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The University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year. Visit the University COVID-19 website for the latest information.

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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

  • Chen Published

    Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published a column in The Washington Post titled, "China's Coronavirus Response Could Build Public Support for its Government."

  • Kapsidelis Inducted to Hall of Fame

    Thomas P. Kapsidelis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism, was among eight media professionals inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall. Read more.

  • Calvillo awarded

    Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor of Art History, has received a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art  for her book project, Rome in Translation: Cultural Brokerage in Sixteenth-century Italy.

  • Von Platz published

    Jeppe von Platz, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has published Theories of Distributive Justice: Who Gets What and Why through Routledge.

  • Gunkel awarded

    Dieter Gunkel, assistant professor of historical linguistics in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Richmond, has received an $18,000 fellowship from the Center for Hellenic Studies.

  • Méndez awarded

    Mariela Méndez, Associate Professor of LALIS and WGSS, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to support three months in Rio de Janeiro to advance her research on understanding representations of genders and sexualities in Latin American newspapers and magazines.

  • Park published

    Joonsuk Park, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and UR students Aalok Sathe, Salar Ather, Tuan Mahn Le, and Nathan Perry recently published Automatic Fact-checking of Claims from Wikipedia. Park will present the paper at LREC 2020 in May.

  • Hamm and Wu published

    Michelle Hamm, Professor of Chemistry, and Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, along with six student co-authors, have published a paper in the journal DNA Repair entitled "The Importance of Ile716 toward the Mutagenicity of 8-Oxo-2?-deoxyguanosine with Bacillus Fragment DNA Polymerase."

  • Sackley receives funding

    Nicole Sackley, associate professor of history and American Studies, received a $2,000 grant from the Friends of University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries for her new project, Co-op Capitalism: Cooperatives, International Development, and American Visions of Capitalism in the Twentieth Century.

  • Dumbaugh invited to give plenary talk

    Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Program Coordinator, was invited to give a plenary talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America in Denver, CO. View the video here.

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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.

Community Stories

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New AS Symposium Film

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

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.
A&S NEXT 2020

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Office of the Dean
School of Arts & Sciences
Boatwright Library Administration Wing
261 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Office: (804) 289-8416
Fax: (804) 289-8818