From the Dean
I have the great privilege of welcoming visitors to the new School of Arts and Humanities. The School is new because of the new structure of Academic Affairs at SUNY Oneonta, but it is comprised of long-standing academic departments that are among the cornerstones of liberal arts education. The disciplines represented in the arts and humanities also provide a significant share of the building blocks for the College’s general education program.
Relevant and Distinctive
Art, languages, philosophy, music and theatre are elemental to day-to-day life and the development of cultural capital both personally and within the broader societal context. Studying these fields unlocks the wisdom of ages, exercises critical thinking skills and inspires creativity. The academic experience in the School of Arts and Humanities is made relevant and distinctive through a rich array of musical and theatrical productions, artistic creations and exhibitions, unique conferences honoring James Fenimore Cooper and John Burroughs, the reputational reach of the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and the global connections sewn by foreign languages, and literature.
Premier education in the arts and humanities is delivered by an accomplished, enthusiastic, and diverse faculty. The top priorities are teaching and learning, coupled with dedication to scholarship and creative endeavors. Through the years, School of Arts and Humanities departments have produced three SUNY Distinguished Professors and more than a dozen SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipients. Thus, SUNY Oneonta is the destination of first choice for students seeking majors in arts and humanities for good reasons: it is a welcoming campus where academic interests can be matched with challenging curricula, engaging co-curricular experiences, personal and career development, and vibrant outreach to every corner of thought and culture around the globe.
If you are considering Oneonta for your college career, I invite you to explore the offerings of the School of Arts and Humanities. Departmental information is accessible through the site navigation on the left along with our contact information. Our offices welcome your inquiries for information.
Dr. Wade L. Thomas, Interim Dean
School of Arts and Humanities