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With more than 400 classes to choose from, there’s a class for you in our Think Again schedule. And be sure to check out new professional certifications in Permaculture Design and Information Systems & Security!

Think Again - Spring 2016

Earn a UR degree on your terms.

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, balancing academic rigor with flexibility and value. You can attend part time in the evening at a pace that supports your other life commitments. As an added value (and surprise to many), our tuition ranks among the most competitive in Richmond, and financial aid is available.


Build new skills.

Our noncredit professional development programs offer you the opportunity to expand your expertise and build your resume when you don’t have the time to commit to a degree program. Take a class or earn a certificate in dozens of topic areas from computing and technology, eMarketing, and writing to customer service and communication skills.


Catch up or get ahead at Summer School.

Stay on track with your degree plan. Pick up classes for a double major, minor or concentration. Catch up on degree requirements. Or explore something exciting or different. Plus our flexible schedules, varied class formats and multiple terms allow you to take a class or two and still have time for other summer fun.


Turn your passion into a profession.

Academic and professional noncredit certificates provide alternative credentials for career development and professionalization. Add a skillset to round out your résumé or prepare for your next career. Sometimes all it takes is a little tenacity and the right training. 


Explore your love of learning in retirement.

Learning is refreshing — at any age. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond provides intellectual stimulation for a vibrant community of students age 50 and better. Attend Osher courses. Participate in interest groups. Audit select University classes. Do it all without tests or grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all. It’s your love of learning that counts.


Find your path. Explore your potential.

More than 50 years ago, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) pioneered professional and continuing education in Richmond. Today, we enrich the lives and careers of more than 5,000 part-time and nontraditional students of all ages through our degree and certificate programs, personal enrichment courses, professional training and summer programs.

SPCS is one of five schools of the University of Richmond. We specialize in nontraditional students in the Richmond region — those who are not pursuing a full-time residential undergraduate degree.

SPCS makes the resources of the University of Richmond available to the Richmond community. We’re the only school in the nation’s top fifty small private liberal arts colleges with a dedicated division for professional and continuing education. And we do it for less than you might think.

Choose your path. And welcome to the University of Richmond.

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Faculty & Staff Notes

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, presented a paper with Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Co-presenter at VERA Conference

    Dr. Kate Cassada, asst. chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, presented a paper with Dr. Laura Kassner, adjunct asst. professor of Education, at the Virginia Education Research Association (VERA) annual conference in September 2015.

  • Tapped for Epsilon Circle of ODK

    Dr. Patricia J. Brown, Senior Associate Dean, was tapped for membership to the University of Richmond’s Epsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.

  • Moderated Law Review forum

    Dr. Dionne Ward, assistant professor of education and director of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies internships, served as moderator for the UR Law Review’s Allen Chair Symposium on School Inequality.

  • RTD 'In My Shoes' Column

    Dr. Liz Sheehan, retired Partners in the Arts director and SPCS adjunct professor, wrote In My Shoes: Finding a Little Ancestral Peace While Digging into the Past for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

  • Quoted on superintendent resignation

    Dr. Tom Shields, SPCS professor and chair of graduate education, was quoted in a NBC12 story on the resignation of Petersburg Public Schools superintendent Joseph Melvin.

  • Climate Change & Public Opinion

    Dr. David Kitchen, SPCS professor and associate dean, presented on climate change science and public opinion with Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf on October 21, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia, part of the Museum’s “Living Ethics” series.

  • Co-edited book published

    Dr. Erik Nielson, asst. professor and asst. program chair, liberal arts, co-edited a book (with Cornell’s Travis L. Gosa) published by Oxford University Press titled The Hip Hop and Obama Reader.

  • Cosby High named National Blue Ribbon School

    Cosby High School, led by principal and SPCS adjunct professor Dr. Brenda Mayo, named Exemplary High Performing School among National Blue Ribbon Schools.

  • Artist in Residence in Brazil

    Rob McAdams, director of Partners in the Arts, is artist in residence for two weeks in Brazil thanks to the Santa Catarina-Virginia chapter of Partners of the Americas. Follow him at #RobNoBrasil