Course Descriptions

Humanities

The Virginia Governor’s School for the Humanities is a residential summer program for some of the commonwealth’s standout high school students who come to Radford for an intellectually challenging, university-level immersion in the humanities. Students take an interdisciplinary approach to such subjects as history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and media.

The Governor's School for the Humanities encourages students to explore the ways that "modern society requires, encourages, and restricts individuals as they seek realization of their creative potential. Students explore [the] humanities in the digital age through history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and media." 

A goal of the Humanities program is to ameliorate partisan divisiveness and promote civil discourse in our community. Our program brings together students of varied ideological perspectives and encourages enlightened conversation through diverse topical courses, seminars, guest lectures, and informal discussion groups. 

The four-week residential program also will include opportunities for recreation, field trips, concerts, guest lectures, movies, student performances, and more.  To help guide programming, we select a theme. The 2022 theme is "Community & Solitude".

Learn more about the Humanities curriculum.

Visual and Performing Arts

The  Governor's School for Visual & Performing Arts is a residential summer program for some of the commonwealth’s most outstanding high school musicians, artistist, dancers, and performers who come to Radford for an artistically challenging, university-level immersion in the Arts. Each year our Directors and Program Coordinators line up amazing talent, programs, courses, faculty, and guest artists for the  Residential Governor's School for the Visual & Performing Arts.

The four-week residential program also will include opportunities for recreation, field trips, concerts, guest lectures, movies, student performances, and more. To help guide programming, we select a theme. The 2022 theme is "Community & Solitude".

Learn more about the Visual and Performing Arts curriculum.