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.
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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.
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.
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.
Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences funds undergraduate research awards in two categories – Undergraduate Mentored Research and Creative Activities and Medical Education Research. Posters and abstracts from the 2020 undergraduate research showcase can be viewed on the University Libraries' ThinkIR website.
The Department of Philosophy, together with the Department of Theatre Arts, secured a $10K grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to develop a project titled LOVE AMONG THE RUINS.
It is part of what persuaded her to pursue a master’s of fine arts in performance at the University of Louisville, and now Sidney Edwards has come full circle to take on the role as director of the African American Theatre Program (AATP).
The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to a virtual series that celebrates the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom.
The University of Louisville will develop a curriculum to increase cybersecurity talent specifically focused on health care thanks to a $6 million in funding from the National Security Agency. The pilot phase of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate initially will provide the training for 200 first responders and military veterans in accordance with the request for proposal.
Topics discussed: 1) the wider-context of the past year that impinges on the College; 2) our current status and achievements; 3) our purpose; and 4) looking ahead to the coming year.