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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.

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.

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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!

Aggies take Grow the Future Gala online, raise $10,000 to donate to local non-profit organization Ag for Life

The Grow the Future Gala could not be held in person this spring, so the University of Lethbridge Agricultural Students’ Society (The Aggies) went online and still managed to raise $10,000 to donate to the local non-profit organization Agriculture for Life.

The Aggies annually present their Grow the Future Gala, an event designed to bring together students and industry while raising money for a non-profit organization of the club’s choice. The COVID-19 pandemic put an end to all in-person events, but it did not deter The Aggies and with support from multiple sponsors and donors, they were able to still achieve a substantial donation.

Photo: The Aggies donated $10,000 to Ag for Life. Pictured from left to right are Christine Suominen (gala committee head), Sydelle Zukowski (outgoing president) and Julia McCrae (incoming president).

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.”
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. 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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Don’t discredit the electives: liberal education opens doors to new career opportunities for recent graduate

Sometimes the area of study that you start at university is not the career you end up in. Thanks to the flexible liberal education environment at the University of Lethbridge, exposure to …

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Five questions with Shining Graduate and this Year's Recipient of the Gold Medal in Science Kate Chua BSc '20

Kate Chua, who has earned a BSc Neuroscience, has been awarded this year's Gold Medal (Science). The most important lesson she learned at uLethbridge is that it is important to allow yourself to …

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Five questions with Shining Graduate Austin Knibb (BFA - New Media '20)

During a time when he should have been donning his cap and walking the stage with his fellow classmates, Austin Knibb (BFA - New Media '20) took on the task of bringing convocation to …

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Five questions with Shining Graduate Elani Bykowski (BSc '18, MSc '20)

Proper rehabilitation is required after a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury to promote long-term recovery. Elani's studies focused on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as a more efficient, cost-effective alternative to CT scans …

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Five questions with Shining Graduate and this year's recipient of the Gold Medal (Arts) Jamie Lewis BA (Co-op) '20

Jamie Lewis, a BA graduate with a double major in anthropology and religious studies, is this year's recipient of the Faculty of Arts & Science Gold Medal (Arts).

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