Dean Ruth Truss, Ph.D.
“All of our major expenditures can be considered under the broad heading of student support. Scholarship support has been our biggest priority. We have also assisted with funding for faculty and staff development, student experience, books and many more items. Donor support has made a tremendous positive impact in the lives of our students.”
College of Arts and Sciences Report
- Alumni regularly support programs through both one-time donations and scholarship support. These funds help students with scholarships that cover tuition, support for travel expenses, undergraduate research conferences and more.
- Newer programs, such as computer science, criminology, environmental studies and peace and justice studies, provide students with opportunities to study areas that are relevant to their interests yet fall within UM’s signature intellectually extensive liberal arts curriculum.
- CAS now offers online courses in every area of the core curriculum as well as in advanced undergraduate level courses.
- The Department of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science offers The PLUNGE — a preparatory program for students interested in the health professions.
- CAS programs offer a diverse range of opportunities for students to engage in“real world” experiences. These placements include museums, libraries, archives, courthouses, corrections centers, health agencies, educational facilities, non-profit organizations, environmental agencies and publishing fields. Through alumni support, internships are available out-of-state in medicine and political affairs such as the Harvard Medical School Center for Glycoscience and The Washington Center.
- Students in the master’s degree Speech-Language Pathology Program engage in externships across the region with both pediatric and adult populations.
- CAS faculty regularly engage with students on an individual basis through a variety of means. The Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for students to develop a research project with a faculty mentor. Professional programs allow students to observe and engage in clinical practice.
- Independent studies provide students with other avenues to work closely with faculty.
- The undergraduate Social Work Program has a 100% pass rate on the Association of Social Work Boards bachelor’s examination.
- The graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program has a 100% pass rate on the Praxis Examination and a 100% employment placement rate.
“UM is a blessing. Looking back, I can easily say that I wouldn’t have gone to any other college but Montevallo.”
– KeVon’te Hall, a senior double-majoring in political science and history on a pre-law track who has been nominated to become a member of the UM chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.