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The College of Humanities and Sciences is the foundation of educational and intellectual life at Virginia Commonwealth. Home to two schools, 17 departments, five Centers and Institutes, and three programs, we house the core disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. More than 50% of VCU undergraduates have at least one major in the College of Humanities and Sciences. 

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74% of employers say a liberal arts education is the best way to prepare for success in today's global economy.

Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities

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Stephanie Villanueva-Villar, the first member of her family to graduate from college, created her own nonprofit organization at age 17 called Your Girl for Good, which connects young women of color in the Washington area with successful female mentors in STEM, arts and political sectors. (Courtesy Stephanie Villanueva-Villar)

May 23, 2022

New graduate takes leadership roles advocating for women and social justice

Stephanie Villanueva-Villar said she will always advocate to ensure that girls and women of color have a seat at the table ‘no matter what career position or job title I may have in the future.’

Researchers have created a computational and experimental demonstration of a theory that's been explored by VCU Department of Physics researchers since the 1990s. This illustration shows the new superatom cluster that VCU, Columbia and Harvard researchers developed, produced in a lab and tested. (Courtesy of Arthur Reber)

May 18, 2022

From theory to practice: New stable, magnetic superatom could power innovations in nanomaterials

Developed by VCU, Columbia and Harvard researchers, the structure of this superatom could serve as a building block for the creation of new materials for semiconductors, microchips, cellphones and more.

Jamie Zaleta, a VCU Forensic Science graduate student, holds a bullet casing in the VCU Police Department's firing range in November 2021. (Photo: Corey Byers, University Public Affairs)

May 12, 2022

Forensic science graduate student collaborates with VCU Police sergeant on bullet casing research

Jamie Zaleta needed cartridge casings for her thesis project examining fingerprint development, which is the use of chemicals to find unseen (latent) fingerprints on different surfaces.

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Equity, inclusion and diversity @CHS

We're committed to promoting experiences and fueling behaviors that support a welcoming and affirming environment.

Learn more about equity, inclusion and diversity in the College of Humanities and Sciences.