About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences
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.
Two retiring faculty members reflect on how they changed UofL’s graphic design program
If you put Steve Skaggs and Leslie Friesen in the same room, chances are they’ll tag team entire conversations with enthusiasm, finishing each other’s sentences and frequently lobbing compliments back and forth.
Grant allows UofL eating disorders prevention program to expand
A University of Louisville-based program for high schoolers aimed at preventing eating disorders (EDs) and promoting a healthy body culture is planning to expand to serve more diverse student populations after receiving funding from the Jewish Heritage Fund (JHF).
UofL-led study finds correlations between mindset and adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was clear that some people adopted recommended safety protocols to help them avoid infection more readily than others. To better understand the psychological factors underlying this commitment to individual prevention measures, a team of psychology researchers led by Michael Cunningham at the University of Louisville surveyed several groups of people about their attitudes and responses.
Building the force: ROTC grad, Guardsman achieves goals
Matt Payne can take pride in several accomplishments celebrated this spring. The summa cum laude graduate became a second lieutenant with the Army ROTC commissioning ceremony in May that preceded commencement.
UofL, Kentucky School for Blind team up for archaeological dig project
Students and researchers from the University of Louisville are helping with an archaeological dig at a site of the former segregated school on the Louisville campus of the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB).
UofL astrophysics research-backed startup acquired
A machinery monitoring technology startup backed by University of Louisville astrophysics research and founded by a UofL alumnus has been acquired.
Three UofL juniors awarded Goldwater scholarships
Three University of Louisville juniors conducting undergraduate research in breast cancer, galaxies and robotics have won 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholarships, marking the largest number of recipients from UofL for this award in a single year.
UofL astronomer and team discover most distant megamaser yet found – 5 billion light years away
Benne W. Holwerda, associate professor in the University of Louisville Department of Physics and Astronomy, and an international team of researchers have discovered a powerful megamaser – a radio-wavelength laser emission usually indicative of colliding galaxies – that is the most distant such megamaser found so far.
UofL grad who helped desegregate campus housing went on to become one of the first African American social workers in Kentucky
In late April 1969, a group of students occupied then-president Woodrow Strickler’s office demanding more efforts to recruit minority students and teachers, among other things. It was shortly before this time when the late Gwendol Fay (Brown) McCaskill helped integrate the on-campus dorms.
UofL professor shares endangered language books worldwide
Hilaria Cruz, an assistant professor of comparative humanities, began teaching a UofL course in endangered languages in 2019. Students helped her bring a very personal project to fruition at the end of 2021.
UofL alum takes history degree to historic houses
Throughout October, the city of Louisville gets to wow residents and tourists with its rich history, both haunted and otherwise. For Chris Church ’16, he gets to wow residents and tourists with rich history throughout the entire year.
Covi Award winner inspired by late mentor, professor
One of the scholarships available in the Hite Art Institute in the College of Arts & Sciences is the Dario Covi Award, named for the beloved professor emeritus and art historian who was an important part of Hite for 50 years.
New director of UofL’s Anne Braden Institute wants more people to join ‘long chain of struggle’
Michael “Brandon” McCormack has been named director of UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. He is the institute’s first Black director, replacing co-founder and outgoing director Cate Fosl, who will stay engaged in the institute as a faculty fellow.
Astronomy and astrophysics professor part of important cosmology discovery
A University of Louisville astronomy and astrophysics professor is part of an international team of researchers working on a discovery that could change one of the basic concepts of the cosmos.
Art professor gets creative with invasive species
An associate professor in the Hite Art Institute is coming up with creative new ways to eradicate invasive plant species that threaten local ecosystems
New Directors Appointed to two A&S Centers
In July 2021, two important A&S directorships were appointed – one to the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the other to the Commonwealth Center for Humanities Society. Both of these appointments will impact the way in which A&S engages with our community for years to come.
Rick Smith named Associate VP for workforce and economic development
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced that Rick W. Smith Sr., a professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education and private sector leadership, will serve as the Council’s new associate vice president for workforce and economic development.
A&S once again a top producer of Fulbrights and other student awards
In 2021, A&S students won 7 out of 7 Fulbright Awards English Teaching Assistantships. Also of note this year is Lexi Raikes who won the Truman Scholarship, Kentucky's only Harry S. Truman Scholarship for 2021.
A&S student researchers helping river towns drive tourism and economic development
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.
UofL psychology specialists launch low-cost ADHD evaluation service
A group of University of Louisville psychologists are making ADHD evaluations more accessible and affordable for Louisville area families.