional 8 hours of upper-division honors courses, students will graduate with University Honors. Students who enter the program after their sophomore year can earn an Upper Division Honors Certificate after satisfactory completion of 8 hours of upper-division honors courses.
Honors students are recognized for their achievements at special occasions during the academic year. Participants will have notations on their transcripts recognizing their participation in the Honors Program for the purpose of alerting prospective employers and graduate schools to the quality and extent of honors work.
For information and application forms, contact the Honors Program Director at (205) 665-6501. The Honors Program office, classroom, and lounge are in Hill House.
Honors courses are open to students in the Honors Program and also to all other Montevallo students by permission of the Honors Program Director and on a space-available basis. Inquiries are encouraged.
Communication Studies (COMS)
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|102||Honors Foundations of Oral Communication||3|
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|103||Foundations in Writing for Advanced Students||3|
|104||Foundations in Writing for Advanced Students||3|
|233||Honors World Literature I||3|
|234||Honors World Literature II||3|
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|103||History of World Civilizations for Honors Students||3|
|104||History of World Civilizations for Honors Students||3|
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|314||Model Arab League||1|
|320||Model United Nations||1|
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|111||Honors Introduction to Philosophy||3|
Study away is defined as any number of arrangements by which University of Montevallo students may complete one or more degree requirements through educational activities off campus. Such activities include — but are not limited to — undergraduate and graduate classroom study, research, intern- or externships, field studies, clinical or observational trials, service learning accomplished for credit outside the United States, and participation in the National Student Exchange. Local courses taken through the BACHE Consortium or transient courses transferred from local or U.S.-based universities do not count as study-away courses. Study away can include formal exchange programs with other universities, trips sponsored by the University of Montevallo, or trips sponsored by other institutions of higher education. The length of time can range from a few weeks to a full semester or academic year. Study away does not substitute for or relieve any residency requirements. Original credit is awarded in situations where the University of Montevallo is the institution awarding the academic credit for the study-away experience. Different policies and procedures may apply to study-away arrangements whereby credit is being offered by another institution and the student is seeking to transfer credit back to Montevallo. In all cases, students are encouraged to confirm academic credit arrangements before leaving campus.
Military training courses
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is available to Montevallo students through a cooperative program with Samford University. Students enrolling in Air Force ROTC courses will attend classes on the Samford University campus or the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. The AFROTC provides college men and women the opportunity to attain a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation from college. The program is divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). The GMC includes freshman- and sophomore-level courses and is open to all students without military obligation. The POC includes junior- and senior-level courses for those committed to service on active duty. Uniforms and textbooks for all aerospace studies courses are provided at no charge.
Some freshmen enter AFROTC with a four-year college scholarship, though most freshmen and sophomores enter without. Freshmen and sophomores are able to compete for two-year and three-year scholarships through the In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP). Scholarship awards range from $9,000 to full tuition, $600 for books, and a $250-400 monthly tax-free stipend. As of March 2006, the Air Force has identified nursing and foreign-language majors to award immediate scholarships. Students must meet minimum requirements to receive the scholarship. They do not have to meet a board or compete for the scholarship, which pays tuition up to $15,000, $600 for books, and a $250-400 monthly tax-free stipend.
General Military Course
The General Military Course (GMC) is comprised of AFRC 101, 102, 201, and 202. These courses are open to all students regardless of qualifications for military service or intent to compete for a commission. As part of the GMC, students examine the basic organization and structure of the Air Force, gain an appreciation of the historical significance of air power, apply basic communications skills, and receive an introduction to total quality management.
Professional Officer Course
Students who complete the GMC and desire to serve on active duty in the Air Force continue training in the Professional Officer Course (POC). The AFROTC can also accept application of non-GMC students to enroll in the one-year or two-year programs. The POC is designed to provide students with advanced leadership training, application techniques for a quality culture, study of military history with particular attention paid to the role of air power, and a complete understanding of the national-security process. The POC prepares men and women with the skills necessary to be leaders in the United States Air Force.
Leadership Laboratory is an integral part of the AFROTC program. Each academic class has an associated leadership laboratory that meets for two hours each week. It provides an opportunity for students to apply classroom teachings to actual environments. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop leadership potential. Leadership Laboratory involves a study of the life and work of Air Force junior officers. Students develop their leadership potential in a practical, supervised laboratory, which typically includes field trips to Air Force installations throughout the United States. The first two years of Leadership Laboratory involve activities classified as initial leadership experiences. The last two years consist of activities classified as advanced leadership experiences.
All cadets in the AFROTC must complete field training. It is offered during the summer months at selected Air Force bases throughout the United States and normally occurs between the sophomore and junior years. Field training is an intense training environment designed to orient students toward service in the United States Air Force. The major areas of study include officership training, aircraft and aircrew orientation, career orientation, survival training, Air Force environment, and physical training. Cadets who have completed all courses in the GMC participate in four weeks of field training. Students who have not completed all of the courses in the GMC participate in five weeks of field training. The additional week of training provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills offered in the GMC.
Intern Programs for Qualified Cadets
AFROTC cadets also compete for additional training programs such as FREEFALL (parachuting), SOAR (glider training), ASSIST (Officer Shadow Program), Nurse Orientation Program (NOP), Flight Nurse NOP, Survival Training, Overseas Base Orientation, Pentagon Shadow Program, Engineering Orientation Program, and more. These programs take place between the freshman and sophomore years and between the junior and senior years. They allow cadets to see real-world Air Force officers operating on a daily basis and provide exposure to opportunities they might not otherwise receive.
For additional information about Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs available to Montevallo students, contact:
Unit Admissions Officer, Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Phone: (205) 726-2859
For complete descriptions of ROTC courses, refer to the Courses of Instruction section of this Bulletin.
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program is maintained under Federal Laws by acts of Congress. Under these laws, the Senior ROTC Program in General Military Science is offered. ROTC is a program of leadership and skills training. Through hands-on training and classroom instruction by experienced, active-duty Army officers and Non-commissioned officers, men and women in ROTC develop invaluable skills that enable them to rise above their peers in a professional civilian or military career. Students not only learn military skills; they learn how to lead; how to organize and manage people, things, and tasks.
Qualified students may earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the opportunity to serve either full time in the active Army or part time in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. Students compete for valuable two- and three-year, and other special ROTC scholarships. The Army ROTC office is located on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus. Under the Cooperative Exchange Program and a partnership agreement, University of Montevallo students are eligible to participate. Course credit is granted on a semester-hour basis. Registration for the classes should be coordinated through the Registrar’s Office.
Enrollment is open to all members of the student body. The Military Science Department offers several courses that may be counted as electives in support of other degrees. ROTC is traditionally a four-year program that is divided into a lower and upper division. The first two years of military science courses are designed to provide the student with broad flexibility in the choice of a profession. The second two years of ROTC will lead to a presidential appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
The Lower Division is generally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. For students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college and are not veterans, a compressed version of the Lower-Division Sequence is available each summer through a six-week all-expenses-paid training seminar. Successful completion gives students credentials necessary for enrollment in the Upper Division.
The Upper Division, during the final two years of college, includes an advanced summer leadership seminar that takes place between the junior and senior years. Students in the Upper Division are paid $450 to $500 per month while enrolled, plus salary for all summer internships.
Army ROTC offers several opportunities for full tuition and fees scholarships. Once on campus, students may apply for three-year or two-year scholarships. Each scholarship covers tuition, an annual allotment of $900 for most books and fees, plus a $300–$500 tax-free allowance per school month, based on academic class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). Army ROTC scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of merit to the most-outstanding students who apply. Unlike most academic scholarships, family income has no bearing on qualifications. For more details, refer to the Financial Aid section of this Bulletin or contact the scholarship adviser at the ROTC Department, at (205) 934-7215, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Students with prior military experience can fulfill credit requirements for the ROTC Lower Division sequence. This means that, if credit is granted and provided the student is not on a three-year Army ROTC scholarship, he or she can skip the freshman and sophomore years of ROTC and enroll directly in the Upper Division sequence. Students with prior service may be eligible for special veteran scholarships. In addition to any financial assistance from ROTC, veterans are still qualified to receive any and all VEAP/GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits to which he or she is entitled.
Simultaneous Membership Program
Students may also take advantage of a program that allows them to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Reserve at the same time. It is called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Students in the SMP serve as an officer in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant. SMPs are paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for Guard or Reserve service.
Minor in Military Science
A minor in Military Science is available and requires the following: ARRC 301, 302, 303, 401, 402 or 403 (18 hours); approved Military Science electives (6 hours); the successful completion of the ROTC Advanced Camp; Military History (3 hours); computer science (2 hours); and English (6 hours). Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or better in all the required military courses, as well as a C or better in the approved classes.
As part of the Military Honors Program, Military Science students possessing outstanding qualities of leadership, academics, and high moral character may be designated by the Professor of Military Science as Distinguished Military Students. Upon earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant and a baccalaureate degree, select students may be designated Distinguished Military Graduates.
For additional information about the Army ROTC program available to Montevallo students, contact:
Professor of Military Science
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1045 9th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4490
Phone: (205) 934-7215