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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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Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities

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In the first frame of the second row, author and retired VCU professor Tom De Haven (right) shakes hands with Detective Dick Tracy (left). De Haven was featured as a character in Sunday's comic strip by the current writer of "Dick Tracy," who found inspiration in De Haven's novels. (Reproduced courtesy of Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

Dec. 1, 2022

Author, retired VCU English professor featured in ‘Dick Tracy’ comic this Sunday

Tom De Haven, who wrote a series of novels centered around comics and cartoonists and taught creative writing in the Department of English at VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, appeared as himself on Sunday in the comic he grew up admiring.

Evan Hirsh, a graduating homeland security and emergency preparedness major in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU and political science major in the College of Humanities and Sciences, credits his professors for helping him find his passion. (David Slipher, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU)

Nov. 29, 2022

Class of 2022: Public service, impact guide Evan Hirsh’s focus on intelligence analysis

Internships with the Henrico County Police Division, Virginia State Police and Defense Intelligence Agency have prepared Hirsh, graduating with degrees from the Wilder School and College of Humanities and Sciences, to launch a career in intelligence.

Sabrina Sims has thrived in opportunities to conduct forensic science work through both the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the East Marshall Street Well Project. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Nov. 28, 2022

Class of 2022: Sabrina Sims follows in the footsteps of TV hero ‘Bones’

Forensic science major, a Navy veteran and former PI and correctional officer, studies ancestral remains from the East Marshall Street Well Project to help determine ancestry.

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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.