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.
Read more about some of our most successful students, faculty and programs:
Meet Egyptian History Prof. Jennifer Westerfeld. Prof. Westerfeld researches ancient Egyptian history, a time when Romans ruled Egypt and Christianity was flourishing. But just because she studies ancient Egypt, that doesn’t mean she’d want to live there.
A trail of 11 markers noting downtown Louisville civil rights demonstration spots was dedicated in a Sept. 21, 2015 ceremony.
Thirty years ago when Prof. Edna Ross (Psychological & Brain Sciences) was teaching in Strickler 102, the burnt orange chairs, brown carpet, and desks just big enough for a spiral notebook were not out of place. The fashions and fads of the seventies had yet to be replaced by the décor of the coming decades.
Meet Popular Music Maven Proffessor Diane Pecknold. Prof. Pecknold, a professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, focuses on popular culture of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the ways that gender and race have shaped the production and reception of popular music.
Meet Liberal Studies Director John Hale. Prof. Hale, director of Liberal Studies and professor of archaeology, not only uses a textbook to instruct students about ancient times in the classroom – he shows them how to get their hands dirty in the discovery of the past at field sites in Greece and Portugal.
In July 2015, three colleagues from the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences stood for their picture with some of the leaders of the International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies in Hong Kong.
Meet Art History Professor Christopher Fulton. Prof. Fulton joined the College of Arts & Sciences in 1999. With a background in Renaissance art, he recently began investigating Mexican art and co-curated an exhibition of works by David Alfaro Siqueiros. He is currently preparing books on Siqueiros's creative practice and on Milton Rogovin's photographs of working people.
A hair bun, a banana, and a lion are seemingly disparate objects. But in Prof. Mary Carothers’ (Fine Arts) latest public art installation, they come together to form a kind of historical landscape tracing the history of Louisville, and the Ohio River.
A University of Louisville luncheon lecture series this fall will serve up research samplings ranging from modern U.S. work-family conflict to depictions of the Italian Renaissance, Egyptian monuments and Israeli kibbutz life.
New Arts & Sciences Prof. Andreas Elpidorou’s (Philosophy) latest article for Aeon Magazine on the importance of boredom in a well-lived life.
Meet Communication (’13) Alum Christy Eubank. In Cambodia with the Peace Corps, Christy is putting the skills she learned in the College of Arts & Science’s Department of Communication to work. With a big heart and a level head, plus experience through a service learning course in Belize and great mentors in A&S, she hopes to build a lasting educational program as a Peace Corps volunteer that will enrich lives and the community.
Cardinal red, that is. Kentucky Shakespeare continues to show its University of Louisville, and College of Arts & Sciences, connections both onstage and behind the scenes.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the research hub of UofL, with faculty publishing more than 600 scholarly articles each year and raising more than $38 million for research in the past five years. As part of efforts to continually improve and add to the quality, quantity, and reputation of the scholarly activities in A&S, the college will welcome 24 new professors in the 2015-2016 academic year.
High school juniors who won the 2015 University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award were given UofL professor Catherine Fosl’s book about Kentucky civil rights activist Anne Braden.
Profs. Dewey Clayton (Political Science) and Russell Vandenbroucke (Theatre Arts/Peace Studies) published op-ed pieces in Louisville’s The Courier-Journal weighing in on the issues surrounding the Confederate flag, its history and the implications of its continued use.
UofL offensive lineman Pedro Sibiea became the first-ever football player to participate in the three-week A&S study abroad trip in Panama through the Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies and Communication. This article by ESPN Staff Writer Andrea Adelson profiles SIbiea’s time there and discusses how athletes can take advantage of programs like these, in addition to sports and traditional academics.
Meet Fine Arts (’11) Alumna Alexia Serpentini. Currently heading up the rebrand of GE Consumer, Alexia lets us in on how her Fine Arts degrees – and her undergraduate studies in the arts and sciences – inform her work in the corporate world, and how her business experience affects the way she approaches her work as an artist. She emphasizes the importance of looking for, and finding, inspiration in unlikely places and keeping your eyes, ears, and heart open to the world around you.
The College of Arts & Sciences’ Center for Regulatory, Environmental and Analytical Metabolomics (CREAM) just installed a cutting edge instrument that will be used by researchers in the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Sciences, as well as those from other universities around the country.
Seventeen globe-trotting professors were in Louisville this June and July for an intensive summer institute of scholarship and travel organized by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences and funded by the U.S. State Department.
Meet CCHS Director Aaron Jaffe. Professor Jaffe, Department of English, leads the U.S. Department of State’s summer Institute on Contemporary Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at UofL.