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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 over 30 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.

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Suffrage at 100: Celebrating a century of the 19th Amendment

Suffrage at 100: Celebrating a century of the 19th Amendment

August 18, 1920, marked the first major breakthrough in a serious of events that would unleash the voices of women across the nation. The 19th Amendment passed 100 years ago, allowing women to cast their ballots and have influence in their government for the first time.

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Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Karen Christopher

Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Karen Christopher

Every year, the University honors faculty who bring distinction to the university through their accomplishments. In 2020, Prof. Karen Christopher (Sociology) won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching.

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Criminal Justice alumna bakes up sweet solution to empower businesswomen

Criminal Justice alumna bakes up sweet solution to empower businesswomen

Abigail Mattingly has concocted a way to spread her hard-earned business knowledge and provide a workspace for other female bakers, sparing them some of the challenges she encountered in building up her own Bourbon Baekery LLC.

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Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Muriel Maurer

Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Muriel Maurer

Every year, the University honors faculty who bring distinction to the university through their accomplishments. In 2020, Prof. Muriel Maurer (Chemistry) won the Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity award for her work.

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Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman

Congratulations to 2020 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman

Every year, the University honors faculty who bring distinction to the university through their accomplishments. In 2020, Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman (Comparative Humanities) won the Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity award for his work.

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13 A&S graduates named Business First Forty Under 40

13 A&S graduates named Business First Forty Under 40

In 2020, 13 A&S graduates were chosen out of more than 500 nominations to join the Louisville Business First Forty Under 40 list. This annual program honors the region’s exceptional up-and-coming young leaders, under the age of 40, for their career achievements and community accomplishments.

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Philosophy student opening career paths for black students

Philosophy student opening career paths for black students

A UofL student has created a non-profit organization to help black students advance their career aspirations. Ethan Volk is a sophomore from Bowling Green, double majoring in Business Economics and Philosophy. He co-founded the Eckford Virtual Mentorship Program to keep the door open for black students to the job market.

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Backpacks with a bonus: Students launch healthy school-year start

Backpacks with a bonus: Students launch healthy school-year start

With a medical career in mind, the biology major from Bangalore, India, already had started Mission CuraKid to help ensure children in impoverished countries have access to proper health care services. But when COVID-19 hit, he turned the nonprofit’s global focus closer to Louisville to help local children in need start their school year more prepared after the pandemic affected their access to supplies and isolated them from their classmates.

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Fulbright enables political science alumna’s next stop in exploring international relations

Fulbright enables political science alumna’s next stop in exploring international relations

The 2018 political science graduate plans to go to Hungary in January to begin a prestigious Fulbright research award though the U.S. Department of State to explore international relations.

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Department of Chemistry researchers developing method to convert carbon dioxide to usable products

Department of Chemistry researchers developing method to convert carbon dioxide to usable products

– Scientists at the University of Louisville received new support for developing a method to sustainably sequester and convert carbon dioxide to valuable products. The three-year project on catalysts for CO2 is funded by the Catalysis Program of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week (June 19 - June 25)

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week (June 19 - June 25)

Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week Beginning on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19 - Thursday, June 25, 2020 A week-long personal and professional development initiative for academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action.

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Prof. Judith Danovitch (Psychological and Brain Sciences) named a Learning Sciences Exchange Fellow

Prof. Judith Danovitch (Psychological and Brain Sciences) named a Learning Sciences Exchange Fellow

The Jacobs Foundation, New America, and the International Congress on Infant Studies announce the second cohort of Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) Fellows—a group of talented mid-career professionals hailing from one of five sectors: journalism, entertainment, research, policy, and social entrepreneurship.

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Artist talk with Peter Williams and UofL Gallery Director Chris Reitz

Artist talk with Peter Williams and UofL Gallery Director Chris Reitz

Painter Peter Williams was scheduled to deliver a much-anticipated artist talk at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts on March 20th. Unfortunately the pandemic, and calls for social distancing, struck Kentucky before he arrived. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and so Williams and curator Chris Reitz staged a remote conversation, recorded here and presented in dialogue with video of the work.

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Demonizing diseases: of Thomas Jefferson and Hessian Flies

Demonizing diseases: of Thomas Jefferson and Hessian Flies

University of Louisville Professor Dr. Dugatkin presented "Demonizing diseases: of Thomas Jefferson and Hessian Flies" Pernicious as they are, personifying and demonizing are not new responses to disease.

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Diversity and Inclusion, our Cardinal Principle: a message from President Bendapudi

Diversity and Inclusion, our Cardinal Principle: a message from President Bendapudi

At the University of Louisville, Diversity and Inclusion is one of our core Cardinal Principles. This university strives to be a home and safe haven for our students, faculty and staff of color just as we strive to do this for all of the many rich and diverse identities held throughout our campus community. I believe that in many cases we succeed in helping people survive and thrive, but I am also certain that in numerous cases the same expressions of hate and exclusion that daily impact people of color and vulnerable communities outside the campus affect our Cardinal Family right here in our own backyard.

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UofL interior design students gain experience through homeless veterans project

UofL interior design students gain experience through homeless veterans project

In the fall of 2019, Valerie Fuchs, a part-time professor at the Hite Art Institute in UofL’s Department of Fine Arts, tasked her interior design students with designing a few rooms and raising funds for the Louisville Hotel for the homeless.

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Southern Police Institute swears in first female SVE officer

Southern Police Institute swears in first female SVE officer

Among the 48 graduates who completed the course was Lt. Emily R. Horton, the first female Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division officer to graduate from the SPI in its storied history.

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The Journey of UofL's The Thinker

The Journey of UofL's The Thinker

Did you know the statue that sits in front of Grawemeyer Hall is the first large-scale bronze cast of The Thinker? French Sculptor Auguste Rodin personally supervised the casting in Paris. It came out of its mold in 1903, but didn't arrive to UofL until 1949.

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