A diverse university, a diverse curriculum. Interested? There’s a class for that.
With more than 14,000 enrolled students, 2 schools and 19 departments and programs in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, the College of Humanities and Sciences towers as VCU’s largest academic unit. Degree programs range from biology to political science and interdisciplinary studies to psychology.
Housed within the College of Humanities and Sciences, the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture prepares you for careers in mass media and related fields and encourages high standards of ethical and journalistic performance. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a specialization in one of three sequences: advertising, journalism or public relations.
Housed within the College of Humanities and Sciences, the VCU School of World Studies offers degree programs in anthropology, foreign languages, international studies and religious studies, as well as a number of minors. Programs are designed to address some of the day’s most crucial topics, such as the impact of globalization on society and the environment, and how language, culture, art and religion shape the way individuals find a place in their rapidly changing world.
Housed within the College of Humanities and Sciences, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs offers undergraduate programs in the areas of criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, and urban and regional studies.
VCU’s nationally ranked School of Allied Health Professions offers bachelor’s degrees in clinical laboratory sciences and clinical radiation sciences. It hosts Central Virginia’s only nuclear medicine program and Virginia’s only bachelor’s degree program with content specific to radiography and radiation therapy.
For students whose passions lie in the arts, VCU’s School of the Arts needs no introduction. The school is consistently ranked the No. 1 public university graduate school of arts and design in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In the past 10 years, the school has produced three MacArthur “genius” award winners and seven Guggenheim Fellowships among its faculty and alumni.
In a city that serves as home to Fortune 500 companies, students in the VCU School of Business are well-positioned for success. The school’s top-ranked undergraduate business program connects students with local and regional business leaders through course work, internships and industry-affiliated student organizations.
As part of the VCU School of Dentistry, the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, giving students the chance to master the skills necessary for providing quality oral care to local, national and global communities.
According to U.S. News & World Report, VCU’s School of Education is one of the best landing spots for future teachers — with a graduate program that ranks among the top 30 in the nation. With 58 full-time instructional faculty, 100 research faculty and $23 million in funded research, the school is among the top research schools in the nation.
The School of Engineering offers undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering, chemical and life science engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and nuclear engineering. The school’s newest facility, the 120,000-square-foot East Hall, houses 48 research labs and the da Vinci Center for Innovation, where art, business and engineering students collaborate to produce one-of-a-kind product designs. The West Hall houses one of Virginia’s only clean room facilities, the $11 million Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center.
Established in 1893, the School of Nursing prides itself on educating the nation’s best nurses from the baccalaureate to doctoral level. The school’s four-story, 70,000-square-foot building features the latest educational technologies, including a clinical learning center with patient simulators in critical and primary care rooms.
After nearly 100 years, the School of Social Work stands as one of the field’s most enduring educational pillars. The school’s master’s program ranks No. 14 among the nation’s top social work schools according to U.S. News & World Report. It is just one of two accredited schools in Virginia and just one of 39 nationwide to offer three degree levels — Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work.
VCU Life Sciences blends the expertise and resources of the university’s academic and clinical research programs with hundreds of faculty members to provide a highly interdisciplinary approach to life sciences education. The Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences, a unique 494-acre site, provides a living laboratory for hands-on study and research.