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Faculty of Arts & Science

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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.

The Faculty of Arts & Science stands with all those who seek a world free from the racism and related violence that plagues our world and our community. Read the full statement from Matthew G. Letts, Incoming Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science.

Upcoming Events

Goldie Morgentaler

PUBlic Professor Series: At Home presents 5 Questions with Dr. Goldie Morgentaler

Join us on Facebook OR YouTube at 7pm on Thursday, July 16, 2020!

The PUBlic Professor Series recently caught up with English professor, Dr. Goldie Morgentaler, who gave a captivating talk about Dickens during the 2016/17 season. In this newly recorded video, Goldie is interviewed by English professor, Dr. Elizabeth Galway, who shares a love of 19th-century literature with Goldie. These two engaged in conversation about how research on Dickens can overlap with other fields in the humanities, especially Canadian history, translation and Jewish studies. Watch Goldie's original talk (previously recorded in front of a live audience on Nov 24, 2016): https://youtu.be/xOk2Mm56m8Y

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2020/21 Season Announced for the PUBlic Professor Series

The Faculty of Arts & Science is excited to announce the line-up for our 2020/21 season.

  • Sep 24 '20 Glenda Bonifacio |Communities and disasters: associative acts and total escape?
  • Oct 29 '20 Gail Michener | Love Them, Despise Them, Study Them. An outsider’s perspective on an iconic prairie animal.
  • Nov 26 '20 Elizabeth Galway | What’s So Childish about Children’s Stories? Exploring the Complex World of Literature for Young Readers.
  • Jan 28 '21 Trevor Harrison | The Promise and Peril of Populism
  • Feb 25 '21 David Logue | Birds Sing Duets
  • Mar 25 '21 Trushar Patel | How not to get viral: Understanding the communication between viruses and humans
  • Apr 15 '21 James MacKenzie | Being Maya: Reflections on Ethnicity, Religion and Place
Trushar Patel

PUBlic Professor Series: At Home presents 5 Questions with Dr. Trushar Patel

The PUBlic Professor Series is pleased to introduce you to Dr. Trushar Patel from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Dr. Patel is scheduled to present “How not to get viral: Understanding the communication between viruses and humans” as part of our regular PUBlic Professor Series in 2020/21 on March 25, 2021 at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge. In this video, Dr. Patel is interviewed by his colleague Dr. Carla Coffin, clinician/hepatologist and an Associate Professor at the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Calgary. The two engaged in a dynamic conversation about their collaborations and explore a biophysicist’s perspective on virus research.

Faculty News

Department Video Messages & Town Hall Meetings

As always, the University of Lethbridge is committed to helping students succeed. We recognize that students have questions about what university is going to look like in the fall and we are building a plan to make sure that students are equipped to make the most of online learning. We will work with students to make the transition to both university and to online learning as seamless as we can.

As such, Departments within the Faculty of Arts & Science are creating video messages and holding town hall meetings with students to address what fall looks like. If you are new to the University of Lethbridge, or returning in the fall, this information is for you!

Jenny McCune

Federal government needs to do more to protect endangered plants, says U of L researcher

Canada’s plants are the middle child of species conservation in Canada, receiving far less attention than mammals and birds. Even though plants and lichens make up 37 percent of Canada’s at-risk species, the federal funding they receive is less than a third of that number.

Dr. Jenny McCune, a University of Lethbridge professor in biological sciences and Board of Governors Research Chair in Plant Conservation, and Peter Morrison, a graduate student at McGill University, examined how many plant species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) grow on private or federal lands. Plants listed under SARA are only protected from destruction only if they grow on federal land

Callista Chasse

Pandemic underlines need to revamp academic system that disadvantages parenting researchers and women

The COVID-19 pandemic pressure tests our societies in many ways and reveals often overlooked, long-existing and festering systemic challenges and disadvantages. One of the most universal experiences associated with the current pandemic has been the struggle of working parents forced to balance full-time, stay-at-home jobs with the challenge of parenting and home-schooling.

University of Lethbridge researchers Drs. H.J. Wieden and Ute Kothe, along with graduate student Luc Roberts, detailed in a recent article published in EMBO Reports, that the struggle is just as acute in the academic world — widening an already existing gulf between researchers who are active parents and those who are not, thereby presenting a threat to the diversity, inclusivity and quality of research communities. The authors identify the pandemic as an opportunity to rethink and overhaul the academic career and reward system that consistently disadvantages parenting researchers and women.

Connor MacNeil

Foreign study placement leads to post-doc at Princeton

For Connor MacNeil, graduate school turned out to be the tale of two Pauls. While doing his undergraduate degree in chemistry at New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University, his research supervisor, Dr. Steve Westcott, suggested he call the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Paul Hayes, who had also been a student of Westcott’s. Westcott mentioned they had similar research interests and thought they would get along.

“I could tell right away it was going to be a good fit,” says MacNeil. “It’s an important part of starting grad school. If you don’t get along with your supervisor, then it can be a really unpleasant few years.”
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Photo by Jon Darmon

Mysterious Night Parrots may not see in the dead of night

Australia’s most elusive bird, the Night Parrot, may not be much better at seeing in the dark than other parrots active during the day.

An international collaboration between the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Andrew Iwaniuk and Flinders University’s Dr. Vera Weisbecker, has revealed the endangered parrot’s visual system is not as well-adapted to life in the dark as would be expected for a nocturnal bird, raising concerns it might be adversely impacted by fencing in the Australian outback.

Jamshid Faraji

U of L researchers demonstrate the importance of studying sex differences

In the past, many scientific research studies focused on using only male subjects, whether in human or animal experiments. Now researchers like Drs. Jamshid Faraji and Gerlinde Metz at the University of Lethbridge’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience are shining a spotlight on biological sex differences and making them an integral part of their research.

In their recent study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Faraji and Metz developed an animal model that demonstrates sex differences in the thermal response to stress.

PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Carly Adams

Kinesiology professor, Dr. Carly Adams, shares her research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series along with a live Q&A (recorded in summer 2020) on the importance of oral history and lived experiences …

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Faculty of Arts & Science Dean's Office ready for challenges and opportunities with a talented new team of Associate Deans

Dean Matt Letts is pleased to announce that our students, faculty and staff can turn to a team of three talented Associate Deans

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Trushar Patel

Dr. Trushar Patel is scheduled to share his research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series in the 2020/21 season. As an introduction to Trushar, we recorded a Q&A session on a biophysicist’s perspective …

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Goldie Morgentaler

English professor, Dr. Goldie Morgentaler, shares her research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series along with a live Q&A (recorded in 2020) on how research on how Dickens can overlap with other …

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. David Logue

Dr. David Logue is scheduled to share his research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series in the 2020/21 season. As an introduction to David, we recorded a Q&A session on avian communication, …

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Glenda Bonifacio

Dr. Glenda Bonifacio is scheduled to share her research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series in the 2020/21 season. As an introduction to Glenda, we recorded a Q&A session on the interdisciplinary …

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PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Amy Shaw

Dr. Amy Shaw shares her research as part of the PUBlic Professor Series along with a live Q&A (recorded in 2020) on Canadians in the South African War, bodies in the 19th century, …

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Five questions with Shining Graduate Dylan Nikkel BSc '20

Dylan Nikkel's most memorable uLethbridge experience was defending his Honours Thesis. It was both intense and immensely satisfying.

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Forging a friendship

An off-chance meeting on the first day of New Student Orientation (NSO) in 2015 led to a friendship that has sustained Nick Hassink (BSc ’19) and James Eaton (BSc ’20) throughout their undergraduate …

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