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 Next

Turn Your Education into a Career with Passion and Purpose

JANUARY 29 & 30

You’re a Spider, so you dream big. You don’t want to land just any job after UR, but a purposeful career you’re passionate about.

At A&S NEXT, a career program specifically for A&S students, we aim to give you the tools to understand your personal strengths and how you can translate your Richmond education into a career that you love. You’ll meet alums with unexpected and interesting career paths and you’ll gain hands-on experience exploring and solving real-world problems alongside alums and faculty who work to solve these problems in their own careers every day.

A&S News

January 27, 2022
UR Chemistry Professor Jonathan Dattelbaum Awarded NSF Funding to Support Biochemistry Research for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Richmond chemistry professor Jonathan Dattelbaum and colleagues nearly $2 million in support of advancing biochemistry research experiences for students.

January 26, 2022
UR Chemistry Professor Michael Leopold Receives Outstanding Faculty Award From State Council of Higher Education

Michael Leopold, University of Richmond Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, has been named an Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the State Council of Higher Education.

January 25, 2022
Encore! Branford Marsalis returns to Modlin

The three-time Grammy winner recently performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on a limited tour.

January 25, 2022
Driving organizational change in higher education
Recently named a VP at Virginia Tech, Lynsay Belshe, ’98, excels at directing strategic organizational change in higher education


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. Michael Leopold
Leopold Awarded

Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, has been named an Outstanding Faculty Award recipient by the State Council of Higher Education.

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Dr. Elisabeth Gruner
Gruner Elected

Elisabeth Gruner, professor of English, was elected president of the Children's Literature Association, an international academic organization dedicated to high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children's literature.

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Dr. Erika Zimmermann Damer
Zimmermann Damer Published

In the Flesh: Embodied Identities in Roman Elegy by Erika Zimmermann Damer, associate professor of classical studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies, is now available in paperback edition.

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Dr. Jonathan Dattelbaum
Dattelbaum Awarded Grant

Jonathan Dattelbaum, professor of chemistry, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for a five-year project that supports biochemistry research for undergraduates involving collaboration among faculty at nine schools. Read more.  

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A&S Faculty in the News

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January 14, 2022
University of Richmond announces new Dean of Arts & Sciences
Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh will join the UR community in July as the new A&S dean. This announcement was also covered by Richmond Biz Sense.
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.