Short Courses

Each semester, Hereford offers one-credit short courses taught by our Fellows. The courses provide an opportunity for students to explore topics beyond their major or field of study. Courses are often held in the late afternoon or evening at Hereford. Students can register for the courses on SIS (INST 2550), indicating that they are a Hereford student in the enrollment request form. 


Fall 2017 (INST 2550)

Garden Party, (Date & Time TBD)

Instructor: TBD

Roll-up your sleeves and get ready to spend time in Hereford's very own community garden! In this course, you will acquire a holistic understanding of gardening and farming. Starting with the soil, you will learn the best methods for cultivating a garden, including planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, preparing beds, and harvesting vegetables & herbs. 


Exiled: Examining Environmental & Social Upheaval Through Documentary Film, Thursdays 7-9

Instructors: Caren Freeman and Chantal M.

Documentary film is an especially powerful medium for exploring the predicament of environmental and social displacement. Together we will watch and discuss 6 documentary films, each set in different countries (including the U.S., China, Uganda, Panama, Bangladesh, Fiji, Sudan, Kenya, and Maldives). Collectively these films provide an up-close look at some of the major contemporary causes and consequences of exile. We invite you to embark on this journey with us around the (human, non-human and inhuman) world in 6 documentaries!


Re-Thinking the Student Experience at Hereford, Wednesday afternoons (Time TBD)

Instructor: Schaeffer Somers

Grab your Post-It notes! This course will introduce and apply the concepts of Design Thinking or Human Centered Design to re-think the experience of students at HRC. You will learn about empathy, interviewing, ethnographic observation, defining needs, brainstorming ideas, prototyping solutions, and testing your designs with the student-users of Hereford. 



UVA Hereford College in China: Global Engagement at Home & Abroad

Instructor: Caren Freeman 

Chinese and non-Chinese students who live side by side at Hereford Residential College are invited to explore their diverse yet interconnected aspirations to become "global." Through a series of focused discussions on Grounds, followed by a week-long trip to Shanghai over spring break, students will reflect on the way historical, cultural and global logics have shaped the way life is lived in the US versus China from the 1950s to the present. Using the panoramic lens of history, the zoom lens of anthropology, and the unique blend of "native" and "non-native" perspectives in our group, we will come to see ourselves and one another, Charlottesville and Shanghai, and our relationship to the "global" through more perceptive and receptive eyes.

Application goes live August 1st! To view the syllabus, visit: