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The Department of Focused Inquiry offers small, seminar-style classes for first- and second-year students as part of the core curriculum at VCU. Our interdisciplinary faculty strives to foster curiosity about the world at large through inquiry-based, community-engaged, and experiential learning.


Upcoming Events

  • Work Plans Due--Send to Mike September 20, 2021
  • Contract and Alternative Grading: Continuing the Conversation September 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Led by Tara Burke and Alli Tharp: In our institute session on alternative grading, we started discussing the what and why of changing our assessment practices. Join us for this brown bag as we continue this convo and discuss the how: how to identify behaviors; how to structure assignments and contracts; how to move away…
  • Textbook committee September 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • UC Meeting September 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Hello, Everyone--There will be a meeting of all of University College on Sept. 22 at 3pm to provide updates on a wide range of issues.The UC meeting will be followed by a meeting at 4pm with FI faculty to continue the discussion about the next chair.There is one zoom link for both meetings: hope to…
  • Faculty Office Hours with Melissa and Mike September 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Focused Inquiry

Harris Hall, 5th Floor
1015 Floyd Avenue
Box 842015
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2015

Phone: 804-827-0838

Updated: 6/11/2019

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