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Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR)

The SSIR program combines a traditional academic course with co-curricular learning activities throughout a student’s entire sophomore year. Each community consists of a one-unit course in the fall semester and a half-unit group project in the spring semester, with various co-curricular experiences that enhance learning. Throughout the year, students are working on both individual and group capstone projects that they present to the University community each spring.

SSIR students live together in co-ed residence halls surrounded by other SSIR communities, creating a unique academic community within the residence halls, so that students have opportunities to interact with students of differing communities, while having a shared experience. This experience supports the University’s larger strategic goals of an integrative and distinctive student experience.

Every community has strong engagement by a faculty member who teaches the class, travels with them, serves as mentor to their research, and guides the community throughout the year. Students also participate in workshops and have interactions with staff from Career Services, the Speech Center, librarians, and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement that complement and enhance their experiences. Communities also connect with the strong network of Richmond alumni working in or around the topic of the community.

2016-2017 Sustainability Related SSIR Programs

Out of the Sea

How have the world’s oceans shaped human experience, and what is it that people find so alluring about the ocean? Is it that our ancient evolutionary origins trace back to a marine fish that walked up on land? Is it that the oceans have been, and continue to be, a major route of human migration? Is it the fear, awe, and sense of mystery that oceans can instill in us?

Learn more here.

Geography of the James River Watershed

What defines a place? We will explore this question through the study of the James River watershed, our home while at the University of the Richmond. How does the concept of a watershed link us to this place? How does it link us to all places? This community will explore the relationship between the people, the land, and the water in the River City.

Learn more here.

Disaster, Memory, and Popular Culture

From the sinking of the Titanic to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, how do disasters shape the human experience? How do communities remember disaster, and how do popular movies, songs, literature, memorials, and museums actively shape how we think about disasters? What can popular works of writing and film that explore the post-apocalyptic world tell us about contemporary, real world disasters?

Learn more here.

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