Why Arts and Sciences?

What is the College of Arts and Sciences?

Thinker faceThe College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville is composed of three academic divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. These divisions house the studies traditionally known as the liberal arts. As a student pursuing a degree in the College, you will establish foundation in the liberal arts by taking basic courses in English composition, oral communication, quantitative and logical reasoning, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, history of civilization, and cross-cultural studies or foreign languages.

You will also have the opportunity to specialize--major or minor--in one or more of the many programs offered by the College culminating in the awarding of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. Advanced degress are also available in many liberal arts fields: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Liberal arts courses and degrees are also the springboard for admission to many professional schools at both the undergraduate level (Allied Health, Business, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Pharmacy) and the graduate level (Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine).

Why should I get a liberal arts education?

A liberal arts education is a life-long endeavor and has as its goal the development of the intellect in each of us to its full potential. The skills and knowledge you acquire through a liberal arts education will serve you in every aspect of your life. Those skills and knowledge include:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Logical analysis
  • Complex problem solving and decision making skills
  • Aesthetic appreciation
  • An understanding of the past as a key to understanding the present to improve the future
  • An understanding and appreciation of different peoples and cultures

Is there a market for liberal arts graduates?

Career counselors report that employers are showing increased interest in liberal arts graduates. The reason for this interest can be found in the philosophy of a liberal arts education -- the development of the whole person. Liberal arts majors tend to be flexible and adaptable and able to learn new skills quickly. The skills acquired through a liberal arts education are transferable to many different careers and occupations.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides many opportunities for career preparation. For example, in addition to choosing a major, you will also be able to pursue any of the minors offered by the College or by other units such as Business.

What about career oriented experience?

Cooperative internships are a valuable way to gain work experience in your major field. Degree credit may be awarded by your major department. Summer Study Abroad programs are conducted by the International Center and selected academic units. You can earn up to six hours of credit towards your degree for your successful participation in one of these programs.

Leadership development is an important part of the whole person. Opportunities to develop leadership experience are available through participation in student government, clubs, organizations, and publications.

Where can I get more information about pursuing a liberal arts education in the College of Arts and Sciences?

To get more information, please contact:

Academic Advising Center
College of Arts and Sciences
(502) 852-6487
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