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

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.

Mountain Equipment Co-op, “diversity work,” and the ‘inclusive’ politics of erasure

with Dr. Jason Laurendeau, Tiffany Higham, Danielle Peers

Through this paper we engage in an intersectional interrogation of MEC’s representational practices, analyzing how MEC’s initial foray into making race (and to some degree racist underrepresentations) visible simultaneously effaces the highly gendered, ableist, fatphobic, settler-colonial and racist structuring of ‘the outdoors’ both in MEC’s practices and in ‘Canada’ more broadly. Our analysis highlights that despite MEC’s diversity work, their representational practices continue to produce a narrow range of bodies appropriate to the wilderness. Moreover, we interrogate MEC’s silence around questions of land dispossession, highlighting their participation in ongoing settler-colonial violence.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
Room M1035 (Markin Hall)


ARRTI Guest Speaker: Eric Mathison

Join guest speaker, Eric Mathison, as he explores The Ethics of Human Gene Editing: Pathways and Roadblocks.

Eric Mathison 
Clinical Ethicist, Alberta Health Services

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The rapid development of gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9/13 has not been matched by international scientific consensus and national policy regarding the ethics of such techniques. At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in 2018, a Chinese scientist announced that he had used CRISPR-Cas9 to delete a gene in human embryos to make them resistant to HIV. This reaffirmed the need for an international discussion about the ethical permissibility of gene editing, and led to calls for a moratorium on germline editing research in humans. The summit’s Organizing Committee released a statement calling for, among other things, the development of a translational pathway to guide future research. In this paper, I survey the current debate about the ethics of gene editing and outline a translational pathway, including the role of RNA techniques.

Faculty News

Interactive website shows Albertans how the climate is changing in their backyard

As Alberta’s climate changes, the demand for practical information on climate extremes and their impact is increasing and University of Lethbridge professors, Dr. Stefan Kienzle, (Department of Geography & Environment) and Christine Clark (Department of New Media), have found a way to meet that demand.

They developed an interactive website, albertaclimaterecords.com, four years ago and have now updated it to include observed weather records from 1951 to 2017, three future climate projections (2041 to 2070), and 55 climate variables, such as number of frost days, length of the growing season and rainfall extremes. With more than 100 high-resolution maps available for download, the website is of particular interest to farmers, ranchers, foresters, water-resource managers, infrastructure planners or anyone who wants to see how Alberta’s climate has changed.

Power Corporation of Canada, Canada Life gift to support scientific discovery at University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge is pleased to announce that Power Corporation of Canada, together with Canada Life, is continuing its longstanding support of the University with a multi-faceted gift supporting scientific discovery and liberal education.

The donation, which totals $400,000 between the two organizations, includes $250,000 from Power Corporation and an additional $150,000 from Canada Life. The Power Corporation gift includes support to the Dr. Jim Coutts Prairie Research Program, a research program headed by U of L biologist Dr. Roy Golsteyn, and towards the development of a flexible lab and makerspace within the new Science Commons building.

Biology student projects earn awards at international conference

Two University of Lethbridge biology students earned first-place awards for their research at the recent 40th annual North American Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the largest yearly gathering of environmental toxicologists in North America.

Darren Van Essen, a fourth-year student, was awarded first place in the undergraduate poster presentation competition, and Justin Miller, a master’s student presenting his undergraduate research, was awarded first place in the undergraduate oral presentation competition. Both are supervised by Dr. Steve Wiseman, a biological sciences professor.

CancerBlast concert raises more than $50,000 for cancer research

The Songs for Hope Society has used the power of music to inspire philanthropy and boost local cancer research to the tune of $53,550.

The society’s CancerBlast concert, held last April, brought together trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann and local musicians for a one-of-a-kind event to raise money for the cancer research being conducted at the University of Lethbridge by Drs. Bryan Kolb (neuroscience) and Olga Kovalchuk (biological sciences).

Their Cancer, Chemotherapy and the Brain project is examining why radiation treatments affect memory, balance and other behaviours. “Chemo brain” affects up to 75 per cent of cancer patients and U of L researchers are working on novel strategies to prevent and mitigate chemo brain to give cancer patients a better quality of life.

The U of L and Hokkai-Gakuen University sign double-degree agreement

The University of Lethbridge and its oldest international partner, Japan’s Hokkai-Gakuen University (HGU), have further cemented their relationship with the recent signing of an agreement that allows HGU students to complete their first two years at their home university followed by two years at the U of L to earn degrees from both institutions.

Hokkai-Gakuen, located in Sapporo, and the U of L have enjoyed 38 years of faculty and student exchanges. More than 70 U of L faculty members have been to HGU as visiting exchange professors and 60 HGU faculty members have visited Lethbridge. Since 1986, almost 300 HGU students have studied at the U of L and almost 220 U of L students have attended HGU.

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.

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