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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2019 French Film Festival offers classics, animation, modern genres

2019 French Film Festival offers classics, animation, modern genres

From animation to restored classics to contemporary dramas, the University of Louisville’s French Film Festival offers free, public screenings of eight films Jan. 31-March 2, 2019 at UofL and Speed Art Museum.

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Remembering Dr. Richard M. Davitt, Mathematics

Remembering Dr. Richard M. Davitt, Mathematics

Dr. Richard M. Davitt Professor Emeritus of the Department of Mathematics passed away January 17, 2019.

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Writers up: Prep races begin for April 22 Poetry Derby

Writers up: Prep races begin for April 22 Poetry Derby

Horses and hands, verses and feet. The University of Louisville is issuing a call to the poets to enter the starting gate for the inaugural “Hands and Feet: A Poetry Derby,” set for April 22, 2019 at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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Social Justice Movements, Past and Present - presented by Louisville Free Public Library

Social Justice Movements, Past and Present - presented by Louisville Free Public Library

Several University of Louisville professors are taking their expertise to the public early this semester as invited participants in Louisville Free Public Library’s MyLibraryU.

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Biology researchers look for a way to grow on polluted land

Biology researchers look for a way to grow on polluted land

University of Louisville Biology Professor Paul Himes and some of his students are looking for bacteria that might be used to help grow plants on brownfield (polluted) sites.

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A&S professors share history’s impact on present

A&S professors share history’s impact on present

University of Louisville professors lecturing in a public, monthly series this semester will examine how history affects the present in their wide-ranging fields of theater, art, political science and humanities.

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McConnell Scholar: ‘UofL one of the best things to happen to me’

McConnell Scholar: ‘UofL one of the best things to happen to me’

“The University of Louisville has been one of the best things to happen to me. I’ve been able to really, truly dig down deep into who I am through my studies in Political Science and Theatre Arts,” Kim said. “At the end of the day, what I’m learning here is just how to be a better person.”

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Pres. Bendapudi - exposing our children to arts education helps them and our community

Pres. Bendapudi - exposing our children to arts education helps them and our community

UofL President Bendapudi to the Courier Journal - "I call on our community and school district to celebrate the power of arts in education and support educational arts opportunities, which foster creativity, confidence and communication in our students and impact all areas of life."

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Rwandan refugee graduates from UofL with a degree in Psychology

Rwandan refugee graduates from UofL with a degree in Psychology

Basenge was born in Rwanda, but her parents fled to South Africa during the Rwandan genocide. They lived in South Africa under asylum and she came to the United States as a refugee in 2014. Carine Basenge officially graduates from the University of Louisville on Friday with a degree in Psychology.

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Belonging/Exile/Place - Humanities Research Lab CFA

Belonging/Exile/Place - Humanities Research Lab CFA

Application Deadline: January 18th 2019. The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society is organized around an annual theme that provides the foundation for the Faculty Fellows Program, the academic year’s scheduled events, and for a Humanities Research Lab, involving a bimonthly colloquium. The theme for the 2019-2020 academic year will be Belonging/Exile/Place.

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Theory explaining addiction wins Grawemeyer psychology award

Theory explaining addiction wins Grawemeyer psychology award

University of Michigan researchers Kent Berridge and Terry Robinson have won the 2019 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for explaining how our brains process “liking” versus “wanting” and how neural sensitization of the “wanting” system plays a key role in drug addiction.

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A&S student Evan Gora to speak at Dec. 14 winter commencement

A&S student Evan Gora to speak at Dec. 14 winter commencement

The University of Louisville’s winter commencement will be 7 p.m. Dec.14 at the downtown KFC Yum! Center. Of the more than 1,300 students on track to graduate this semester, 875 plan to take part in the ceremony.

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Asthma and Anxiety

Asthma and Anxiety

Could there be a psychological component to the cause of asthma? Alison McLeish (Psychological & Brain Sciences) has done studies on anxiety and its impact on asthma sufferers. She joined Mark Hebert on UofL Today to discuss her research on the matter.

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Meagan Taylor (Anthropology) receives Virginia “Jenny” Madden Award

Meagan Taylor (Anthropology) receives Virginia “Jenny” Madden Award

Anthropology Graduate Student, Meagan Taylor, received the University-wide honor, the Virginia “Jenny” Madden Award in recognition of her leadership through service to her program, college, discipline, the University as a whole, and/or the community.

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Prof. Amanuel Beyin (anthropology) on human migration out of Africa

Prof. Amanuel Beyin (anthropology) on human migration out of Africa

Anthropology Prof. Amanuel Beyin takes students to Africa each summer to do research on how the earliest humans dispersed from that continent. He joins Mark Hebert on UofL Today to discuss human movements around Africa.

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UofL to host annual ceramics sale Dec. 7-8

UofL to host annual ceramics sale Dec. 7-8

Handcrafted ceramics by University of Louisville student and faculty artists will be available for purchase just in time for holiday shopping.

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Meet the Professor - Spring, 2019

Meet the Professor - Spring, 2019

January 10: "Reading Kanafani in Kentucky": A Dramatic Journey in Five Acts (with Anecdotes en Route and Denouement to Follow).....February 7: Talking to "Others": The Medieval Roots of Civilized Discourse.....March 7: "Judges Who Look like America": President Obama's Appointments to the Federal Judiciary.....April 4: Low Resolution: Making Paintings in an Expanded Field

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UofL Quiz Bowl team double winners in 2018

UofL Quiz Bowl team double winners in 2018

Congratulations to the UofL Quiz Bowl team for sweeping both divisions at the Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League tournament on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The team went a combined 14-1 on the day and defeated teams from Transylvania, Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky, Jefferson CTC, and East Central College.

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Biology researchers land grant to develop blood preservation tech

Biology researchers land grant to develop blood preservation tech

Biology researchers at the University of Louisville have invented a device and method for loading preservative compounds into red blood cells. Now, a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a cooperative agreement with Indianapolis-based Cook Regentec is allowing the team to develop the technology and get it to market.

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