Message from the Dean


Dr. João SedyciasWelcome to the School of Arts & Humanities!
It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the new School of Arts & Humanities in the recently restructured Division of Academic Affairs at SUNY Oneonta. The School of Arts & Humanities only recently has come into existence, as a result of the new structure of Academic Affairs. However, the school is composed of long-standing academic departments, with distinguished histories. The six departments that make up the School of Arts & Humanities — Art & Computer Art, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre — are at the very heart of liberal arts education on campus, and play a vital role in fulfilling our mission as a comprehensive liberal arts university. In addition, the disciplines represented in the Arts & Humanities 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 & 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 regional and national 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 & Humanities departments have produced three SUNY Distinguished Professors and more than a dozen SUNY Chancellor’s Award recipients. Thus, SUNY Oneonta has correctly proven to be 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.

Learn More
If you are considering Oneonta for your college career, I invite you to explore the offerings of the School of Arts & 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. João Sedycias, Founding Dean
School of Arts & Humanities