Faculty of Arts & Science

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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 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.

Faculty of Arts & Science News

After the fire — how plant life is recovering following the Kenow wildfire

University of Lethbridge researchers have been monitoring plant life in Waterton Lakes National Park to see how they’re responding following the massive Kenow wildfire in 2017.

“We know we have increasing fires on the landscape recently, so plant communities are going to have to deal with that,” says Dr. Jenny McCune, a ULethbridge biology professor. “But then we also have increases in human-caused stressors like recreation. There’s a real question about how those two different sources of stress will interact and whether one will magnify the effects of the other.

In the second and third growing seasons after the fire, McCune and her students examined both burned and unburned plots that were originally surveyed in the mid-1990s to compare the plant species present. They wanted to know how plant life is being affected by stressors like wildfire and increased human presence.

Healthy Hooves, Happy Herds: A New Chapter Unfolds with Cattle Wellness

In a groundbreaking collaboration, Dr. Robert Sutherland (Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience), alongside Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed (Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed Inc.), Dr. Karen Schwartkopf-Genswein (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Dr. Majid Mohajerani (Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience), Hardeep S. Ryait (Postdoctoral Fellow - CCBN), and Paula Olivares Guzman (Postdoctoral Fellow - CCBN), have embarked on a transformative research project aimed at revolutionizing the management of lameness in beef cattle.

Study shows methane emissions from Prairie wetlands are lower than expected

Inland waters including ponds and wetlands are one of the largest natural sources of methane. Pound for pound, methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Now, a University of Lethbridge-led study has found that many of the ponds and wetlands dotting the Canadian Prairies emit less methane than predicted in part due to their elevated salt content, making previous estimates highly inaccurate.

“We came up with new prairie-specific models and estimates that were much lower than expected based on models developed in other parts of the world,” says Dr. Matthew Bogard, a ULethbridge biology professor and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Environments. “We were very conservative in our calculations and even so, we found that emissions were drastically overestimated.

Their study was recently published in Nature Communications.

 

Unlocking the mystery — Dr. Paul Vasey’s new data analysis reveals insights into male homosexuality

A deeper analysis of a decade’s worth of data from Dr. Paul Vasey’s Comparative Sexology Lab at the University of Lethbridge has lent clarity about the influence of two separate but linked literatures on biological variables influencing male homosexuality.

Vasey, a Professor and Board of Governors Research Chair, and his team of former students (Drs. Doug VanderLaan, Scott Semenyna and Francisco Goméz Jiménez) wanted to determine if there was evidence for both the Fraternal Birth Order Effect (FBOE) and the Female Fecundity Effect (FFE) in data they collected over a decade while working in Samoa.

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Alberta Environment and Protected Areas grant supports University of Lethbridge research expertise

Eight University of Lethbridge research projects focused on water storage, carbon storage, insect health, fish...

After the fire — how plant life is recovering following the Kenow wildfire

University of Lethbridge researchers have been monitoring plant life in Waterton Lakes National Park to see how...

Lethbridge will see a partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8

Around noon on Monday, April 8, residents of Lethbridge and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to...

Radio and X-ray telescopes spot giant explosions launching matter into space from neutron stars

An international team of astronomers, including University of Lethbridge astrophysicist Dr. Alex Tetarenko, have...

University of Lethbridge research projects earn SSHRC funding support

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced funding through several grant programs today...

Antarctica leaves impactful, lasting impression on Copeland

Dr. Jennifer Copeland did her homework, and then some, before embarking on her 19-night tour of Antarctica as part...

University of Lethbridge celebrates Brain Awareness Week with three public events

Each year, the University of Lethbridge’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience celebrates Brain...

Study shows methane emissions from Prairie wetlands are lower than expected

Inland waters including ponds and wetlands are one of the largest natural sources of methane. Pound for pound,...

Dr. Trushar Patel elected to the Royal Society of Biology

The new year got off to an auspicious start for Dr. Trushar Patel, University of Lethbridge Canada Research Chair...

Coaches sought to participate in study utilizing strategies to help competitive athletes conquer anxiety

Anxiety and nervousness before competition is normal for most athletes, from minor sport to the professional game....

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Students, Faculty & Staff Stories

Shining Graduate Cody Chipman

Having just accepted his first teaching position directly out of university, Cody Chipman (BA/BEd '24) attributes much of his success to his loved ones and support network. He now prepares to embark …

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Shining Graduate Caitlin McCaughey

As a professional opera singer, Caitlin McCaughey has performed for thousands and even serenaded a rat in the streets of Italy. Now she can proudly include 'two-time University of Lethbridge graduate' among her list …

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Shining Graduate Sofia Hoff

In her first year at the University of Lethbridge, Sofia Hoff (BA/BEd '24) accomplished a significant personal milestone: joining her two older sisters, Eden and Siena, on the Women's Rugby team.

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Shining Graduate Jodi Newman

Jodi Newman's dedication to philosophical inquiry and drive for social change are evident. Through her research on online dehumanization, she showcases her commitment to creating safer and more equitable digital environments.

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Shining graduate Isabella Lee on building a foundation of fortitude

Isabella Lee (BA '16, BMgt '24) doesn’t back down from a challenge. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in anthropology and history in 2016, Isabella came back to the University of …

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Shining Graduate Cameron Beazer

Cameron Beazer’s time at the University of Lethbridge has been marked by moments of revelation and mentorship, notably sparked by Dr. Louise Barrett, whose guidance ignited Cameron's passion for academic pursuits, culminating …

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Shining Graduate Samantha Scott's ULethbridge journey took a change of course

Samantha Scott (BA Co-op '24) credits the University's liberal education philosophy with helping her find the right career path, and since then she's taken every opportunity to separate herself from the rest …

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What’s the buzz? Pollinators are hard at work

Drs. Shelley Hoover and Dan Johnson share their expertise on pollinators.

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Shining Student Neal Smith, English major

By embracing the English program at the University of Lethbridge, Neal Smith found his true academic home, guided by professors who encouraged him in writing and storytelling.

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