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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... the extraordinary in the ordinary. Meet Victorian-Era Votary Prof. Deborah Lutz. Prof. Lutz is the Thruston B. Morton Professor of English in UofL’s College of Arts & Sciences. A modern woman, she immerses herself in 19-century literature and objects to decipher the meaning imbued into material possessions. Her scholarship focuses on material culture; the history of attitudes toward death and mourning; the history of sexuality, pornography and erotica; and gender and gay studies.
In A&S, the Chemistry, Geosciences & Geography, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy departments recruit undergraduates for placement in the foundational courses for each department. UTAs have been used as laboratory TAs, as instructors in recitation or supplemental instruction sections, or as classroom assistants during the normal course time.
William Marshall Bullitt’s collection of rare mathematic and astronomy books is one of the world’s most extraordinary, and it offers scholars not only a look at the history of math and science scholarship, but that of the past 500 years of book production.
Meet Disaster Master Prof. David Simpson. Prof. Simpson may not be a storm chaser – but he comes prepared with plans in the aftermath. Chair of the Urban and Public affairs, and Fifth Third Bank Professor in Community Development endowed chair, he specializes in hazards and disasters, and sustainability. At UofL since 1999, Prof. Simpson has been active in the region for planning and sustainable development issues.
The University of Louisville will confer honorary degrees on Doris and Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman Jr. during its Dec. 18, 2015 winter commencement. The Bridgemans are UofL graduates and each will receive a Doctor of Public Service (honoris causa) degree in recognition of their community service and support of the university.
The Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the fall 2015 BFA Thesis Exhibitions at Schneider Hall Galleries. The exhibition will display artwork in a variety of mediums from those students graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hite Art Institute.
Meet Drawing Prof. James Grubola. In this Q&A, we learn that Prof. Grubola is a man of few words who conveys his thoughts on paper, and that most Michiganders, even the unlikely ones, participated in this northern sport.
In the College of Arts & Sciences, Prof. Woody Petry (Psychological & Brian Sciences) chairs the committee that administers the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology, which is given to those who are responsible for works that present new and creative ideas with clarity and power—ideas that substantially impact the field of psychology.
The Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the fall 2015 MA Thesis Exhibition, “Iconoclastic Fervor: Sally Hazelet Drummond’s Road to Abstraction,” at Schneider Hall Galleries curated by Hillary Sullivan, Master’s candidate in Critical and Curatorial Studies.
Prof. Tim Dowling went to see "The Martian" as soon as it was released in theaters. He had plenty of company – the movie came in a very close second for top October debut of all time, behind Gravity, another outer space odyssey. But as a professor of Physics & Astronomy in UofL’s College of Arts & Sciences, he has a unique perspective of the film and the science on-screen.
Meet Prof. Karen Christopher. Prof. Christopher is Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology. Prof. Christopher's research explores the intersections of gender, race, and class in the family, labor market, and welfare state.
Meet Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Kaila Story. Prof. Story is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Pan-African Studies. She holds the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In this Q&A, we learn about Prof. Story’s interest in the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality both now and in the very ancient past, and that you don’t need to be a good dancer to love to dance.
Ms. Pinkins gave singing and monologue workshops for Theatre Arts students and students from the School of Music on Saturday Oct 31st, 2015.
The Grawemeyer Awards this fall commemorates three decades of honoring ideas that inspire humanity. As part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, former Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order winners will present short lectures, panel discussions and question-and-answer session
The Homecoming King and Queen this year are both A&S majors. Joey Schmidt, of the Fine Arts department, participated in the raiseRED Dance Marathon, is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and is on the student orientation staff. Lauren Lewis is a peer advisor, a resident advisor, Latin American & Latino Studies Club-Vice President, and a Panama Scholar from the Communication department.
Meet Geography & Geosciences Department Chair Keith Mountain. It’s not every day you get to meet an adventurer from Australian sheep country who spends half his year living on glaciers. Prof. Mountain is that person – a throwback to the explorers of the past combined with an acute scientific mind attuned to the environmental problems of the present. In this Q&A, we learn that a background in fine arts can be useful even when you’re knee-deep in snow studying climate change, and that no man is an island.
Meet 2015 A&S Alumni Fellow Joe McSweeny. Mr. McSweeny's career in international insurance brokerage may have given him a global reach, but his community spirit found a home at his alma mater. Whether he was serving aboard submarines in the U.S. Navy or working as an executive in insurance brokerage and risk management consulting, Mr. McSweeny always found time to give back, and he continues to do so.
The UofL chapter of Habitat for Humanity nailed down its most significant accomplishment to date. The first student-funded Habitat for Humanity house was built in Louisville during Raise the Roof weekend Sept. 17 through 19, 2015.
Political Science Professor David Buckley weighed in on the Pope’s visit to the United States in the Washington Post this week, and on the possibility of a “Francis Effect” on the American Catholic Church. Buckley is the Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences at UofL.