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. 

Spring 2019 1 Credit Offerings, INST 2550 (register on SIS)

Garden Party

Instructor: TBD

Wednesdays 4-6 PM in the Hereford Garden


Bill's Bugs

Instructor: Hereford Fellow and world-renowned epidemiologist, Bill Petri

Date/time: TBD



Instructor: Michael Redwine

Date/time TBD in the Runk Green Room


3 CREDIT OFFERING, Hereford Goes to China Over Spring Break



UVA in China: Global Engagement at Home & Abroad, GSGS 3676

Instructor: Caren Freeman (

Class will meet once a week prior to Spring Break: Wednesdays 6-8pm, starting on Jan 16th 

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, culminating in a week-long excursion to Shanghai over spring break. Starting in the 1950s and marching decade by decade through to the twenty-first century, the course aims to convey a comparative sense of the zeitgeist that prevailed in the US and China at key historical junctures. In Shanghai, students will be encouraged to apply three multiple registers of knowledge they cultivated over the semester—the panoramic lens of history, the zoom lens of anthropology, and the combined “native” and “non-native” perspectives within our group—to arrive at a complex understanding of Shanghai’s emergence as a “global city.” Upon return students will reassess the meaning of their own global aspirations and how they are embedded in national, regional and local imaginings.

NOTE: All students must complete the online Education Abroad Workshop ( before opening the application.

To apply, click here: