College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Overview

Overview
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest academic division of SUNY Oswego, with 16 academic departments, several interdisciplinary programs and other resources that include the Rice Creek Field Station.  Along with bachelor's and master's degree programs, the College of Arts and Sciences also is the academic home for undeclared students.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has more than 200 faculty members and offers unique opportunities for hands-on learning, including summer undergraduate research opportunities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is to challenge faculty and students to be responsible, thinking, creative members of both the campus and the wider communities. Through in-depth study and general education in the arts and sciences, we prepare students to address complex problems, communicate ideas, and approach the world with a curious and critical spirit. We strive to be a learner-centered community of scholars committed to high intellectual aspiration and the application of the skills and knowledge of a liberal arts education in service of a changing and diverse world. [adopted Spring, 2000]

Vision Statement
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be an intellectual community characterized by discovery of knowledge, meeting intellectual and personal challenges, and making connections among disciplines and between academic study and practice. We will encourage and support academic collaboration among students and faculty. Students will attain the knowledge and the capacity for reasoning that are the prerequisites to becoming citizens of a world characterized by diversity and global processes. We will be guided by the recognition that knowledge is always subject to challenge, and that the new perspectives gained through study in the liberal arts and sciences promote both individual well-being and the public good. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will identify, support, and promote programs or interdisciplinary clusters of programs that are distinctive, that demonstrate their effectiveness, and that serve regional needs. [adopted Spring, 2002]

Goals

  • Goal 1: Student, faculty, and staff involvement in intellectual discovery will be central to courses, programs and services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Goal 2: We will value challenging courses and programs.
  • Goal 3: We will seek connections among our programs and convey to our students the applications of liberal learning.
  • Goal 4: We will increase student and faculty participation in campus intellectual life.
  • Goal 5: We will promote a community and offer a curriculum focused on sustained engagement with and understanding of diverse peoples, cultures, and nations.
  • Goal 6: We will identify, support, and promote programs and interdisciplinary clusters of programs that are distinctive, effective, and serve public needs.

[adopted Spring, 2003; revised Fall, 2003; Spring, 2004]