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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.

Read more about some of our most successful students, faculty and programs:

Political Science Professor Jason Gainous wins UofL’s 2021 Trustees Award

Political Science Professor Jason Gainous wins UofL’s 2021 Trustees Award

Jason Gainous, department chair and professor of political science in the University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences, is the recipient of the 2021 Trustees Award. The award, in its 32nd year, is UofL’s most prestigious faculty award, recognizing faculty members who have made significant contributions to student life.

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UofL graduate pushes through darkness to get to light

UofL graduate pushes through darkness to get to light

Gzeonie Hampton felt like she was coming home when she enrolled at UofL as a McConnell Scholar and a Porter Scholar. Now Hampton’s aunt and the rest of her extended family will be celebrating with her May 7, when she graduates with an undergraduate degree in political science and English and with a long-term dream of working in Middle Eastern foreign relations for the U.S. State Department.

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2021 A&S Award Winners

2021 A&S Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 A&S Faculty and Staff Awards. Both the 2021 and the 2020 winners will be recognized at this year’s virtual Celebration of Excellence, to be held on May 6, 2021.

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Cardinal graduate builds life-changing connections through study abroad

Cardinal graduate builds life-changing connections through study abroad

When Brianna Berry first came to UofL, she didn’t know much about studying abroad. But she had always loved traveling, so she decided to attend the study abroad fair during her first semester to learn more about the international opportunities UofL offers.

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Watch now: 2021 PBK Lecture with John Yarmuth

Watch now: 2021 PBK Lecture with John Yarmuth

In this talk, Congressman Yarmuth of Kentucky discussed the role that the liberal arts have played in his life path. He also talked about what he views as the critical role the liberal arts have played, and will continue to play, in a democracy and civil society.

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Helping correctional officers deal with job stress is the mission of criminal justice graduate

Helping correctional officers deal with job stress is the mission of criminal justice graduate

A high school forensic science class began a journey into the field of criminal justice for Katie Hughes-Taylor, who is now graduating from UofL with a doctorate degree in Criminal Justice.

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New UofL program helps ‘ascending star’ researchers shine brighter

New UofL program helps ‘ascending star’ researchers shine brighter

The new Ascending Star Fellowship provides mentorship, funding and other support to high-performing associate professors. The goal is to boost the national impact of the fellows’ scholarship, with a heavy focus on work in diversity, inclusion and community empowerment.

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UofL biologists create better method to culture cells for testing drug toxicity

UofL biologists create better method to culture cells for testing drug toxicity

Doctoral student Robert Skolik and Associate Professor Michael Menze, in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville, have found a way to make cell cultures respond more closely to normal cells, allowing drugs to be screened for toxicity earlier in the research timeline.

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A&S junior is Kentucky’s only 2021 Truman Scholar

A&S junior is Kentucky’s only 2021 Truman Scholar

University of Louisville junior Lexi Raikes has won Kentucky’s only Harry S. Truman Scholarship for 2021. The award, valued at $30,000, is given to just 62 U.S. college students annually. It is the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States.

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Biology student recognized for work to end racism

Biology student recognized for work to end racism

Rawan Saleh is a sophomore student majoring in public health with a minor in biology. A first-generation immigrant from Jordan, Rawan plans to eventually apply to medical school and work as an activist in the health sector.

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A look back at UofL’s women’s history

A look back at UofL’s women’s history

In 1907, UofL’s College of Liberal Arts opened on West Broadway, offering more than a dozen departments and admitting “both ladies and gentlemen.” The first graduating class in 1908 was comprised of 10 women and eight men, according to “The University of Louisville” by Dwayne D. Cox and William J. Morison.

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UofL is home to the first Black Studies Program established in the south

UofL is home to the first Black Studies Program established in the south

The origins of UofL’s Pan-African Studies department can be traced back to the late 1960s when there was unrest not only across the country, but also on campus. Ricky Jones, chair of the Pan-African Studies department, said during this time, there was a student-led effort to develop more Black Studies opportunities.

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English alumna fulfills a burning desire to build a community through writing

English alumna fulfills a burning desire to build a community through writing

That spellbinding feeling is what Angela Burton ’89 set out to capture when she began Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshops. Six years later, her creative endeavor has found an even more noble purpose: providing lifelong learning and health benefits to aging populations by fueling connections through writing.

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Two from UofL named to Bingham Fellows Class of 2021

Two from UofL named to Bingham Fellows Class of 2021

The newest Bingham Fellows were announced Thursday and include two representatives from UofL: Cherie Dawson-Edwards, associate dean, A&S Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and an associate professor for the Department of Criminal Justice, and Michael Wade Smith, UofL’s Chief of Staff and External Affairs.

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Three-time alumna wins prestigious history award.

Three-time alumna wins prestigious history award.

Jami McCoy Allen, a three-time UofL alumna and history teacher at Eastern High School, was recently named the 2020 Kentucky History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Join the Conversation: Becoming Antiracist

Join the Conversation: Becoming Antiracist

Moving beyond conversations about racism and into the antiracist action by building a shared understanding of what it means to be antiracists ans how to take appropriate action as individuals and collectively to foster a more equitable and inclusive community.

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Army vet set to graduate with PoliSci major after finding acceptance, support at UofL

Army vet set to graduate with PoliSci major after finding acceptance, support at UofL

Welcomed in 2018 on the condition he would keep up his grades, Kridos graduates this month with his bachelor’s in political science. He credits his parents and UofL’s dedication to every student’s success for giving him the second chance he needed to make his dreams come true.

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Civil rights champion honored by UofL trustees

Civil rights champion honored by UofL trustees

Catherine Fosl, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and founding director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research (ABI) in the University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Trustees Award.

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‘UofL is in my DNA:’ Graduate earns his degree while serving as a Los Angeles police officer

‘UofL is in my DNA:’ Graduate earns his degree while serving as a Los Angeles police officer

Before he had the chance to finish his degree at UofL, Louisville native William Dorsey Jones Jr. moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 2006 to pursue a career in entertainment. While he was out there, he found another passion – service.

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