About the College of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences - the heart of the University of Louisville!


As UofL's largest academic unit, the College 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.

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A&S welcomes 24 new professors in the 2015-2016 academic year

The College of Arts & Sciences is the research hub of UofL, with faculty publishing more than 600 scholarly articles each year and raising more than $38 million for research in the past five years. As part of efforts to continually improve and add to the quality, quantity, and reputation of the scholarly activities in A&S, the college will welcome 24 new professors in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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2015 Yarmuth Book Award Winners

2015 Yarmuth Book Award Winners

High school juniors who won the 2015 University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award were given UofL professor Catherine Fosl’s book about Kentucky civil rights activist Anne Braden.

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UofL Professors Weigh in on Confederate Flag

UofL Professors Weigh in on Confederate Flag

Profs. Dewey Clayton (Political Science) and Russell Vandenbroucke (Theatre Arts/Peace Studies) published op-ed pieces in Louisville’s The Courier-Journal weighing in on the issues surrounding the Confederate flag, its history and the implications of its continued use.

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Louisville OL Pedro Sibiea takes A&S study abroad trip to Panama

Louisville OL Pedro Sibiea takes A&S study abroad trip to Panama

UofL offensive lineman Pedro Sibiea became the first-ever football player to participate in the three-week A&S study abroad trip in Panama through the Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies and Communication. This article by ESPN Staff Writer Andrea Adelson profiles SIbiea’s time there and discusses how athletes can take advantage of programs like these, in addition to sports and traditional academics.

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Meet Fine Arts (’11) Alumna Alexia Serpentini

Meet Fine Arts (’11) Alumna Alexia Serpentini

Currently heading up the rebrand of GE Consumer, Alexia Serpentini lets us in on how her Fine Arts degrees – and her undergraduate studies in the arts and sciences – inform her work in the corporate world, and how her business experience affects the way she approaches her work as an artist. She emphasizes the importance of looking for, and finding, inspiration in unlikely places and keeping your eyes, ears, and heart open to the world around you.

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New Chemistry Instrument Vastly Expands Research Capabilities

New Chemistry Instrument Vastly Expands Research Capabilities

The College of Arts & Sciences’ Center for Regulatory, Environmental and Analytical Metabolomics (CREAM) just installed a cutting edge instrument that will be used by researchers in the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Sciences, as well as those from other universities around the country.

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International scholars learn US literature at its roots

International scholars learn US literature at its roots

Seventeen globe-trotting professors are in Louisville this June and July for an intensive summer institute of scholarship and travel organized by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences and funded by the U.S. State Department.

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I think, therefore I ILLUMINATE

I think, therefore I ILLUMINATE

Meet CCHS Director Aaron Jaffe. Professor Jaffe, Department of English, leads the U.S. Department of State’s summer Institute on Contemporary Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at UofL.

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Was Charlotte Brontë Gay?

Was Charlotte Brontë Gay?

University of Louisville English Professor Deborah Lutz writes about Charlotte Bronte’s work and analyzes why Charlotte was so focused on female erotic liaisons in an issue of OUT Magazine.

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Digital Media Academy encourages girls to embrace technology

Digital Media Academy encourages girls to embrace technology

Twenty girls spent two summer weeks before heading to middle school at the University of Louisville learning to tell their stories and envision their futures through digital media.

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I think, therefore I DESIGN

I think, therefore I DESIGN

Urban oasis aficionado Patrick Piuma, who helped turn a 14,000-square-foot, weed-filled parking lot into a dynamic community gathering place, is director of UofL’s Urban Design Studio and co-founder of City Collaborative. He may not be from Louisville, but we’re happy to claim him as our own. In this Q&A, Patrick discusses his desire to turn vacant spaces into vibrant places and how he handles his fear of heights.

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Political Science Graduate Morgan Cooksey

Political Science Graduate Morgan Cooksey

Morgan Cooksey is one of UofL's future stars in the professional world. She graduated with a political science degree and has great ambitions. She also credits her Cardinal Experience for her success.

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Turning Presidents Into Pharaohs

Turning Presidents Into Pharaohs

University of Louisville Art History Professor Benjamin Hufbauer writes about the legacy of presidents as shaped by their presidential libraries in the latest issue of Politico Magazine.

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A&S Students Earn Prestigious Awards

A&S Students Earn Prestigious Awards

Some of the most prominent awards in academia will go to 16 University of Louisville students and alumni. Of those 16 award winners, 14 are future graduates and alumni from the College of Arts & Sciences – including six Fulbrights, two Critical Language Scholars, one Truman Scholar and one English-Speaking Union Scholar.

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Latin American Studies Unveils Tranquility Garden

Latin American Studies Unveils Tranquility Garden

The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program officially unveiled The Latin American and Latino Studies Tranquility Garden. The goal of this space is to allow students, faculty, and staff a beautiful place to sit down, have lunch, conduct meetings, or simply study.

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Spring 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions

Spring 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions at Schneider Hall Galleries and the Cressman Center for Visual Arts. The exhibitions will display artwork in a variety of mediums from those students graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hite Art Institute.

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I think therefore I PRESERVE

I think therefore I PRESERVE

If a tree falls in the woods, does Proffessor Margaret Carreiro hear it? Yes, she probably does. And that's a good thing for all of us! Prof. Carreiro specializes in urban and suburban ecology, and she has spent a large part of her career assisting cities in maintaining and often saving their urban forests. Not only does she perform academic research to understand ecological processes at work in urban environments, but she also takes a broader approach by applying her knowledge and collaborating with colleagues both inside and outside of the University to improve the quality of life for the community at large.

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26th Annual Provost’s Awards for Exemplary Advising

26th Annual Provost’s Awards for Exemplary Advising

The winners of the 26th Annual Provost’s Awards for Exemplary Advising are Luke Buckman (professional advisor and assistant director in the A&S Honors program) and Prof. Rhonda Buchanan (undergraduate faculty advisor and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program).

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Cards All In Scholarship Spotlight: Biology and Spanish Major Ethan Tomlinson

Cards All In Scholarship Spotlight: Biology and Spanish Major Ethan Tomlinson

Ethan Tomlinson is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. He is a Cardinal Host, a Shadow Host, a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honors Society and is part of UofL Habitat for Humanity.

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