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 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.

College students entering UVA in the Fall of 2018 can choose from one of the four new Forum topics listed below.

Forums Beginning 2018

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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.

Via Asia

Explore how our world has been shaped by the movement of ideas, peoples, and objects through the geophysical and biological space of Asia, both in the past and in the present.

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.



Past Forums