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.

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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 Indigenous Peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.

The Faculty of Arts & Science offers instruction in a broad range of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and mathematical sciences. The Faculty of Arts & Science commits itself to the development of well-educated persons through the pillars of liberal education, including breadth and connections across disciplines, critical thinking skills, and engaged citizenship at all levels. We emphasize the skills developed by a liberal education, and a balance of breadth of general intellectual background with depth of knowledge in a particular area.

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 an important part of your liberal education, you will select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as part of your 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.

 

Academic Advisors are available daily for walk-in appointments.

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Events

We are thrilled to announce that we are back to our regularly scheduled in-person and online talks for the 2022-23 season.

Dr. Chris Burton

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Chris Burton, History

Identity and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 took nearly everyone, including the “experts” by surprise, but is rooted in the long and uneasy history between Ukraine and Russia. Chris Burton will analyze the contemporary and historical causes of the conflict with a focus on questions of identity. Vladimir Putin himself claims to be acting on behalf of the diaspora of ethnic Russians but cross-border populations have a long and tangled history. Who is a Russian? Who is a Ukrainian? The answers are complex, problematic, and illuminate the fighting in 2022.

David Logue

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Logue, Psychology

The Science of Birdsong

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

Birdsong is a window into Nature’s soul, and an enduring mystery to science. How do songbirds make their music? Who are they singing to? And why do they bother? This interactive lecture teaches the foundations of birdsong science through examples, demonstrations, and stories from a career in birdsong research. Once we understand the basics, we’ll get into the weird stuff, like duets, soft song, and the dawn chorus.

Dr. David Hobbs

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Hobbs, English

What Do We Do

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

In this talk, Dr. Hobbs will discuss the goals of literary study, how they have changed over the past century and how they will continue to change in the coming years. Emphasizing the (often surprising) relationship between aesthetic appreciation and ethical imperatives, this talk will argue for the importance of our own, individual sense of "taste" and for the value of continuing to develop that sense throughout our lives. BE WARNED: this talk will include poetry.  

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Dr. Digvir S. Jayas

Dr. Digvir S. Jayas named as seventh University of Lethbridge president and vice-chancellor

Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, an internationally renowned agricultural engineering researcher, decorated professor and experienced academic leader, has been chosen as the University of Lethbridge’s seventh president & vice-chancellor. Dr. Jayas will assume his new role on July 1, 2023.

Jayas comes to ULethbridge from the University of Manitoba where he most recently was vice-president (research and international) for the previous 12 years. An accomplished researcher, Jayas is a former Tier I Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2018 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for “his advancements to agricultural practices worldwide, and for his promotion of academic and scientific research in Canada.”

Dr. Majid Mohajerani

University of Lethbridge to launch two new programs with PrairiesCan investment

The University of Lethbridge will receive nearly $1.5 million to create the Centre for Neuroengineering Solutions and nearly $870,000 to establish a work-integrated learning centre for Indigenous youth after the Government of Canada announced $11.2 million in funding for 18 projects in the Lethbridge region.

The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced the federal funding, including support for opening a new regional office in Lethbridge.

“The funding the University is receiving from PrairiesCan allows us to become even more connected to our community,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, ULethbridge president and vice-chancellor. “We are excited to increase the opportunities for Indigenous youth to engage in work-integrated learning. On top of that, the neuroengineering centre of excellence will further cement our partnerships and collaborations with local producers and industries.”

Kinesiology student Leeza Voyevoda eager to experience all Semester at Sea program has to offer

Leeza Voyevoda has never been afraid to expand her comfort zone. That intrepid spirit gave her the confidence to leave her hometown university for what she hoped would be a better experience at the University of Lethbridge, and now, it has led her to an international educational opportunity as the Brawn Family Foundation scholarship recipient and the Semester at Sea student.

“It was one of my co-workers who told me he was doing this exchange thing and how he was going to all these amazing countries and taking a semester of school,” says Voyevoda about being introduced to the program. “I literally went to my computer at work, looked it up and started applying 20 minutes later.”

University of Lethbridge study investigates the effects of space travel on male and female astronauts

Astronauts blasting into space face a barrage of stressors — noise, vibration, G forces, loss of gravity, radiation, isolation and closed quarters, to name a few. A new study, led by a team around University of Lethbridge neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz, is examining what these stressors do to the human body in space and may in turn unlock clues to help mitigate the effects of similar stressors on everyday people.

“Using this approach, we saw that space travel resulted in sex-specific changes in metabolites involved in energy metabolism, which may be linked to bone loss, muscle regulation and immunity dysfunction. Our results also show different metabolic responses, especially during the recovery period, with females needing more time to adjust to their return to Earth.”
-Dr. Gerlinde Metz, professor of Neuroscience
Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience

Student scholarship drive championed by University of Lethbridge alumni and community leaders

When the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors pledged $10 million in match funds for the establishment of new endowed student scholarships, it laid the groundwork for the most ambitious student scholarship drive in the 50-plus year history of ULethbridge.

Now, alumni and community leaders Janice Varzari (BN ’90, MEd ’02, LLD ’21), Terry Whitehead (BA ’94), Bernadine Boulet (BEd ’88) and Roland Labuhn (BMgt ’90) are leading the way through the next phase of the initiative, with ULethbridge students, current and future generations, destined to benefit.

Pictured: (left to right) Janice Varzari, Roland Labuhn, Terry Whitehead and Bernadine Boulet.

Dr. Leroy Little Bear

University of Lethbridge appoints Dr. Leroy Little Bear as Vice-Provost, Iniskim Indigenous Relations

One of Canada’s most respected Indigenous academic leaders, Dr. Leroy Little Bear (BA '72, DASc '04), has been appointed Vice-Provost, Iniskim Indigenous Relations.
 
The key portfolio signifies ULethbridge’s commitment to meaningfully implement the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and is entrusted with ensuring the University is a safe and welcoming community for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members and that programs, strategies, and initiatives reflect an institutional commitment to incorporating Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and ways of knowing.

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PUBlic Professor Series talk delves into the scary world of mathematics and how to conquer math anxiety

Math anxiety forms at an early age and often follows us into adulthood — but math isn't going anywhere,...

University of Lethbridge to launch two new programs with PrairiesCan investment

The University of Lethbridge will receive nearly $1.5 million to create the Centre for Neuroengineering Solutions...

Kinesiology student Leeza Voyevoda eager to experience all Semester at Sea program has to offer

Leeza Voyevoda has never been afraid to expand her comfort zone. That intrepid spirit gave her the confidence to...

University of Lethbridge study investigates the effects of space travel on male and female astronauts

Astronauts blasting into space face a barrage of stressors — noise, vibration, G forces, loss of gravity,...

$10-million partnership will study the effectiveness of Canada’s wetlands in helping achieve climate targets

Wetlands provide habitat for wildlife, filtration for water and even play a role in protecting us from drought....

Researcher’s work on how gut inflammation drives changes in brain structure earns national recognition

Seeking to understand how chronic gut inflammation drives changes in brain structure, function, and behaviour,...

PUBlic Professor Series talk delves into the mysteries of the Universe

Humankind has always wondered about the fundamental contents, evolution and fate of our Universe. Fortunately,...

Scotiabank gift to support Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership

Earlier this year, the University of Lethbridge announced a $2-million investment from the Jarislowsky Foundation...

University of Lethbridge student takes top thesis prize at Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop

Yamin Raza (BSc ’22) capped off her undergraduate degree by winning an award for the best undergraduate...

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Students, Faculty & Staff Stories

Dr. Apooyak'ii, Tiffany Prete

“Do not let stereotypes and low expectations be the deciding factor in your life. Choose a career that will challenge you, that you may never be bored, a career that excites you, that you …

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Dr. Habiba Kadiri

“Women have historically played important roles in initiating societal transformations, so I hope new generations of women will engage more with mathematical careers to have a meaningful impact in our society.”

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Steph Elder

“I love the impact I can have on my community by sharing my passion while still fiddling and tinkering with things, just now sharing the journey with the younger generation.”

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Dr. Laura Chasmer

“By working together in a group, we are better equipped to solve the World's biggest problems than by trying to solve them on our own.”

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Shannon Healy Knibb (BSc Co-op '20)

"Each opportunity led to the next, and I was able to get involved in research in the fields of neuroscience, agriculture, microbiology and cell biology." - Shannon Healy Knibb (BSc Co-op '20)

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Black History is everyone’s history: Read Maleeka Thomas' speech from the BHM Opening Event

During the Black History Month Opening Event on Wednesday, February 1, Maleeka Thomas shared a passionate speech about why it’s important to honour and celebrate Black history, not just for one month, but …

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Gaining hands-on research experience: Cayley Fleischman

Neuroscience and psychology student Cayley Fleischman spent her summer working on a great research initiative with Dr. Robin Gibb called Building Brains Together.

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Shining Student Ally De Jonge

Shining Student Ally De Jonge discovered archaeology by taking courses outside of her major. This past summer, she was privileged to be part of a team of students to excavate at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo …

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How the Indigenous Student Success Cohort Helped Shining Student Siksiikakoan, Shane McDougall Thrive

The Indigenous Student Success Cohort (ISSC) supported Siksiikakoan (Blackfootman), Shane McDougall on his return to school decades after he graduated high school.

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

Career Bridge

Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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