Faculty of Arts & Science


Welcome to the Faculty of Arts & Science

We are the founding academic faculty at the University of Lethbridge with over 40 disciplines.

Oki, and welcome to the University of Lethbridge. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Aboriginal peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers three very diverse degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), and Bachelor of Science (BSc). As a liberal education based system, you must select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as part of your degree program requirements. As such, you have the opportunity to study from within your areas of interest even if these areas are not part of your major. You can make your uLethbridge degree exactly that - YOUR degree - individualized to what you want to study.

Upcoming Events

Jackie Rice

PUBlic Professor Series: Jackie Rice, Computer Science

On November 21st, computer science professor, Dr. Jackie Rice, presented The Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence as part of our PUBlic Professor Series.

Dr. Rice's experiences as a woman in computer science have caused her to ask questions that others might not consider. As well, working in a liberal education institution (the University of Lethbridge) allowed her to interact with colleagues well outside her area of expertise. The combination of these experiences led her to wonder whether tools previously only used in natural language analysis (specifically sociolinguistics) could be applied to the analysis of programming languages. Specifically, there was research demonstrating that men and women write and speak differently, but could she show that men and women program differently? This led her to look at artificial intelligence techniques used by the previous researchers, which led her to look more closely at artificial intelligence approaches, and how these are being used in society. In this talk, she will explore both the benefits of the amazing recent advances in artificial intelligence, as well as the risks these present to society.

If you were unable to attend, please watch the video via the link below.

The Inevitable Appeal of Melodrama in Latin American Politics

The Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics Speaker Series presents Dr. Omar Rodriguez: The Inevitable Appeal of Melodrama in Latin American Politics
Day/Date: Wednesday, November 27 '19
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Location: A580, University of Lethbridge

In this talk, I will concentrate on the Venezuelan example to argue that the appeal of melodrama is not new, that it can be traced to nineteenth and early twentieth century national romances and that it is linked to the region’s perennial sense of crisis.

Ultimately, I propose that the love affair between melodrama and politics in Latin America originates from the recognition of emotions as a legitimate response for organizing and understanding the complexities of social life.

Carly Adams

PUBlic Professor Series: Carly Adams, Kinesiology

Join kinesiology professor, Dr. Carly Adams, as she explores  "Hey, why don't we have a bonspiel?" Oral Histories, Sport, and (re)Imaging Community.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In particular, she will address two projects, separated by time and space, to consider the place of oral history in contemporary scholarship and communities. On one hand, Dr. Adams considers the case of the Preston Rivulettes, arguably the greatest women’s hockey team ever to lace up their skates. On the other, she considers a current project she's working on with Dr. Darren Aoki (Plymouth University, UK), in which they consider community (re)building in the Nikkei community in southern Alberta in the post-WWII period.

Individually and together, these projects highlight the value of oral histories, both in terms of drawing attention to histories too often left in the margins of scholarly work, and in reminding ourselves and each other about critical moments, peoples, and communities in histories of the places and spaces we inhabit.

Faculty News

Canada’s millennials are an upgrade to previous generations

Contrary to popular opinion that millennials are entitled and narcissistic, three Alberta sociologists have found that millennials are not only looking good, but may well be an upgrade on previous generations.

In their newly released book, The Millennial Mosaic (Toronto: Dundurn)Drs. Reginald Bibby, from the University of Lethbridge, and Joel Thiessen and Monetta Bailey from Calgary’s Ambrose University, team up to provide an up-to-date reading on millennials, who are Canada’s youngest adults born since the mid-1980s and now reaching their 30s.


Financial investment spurs genome sciences research in Alberta

Genome sciences and bioinformatics research in the province is getting a huge boost thanks to a $3-million investment and the establishment of BioNet Alberta, a research network featuring the University of Lethbridge, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Genome Alberta, Genome Canada, Genome Alberta and other partners.

The network is supported by Genome Canada’s Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3) and features a BioNet hub at each university, with the newly established Southern Alberta Genome Sciences Centre (SAGSC) at the U of L serving as the lead hub.

U of L researchers study the underlying biological processes associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the University of Lethbridge will delve further into the basic markers associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) thanks to two funding grants.

Dr. Majid Mohajerani, principal investigator, and co-investigators, Drs. Robert Sutherland and Bryan Kolb from the University of Lethbridge, and Dr. David Westaway from the University of Alberta, will primarily use mouse models to understand the underlying biological processes associated with the development of AD.

Tyler Mrozowich

U of L students form first international chapter of the Biophysical Society

Graduate students in biophysics at the University of Lethbridge have joined their counterparts at the University of Montana in Missoula to form the first student Biophysical Society chapter in Western Canada, and the first that spans borders.

The connection across the Canada-United States border came about since one of the chapter sponsors, Dr. Borries Demeler, a U of L professor, is cross-appointed at the University of Montana.

Jessica Knoop Lentz

Michael Chan Prize in Asian Studies goes to religious studies major

Jessica Knoop-Lentz (BA ’19) was inspired to write about Buddhist ecology and her efforts netted her this year’s Michael Chan Prize in Asian Studies worth $1,000.

Knoop-Lentz majored in religious studies and minored in Asian studies and anthropology, subject areas that were far from her original starting point.

U of L computing team captures fifth place in programming contest

The top University of Lethbridge team took fifth place in the recent Rocky Mountain Regional Programming Contest. The contest drew 73 teams from schools as far north as Edmonton and as far south as Arizona and New Mexico. The U of L entered four teams in total, with the remaining three teams performing well, despite it being the first competition for most of the team members.

Pictured above: Josip Smolcic (left) and Joshua Swidinsky (right), members of the U of L's top team, flank their coach, Dr. Howard Cheng.

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