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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.

Faculty News

Research paper examines novel approaches to addressing antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Recent work on the molecular basis of antibiotic action conducted in the research group of Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, director of ARRTI, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). This report, published in one of the three most influential scientific journals in the world, is a result of a collaboration with Dr. Scott Blanchard (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and adjunct professor at Weill Cornell Medical College) and Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu (Los Alamos National Laboratory).

CIBC Navigator Program designed to empower students with disabilities

A new program in support of employment opportunities for students with disabilities is up and running thanks to a major gift from CIBC.

The CIBC Navigator Program is a five-year project made possible by a $250,000 donation. Its goals are to support the development of co-operative education placement positions for students with disabilities, provide comprehensive supports to enhance student success upon placement and encourage all students within the University’s Accommodated Learning Centre to participate in volunteer or co-operative education opportunities. The program also seeks to develop effective partnerships with employers so that they can provide quality co-operative educational opportunities for students with disabilities.

Parasitic worm manipulating ants into zombie-like behaviour the focus of recent U of L study

A new study co-authored by the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Cam Goater and graduate student Dr. Brad van Paridon (BSc ’10, PhD ’17) is beginning to unlock the evolution of one of the most captivating and complex parasite life cycles in nature.

In a paper published in this week’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Goater, van Paridon, Dr. John Gilleard (University of Calgary) and collaborator Dr. Charles Criscione (Texas A&M University) assess the genetic relationships of a parasitic worm to help explain how they take over the brains of ants, effectively manipulating them into zombies as they seek to complete their life cycle.

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.

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.

Destination Exploration takes community outreach activities online to bring STEM into homes

Recognizing the need for engaging young minds with STEM lessons has never been greater, the University of Lethbridge’s Destination Exploration (DE) community outreach program has taken its delivery online with the launch …

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At Home with Destination Exploration

On Monday, March 30th, Destination Exploration launched “At Home with Destination Exploration,” an initiative to help youth, parents and teachers stay engaged in STEM throughout our time at home.

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Alumnus uses music to connect in the wake of social distancing

University of Lethbridge alumnus and local musician John Wort Hannam (BA/BEd ’96) is sharing songs from home as part of his ‘COVID-19 sessions.’

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Fourth-year, urban & regional studies student Josh Radford awarded CEWIL Honourable Mention

Each year CEWIL Canada recognizes outstanding student achievement of students completing co-op terms, practicums, internships, applied research projects (and many other forms of work-integrated learning) from coast to coast.

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Graduate student receives Alberta Innovates (Tech Futures) award of $26K.

MSc biological sciences student, Dilini Abeyrama, receives an Alberta Innovates (Tech Futures) award of $26k for one year to study the Atlantic and Indian yellow-nosed albatrosses.

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Graduate Student Profile: Benjamin Dosu Jnr, PhD

Benjamin hopes his study will be the first steps towards improving water security for marginalized communities.

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Ulethbridge students participate in 2020 ICPC North America Championship, the first competition of its kind in North America.

Graduate Student Profile: Harley Morman, PhD

Harley is a visual artist who blends his artistic talent with his interest in contemporary art, material culture, and trans studies.

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Research Highlight: Dr. Mark Walton

Can theories of the microscopic be reconciled with our everyday, macroscopic world?

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