About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences

About Us

As UofL's largest academic unit, the College of Arts & Sciences offers a diverse range of opportunities from dozens of 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.

The Future of Policing

The Future of Policing

UofL’s Belknap Campus houses an institute that consistently ranks alongside the FBI in the top executive development training centers for law enforcement in the nation, attracting students from across the US and locales as far-flung as Lebanon and Japan. This is the Southern Police Institute.

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Fulbrights: Breaking 100!

Fulbrights: Breaking 100!

Eleven recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates have earned 2019 Fulbright scholarships, a prestigious international award coveted by many high-achieving scholars. That means all but one of the twelve 2019 UofL Fulbrights got their degrees from A&S. Since 2000, A&S has produced an impressive 101 Fulbright scholars!

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PACER paves the way

PACER paves the way

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Physics & Astronomy inaugurated its powerful new computing cluster PACER (Physics & Astronomy Computer for Education and Research), made possible by a generous gift from the family of Nathan Shrewsbury Lord and Rachel Macauley Smith Lord. PACER will allow faculty and students to engage in the frontier computational research areas of astronomy, atmospheric science, condensed-matter physics, and high energy physics.

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The Book Doctors

The Book Doctors

History has given us no shortage of literary power couples, and continuing in this grand tradition are Department of English Professors Ian Stansel and Sarah Strickley, who manage to balance writing, teaching, and raising two young daughters.

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‘At long last,’ Fine Arts alum Sam Gilliam’s artwork finds its place in a NYC gallery

‘At long last,’ Fine Arts alum Sam Gilliam’s artwork finds its place in a NYC gallery

World-renowned artist and double alum Sam Gilliam is no doubt a point of pride for the University of Louisville. The painter, widely known for his use of saturated color and his highly improvisational, spontaneous technique, received his BA in creative art in 1955 and his MA in fine arts in 1961 – both from the College of Arts & Sciences.

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UofL professor takes the stage as an ASL interpreter

UofL professor takes the stage as an ASL interpreter

Minges is an American Sign Language interpreter who performs at a variety of concerts and music festivals, including Waterfront Wednesday, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She has also worked with Tom Petty, Phish, The Avett Brothers and other musicians.

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Hite Art Institute hosts art show that examines mental health

Hite Art Institute hosts art show that examines mental health

While it might seem sleepier on campus through summer, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do or see. You might meander over to Schneider Hall Galleries, for example, to peruse Hite’s current exhibition: “Mental Misconceptions: The Art of Self-Care.” The show, which runs through Aug. 30, 2019, investigates mental health and the healing process known as post-trauma growth, the sense of well-being after a traumatic event.

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A&S faculty join citywide ‘Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life’ celebration

A&S faculty join citywide ‘Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life’ celebration

Just as one community connection flows into the next, UofL is partnering with local museums, historic sites and the downtown library to offer its scholarly expertise to the citywide “Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life.”

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A&S senior wins scholarship to attend summer institute at Duke University

A&S senior wins scholarship to attend summer institute at Duke University

Senior Maria Martinez is one of 15 students who have earned a 2019 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute scholarship.

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Back to nature: Spend holiday weekend counting, learning about butterflies

Back to nature: Spend holiday weekend counting, learning about butterflies

How many volunteers does it take to count butterflies on a holiday weekend? Answer: As many children and adults who show up July 6, 2019 to participate in the annual count in Oldham County.

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Open Walls displays extraordinary talent from UofL faculty and staff

Open Walls displays extraordinary talent from UofL faculty and staff

The Open Walls Exhibit, hosted annually by the Office of Communications and Marketing and taking place in Ekstrom Library, features works of various mediums by employees of all backgrounds. From humanities to STEM fields, from classroom to cubicle, one thing remains constant: the artists’ passion for their work, though it may not be their day job.

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Psychology Alumna wins 2019 Woman of Distinction award

Psychology Alumna wins 2019 Woman of Distinction award

UofL graduate Sadiqa Reynold (’93) has added another accolade to her long list of achievements. She was recently awarded the 2019 Woman of Distinction Award from the Center for Women and Families.

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Grawemeyer Award in Psychology winners discuss their research on addiction

Grawemeyer Award in Psychology winners discuss their research on addiction

Meet the winners of UofL's Grawemeyer Award for Psychology and learn about their discovery about how the brain works, which has created a new understanding of addictions like drugs, gambling, and binge eating.

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Chatting about Chatino

Chatting about Chatino

The hosts of the Vocal Fries podcast chat with Dr. Hilaria Cruz, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Comparative Humanities, about Chatino languages and Chatino conceptions of death.

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Muhammad Ali’s youngest son forges his own path through UofL

Muhammad Ali’s youngest son forges his own path through UofL

Asaad Ali grew up in one of Louisville’s most famous families, as the younger son of Muhammad Ali. Now he is part of a second Louisville clan: University of Louisville Alumni with a degree in communication.

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Department of Chemistry Wins Big at Presidential Celebration of Excellence

Department of Chemistry Wins Big at Presidential Celebration of Excellence

The Department of Chemistry pulled a hat trick at this year’s Presidential Celebration of Excellence on May 1, with three professors – Frederick Luzzio, Lenore Hoyt, and Xiang Zhang – bringing home Distinguished Faculty Awards.

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A&S’s ties to Kentucky Derby run deep

A&S’s ties to Kentucky Derby run deep

To get a sense of just how unique a perspective we have to this massive global event, look no further than Remington Smith, an assistant professor of Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences. Smith recently received the Reel South Short award for his documentary, “The Derby.” The Indie Grits Festival and PBS Reel South give the Short award to the best short documentary filmed in or about the south.

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