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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Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film

Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film

Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman talks about his book "Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film" with Jason Schulman for the series “New Books in Jewish Studies: Discussions With Jewish Studies Scholars About their New Books.”

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Theatre Arts Department sponsors textile competition at Kentucky State Fair

Theatre Arts Department sponsors textile competition at Kentucky State Fair

UofL’s Theatre Arts Department costume shop will also once again sponsor two categories in the Textile Division of the Kentucky State Fair competition.

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Hite photography professor plans major eclipse exhibition

Hite photography professor plans major eclipse exhibition

Prof. Mary Carothers, Hite Art Institute, is creating “Overshadowed,” a “collaborative, experimental exhibition that examines the meeting point between photography, landscape and astronomy.”

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Hite Art Institute presents Type Hike a design project supporting nature

Hite Art Institute presents Type Hike a design project supporting nature

Hite Art Institute will bring “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service to Schneider Hall Galleries Aug. 18-Sept. 22.

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Artful geography: Hite Art Institute shows professor’s work exploring place

Artful geography: Hite Art Institute shows professor’s work exploring place

Prof. Meena Khalili moved to Louisville a little over a year ago to start her job as an assistant professor of design at Hite Art Institute, she challenged herself to get to know her new home in a new way.

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Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Host Avery Kolers talks with Prof. Lauren Freeman of the University of Louisville about "micro-ethics": micro-aggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, and the way people with social power and privilege can perpetrate harms and aggressions against others even without intending to -- and what to do about it.

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Urban Planning students pitch ideas to improve Louisville’s sustainability score

Urban Planning students pitch ideas to improve Louisville’s sustainability score

UofL Urban Planning grad students were tasked with helping the city of Louisville improve its 4-star rating in the Star Community Rating System, which measures sustainability.

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Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Astrophysics teacher John Kielkopf and UofL grad Karen Collins talk about the discovery of a new exoplanet in space, UofL’s telescopes and the upcoming solar eclipse on the UofL Today with Mark Hebert radio show.

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Anthropology outreach to Louisville Youth Science Summit

Anthropology outreach to Louisville Youth Science Summit

Anthropology professors work with local middle school children at the Louisville Youth Science Summit.

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I Remember

I Remember

Vanessa Williams-Harvey, an A&S alumna (1986, Communication) on her book/memoir, I Remember.

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Baltimore Returns

Baltimore Returns

Department of Theatre Arts and the African American Theatre Program's Baltimore returns July 26-28 at UofL Thrust Theatre.

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Powdered blood research aims to store donated blood longer

Powdered blood research aims to store donated blood longer

Biology professor Michael Menze and engineering professor Jonathan Kopechek are working on a way to turn blood into powder so it can be stored longer. Hear about their work on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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Tracking others’ belongings in a digital age

Tracking others’ belongings in a digital age

Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Noles discusses his research on young kids’ reaction to being tracked or tracking others’ belongings in a digital age.

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The Greatest Two Minutes in Astronomy

The Greatest Two Minutes in Astronomy

On August 21, 2017 part of western Kentucky will be host to a total eclipse. Prof. Gerard Williger and Prof. Tim Dowling of the Dept of Physics and Astronomy comment about the event.

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UofL Theatre Arts student works with Locust Grove to bring story of enslaved distiller to life

UofL Theatre Arts student works with Locust Grove to bring story of enslaved distiller to life

Sidney Edwards, a teaching assistant earning her MFA in performance, was tapped to reenact the role of an enslaved distiller for visitors at the newly erected distillery site at Locust Grove, in Louisville, KY. Her job is also to help craft the character and storyline for the role she’ll be playing.

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Resiliency project aimed at helping Louisville's homeless

Resiliency project aimed at helping Louisville's homeless

Professor Lora Haynes (Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences) talks about a resiliency project aimed at Louisville's homeless and the residents of Flint, Michigan on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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Professor Kaila Story featured on NBC News

Professor Kaila Story featured on NBC News

Professor Kaila Story (Women's and Gender Studies) was interviewed by NBC News in June, 2017. In the interview, Prof. Story discusses her background and describes courses she teaches at UofL that explore how gender, sexuality and race intersect to form an identity.

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources

Antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources

Profs. Paul Himes and Deborah Yoder-Himes (Department of Biology) discuss their research into antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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A Living Lab: Biology Department’s Native Plant Garden in full bloom

A Living Lab: Biology Department’s Native Plant Garden in full bloom

The new Korfhage Native Plant Garden on UofL’s Belknap Campus serves a multitude of purposes – and species. The project, began by Prof. Margaret Carreiro and Department Chair Ron Fell in 2015 and honoring biology alumna Harriet A. Korfhage, serves as a living lab for students and provides an experience of the natural world not often on display in our urban environment.

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