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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Psychology Alumna wins 2019 Woman of Distinction award

Psychology Alumna wins 2019 Woman of Distinction award

UofL graduate Sadiqa Reynold (’93) has added another accolade to her long list of achievements. She was recently awarded the 2019 Woman of Distinction Award from the Center for Women and Families.

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Grawemeyer Award in Psychology winners discuss their research on addiction

Grawemeyer Award in Psychology winners discuss their research on addiction

Meet the winners of UofL's Grawemeyer Award for Psychology and learn about their discovery about how the brain works, which has created a new understanding of addictions like drugs, gambling, and binge eating.

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Chatting about Chatino

Chatting about Chatino

The hosts of the Vocal Fries podcast chat with Dr. Hilaria Cruz, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Comparative Humanities, about Chatino languages and Chatino conceptions of death.

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Muhammad Ali’s youngest son forges his own path through UofL

Muhammad Ali’s youngest son forges his own path through UofL

Asaad Ali grew up in one of Louisville’s most famous families, as the younger son of Muhammad Ali. Now he is part of a second Louisville clan: University of Louisville Alumni with a degree in communication.

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How did the ancient bubonic plague shape our immune systems today?

How did the ancient bubonic plague shape our immune systems today?

Can we look back at the most famous pandemic in history to learn something about our immune systems? Anthropology Prof. Fabian Crespo thinks so. He joins Mark Hebert on UofL Today to talk about his study of the plague and Black Death.

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Department of Chemistry Wins Big at Presidential Celebration of Excellence

Department of Chemistry Wins Big at Presidential Celebration of Excellence

The Department of Chemistry pulled a hat trick at this year’s Presidential Celebration of Excellence on May 1, with three professors – Frederick Luzzio, Lenore Hoyt, and Xiang Zhang – bringing home Distinguished Faculty Awards.

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A&S’s ties to Kentucky Derby run deep

A&S’s ties to Kentucky Derby run deep

To get a sense of just how unique a perspective we have to this massive global event, look no further than Remington Smith, an assistant professor of Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences. Smith recently received the Reel South Short award for his documentary, “The Derby.” The Indie Grits Festival and PBS Reel South give the Short award to the best short documentary filmed in or about the south.

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UofL student reflects on trip to Cuba to help military service members

UofL student reflects on trip to Cuba to help military service members

When Jeremy Dodson officially graduates May 11, he’ll carry with him far more experience than what was gained from the classroom. The Communications major from Crestwood, Kentucky, spent part of February in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of a volunteer team from the Kentucky Boys State and the American Legion.

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Criminal Justice Prof. Cherie Dawson-Edwards talks "school-to-prison pipeline"

Criminal Justice Prof. Cherie Dawson-Edwards talks "school-to-prison pipeline"

There has been a lot of talk about the "school-to-prison pipeline", describing the mass incarceration of mostly African American men. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Chair and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has researched the justice system, public policy, and its ramifications for Americans who are locked up. She joins Mark Hebert on UofL Today to discuss the issue.

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After graduation, geography student sets his sights on a bigger political stage

After graduation, geography student sets his sights on a bigger political stage

On November 6, 2018, months after building and executing his campaign and balancing that with his schoolwork, Luke Thomas became the youngest elected official in Perry County’s history, winning the District 3 seat on the county council.

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Political science major earns coveted spot at national gathering

Political science major earns coveted spot at national gathering

UofL freshman and political science major Quintez Brown is already making quite an impact. So much so, even former President Barack Obama has taken notice.

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UofL’s debate and quiz bowl teams roll in spring tournaments

UofL’s debate and quiz bowl teams roll in spring tournaments

The University of Louisville’s debate team recently placed 20th in the country at the National Debate Tournament. Students Deontrey Yeargin (sophomore, Pan-African Studies) and Jahne Benthall (freshman, Criminal Justice) advanced to the single elimination bracket—a rare accomplishment for a freshman/sophomore duo.

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English's Digital Storytelling class to help shape Festival of Faiths

English's Digital Storytelling class to help shape Festival of Faiths

Students in Digital Storytelling (English 470), a class taught by Dr. Mary P. Sheridan, will help share and shape the story of Louisville's Festival of Faiths.

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History of Louisville's great flood of 1937

History of Louisville's great flood of 1937

Tom Owen and English's Sarah Strickley talk about the worst natural disaster in Louisville history, the 1937 flood.

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English Prof. and poet Kiki Petrosino honored by ACC invitation, fellowships

English Prof. and poet Kiki Petrosino honored by ACC invitation, fellowships

April 2019 is National Poetry Month and poet Kiki Petrosino will begin it in the nation’s capital, invited to explain current issues in her craft during the ACCelerate Festival.

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Bullitt Lecture - mathematician explores ‘fourth dimension’

Bullitt Lecture - mathematician explores ‘fourth dimension’

A former Mathematical Association of America president will venture beyond length, width and depth to discuss “The Fourth Dimension and the People You Meet There” during an April 11 lecture at the University of Louisville.

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Theatre Arts grad students win prestigious awards

Theatre Arts grad students win prestigious awards

Theatre Arts graduate students Kala Ross and Lashondra Hood won first place in the regional finals in South Carolina for the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

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