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:
As part of an honors class, a group of undergraduate students studied — through interviews, research and first-hand experience — how towns like New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, benefit from and can better promote kayaking, concerts and other riverside activities.
Angela Storey (Anthropology) and Rachel Hopp (Biology) to receive the TILL Teaching Innovation Award
The TILL Teaching Innovation Award is an annual award which honors the University of Louisville’s outstanding faculty who demonstrate a commitment to student engagement and learning through their work on one or more innovative teaching practices.
Students in UofL Professor Chris Reitz’s Art and Activism seminar contributed to the Speed Art Museum’s exhibition “Promise, Witness, Remembrance,” in honor of Breonna Taylor.
Seventeen Cardinal Battalion Army ROTC cadets were commissioned as officers May 7 as part of Spring 2021 Commencement weekend. It marked the first in-person commissioning since 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.