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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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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I think, therefore I DISCOVER

I think, therefore I DISCOVER

Prof. Beyin is currently researching the origins of early humans and early human behaviors. In this Q&A we find out about what lead him into Archeology as a field of study.

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Protecting nature in the city

Protecting nature in the city

Prof. Carreiro, department of Biology, talks about local conservation efforts in Jefferson county. She will be talking at the next 'Beer with a Scientist' on Wednesday, Nov. 16 about how residents of the city can protect native species.

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A&S advisors introduce social media strategy to engage students

A&S advisors introduce social media strategy to engage students

A&S professional advisors Bret Hirsch and Eddie Bobbitt recently presented "Hashtags to High Fives" at NACADA's national conference. This program shows 30 ways to promote student engagement.

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Social justice hub awarded funding through 21st Century Initiative

Social justice hub awarded funding through 21st Century Initiative

Prof. Cate Fosl, Women’s & Gender Studies/director and Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Prof. Enid Trucios-Haynes, Brandeis School of Law/director and Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will examine diversity and equity issues, and take a coordinated approach to social justice research, creative activity and advocacy on campus and in the community.

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A&S faculty recognized at Celebration of Excellence

A&S faculty recognized at Celebration of Excellence

Acting President Neville Pinto and Acting Provost Dale Billingsley recognized nine outstanding faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences at the 2016 Celebration of Faculty Excellence Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Brown and Williamson Club.

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Snow on Mars?

Snow on Mars?

In 2014, Prof. Du-Caines (Atmospheric Science) won a highly competitive, 3-year $394,000 grant from NASA to study the variability of tides in the atmosphere between earth and space.

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I think, therefore I ENGAGE

I think, therefore I ENGAGE

Meet Architectural Historian Wes Cunningham ‘16 an Architectural Historian for Amec Foster Wheeler, an engineering and project management firm.

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I think, therefore I CREATE

I think, therefore I CREATE

Meet printmaking Assistant Professor Rachel Singel of the Fine Arts Department. How community helped shape her art background.

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Shakespeare & the Creation of the Modern World

Shakespeare & the Creation of the Modern World

Prof. Julia Dietrich from the Department of English is partnering with the Louisville Free Public Library for a short 5 week course on Shakespeare's "greatest hits." At the Main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, starting Tuesday Oct 18th 6:30pm.

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UofL named top LGBTQ-friendly university

UofL named top LGBTQ-friendly university

UofL is one of only 16 schools in the nation to earn five stars out of five in the Campus Pride Index created by Campus Pride, a national nonprofit that rates universities according to their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

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In Memorium: Prof. Laurie Rhodebeck

In Memorium: Prof. Laurie Rhodebeck

Prof. Laurie Rhodebeck (Political Science) passed away on September 13. Prof. Rhodebeck will be greatly missed by all of us in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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Prof. Clayton named APSA Distinguished Teacher

Prof. Clayton named APSA Distinguished Teacher

Prof. Dewey Clayton (Political Science) is the recipient of the 2016 American Political Science Association (APSA) Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Video: Digital Media Academy two-week summer camp for young girls

Video: Digital Media Academy two-week summer camp for young girls

The Digital Media Academy had a two-week summer camp to reach young girls and empower them to get involved in Digital Media or STEM fields. This year they they produced their own videos.

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Arts & Sciences welcomes 27 new faculty members

Arts & Sciences welcomes 27 new faculty members

From Chemistry to Comparative Humanities, new professors bring an array of research and teaching interests. Meet the newest faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences for Fall 2016.

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Big data for a big impact

Big data for a big impact

Geographers use population mapping to support relief efforts. The WorldPop project generates open source human population maps with a focus on developing countries. Professors Andrea Gaughan and Forrest Stevens (Geography & Geosciences) will receive a $440,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Out of the lab and into the forest

Out of the lab and into the forest

Biology senior, Katie Arstingstall, studies tropical ecology in Panama. She spent the summer researching thermal adhesion of canopy ants, or how well different species of canopy ants can stick to a vertical surface at a range of temperatures, on Barro Colorado Island.

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Journey to Jupiter hits home

Journey to Jupiter hits home

Prof. Tim Dowling (Physics & Astronomy) on the Juno mission and its effect on his research. Juno, a NASA space probe that began orbiting the planet Jupiter on July 4, will improve our understanding of the solar system's beginnings by revealing the origin and evolution of planet.

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Peace and Psychology in Northern Ireland

Peace and Psychology in Northern Ireland

Undergraduates studying abroad in Northern Ireland not only learn about the physical walls separating citizens, they learn about the emotional barriers that continue to affect the descendants of those involved in “The Troubles.”

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