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.

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Political Science senior believes fellow students ‘will positively shape the future of Kentucky and the rest of the world’

Political Science senior believes fellow students ‘will positively shape the future of Kentucky and the rest of the world’

“I hope that students after me will embrace the beautiful challenges and heaps of confidence that this university has given to me,” she said. “If I had not had older students cheering me on and encouraging me to keep growing and discovering my identity, I would not be the fulfilled person that I am. I hope this cycle of empowerment continues long after my graduation."

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Project Runway contestant is back at UofL Theatre Arts

Project Runway contestant is back at UofL Theatre Arts

Frankie Lewis, a 2010 UofL grad, was a contestant on the TV series "Project Runway". Now she's back at UofL mentoring theatre majors in costume design and acting.

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Fine Arts sophomore recognized as a Scholar of Kentucky

Fine Arts sophomore recognized as a Scholar of Kentucky

Eugena Kim, a sophomore graphic design major from Hancock County, Kentucky, has been recognized by the Community Foundation of Louisville as part of its Scholars of Kentucky program.

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Sociology alumnus supporting health care in East Africa

Sociology alumnus supporting health care in East Africa

Sociology graduate Ben Belknap (’06, ’16) joined the Peace Corps following completion of his undergraduate degree. He was stationed in the village of Kingiti in Tanzania, where he lived with a local family and immersed himself in the culture.

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Biology researchers study invasive species of grass

Biology researchers study invasive species of grass

UofL researchers are venturing out to find stiltgrass samples and study its potential relationship to a certain soil-based fungi. Their end goal, however, is discovering a way to get rid of stiltgrass.

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History Prof. Katherine Massoth on the history of the U.S./Mexico border

History Prof. Katherine Massoth on the history of the U.S./Mexico border

History Prof. Katherine Massoth discusses the long, tortured history of the U.S. border with Mexico and how we got to the position we're in today on the southern border.

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Journalist-professor to discuss race, justice in America

Journalist-professor to discuss race, justice in America

Columnist Jelani Cobb will discuss “The Half-life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today” Nov. 20, 2019 during the University of Louisville’s 13th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture.

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Historian to lecture about protests, politics in Ecuador

Historian to lecture about protests, politics in Ecuador

A history professor and Ecuadoran university president will speak Nov. 20, 2019 at the University of Louisville about social movements, power and politics in Ecuador.

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Congratulations to A&S graduate student Eric Shoemaker for publishing an article!

Congratulations to A&S graduate student Eric Shoemaker for publishing an article!

Eric Shoemaker is a second-year student in the Humanities Ph.D. Program and a University Fellow. He is a poet, a translator of Federico García Lorca, and is working towards a dissertation focusing on magical poetics and the creation of community and lineage through writing. A paper Eric wrote for one of his courses at U of L is being published in the journal Signs and Society in November: Congratulations, Eric!

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Inspired by experience as a student, Chemistry Alum renovates lab

Inspired by experience as a student, Chemistry Alum renovates lab

Self-described die-hard organic chemist, Tilford Riehl, recently cut the ribbon on a newly renovated Chemistry teaching lab bearing his name. Riehl created an endowment last year for the renovation and subsequent maintenance of the teaching lab.

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UofL Theatre Arts’ play, panel discussions explore perspective

UofL Theatre Arts’ play, panel discussions explore perspective

UofL Theatre Arts presents “Fires in the Mirror” by Anna Deavere Smith Nov. 7-17, 2019 in Thrust Theatre.

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Communication Profs. surveyed teen vaping

Communication Profs. surveyed teen vaping

Communication Profs. Kandi Walker and Joy Hart joined Mark Hebert on UofL Today to talk about their surveys and studies of vaping and teens with e-cigarettes.

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A&S produces another 2019 Fulbright Scholar

A&S produces another 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Sanders graduated from UofL in May of 2019 as a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Russian Studies. Prior to receiving the Fulbright award, she was named a Vogt and honors scholar and received both the Anthropology and Liberal Arts departments’ Awards of Merit.

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Congratulations to A&S's Clest Lanier for winning the 2019 Excellence in Preservation Award !

Congratulations to A&S's Clest Lanier for winning the 2019 Excellence in Preservation Award !

Each year thousands of Kentuckians work tirelessly to preserve Kentucky’s legacy reflected in our historic buildings, structures, landscapes and prehistoric sites. Preservation Kentucky established the Excellence in Preservation Leadership Awards in 2012 to recognize exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of our architectural and cultural heritage, and to distinguish best practices in the field.

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Lessons learned, applied: Students celebrate Day of the Dead, educate others

Lessons learned, applied: Students celebrate Day of the Dead, educate others

Giant kites and cypress wreaths, sugar skulls and votive offerings, altars and paper flowers. University of Louisville students are learning about and educating others on and off campus about these seasonal elements of the annual Day of the Dead celebration that span Latin American cultures.

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Open Studio Weekend showcases UofL artists

Open Studio Weekend showcases UofL artists

Artists from all over Louisville will open their doors Nov. 2 and 3 for Open Studio Weekend 2019. The event, co-hosted by UofL’s Hite Art Institute and Louisville Visual Art, gives anyone who appreciates art the opportunity to step inside studios all over Louisville where they can meet artists and experience how and where local art is made.

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Mural project provides platform for A&S student artists

Mural project provides platform for A&S student artists

Mattie Perez (Program Assistant, Sr. – Advising) exhibited a love of art from an early age, but her interest waned as a college freshman. “I didn’t see a future for myself as an artist,” she says. Fortunately, her supportive coworkers in Advising reignited this passion, encouraging her to create the large chalkboard wall now visible in the 1st floor advising lobby of Gardiner Hall. Working alone, Perez chalked a different mural every week for nearly two years before deciding this could be an excellent opportunity to support and encourage undergrad student artists. Thus, the A&S Featured Artist project was born.

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Deep space: Scientist will discuss Hubble telescope’s probe of distant universe

Deep space: Scientist will discuss Hubble telescope’s probe of distant universe

A former director and astronomer emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Robert Williams, will talk about “Probing the Distant Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope” Oct. 31, 2019 at the University of Louisville.

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MFA, Archaeology and Urban Design Studio programs moving to West Louisville

MFA, Archaeology and Urban Design Studio programs moving to West Louisville

A building renovation in the Portland neighborhood is expanding Fine Arts, Archaeology, and Urban Design studio space while helping to revitalize a community.

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