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 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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A&S faculty collaborate on social justice research

A&S faculty collaborate on social justice research

The Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, is led by co-principal investigators Cate Fosl, professor of women’s and gender studies, and director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in the College of Arts & Science, and Enid Trucios-Haynes, professor in the Brandeis School of Law and director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.

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Focused: McConnell Scholar’s interest in the law began at age 5

Focused: McConnell Scholar’s interest in the law began at age 5

Humphrey will graduated in Spring 2017 with her political science and English degrees from the University of Louisville, where she was a McConnell Scholar and part of the moot court team. She also spent her college years volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries for about 25 hours a week. Check out Humphrey’s story in her own words.

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Hite Art Institute exhibition spotlights first Master of Fine Arts graduates

Hite Art Institute exhibition spotlights first Master of Fine Arts graduates

The MFA Thesis Exhibition runs through May 27 in the Cressman. The diversity of art forms in the show reflects the diversity of offerings in the MFA program. Students may choose to practice in a variety of mediums or narrow in on one. Courses include ceramics, drawing, fibers, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, design, mixed media, book arts and new media.

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A&S Scholar Conrad Smart delivers commencement address

A&S Scholar Conrad Smart delivers commencement address

Conrad Smart is graduating with his bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics, anticipating a perfect 4.0 GPA and will be delivering a commencement speech to his fellow students Saturday, May 13 at the KFC Yum! Center.

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Meet NSF graduate fellow Clinton Belott

Meet NSF graduate fellow Clinton Belott

Doctoral student (Cellular and Molecular Biology) Clinton Belott's '21, current research is based on the astounding phenomenon called anhydrobiosis, or life without water. This ability is observed in extremophilic (harsh-loving) organisms and allows them to approach suspended animation.

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A&S instructor launches new scholarship for Central HS students

A&S instructor launches new scholarship for Central HS students

On Derby night, May 6, from 8 p.m. to midnight, NightBreeze will play in the University Ballroom to raise money for the new Gloria Jean Churchill Scholarship.

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Meet Social Justice Scholar Laura Tetreault

Meet Social Justice Scholar Laura Tetreault

Laura Tetreault's research interests include cultural rhetorics; gender studies; contemporary intersectional queer, feminist, and antiracist activism; social justice informed pedagogies; new media and multimodal composition; and translingual approaches to the study and teaching of writing.

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2017 College of Arts & Sciences Awards

2017 College of Arts & Sciences Awards

Congratulations to this year's honorees: Ying Kit Chan, Sarah Miller, Wendy Pfeffer, Craig Grapperhaus, Janet Woodruff-Borden, Frank Zamborini, Andrew Rabin, Keith Lyle, Elaine Wise, Deborah Keeling, Raymond J. Chastain, Gregory S. Hutcheson, Stephen P. Yanoviak, Peter Morrin, Khaldoun Almousily, Tiffany Calvert, Andrea Gaughan, Farshid Ramezanipour, D.J. Biddle, Mona Francis, Jessica Kidd, Melissa Moody, Taleia Willis, Theresa Berbet, Daniel Brian, Shari Gater, Neal Stolowich, and Mark Rubenstein.

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Cast of “Baltimore” to perform at national festival

Cast of “Baltimore” to perform at national festival

The Department of Theatre Arts African American Theatre Program was selected to perform the production “Baltimore,” performed by the AATP last fall at UofL, this summer at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina.

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A&S student awarded competitive political science scholarship

A&S student awarded competitive political science scholarship

The scholarship, offered through the American Political Science Association, is a five-week program at Duke University that introduces students to the world of doctoral study in political science. It goes to underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and is highly competitive.

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A&S student named Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar

A&S student named Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar

Judson Adams, a political science major, is Kentucky’s only Truman Scholar this year.

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Kentucky's Population in 2040

Kentucky's Population in 2040

Urban Planning & Administration professor Matt Ruther, director of the Kentucky State Data Center, discusses how Kentucky’s population will change in the next 25 years.

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Prof. Dan Vivian (History) helps tell StoryWood Bowties’ story

Prof. Dan Vivian (History) helps tell StoryWood Bowties’ story

Prof. Dan Vivian (History) talks about a local company using salvaged historic wood to create wooden bowties.

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More than numbers

More than numbers

Mathematics is more than just calculation. A mathematical worldview is a way of getting a firmer handle on our assumptions – and having the ability to reject those assumptions when we're wrong.

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Meet Tropical Ecology graduate student Evan Gora

Meet Tropical Ecology graduate student Evan Gora

In this Q&A, we discover what Gora does up in the trees, and who he'd invite to dinner when he gets back on the ground.

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Using design to help people read

Using design to help people read

Prof Steven Skaggs, head of the Graphic Design BFA with old friend and graphic designer Keith Kleespies created a new text font for people with macular degeneration called Maxular Model B. This will soon enter scientific testing at the University of Minnesota to prove empirically that it works.

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I think, therefore I  EXPLORE

I think, therefore I EXPLORE

Reggie Van Stockum, Biology MS ’75, Ph.D. ’79, Environmental lawyer and author.

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Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Meet Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures’ in STEM

Dr. Aleeta Powe (Chemistry) and Dr. Angelique Johnson (J.B. Speed School of Engineering) will be holding a talk of women in the STEM field at The Yearling’s Club’s salute to Kentucky’s ‘Hidden Figures.’

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GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

Prof. Daniel Krebs (History) tells the story of the 1862 Battle of Perryville – but outdoors, and outside the confines of the archives. Partnering with DJ Biddle (Geography & Geosciences) to map the battlefield using drones with cameras.

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Lebanese police learn tactics from SPI

Lebanese police learn tactics from SPI

A group of officers from the Lebanese National Police spent two weeks in Louisville getting first hand views of SWAT team tactics, community policing and the cameras overseeing city streets. But their main goal was to take home new leadership and management skills from UofL's Southern Police Institute.

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