About the College of Arts and Sciences

The Heart of the University of Louisville!

As UofL's largest academic unit, the College of Arts & Sciences offers a diverse range of opportunities from over 30 departments and programs in the natural and physical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the arts and humanities. A degree from Arts & Sciences provides a solid foundation upon which to build future academic, professional and personal successes.

Our students learn how to think critically; but they don’t just think, they do. They explore, create, research, communicate, collaborate, and meaningfully engage in the world around them. As a result, graduates of UofL’s College of Arts & Sciences are adaptable, innovative, and highly attuned problem-solvers. They are lifelong learners who are well-equipped for the work force and primed to make significant contributions to their chosen professions and respective communities.

Read more about some of our most successful students, faculty and programs:

Using design to help people read

Using design to help people read

Prof Steven Skaggs, head of the Graphic Design BFA with old friend and graphic designer Keith Kleespies created a new text font for people with macular degeneration called Maxular Model B. This will soon enter scientific testing at the University of Minnesota to prove empirically that it works.

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I think, therefore I  EXPLORE

I think, therefore I EXPLORE

Reggie Van Stockum, Biology MS ’75, Ph.D. ’79, Environmental lawyer and author.

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Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Dr. Aleeta Powe (Chemistry) and Dr. Angelique Johnson (J.B. Speed School of Engineering) will be holding a talk of women in the STEM field at The Yearling’s Club’s salute to Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures.’

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GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

Prof. Daniel Krebs (History) tells the story of the 1862 Battle of Perryville – but outdoors, and outside the confines of the archives. Partnering with DJ Biddle (Geography & Geosciences) to map the battlefield using drones with cameras.

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Lebanese police learn tactics from SPI

Lebanese police learn tactics from SPI

A group of officers from the Lebanese National Police spent two weeks in Louisville getting first hand views of SWAT team tactics, community policing and the cameras overseeing city streets. But their main goal was to take home new leadership and management skills from UofL's Southern Police Institute.

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Language for a New Landscape

Language for a New Landscape

Chinese language minor gives students new opportunities in globalized world.

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I think therefore I EXPOSE

I think therefore I EXPOSE

Kathryn Harrington, BFA Photography ‘16 and Yarmuth Federal Photography Intern. I love to research alternative photographic processes and photographic history.

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Support Theatre Arts’ storytelling workshops for West End residents

Support Theatre Arts’ storytelling workshops for West End residents

UofL’s African American Theatre Program and The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage are teaming up to help people in Louisville’s West End stage their own stories.

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Mapping the Humanities

Mapping the Humanities

The CCHS is foregrounding humanities research through the Faculty Fellows program, as well as fostering interdisciplinary conversations on campus and actively engaging faculty with the community. The 2016-17 fellows are working on research as diverse as the nature of emotion, the ethics of interpretation, and issues in bioethics, civil rights history, and the politics of mixed-race identity.

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Meet Chemistry Ph.D. student Kelsey Kaht

Meet Chemistry Ph.D. student Kelsey Kaht

Kaht is working in a group studying how a remote sensor that can detect electrochemically-active species in water, such as metals (i.e., arsenic and lead) and pharmaceuticals (i.e., estrogens and antibiotics).

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Meet Anthropology student Melissa Herndon MA '17

Meet Anthropology student Melissa Herndon MA '17

Melissa is a current graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the understanding of how climate, environment, subsistence, and settlement patterns influence variations in stone tool technology.

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Vision relies on attention to the environment

Vision relies on attention to the environment

Prof. Zijiang He (Psychological & Brain Sciences) and his team found that perceived target location was more accurate only when both the textured surface was on the ground and the observers directed attention to the lower visual field. An ambient attention mechanism in the environment selects the ground surface (our terrestrial niche) to use as bases and scaffolds to form the vast visual world.

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I think, therefore I EMPOWER

I think, therefore I EMPOWER

Last spring Karen Udoh attended the Clinton Global Initiatives University for my project Omit the Silence: Stand Up for Equality. She is a current Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences with hopes of entering medical school. Find out more about Udoh.

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A year in photos

A year in photos

A review of the year in photos for the College of Arts and Sciences by photographer Tom Fougerousse.

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Professors share expertise through A&S luncheon series

Professors share expertise through A&S luncheon series

A luncheon lecture series this winter and spring will feature University of Louisville researchers who map the world, analyze Middle Eastern politics, scrutinize drama and film and examine the philosophy of art and literature.

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Designed to serve

Designed to serve

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) students use their culminating project as service learning experience. Students work in teams for a local nonprofit organization providing strong visual graphics.

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I think, therefore I REVEAL

I think, therefore I REVEAL

Rae Hodge, '13 and Liberal Studies journalist talks about her experience in the Liberal Studies program at UofL. She discusses her background in communication and language arts and the faculty that have helped her with her career.

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Prof. Hammond (Chemistry) receives $1.8 million grant

Prof. Hammond (Chemistry) receives $1.8 million grant

Prof. Gerald B. Hammond (Chemistry) received a $1.8 million dollar grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Meet STEM Chateaubriand Fellow William Beckerson

Meet STEM Chateaubriand Fellow William Beckerson

Beckerson is a Biology Ph.D. student studying cellular, molecular and developmental biology. His research focuses on protein interactions between pathogen/host co-evolution in emergent disease and host shifts. Read more about what he is doing in the College of Arts and Sciences as a graduate student.

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Meet Mind-Body Researcher Jenn Altman

Meet Mind-Body Researcher Jenn Altman

Altman is a Psychological and Brain Sciences, Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research focuses on the clinical application of mindfulness as it relates to the body. Read more about what she is doing in the College of Arts and Sciences as a graduate student.

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