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Spider Talks: Performance as a Tool for Social Change

Associate Professor of Theatre Patricia Herrera’s teaching and research focus on contemporary theater and performance, with an emphasis on social justice, identity politics, and transnationalism. Her areas of study also include Latinx cultural productions, documentary theater, and gender and performance.

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Celebrating Our Community of Learners

The semester begins this year with a rousing gathering presented by the School of Arts & Sciences titled State of the School: A Conversation. As the heart of the University of Richmond’s offerings, The School of Arts and Sciences celebrates 22 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs. Individual achievement is celebrated every day by our faculty, students and staff. Celebrate the latest here!

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Concept 30

Casting a vision for our shared future.View the plan.

2019-2020 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts

This year’s events will focus on the theme “Dancing Histories: This Ground.” All performances and events are free and the first event is September 27th.Learn more

UR Community Dives into Book about Flint Water Crisis This Summer

Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Richmond are adding the memoir of a pediatrician from Flint, Michigan to their summer reading lists.

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A&S Student Symposium 2019

We celebrate our diverse community of learners at the Student Symposium.Learn More

Contested Spaces

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
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

  • Grayson Awarded

    Kristine Grayson, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Richmond, has been awarded just over $100,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture for her research on invasive species. Read more.

  • Roof Awarded

    Tracy Roof, associate professor of political science, has been awarded $5,250 from Virginia Humanities and $1,220 from the Princeton University Library for her new book project exploring the history of food stamps in America. Read more.

  • Bukach Awarded

    Cindy Bukach, associate professor of psychology, has been awarded a $719,895 grant from the NSF as part of a $2m project entitled, Collaborative Research: Level II Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology.

  • Datta Receives Grant

    Monti Narayan Datta, associate professor of political science, has received a $33,000 grant from The Achelis & Bodman Foundation to further his research on modern slavery. 

  • Towns Publishes Two New Articles

    Armond Towns, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Communication Studies, published “The (Black) Elephant in the Room: McLuhan and the Racial,” in The Canadian Journal of Communication and "Plastic Empowerment: Financial Literacy and Black Economic Life,” in American Quarterly.

  • Joireman and Stubblefield Published

    Sandra F. Joireman, Associate Provost for Faculty, Weinstein Chair of International Studies, and Professor of Political Science, and Emily Stubblefield '19 recently published “Law, Violence and Property Expropriation in Syria: Impediments to Restitution and Return, Land.”

  • Denny to Present in Czech Republic

    Jory Denny, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will present his paper, “Topology-based Group Routing in Partially Known Environments,” at the 35th ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing in the Czech Republic.

  • Hobgood Awarded

    Linda Hobgood, Director of the Speech Center, is the recipient of the 2019 Turner Award—“for advancement of communication centers within the discipline and within academe”—by the National Communication Association’s Communication Centers Section.

  • Schlatter elected president of CAA

    Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, was elected new President of the College Art Association of America Board of Directors. She will serve a two-year term beginning May 1, 2020.

  • Sweis Published

    Rania Kassab Sweis, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, published DOCTORS WITH BORDERS: HIERARCHIES OF HUMANITARIANS AND THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. 

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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.

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Student Symposium 2019
Each April, we celebrate our diverse community of learners at the Student Symposium, a showcase of student-led research projects from nearly 30 disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The 2019 Student Symposium was held on Friday, April 12.

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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

On deadline.In May, business journalist Mohammed Hadi, ’98, landed a plum assignment: news director of The New York Times’ Business Day section. Read his story.
A voice for othersMelissa Diamond, '15, has been devoted to helping children with autism in refugee camps and conflict zones since she was still a student. Read her story.
Warrior care.Committed to serving the country after 9/11, Maj. Max Sirkin, '08, has developed a life-saving invention for the military. Read his story.
A matter of priorities.Photographer Jensen Sutta, '99, turns down well-paying assignments to support nonprofit work in Haiti. Read his story.
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.
A&S NEXT 2019

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