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The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 43 academic departments and curricula that span the fine arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics and social sciences and global programs. We caught up with Tar Heels across them all to hear about their classes, research and favorite Carolina memories in our series, College Up Close.



Get to know the College

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 43 academic departments and curricula that span the fine arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics and social sciences and global programs. We caught up with Tar Heels across them all to hear about their classes, research and favorite Carolina memories in our series, College Up Close.


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Patricia Gensel sits at a desk in front of a flat rock -- a giant fossil containing an ancient plant.

Adventures in Ancient Plants

Patricia Gensel has spent her career studying 400-million-year-old plants at Carolina and across the globe.

Kohen wears a white coat and safety goggles and works at a station in a lab at UNC.

Fun experiments in a friend’s garage fueled this Tar Heel’s passion for engineering

Recent graduate Kohen Goble balanced a major in chemistry, a minor in applied sciences and engineering and two undergraduate research assistant positions while at Carolina.

A woman holds a white VR headset up to her eyes

Virtual rehabilitation

Fear of reinjury can greatly increase an athlete’s chances of getting hurt again – but VR techniques developed by Shelby Baez can get them back in the game.

A headshot of Denise Murrell with a graphic of a U.S. map with pin points in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Boston and New York City.

Carolina alumna’s ‘second career’ takes her to the Met

Finance professional turned art historian Denise Murrell, who majored in economics, has curated an important exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance.

A black and white photo of Tonu Kalam conducting

Tonu Kalam retires after 36 years of beautiful music

The longtime conductor inspired and challenged the music department’s UNC Symphony Orchestra to perform brilliantly.

Perovskite solar cells, which look like black computer chips, are tested in the sun during a research experiment.

An innovative chemical treatment can improve the efficiency of a promising solar technology

Jinsong Huang, leading expert and Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor in the department of applied physical sciences, discusses the new research findings.

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In the Media

A new book traces the life of Fu Pei-mei, who brought Chinese food to the world

Fu Pei-mei appeared on Taiwan television for 40 years. Michelle T. King, an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has a new book about Fu Pei-mei. King talks with NPR's Scott Simon about how the culinary icon become a kind of ambassador of Chinese cuisine -- especially in the U.S., but also in Japan.

 

Read the article at NPR


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Events

Latin Jazz Dance Night

On June 27, join the music department during the 2024 UNC Summer Jazz Workshop for a night of Latin jazz and dancing at Kenan Music Building’s Rehearsal Hall. From 6-7 p.m., take a free Salsa dance lesson. Then, practice those dance moves to live music performed by music professors and guest artists.

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By the Numbers

18,000+
undergraduate students
2,300+
graduate students
979
faculty members
43
academic departments and curricula,
115 undergraduate programs of study
12
graduate programs ranked in the top 30
by U.S. News & World Report
80%
of all Carolina students graduate with at least one major in the College
$126.2M
in research funding
85%
of all undergraduate hours at Carolina are taught by College faculty