Short Courses

One of the many perks of living in Hereford is that we offer 1-credit short courses every semester. Enrolling in one of these courses will give you an opportunity to explore topics beyond your major or field of study and, of course, have fun!

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

Garden Party

Instructor: Matt Grason

Thursdays from 5-7 PM in the Hereford Garden

Click here to view the syllabus.


Bill's Bugs

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

Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Hereford Hub Library/Conference Room



Instructor: Michael Redwine

Mondays and Fridays from 7:30-8:20 AM 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.

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