From the Dean


Susan C. TurellWelcome to the School of Social Science at the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  At SUNY Oneonta, the social sciences provide a gateway to a thousand different paths in life.

Is your interest to know more about the physical world around you? Perhaps you are intrigued by learning more about how people function in that world. Whatever your passion, the social sciences at SUNY Oneonta will prepare you to become a critical and creative thinker in any field.  With this foundation, you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to adjust to a changing world, adapt to a changing career path, and appreciate a variety of values and views.

Within our school, you'll have many opportunities for in-depth study – and, whatever your major--- many opportunities to engage. Here, your learning will be alive, active and energized – whether it's spirited classroom discussions, a service learning project, study abroad, collaborative research, or internships. Faculty members throughout the school make it a point to be accessible to their students and equally engaged in the process of your education.

This is the School of Social Science at SUNY Oneonta – a program of study that helps you see how your interests connect to lifelong learning – and how academics and the working world fit together.  Whichever of a thousand paths you may choose in life, the social sciences will prepare you for great success.

Warmest wishes,


Susan C. Turell, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Science