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 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,, , , , 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.
Read more about some of our most successful students, faculty and programs:
Biology Prof. Lee Dugatkin’s book, "Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America", tackles ideas of European supremacy and the inferiority of the United States through the lens of natural history. In this Q&A, we learn who most inspires Dr. Dugatkin, and how to do research in some of the coldest places on Earth.
In this Q&A we find out about Professor Brooms commitment to diversity. Instruction, research, and service are not just part of his professional life but also part of his social life. He engages with underrepresented populations and with students who face various risks and are high need. Read more about Dr. Brooms.
Gresham, Smith and Partners’ Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Studio hosted “36 Miles” in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences’ Hite Art Institute and the University of Kentucky Department Of Landscape Architecture. The purpose of the project is to bridge art and design education, increase environmental awareness and connect people with Louisville’s hallmark waterway.
Twenty-three students and alumni from the University of Louisville – 16 from the College of Arts & Sciences – earned some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships in 2016. The scholars will head to destinations throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Although he has been at the university for just two semesters, Prof. Khaldoun Almousily's Arabic language classes in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Classical and Modern Languages Department have become popular and, now, four of his students have won prestigious Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) in Arabic.
College of Arts & Sciences junior Hannah Wilson (Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Philosophy) has earned a Truman Scholarship, a prominent award given to just 54 U.S. college students this year and valued at $30,000. She is Kentucky’s only 2016 Truman Scholar.
Evan Gora, a Ph.D. Biology student, works with tropical ecology Prof. Steve Yanoviak performing research in the Panamanian rainforest. Gora recently received both a National Geographic Young Explorer grant and a highly competitive Fellowship from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Now nearly 400 years later, Louisvillians will have a chance to look upon the world-altering publication – the first book of Shakespeare’s works, the first book devoted exclusively to dramatic works, and the first book marketing not only the words it contained, but the person who put them on the page.
Heritage Project aims to preserve and share the state’s LGBTQ history.
With a higher sectional qualifying score than Yale, Harvard, Columbia and MIT, the College of Arts & Sciences led Quiz Bowl team finished the 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament with the highest score in its history – 14th place among the top 32 teams in the United States beating Brown University, Illinois, and Northwestern. The Division I team also was the highest scoring team in the ACC and finished ahead of fellow ACC members Duke and Northwestern.
Meet Prof. Karen Freberg, Communication department, researching and teaching social media and crisis communication. She was recently featured on WLKY “Disconnecting in a digital age" and was a Plank Center Educator Fellow for General Motors this past summer.
College of Arts & Sciences undergrads Kevin Grout (Political Science/History) and Victoria Allen (Political Science/History), and graduate student Brandon McReynolds (Sociology) were part of a group that headed to Washington, D.C., over spring break to meet with legislators and discuss important issues in higher education.
"We all need to make good use of shared educational and working environments to learn more about each other and to disabuse the current waves of intolerance".
The United States is the number one destination for migrants around the globe, with more than 45 million immigrants living stateside. As the global community becomes increasingly intertwined, we need to ask ourselves: what are the implications of the growing population of migrants worldwide, and how can we understand the issue from a variety of perspectives? Six professors from across the College contemplate the potential impact of migration and immigration on their fields and research, and on the world at-large.
Congratulations to this year's honorees: Mark Austin, Robert Buchanan, Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Paul Griner, Tracy Heightchew, Alexandra O’Keefe, Rick Taylor and Derrick Brooms.
Savannah Barrett (’08, Humanities) is an urban resident with a rural heart. Moving to Louisville from Grayson Springs, Kentucky to attend UofL, she left behind her home but kept a commitment to rural places and people alive in her work and life. Savannah parlayed a B.A. in Humanities and an M.S. in arts administration to become Director of Programs for Art of the Rural. A national organization with a field office in Kentucky, Art of the Rural collaborates with a diverse range of partners to help build the field of the rural arts, create new narratives on rural culture and community, and contribute to the emerging rural arts and culture movement. In this Q&A, we learn about the people and places that inspire Savannah, and where to find the best swimming holes in the state.
Prof. Theresa Rajack-Talley’s latest book, Poverty is a Person, focuses on poverty in the midst of a so-called paradise. In the Caribbean, economic hardship and social exclusion coexist with idyllic scenes of island life, and poor communities, with substandard living conditions and a lack of access to basic services, belie the story often sold in tourist brochures. In this Q&A, we learn how the patriarchy has persisted, and what we can all do to help alleviate poverty.
Meet Senior Specialist Prof. Suzanne Meeks, Aging & Mental Health Researcher in Psychological & Brain Sciences.
The University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences has found a new home for its master of fine arts program studios. A renovated Portland warehouse space near a growing community of arts-related businesses and organizations will house MFA student and faculty studios, with room for exhibitions as well.
A&S alumna Dawne Gee (86A, 93A) shared her memories of desegregation and busing with A&S Prof. Tracy K’Meyer for a look back at the 40th anniversary of busing in Louisville.