About the School
The School of Arts and Sciences offers students the opportunity to study the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The school is led by Dean Kathleen Skerrett and is home to almost 3,000 students--including the entire first-year class.
All Richmond undergraduate students begin their studies in the School of Arts and Sciences because, at UR, we know exploration is the first step in finding out who you are and who you’d like to become. After the first year, three out of five of students choose to stay in A&S and declare a major in one of the school's 22 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs.
The school boasts more than 200 faculty members representing 14 countries. Faculty are true teacher scholars, balancing time spent in the classroom with research that contributes to a greater body of knowledge in their academic disciplines.
In the School of Arts and Sciences, it's typical for faculty members to team up with undergraduate students to conduct research; the partnerships help advance the professors' research agenda and prepare students for graduate work and careers. Students can get involved in undergraduate research, whether it's in the lab, the art studio, or the archives, as early as their first year on campus.
The school also emphasizes internships and study abroad experiences, as well as service to the community (both locally and globally). Our goal is always to encourage students to go out into the world and test what they’re learning in the classroom.