New College is The University of Alabama’s commitment to providing personalized higher education for those students who need and desire that special attention. It is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program where students craft individualized courses of study consistent with their interests, aptitude, temperament, and skills. Each student, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, builds a course of study that includes traditional coursework, community-based learning, undergraduate research opportunities, and self-directed study.

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The major objective of New College is to create an opportunity for a highly individualized education that allows students to draw from the resources of all University classes and faculty. The New College curriculum has two principle elements. The first element is the depth study, which is the student’s area of concentration. Students are also expected to develop their own independent studies and out-of-class learning experiences to enhance their understanding of the subject of their depth studies and to add to their learning experiences. The second element is the general education component, which provides students with opportunities to integrate humanities, social sciences and natural sciences beyond their depth study. The interdisciplinary experience in New College affords excellent preparation for students with ambitions for graduate study or for professional careers in various areas, including law and medicine.


  • Adams, Natalie G.
Assistant Director
  • Miller, John C. H.
  • Adams, Natalie G.
  • Galbraith, Marysia H.
  • Roach, Catherine M.
  • Trost, Theodore L.
Associate Professors
  • Cherry, Julia A.
  • Dewar, Andrew R.
  • Spears, Ellen G.
  • Steinberg, Michael K.
Assistant Professors
  • Brickman, Barbara J.
  • Willis, Vincent
Professors emeriti
  • Blewitt, Harry L, PhD
  • Passerini, Edward M, PhD
  • Rosenberg, Jerome, PhD
  • Bertolaet, Emma J.
  • Caputo, Jennifer L.
  • Colburn, Kimberly R.
  • Espy-Brown, Amanda S.
  • Hopson, Holland G.
  • Jones, Scott
  • Pirkle, Amy L.
  • Purcell, Margaret


Intro Interdisc Integratv Stdy

Designed to help New College students become more informed about the University and about New College so that they may maximize their opportunities in their undergraduate programs through New College. Enrollment is limited to New College students.

Freshman Compass
Inclusive Leadership Through Sustained Dialogue

In an increasingly globalized world, leaders need the skills to resolve conflict across difference. Sustained Dialogue is a five-stage dialogue-to-action model that requires participants to take the time to focus first on transforming change-blocking relationships, and then on solving problems. This course will explore the theory behind this innovative model and ultimately consider how Sustained Dialogue applies to visions for positive change at the University of Alabama. Participants will receive an introduction to the Sustained Dialogue model and then meet in dialogue groups weekly to work through the 5 stages to address specific issues on campus.

Prerequisite(s): NONE

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