The Forums Curriculum

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 will come back together in a Capstone class in which they will work in teams on case studies and 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.

Food, Society, and Sustainability

Investigate the role of food as a vital component of global humanity and an artifact of cultural, natural, and political systems.

Space, Knowledge, and Power

Consider the real and theoretical implications of spatial dimension on the human experience

Visions of the Good

Tackle the philosophical and practical considerations of determining what is “good” in our contemporary world.

Creative Processes and Practices

Explore creativity and artistic practice through ensemble collaboration


Research the profound scientific and social impacts of epidemic outbreaks

Human Impact on the Environment

Trace the impact and effects of humanity on the environment

Mobility and Community

Discover links between social and economic systems that have profound effects

Visions of the Good

Tackle the considerations of determining what is “good” in our contemporary world