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The School of Arts and Sciences is the first school of every undergraduate at UR. We welcome students to courses of discovery and creation, through 22 departments and 11 interdisciplinary programs.

A&S Teach-Ins on Recent World Events

If you were unable to join us for our two teach-ins on the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Ankara, we invite you to watch the videos of the discussion.

Student Research

Laura Levy, '15

“I was trying to study the economics of the region. Even though the pieces stylistically looked like something you’d find in Greece, they were made from local, red mud… essentially bootlegging,” says Levy, a business major and archeology minor, who spent a summer in Turkey working on the Hacimusalar Hoyuk excavation site.

India Miller, '15Miller, a history major, studied how suicide was reported in Southern newspapers between 1860 and 1870 and found that the Civil War changed Southern perceptions of self-murder. After the war, “Americans began to view violent death through a more sympathetic lens,” she says.
Jess Dankenbring
Isabel Moffly, '15

“I wanted to show a narrative without words and let people project their own thoughts and stories onto my work,” says Moffly, a studio art major.

Sunni Brown
Caroline Dougherty, '15

Dougherty, a geography major, researched in the Peruvian Amazon speaking with residents about the impact of a proposed project to build a road that would allow better access to Puerto Esperanza. She conducted her research through participatory mapping, a relationship-based research method which allowed her to connect with people one on one, gain their trust and then learn the information she needed for her research.

Casey Schmidt, '15In her English honors thesis, The Lorax: Ecocentrism, Capitalism, and the Apocalypse, Schmidt researched the origins of Dr. Seuss’ story, the impact of its environmental message, and conducted a comparative analysis with the recent film version.
Katie DiPrete
Taylor Holden, '15 and Katie DiPrete, '15As part of an environmental studies senior seminar, Holden and DiPrete researched how UR could act as a good steward within its watershed by monitoring water quality over time and investing in projects that reduce runoff and pollution. “Our research modeled the percentages of impervious surface in campus drainage areas and estimated total runoff volume and content for the watershed based on an analysis of build structures and lots in the neighborhoods surrounding campus,” Holden says.
Remington Pomaranski, '16

“The connection between trafficking and terrorism is often overlooked. I strongly believe that [human trafficking] has a purpose greater than violence alone — it is a tactic,” says Pomaranski, who researched the use of human trafficking by terror groups Boko Haram and ISIS.

Travis Cuddy, '15Travis, a biochemistry and molecular biology and music major, researched and performed Brazilian choro music and discovered that the creation of choro mirrored the creation of the Brazilian middle class. “Distinctly identifiable musical artifacts from each background — black, mixed-race, white — combined in choro, just as the people themselves combined in the rodas,” he says.
Travis Cuddy, '15Travis, a biochemistry and molecular biology and music major, researched and performed Brazilian choro music and discovered that the creation of choro mirrored the creation of the Brazilian middle class. “Distinctly identifiable musical artifacts from each background — black, mixed-race, white — combined in choro, just as the people themselves combined in the rodas,” he says.

Feature Stories

Faculty Highlights

  • Pelletier on Podcast

    Kevin Pelletier discussed his book, Apocalyptic Sentimentalism: Love and Fear in US Antebellum Literature, as part of the library's Podcasts@Boatwright Series

  • Grollman Article

    Dr. Eric Grollman coauthored an article in the Sociological Forum journal, “The Social Costs of Gender Nonconformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health.” His research was profiled on GAYRVA.COM.

  • Diaz and Thornton perform in New York

    Dance professors Alicia Diaz and Matthew Thornton performed at the Pregones Theater in New York City with their dance company Agua Dulce Dance Theater. Diaz was interviewed by Culturebot about Deep Listenings, a piece that explores her Puerto Rican heritage.

  • Heather Russell Award

    Professor Heather Russell has been given a 2015 service award by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

  • de Sa Edits New Book

    Dr. Rafael de Sa is a co-editor on a newly released book, Annual Fishes: Life History Strategy, Diversity, and Evolution.

  • Nash Book Wins Award

    Professor Stephen Nash's book, Virginia Climate Fever, received the 2015 Science Writing Award for Books from the American Institute of Physics.

  • Wares and Hoke Research Profiled in Style Weekly

    Style Weekly profiled research conducted by Joanna Wares and Kathy Hoke and their VCU collaborators, which uses bio-math to help diagnose and measure brain injuries in soldiers.

  • Cobb Award

    Dr. Stephanie Cobb's article Polycarp’s Cup: Imitatio in the Martyrdom of Polycarp was awarded the annual Bruce Mansfield prize for the best article published in the Journal of Religious History for the previous year.

  • Outka Book Grant

    Dr. Elizabeth Outka received a prestigious NEH grant to complete her book, "Raising the Dead: War, Plague, Magic, Modernism."

  • Hill Award

    Dr. April Hill received the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from arts and sciences faculty are being read around the globe.

Countries Represented by International Faculty
Students Conducting Research in Summer 2014
Student-Faculty Ratio (undergraduate)
First-Year Seminars created since 2009
195 faculty and staff have received 485 grants totaling nearly $50 million in research funding since 2007

Arts & Sciences Events

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2015 Student Symposium

The 2015 Student Symposium featured nearly 230 student research presentations.

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School of Arts & Sciences
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University of Richmond, VA 23173

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