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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My experience at the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

My experience at the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Erica Wheeler, ’18 Political Science and Pan-African Studies Major, was nationally-selected as a participant in the American Political Science Association 31st Annual Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)—a month-long graduate pipeline program targeted at underrepresented groups—hosted at Duke University.

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Theatre Arts kicks off new season with ‘Miss Ida B. Wells’

Theatre Arts kicks off new season with ‘Miss Ida B. Wells’

The Department of Theatre Arts starts its five production season, all written by female playwrights, with Miss Ida B. Wells. Showing Sept. 22-Oct. 1.

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Louisville Photo Biennial with photography exhibitions

Louisville Photo Biennial with photography exhibitions

University of Louisville will host four photography exhibitions with the Louisville Photo Biennial that reflect a wide array of style, technique and subject.

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Urban and Public Affairs offers Kentucky's first sustainability degree

Urban and Public Affairs offers Kentucky's first sustainability degree

UofL is the first Kentucky school to have a degree program in sustainability. David Simpson, the chair of the department of Urban and Public Affairs, discusses the new courses on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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International Peace Day on UofL’s campus Sept. 21

International Peace Day on UofL’s campus Sept. 21

International Peace Day will be celebrated on UofL’s campus – student Blake Gerstner and professor Russ Vandenbroucke, Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice share the details on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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What role is climate change playing in this year's hurricane season?

What role is climate change playing in this year's hurricane season?

Two big hurricanes recently hit Florida and Texas. What role is climate change playing in those storms? Atmospheric scientist Jason Naylor discusses this with Mark Hebert on UofL Today.

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What do Louisvillians think of the job LMPD officers are doing?

What do Louisvillians think of the job LMPD officers are doing?

Deborah Keeling is a justice administration professor who has been surveying Louisville residents.

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Prof. Rajack-Talley discusses the Yearlings Club's upcoming speakers

Prof. Rajack-Talley discusses the Yearlings Club's upcoming speakers

UofL sponsors the Yearlings Club which is a group of African-American men who tackle tough issues facing west Louisville.

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Harvard University professor to discuss Cuba’s present, future

Harvard University professor to discuss Cuba’s present, future

A Sept. 27, 2017 talk at the University of Louisville will focus on Cuba's challenges, economy and evolving relationships with the United States and its Latin American neighbors.

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Fulbright fulfillment: Persistence pays off for A&S Alumna

Fulbright fulfillment: Persistence pays off for A&S Alumna

Jessica Williams,a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with degrees in Spanish, political science and Latin American and Latino studies, tried three times to earn a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. In early September, her diligence was rewarded: she learned she was selected for the prize and will spend most of 2018 in Brazil as an English teaching assistant at a public university.

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Biology Prof. Steve Yanoviak studies lightning strikes on trees in Panama

Biology Prof. Steve Yanoviak studies lightning strikes on trees in Panama

On Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal, UofL biology professor Steve Yanoviak and his colleagues map lightning strikes and find that they kill mainly the loftiest trees, likely disturbing the forest ecology.

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Speed Cinema to screen ‘”Whose Streets?”, a chronicle of events during the Ferguson protests

Speed Cinema to screen ‘”Whose Streets?”, a chronicle of events during the Ferguson protests

WGS Professor Kaila Story provides her insights into the events surrounding the white police officer shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown in 2014.

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3+3 law student fast tracks path to becoming Air Force JAG officer

3+3 law student fast tracks path to becoming Air Force JAG officer

Lacey Parham is a 3+3 first year law student and senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Criminal Justice. She plans to enter the Air Force after graduation to pursue being a JAG officer.

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Lectures highlight broad variety of humanities and science research

Lectures highlight broad variety of humanities and science research

A fall luncheon lecture series will feature University of Louisville researchers whose worksites range from Cave Hill Cemetery to a campus clinic, and whose topics range from water politics in India to animal research in Siberia.

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Theatre Arts announces a season of plays written by women

Theatre Arts announces a season of plays written by women

With three new department faculty being women in the past year, this season's plays were themed by female playwrights. The season includes: "Miss Ida B. Wells," "Magic Tree," "Our Country’s Good," "Eurydice," "Fabulation: or the Re-Education of Undine," and "The Long Christmas Ride Home."

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English professor Stephen Schneider has studied Cave Hill Cemetery and what it says about Louisville’s history.

English professor Stephen Schneider has studied Cave Hill Cemetery and what it says about Louisville’s history.

English professor Stephen Schneider has studied Cave Hill Cemetery and what it says about Louisville’s history. Prof. Schneider will speak at the University Club on Sept. 7, 2017 about our local history through Cave Hill Cemetery.

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Vaping e-cigarettes and hookah does the public feel they’re less risky?

Vaping e-cigarettes and hookah does the public feel they’re less risky?

Communication professors Joy Hart and Kandi Walker on a study of public attitudes of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse with Mark Hebert on UofL Today.

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