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Concept 30

Casting a vision for our shared future.View the plan.
Themed year programming to bring our entire community of learners together in conversations centered around conflict resulting from ethnic, racial, and cultural differences—in Virginia, the United States, and across the globe.Learn more.

Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts

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Arc of Racial Justice

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Integrated Inclusive Science

The Integrated Inclusive Science Program offers students the opportunity to study the sciences in an interdisciplinary manner, while gaining research experience with a UR faculty member.Read Story

The Humanities at Richmond

A set of kindred traditions that examine human life in all of its messy, magnificent, and surprising forms.Read Story
The School of Arts and Sciences is the heart of the University of Richmond’s offerings. You can choose from or combine majors from 22 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs. In the School of Arts & Sciences, you will learn to integrate your classroom experience with your true interests, your calling.

Faculty Expertise

Do you envision college as a place where your professor’s office hours are spent in deep conversation about topics beyond this week’s assignment? Where you can work side-by-side with a faculty member on cutting-edge research that is published in a professional journal?

In A&S, our faculty are experts on the cutting edge of their fields. While they could work in some of the top research institutions in the world, our faculty chose Richmond because they believe in educating tomorrow's leaders and are passionate about mentoring and sharing their knowledge with students.

Faculty Highlights

  • Husain Article

    Sociology professor Atiya Husain published "Are Jews white?" in Slate.

  • McGowen Presentation

    Political science professor Ernest McGowen was one of 100 scholars to present at the Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) Summer Research Workshop and Planning Meeting at UCLA in August. McGowen presented on the effect of suburban residence on black political behavior, using zip code level census data and measures of urbanicity.

  • Eakin Award

    Religious studies professor and master of liberal arts program chair Frank Eakin was awarded an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, a publisher of biographical profiles.

  • Skromne Grant Biology professor Isaac Skromne has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support his research with zebrafish and bone disease.
  • Salisbury Award

    Geography professor David Salisbury was given the Private Sector & Government Award at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in May 2018.

  • Pollock Article

    Chemistry professor Julie Pollock, along with colleague Carol Parish and several UR undergraduates, has published "Analysis of MEMO1 Binding Specificity for ErbB2 Using Fluorescence Polarization and Molecular Dynamics Simulations," in Biochemistry.

  • Tilton, Arnold Grant

    Rhetoric professor Lauren Tilton and mathematics professor Taylor Arnold received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop software that will analyze how moving images such as film, television, and news broadcasts shape cultural norms.

  • Smith Feature

    Sable Elyse Smith, a new faculty member in Visual Media and Arts Practice, had her work featured in an article in Art in America magazine.

  • Dumbaugh Article

    Math professor Della Dumbaugh and her daughter Hannah Fenster published "Calculating Intersections: The Crossroads of Mathematics and Literature in the Lives of Mother and Daughter," in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

  • Parish Grant

    Chemistry professor Carol Parish received a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, "RUI: Characterizing Pyrolysis and Combustion Pathways for Asphaltene Model Compounds."

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The Heart of the University

At Richmond, the School of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of your education, with courses in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. But choosing an A&S education offers you more than just variety.

It’s the chance to explore a topic you’ve always been curious about, whether that’s Russian, modern dance, or environmental ethics. It’s getting a different perspective on your favorite subject, thinking through concepts and problems in a way you never have before. It’s satisfying your curiosity and love for learning, and then working to translate that into a career path.

Student Stories

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Planning for the Future

Become an educational entrepreneur, taking your vision and passions and turning them into your livelihood. Study a subject you love, go all in on your academic experience. Take that depth of knowledge, add to it your broad exploration, experiential learning through internships and research, and guidance from faculty and career services, and you’ll be ready to chart a course for success with your passion at its core.

Alumni Stories

NYPD pilots alum's technologyPatrick Traynor, '02, a professor at the University of Florida and a cybersecurity expert, has created the “Skim Reaper” alongside two graduate students to combat credit card fraud at ATMs. Learn more in Spider Pride
Extra encouragementTwo Spiders — a mother and a daughter — saw a need in their community, asked how they could help, and then did.
To Ease the BurdenHow Charleston pediatrician Conrad Williams, '05, helps children at the end of their lives.
Chris Hamby, '08Chris Hamby, '08, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, received the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Award for his book, “Soul Full of Coal Dust: The True Story of an Epic Battle for Justice.”
The doctor is inIn September, Kandace Peterson McGuire, ’98, returned to the Richmond area to become chief of breast surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University
On that morningIn his film, Ryan Frost, ’05, tells the story of five college freshmen as they watch 9/11 unfold.
A&S NEXT 2018
A&S NEXT took place on March 2-3, 2018 at the Richmond Marriott.
The day began with opening remarks from A&S Dean Patrice Rankine.
Rankine introduced the morning keynote speaker, VA Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, '04.

Contact Us

Office of the Dean
School of Arts & Sciences
Boatwright Library Administration Wing
261 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Office: (804) 289-8416
Fax: (804) 289-8818

Email: as@richmond.edu