Are you coming to UVA with a particular passion, or are you interested in exploring relevant topics in depth? The Forums offer opportunities to explore critical questions of our time by tailoring groups of courses around a central theme/topic/problem. The Forums are designed and led by some of the University’s most committed scholar-teachers, each with years of expertise researching their Forum topic. Each Forum admits 40 students who will share a first-year introductory seminar on the specific topic. In the fourth semester (spring of your second year), the Forum students come back together in a Capstone class where they work on research pertaining to the topic. Over the course of the first two years, Forum students will enroll in courses (24-27 credits) from the full range of the liberal arts and sciences that are hand-picked by the Forum faculty and directly address the Forum topic.
Note: Students who leave the College to transfer to another school at the end of the first-, second- or third-semester will be removed from their Forum. The Forums are only for College of Arts & Sciences students
College students entering UVA in the Fall of 2020 can choose from one of the Forum topics listed below.
Attention: Forums will not be offered for the entering class of 2021. Please visit our General Education Website for information on the other general education pathways.