Guiding the School

Guiding the School

The School of Arts & Sciences offers a wide range of programs and resources to support our faculty, staff, students and alumni, driven by the strategic priorities.

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Building a Multidisciplinary Curriculum

The School of Arts & Sciences develops intellectual dexterity in all its community members through a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary liberal arts curriculum that intentionally scaffolds learning, encourages curiosity, challenges preconceived ideas, and helps define a college-wide identity.

 

Humanities Initiative 

Our expansive Humanities Initiative offers faculty and students opportunities to come together to discuss the important role of the humanities in today's ever-changing world. Undergraduate students conduct summer research and participate in a year-long seminar where they refine their research and writing while working alongside a faculty mentor in the Humanities Fellows program.

Integrated Inclusive Science Program

The Integrated Inclusive Science program helps STEM-interested students, particularly those who are underrepresented in the sciences, get excited about STEM disciplines and careers. Through interdisciplinary coursework, faculty mentored research experiences, and the development of a close-knit community of peers and faculty, students are prepared to tackle upper-level science courses and to pursue graduate study, medical school, and careers in STEM fields.

A&S NEXT

A&S Next is an immersive career development program that gives students the opportunity to learn more about their personal strength, explore career paths, and translate their Richmond education into a career that they will love.

A&S student peering through the lens of a camera.

Supporting Creativity and Knowledge Creation

The School of Arts & Sciences supports personal and professional development and furthers creativity and the production of new knowledge by all of its members through the removal of barriers to free and innovative inquiry and expression. Each summer, A&S Summer Research Fellowships provide support for students to undertake research projects of their own design with support from a faculty mentor. Annually, the School celebrates student creation and discovery during the A&S Student Symposium, where over 300 students share the results of their research and creative projects.

The Modlin Center for the Arts is home to the arts departments, University Museums, and a presenting series of music, dance, and theatre by visiting artists and student performers. The Modlin Center for the Arts and University Museums regularly present performances, exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, and workshops.

Student presenting research at the A&S student symposium.

Making Excellence Inclusive

The School of Arts & Sciences sustains curricular and co-curricular structures and programs that support our intellectual production, community engagement, and ecological responsibility in ways that exemplify our shared values.

At the University of Richmond, we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked to educational quality for our students. The health and vibrancy of our intellectual community depends on the rigorous and respectful exchange of different perspectives. In order to fulfill our mission to "educate students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world," we must work together to make Richmond a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, identities, viewpoints, and experiences.

Chemistry student wearing safety goggles and holding a piece of lab equipment.

Developing a Community of Learners

The School of Arts & Sciences is a thriving community of learners made of exceptional students, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds and points of view. Throughout the year, the School hosts community events that celebrate, support, and recognize our community. The Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts is a cultural event series presented each year by a different humanities department around a theme designed to engage our community in conversation. The A&S Honors Convocation celebrates student academic achievement including the presentation of the prestigious David Evans Awards. Bridge to Success is a transitional program prepares first-year students to meet the rigorous demands and expectations of the University’s academic program.

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Strategic Plan

The School of Arts & Sciences’ strategic plan, "Conceptualizing Arts & Sciences at Thirty" (Concept 30, or C30) was an opportunity for the School of Arts & Sciences to reflect upon our past, affirm our mission and shared values, and to determine our vision for a shared future. The plan focused on four areas of initiatives: curriculum, community, creativity and knowledge creation, and conscience.