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.

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Forums Beginning 2018

Ariel photo of Grounds

Humans, Nature, and Evolution

Discover and investigate the story of Homo sapiens – not only what processes have formed our bodies, minds, and societies, but how and where we, as humans, might go from here.

Religion, Politics, and Conflict

Examine one of the greatest crises of our world today: religion-related violent conflict, paying particular attention to the diverse roles played by religious actors, traditions, and institutions.

Society and the Sea

Consider the scope and effect of human impact on the Ocean, and the effects the Ocean has on humans and society.

Via Asia

Grapple with the ever-increasing orientation of the world towards Asia by considering its people, ideas, and cultures while simultaneously exploring distinct Asian approaches towards learning.  

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.