An Integrative Approach

Sophomore Scholars in Residence

Imagine taking a typical public policy class comparatively examining healthcare systems in the U.S. and the developing world: scholarly texts and articles, writing research papers and engaging classroom discussions. Now, add-in a community-based learning experience within a healthcare setting or non-profit organization in the city of Richmond to gain a local perspective on the issue.

Then, add two trips together to a rural community in the Appalachian Mountains and the capital of the Dominican Republic to experience first-hand what you have been reading and discussing in the classroom. And all the while you are living in the same residence hall throughout your sophomore year!

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Two students studying together in the Commons.

Defining Features of Sophomore Scholars in Residence

Sophomore Scholars in Residence, called SSIR, is a distinctive year-long experience for second-year students. Students apply to a specific SSIR program (listed below) and if selected: 
  • Enroll in a one-unit course in the fall semester
  • Enroll in a half-unit collaborative project course in the spring semester
  • Engage in fully-funded travel in the U.S. and/or around the world during one of the break periods