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

Shane McCrae

Dept. of English Writers Series

Shane McCrae


Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Shane McCrae is the author of the memoir Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping and ten books of poetry, including In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Sometimes I Never Suffered, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and most recently Cain Named the Animal. McCrae is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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.

A&S Convocation

A&S Honors Convocation

Each year, the A&S community comes together to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students at Honors Convocation.

All A&S faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend this special celebration.

Friday, April 19, 2024, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

Faculty, staff, students, and guests are invited to lunch in the Heilman Dining Center following Convocation. 

A&S Student Symposium

A&S Student Symposium

Each April, we celebrate our diverse community of learners at the A&S Student Symposium, a showcase of student-led research projects from nearly 30 disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Student researchers share their scholarly work with the campus community and the public through oral presentations, poster sessions, performances, and art exhibits.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024, 12:30 TO 5:30 P.M.

After the A&S Student Symposium, join us for two complimentary events. A&S hosts a reception from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Modlin Center for the Arts Booth Lobby. Then, we invite you to the performance of Everybody at 7:30 p.m. presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance in the Modlin Alice Jepson Theatre (reserve your play tickets).
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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. Brandon Ng
Ng Published

Brandon Ng, visiting assistant professor of psychology, published "Power to Detect What? Considerations for Planning and Evaluating Sample Size" in Personality and Social Psychology Review.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton Promoted & Named Robins Professor

Lauren Tilton was promoted to professor of digital humanities and was appointed the E. Claiborne Robins Professor of Liberal Arts. Tilton specializes in analyzing, developing, and applying digital and computational methods to the study of 20th and 21st century documentary expression and visual culture.

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Dr. Joonsuk
Park Awarded Tenure and Promotion

Joonsuk Park was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of computer science. Park specializes in developing natural language processing (NLP) systems to facilitate clear online communication among people, encouraging more effective discussion and debate.

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Dr. Taylor Arnold
Arnold Promoted

Taylor Arnold was promoted to professor of data science and statistics. Arnold’s research is fundamentally interdisciplinary and contributes to the fields of Digital Humanities (DH) and Cultural Analytics through his expertise as a mathematician and data scientist.

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Dr. Timothy Barney
Barney Promoted

Timothy Barney was promoted to professor of rhetoric and communication studies. Barney specializes in the history, politics, rhetoric, and visual culture of the Cold War era, specifically cartography as visual rhetoric, Cold War and post-Cold War presidential rhetoric, and philanthropic development with a particular focus on small business loans to women.

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Dr. Dan Chen
Chen Awarded Tenure and Promotion

Dan Chen was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of political science. Chen specializes in authoritarianism in China with four specific areas of inquiry including popular culture, public opinion, news media, and local governance.

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Dr. Michelle Lynn Kahn
Kahn Awarded Tenure & Promotion

Michelle Kahn was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of history. Kahn specializes in modern European history with a particular focus on German transnational history.

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Shahan Mufti
Mufti Promoted

Shahan Mufti was promoted to professor of journalism. Mufti specializes in the literary and narrative non-fiction genre, tackling complex social issues through in-depth storytelling and on-the-ground reporting.

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