Creative, critical, essential.

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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Consider the value of a liberal arts education.

Did you know?

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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At the time Paul Henderson started to write his book, he felt as though he was going through a tunnel "and I just didn’t see the end of it." (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Oct. 3, 2022

Meet-a-Ram: Paul A. Henderson, an educator who wrote a book about perseverance

Henderson, a former track and field athlete at VCU, strives to help students be the best versions of themselves.

Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., hopes her new study will help create better messaging and more trusting relationships related to the use of COVID vaccinations. (Contributed photo)

Sept. 28, 2022

Evangelical Christians were less likely to get COVID-19 vaccine after conversations with faith leaders

A VCU-led study also found that evangelicals whose health care provider asked them about the vaccine were more likely to get vaccinated.

A study co-led by VCU and Rutgers researchers found that teen alcohol misuse can have consequences for physical health and life satisfaction into an individual's 30s. (Getty Images)

Sept. 27, 2022

Adults who misused alcohol as teens report dissatisfaction and poor health in midlife, study finds

A Virginia Commonwealth University- and Rutgers-led study of more than 2,700 pairs of twins showed the consequences of drinking in adolescence for health can last decades.

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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.