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 24 departments and 11 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.

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Catalog Confidential

Every semester, Richmond’s course catalog achieves a breadth that would be enviable for an institution twice our size. 

Take an insider’s look at some intriguing courses in the School of Arts & Sciences.

New Spiders Presentation

New Spiders Presentation

Welcome incoming freshmen! Join associate deans from the School of Arts & Sciences to learn more about majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

A&S Honors Convocation Award Winners

A&S Award Winners

Each April, the School of Arts & Sciences awards the David C. Evans Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship and the Creative Arts at the A&S Honors Convocation. During Convocation, department honor societies, winners of the A&S Student Symposium paper and art competitions, and the outstanding faculty mentor are also recognized.

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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. Dan Chen
Chen Published

Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published an article onlocal media politics in China titled, "One Step Ahead of the Game," in the Index on Censorship. Chen, Dan. 2022. ?One step ahead of the game.

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Dr. Samantha Seeley
Seeley Wins Book Prize

Samantha Seeley, associate professor of history, received the 2021 Jon Gjerde Book Award from the Midwestern History Association for her book Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States. The prize recognizes the year’s best book on Midwestern history. Learn More.

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Dr. Kristine Grayson
Grayson Awarded

Kristine Grayson, associate professor of biology, has been awarded $116,800 from the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for “Research and Development on a Rearing System for Emerald Ash Borer.” This is the Grayson's fourth year of funding. 

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Dr. Cindy Bukach
Bukach Published

Cindy Bukach, MacEldin Trawick Professor of Psychology, published the article, "Face Processing Still Predicts Reading Ability: Evidence from Developmental Prosopagnosia. A Reply to Gerlach and Starrfelt" in Cortex.

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Dr. Julie Pollock
Pollock Published

Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, and Michael Norris, assistant professor of the chemistry, in collaboration with undergraduate authors published "Unravelling the role of [Ru(bpy)2(OH2)2]2+ complexes in Photo-Activated Chemotherapy" in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

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Dr. Michael Norris
Norris Published

Michael Norris, assistant professor of the chemistry, and Julie Pollock, associate professor of the chemistry, in collaboration with undergraduate authors published "Unravelling the role of [Ru(bpy)2(OH2)2]2+ complexes in Photo-Activated Chemotherapy" in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry.

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Dr. Dieter Gunkel
Gunkel Published

Dieter Gunkel, assistant professor of historical linguistics, published, “The First Person Singular of the Athematic Middle Optative in Vedic and Indo-Iranian” in the Journal of the American Oriental Society

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Dr. Dieter Gunkel
Gunkel Published

Dieter Gunkel, assistant professor of historical linguistics, was invited to two lectures this spring. At the University of Vienna he presented, “Evidence for and Against Stress Regulation in Tocharian Meter.” He presented, “Rigvedic *aśiya, *ī́śiya, *rāsiya and the Development of PIE *-ih1-h2e into Indo-Iranian” at Cornell University.

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