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 12 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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2024 A&S Commencement Reception Photos Now Available!

School of Arts & Sciences 2022-23 Dean’s Report

Kelling Donald with his book, "How to solve a problem."

Going Boldly: Purposeful Engagement, Critical Thinking, & Success in College

School of Arts & Sciences Associate Dean Kelling Donald, professor of chemistry, Clarence E. Denoon Jr. Chair in the Natural Sciences, is the author of How to Solve A Problem: Insights for Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Success in College. Donald offers a few simple steps that can lower barriers to college success in this opinion piece in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

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Faculty & Staff Research Symposium

Friday, September 27, 2024 | Boatwright Memorial Library

The new Faculty & Staff Research Symposium brings together colleagues from multiple disciplines, programs, and all five schools to present their research, work, and creative projects. All faculty and staff are invited to present their current work as part of interdisciplinary panels, roundtables, short-format sessions, or poster presentations. 

If you are interested in presenting work, please submit the 2024 interest form by Friday, June 21, 11:59 p.m. 

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Meet the 2024-25 Beckman Scholars

A&S students Marcos Hendler, of Rye, New York, and Aine MacDermott, of Lexington, Virginia, have each been awarded a prestigious Beckman Foundation Scholarship to support faculty-mentored student research in the sciences.

Beckman Scholars are selected among undergraduate biology and chemistry students based on commitment to research, strong academics, and potential to become scientific leaders. UR has had 26 Beckman Scholars since 2006.

Hendler, a chemistry major, is studying computational chemistry focused on molecules related to anticancer, which has implications in possible treatments. Hendler’s faculty mentor is chemistry professor Carol Parish. MacDermott, a biochemistry & molecular biology major, is researching ancient DNA under the mentorship of biology professor Melinda Yang. MacDermott is focused on the evolution of the alcohol metabolism gene ADH1B in present-day and ancient East Asian humans.

Symposium Cover Artwork

A&S Student Symposium Poster & Program Cover Artwork

Each year, the A&S Student Symposium program booklet and event poster feature artwork curated from that year’s research presentations.


Events

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. Karina Vazquez
Vázquez Awarded

Karina Vázquez, teaching faculty of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, was selected as the 2024 Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Awardee. Learn more.

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Dr. Karina Vazquez
Vázquez Presented

Karina Vázquez, teaching faculty of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, presented at "Muestra de manuscritos y conversatorio, Aurora Venturini: modos de leer, pensar, escribir." The event was hosted by Centro de Estudios de Teoría y Crítica Literaria Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Dr. Jeffrey Simpson
Simpson and Undergraduate Students Published

Jeffrey Simpson, teaching faculty of chemistry, along with undergraduate researchers Jamie Kaplan, ‘26, and Mackey Sherard, ‘24, and collaborators including Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, published "Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and Halogen Bonding Interactions Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Derivatives” in Nanomaterials.

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Dr. Michael Leopold
Leopold & Undergraduate Students Published

Michael Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, along with undergraduate researchers Jamie Kaplan, ‘26, and Mackey Sherard, ‘24, and collaborators including Jeffrey Simpson, teaching faculty of chemistry, published "Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and Halogen Bonding Interactions Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Derivatives” in Nanomaterials.

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Dr. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "A New Philosophy for International Legal Skepticism?" in International Theory.

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Dr. David Lefkowitz
Lefkowitz Published

David Lefkowitz, professor of philosophy and PPEL, published "Civil Liability for Civil Disobedience" in Annual Review of Law and Ethics.

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Dr. Camilla Nonterah
Nonterah Published

Camilla W. Nonterah, associate professor of psychology, published “A systematic review of psychosocial and sex-based contributors to gender disparities in the United States across the steps towards kidney transplantation” in Transplantation Reviews.

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Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga
Díaz-Barriga Named

Miguel Díaz-Barriga, professor of anthropology, has been named a 2023 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on borders.

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