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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Fulbright fulfillment: Persistence pays off for A&S Alumna

Fulbright fulfillment: Persistence pays off for A&S Alumna

Jessica Williams,a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with degrees in Spanish, political science and Latin American and Latino studies, tried three times to earn a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. In early September, her diligence was rewarded: she learned she was selected for the prize and will spend most of 2018 in Brazil as an English teaching assistant at a public university.

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Biology Prof. Steve Yanoviak studies lightning strikes on trees in Panama

Biology Prof. Steve Yanoviak studies lightning strikes on trees in Panama

On Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal, UofL biology professor Steve Yanoviak and his colleagues map lightning strikes and find that they kill mainly the loftiest trees, likely disturbing the forest ecology.

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Speed Cinema to screen ‘”Whose Streets?”, a chronicle of events during the Ferguson protests

Speed Cinema to screen ‘”Whose Streets?”, a chronicle of events during the Ferguson protests

WGS Professor Kaila Story provides her insights into the events surrounding the white police officer shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown in 2014.

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3+3 law student fast tracks path to becoming Air Force JAG officer

3+3 law student fast tracks path to becoming Air Force JAG officer

Lacey Parham is a 3+3 first year law student and senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Criminal Justice. She plans to enter the Air Force after graduation to pursue being a JAG officer.

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Lectures highlight broad variety of humanities and science research

Lectures highlight broad variety of humanities and science research

A fall luncheon lecture series will feature University of Louisville researchers whose worksites range from Cave Hill Cemetery to a campus clinic, and whose topics range from water politics in India to animal research in Siberia.

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Theatre Arts announces a season of plays written by women

Theatre Arts announces a season of plays written by women

With three new department faculty being women in the past year, this season's plays were themed by female playwrights. The season includes: "Miss Ida B. Wells," "Magic Tree," "Our Country’s Good," "Eurydice," "Fabulation: or the Re-Education of Undine," and "The Long Christmas Ride Home."

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English professor Stephen Schneider on what Cave Hill Cemetery says about Louisville’s history

English professor Stephen Schneider on what Cave Hill Cemetery says about Louisville’s history

Cave Hill Cemetery was founded in 1848 to address the need for increased burial space in Louisville. Since then, Cave Hill has become not just a space for family members to visit their loved ones, but also a museum of municipal history dedicated to notable citizens extending from Louisville’s first mayor to Muhammad Ali.

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Vaping e-cigarettes and hookah does the public feel they’re less risky?

Vaping e-cigarettes and hookah does the public feel they’re less risky?

Communication professors Joy Hart and Kandi Walker on a study of public attitudes of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse

Astronomy professor Tim Dowling recaps the solar eclipse with Mark Hebert on UofL Today.

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Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film

Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film

Prof. Ranen Omer-Sherman talks about his book "Imagining the Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature & Film" with Jason Schulman for the series “New Books in Jewish Studies: Discussions With Jewish Studies Scholars About their New Books.”

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Theatre Arts Department sponsors textile competition at Kentucky State Fair

Theatre Arts Department sponsors textile competition at Kentucky State Fair

UofL’s Theatre Arts Department costume shop will also once again sponsor two categories in the Textile Division of the Kentucky State Fair competition.

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Hite photography professor plans major eclipse exhibition

Hite photography professor plans major eclipse exhibition

Prof. Mary Carothers, Hite Art Institute, is creating “Overshadowed,” a “collaborative, experimental exhibition that examines the meeting point between photography, landscape and astronomy.”

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Hite Art Institute presents Type Hike a design project supporting nature

Hite Art Institute presents Type Hike a design project supporting nature

Hite Art Institute will bring “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service to Schneider Hall Galleries Aug. 18-Sept. 22.

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Artful geography: Hite Art Institute shows professor’s work exploring place

Artful geography: Hite Art Institute shows professor’s work exploring place

Prof. Meena Khalili moved to Louisville a little over a year ago to start her job as an assistant professor of design at Hite Art Institute, she challenged herself to get to know her new home in a new way.

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Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Micro-aggressions, trigger warnings, and safe spaces

Host Avery Kolers talks with Prof. Lauren Freeman of the University of Louisville about "micro-ethics": micro-aggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, and the way people with social power and privilege can perpetrate harms and aggressions against others even without intending to -- and what to do about it.

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Urban Planning students pitch ideas to improve Louisville’s sustainability score

Urban Planning students pitch ideas to improve Louisville’s sustainability score

UofL Urban Planning grad students were tasked with helping the city of Louisville improve its 4-star rating in the Star Community Rating System, which measures sustainability.

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Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Exoplanet discovery and the impending eclipse

Astrophysics teacher John Kielkopf and UofL grad Karen Collins talk about the discovery of a new exoplanet in space, UofL’s telescopes and the upcoming solar eclipse on the UofL Today with Mark Hebert radio show.

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