School of Arts & Sciences

The Heart of the University

The School of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the University of Richmond’s offerings. You can choose from or combine majors from 23 departments and 13 interdisciplinary programs. In the School of Arts & Sciences, you will learn to integrate your classroom experience with your true interests, your calling.

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.

A&S News

November 5, 2021
UR Geography and the Environment Professor Stephanie Spera Receives VFIC Excellence in Instructional Technology Award

Geography and the environment professor Stephanie Spera received the H. Hiter Harris III Award for Excellence in Instructional Technology from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

October 19, 2021
University of Richmond Professor Receives Fellowship with UN to Research Intersection of Climate Change and Violent Conflict
Sandra Joireman, Weinstein Chair of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of Richmond, has been selected as a research fellow for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
October 18, 2021
The Conversation
SNAP benefits are rising for millions of Americans, thanks to a long-overdue 'Thrifty Food Plan' update
Political science professor Tracy Roof explains factors impacting food assistance programs.
October 6, 2021
University of Richmond's Modlin Center for the Arts Receives Grant Support for 2021-22 Performance Season
The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts has received a $60K grant to support the 2021­–22 performance season.


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.

A&S Faculty Highlights

Dr. Elizabeth Outka
Outka's Book Short-Listed

Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature by Elizabeth Outka, professor of English, was short-listed for the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize. Read more.

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Brittany Nelson
Nelson has Solo Exhibition

Brittany Nelson, assistant professor of photography, has a solo exhibition, Beam Us Home, showing at the Reynolds Gallery. Read more

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Dr. Stephanie Spera
Spera Awarded

Stephanie Spera, assistant professor of geography and the environment, received the Excellence in Instructional Technology Award from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Read more.

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Dr. Elizabeth Outka
Outka Awarded

Elizabeth Outka, professor of English, received the 2021 Transatlantic Studies Association-Cambridge University Press Book Award for Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature. Read more.

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A&S Faculty in the News

May 3, 2021
University of Richmond announces new academic programs

New academic programming, including the health studies department, as well as Africana Studies and data science/analytics, is featured.

April 29, 2021
Pucallpa-Cruzeiro do Sul: The highway that could trigger violence in Ucayali

Geography and the environment chair and professor David Salisbury, an Amazonia expert, is quoted.

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April 21, 2021
Can Gratitude Help You Live More Sustainably?

Psychology professor Scott Allison is quoted.

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April 19, 2021
Put in a good word for ... words

Historical linguistics professor Dieter Gunkel discusses his introductory course on syntax in this Q&A.