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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Will US-North Korea Summit lead to lasting peace?

Will US-North Korea Summit lead to lasting peace?

UofL Professor Jason Abbott (Political Science), director of the Center for Asian Democracy, and Moon-he Baik (Fine Arts) discuss the recent events leading up to and including the US-North Korea summit with several local news sources.

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UofL's African-American Theatre Program makes an impression on the local Louisville theater scene

UofL's African-American Theatre Program makes an impression on the local Louisville theater scene

The Bunbury Theatre’s 2018 offering, “Master Harold and the Boys,” is helmed by UofL professor and head of graduate acting program Baron Kelly, with lighting and set design from UofL’s resident scenic, lighting and projection designer and department chair Kevin Gawley. The three-person cast features two recent graduates from the program, Tyler Madden and Cameron Murphy.

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Exploring inequality: Institute aims for intensive undergraduate experience

Exploring inequality: Institute aims for intensive undergraduate experience

Students from Princeton University and several Kentucky universities spent a week of their summer together at UofL to learn intensively about a weighty topic: the haves and have-nots of society.

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A&S Students win academia’s most coveted scholarships

A&S Students win academia’s most coveted scholarships

Scholars from the University of Louisville have once again earned some of the most prominent awards in academia. This year (2018) has been especially impressive due to the large number of scholarships, as well as the level of prestige/academic study associated with these awards. Congratulations to all of our winners and their mentors.

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A banner year at Portfolio Day!

A banner year at Portfolio Day!

More than 150 people turned out for the morning review at our Portfolio Day on April 20th—our largest attendance to date.

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A&S doctoral student's findings on Alzheimer's and dementia

A&S doctoral student's findings on Alzheimer's and dementia

Is there an easy way to screen for alzheimer's? What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia? Lauren Flaherty is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who has studied these memory issues. Lauren discusses the issue on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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How Churchill Downs wins a sure bet on property taxes

How Churchill Downs wins a sure bet on property taxes

Records and experts consulted by WDRB News raise questions about whether Churchill, a public traded corporation headquartered in Louisville, is getting a sweetheart deal on the tax value of its racetrack. One of the experts is Janet Kelly, a professor of urban and public affairs and director of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.

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"The Year of Savannah" - UofL's Debate Team coordinator reflects on their successful year and the team member they lost

"The Year of Savannah" - UofL's Debate Team coordinator reflects on their successful year and the team member they lost

Tiffany Dillard-Knox, Coordinator of UofL's Malcolm X Debate Team, was named Scholar of the Year by the Cross Examination Debate Association Southeast Region. The team had a very successful year, dubbing it "The Year of Savannah." The team dedicated their hard work and winning season to the late debate team member Savannah Walker, who was tragically killed in March 2017 when struck by a stray bullet at a concert.

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Theatre Arts finishes season with famed playwright’s ‘The Long Christmas Ride Home’

Theatre Arts finishes season with famed playwright’s ‘The Long Christmas Ride Home’

University of Louisville Theatre Arts wraps up its season of plays written by women with “The Long Christmas Ride Home” April 13-22, 2018.

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UofL presents exhibition by artist Douglas Miller

UofL presents exhibition by artist Douglas Miller

The Hite Art Institute presents an exhibition by Louisville artist Douglas Miller at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts April 27 – Aug. 4.

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Humanities Ph.D. student Bamba Ndiaye, wins prize for research

Humanities Ph.D. student Bamba Ndiaye, wins prize for research

Bamba Ndiaye, a doctoral candidate in the Humanities Ph.D. Program, won the 2018 Barbara Harlow Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research.

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The Science of School Security

The Science of School Security

Criminal Justice professor Ben Fisher discusses his research on school resource officers and other safety measures schools use with mixed results on UofL Today with Mark Hebert. Sociology professor Ryan Schroeder joins them to talk about his April 19, 2018 public conference on school security.

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Science for a Day

Science for a Day

Students from Marian Moore Middle School spent a day on UofL’s campus learning about climate change and other environmental science as part of a worldwide collaboration with UofL and students in other countries.

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History Prof. Daniel Krebs on Military History

History Prof. Daniel Krebs on Military History

Landscapes of War and Peace - UofL Department will sponsor the Society for Military History Conference. Daniel Krebs is a UofL history professor organizing the conference being held from April 5-8, 2018.

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Borders, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Americas

Borders, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Americas

UofL is hosting a symposium "Borders, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Americas". History Professor Christine Ehrick says the March 27-28, 2018 forum will address DACA, sanctuary cities and other tough issues. Listen to Prof. Ehrick discuss the issue on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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2018 Grawemeyer Award presentations include religion, world order, and psychology

2018 Grawemeyer Award presentations include religion, world order, and psychology

Winners of the 2018 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Awards include an expert on African genocide, the founder of black liberation theology and a psychologist who explains the many types of intelligence. Learn more about these experts and see a schedule for the 2018 Grawemeyer Award presentation and dinner.

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