St. Bonaventure University

School of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the largest and most diverse school at St. Bonaventure University. With some 40 majors and minors, excellent faculty and multidisciplinary programs, we offer something for everyone.

  • We service most of the courses for the General Education curriculum and the Honors Program. In addition, all university students, regardless of the school in which they're enrolled, take many of their classes within our school.

    In the driver's seat

    Flexibility and opportunity await you as a major in the School of Arts & Sciences. No matter what your choice, you'll feel right at home.

    Preparation for wherever that next step leads

    Arts & Sciences is an excellent source for professional training for any number of careers and for graduate school preparation.

    Students moving about a Quick Center galleryStudents looking ahead to post-graduate study in the health care field may take advantage of the university’s Franciscan Health Care Professions Program, and our Center for Law and Society prepares our students for law school.

    We develop programming that responds to changing societal demands and student interests. We offer bachelor's and master's degrees in the increasingly important and popular field of cybersecurity. We also offer an early assurance program in cybersecurity, guaranteeing qualified high school seniors placement in our master's program upon completion of their bachelor's degree.

    William A. Walsh Science Center at SBU

    William A. Walsh Science Center

    Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
    Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


    Modern centers for the arts & sciences

    State-of-the-art facilities not only accommodate student research, creativity and performance, but serve as regional hubs for student and community engagement.

  • A student displaying a post of her project at the Expo

    Experiential learning: The Expo & much more

    Our annual Arts & Sciences Exposition is a celebration of our students' exceptional research and creativity, and just one of many ways in which an Arts & Sciences education extends beyond the classroom at SBU.

    Held each spring in the University Conference Center, the Expo is a popular two-day event that allows the campus community to review outstanding work of students mentored by faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences.

    Experiential learning in the School of Arts & Sciences doesn't end with the Expo. Many of our academic programs require internships, mentored research or capstone projects. Others encourage public service, emphasizing the personal growth that comes from using your knowledge and talents to help others.
  • High school STEM students holding certificates

    Programs for area school students and teachers

    The university hosts a number of annual events that foster interest in the arts and sciences among high school students across the region, and that aid the professional development of teachers in STEM fields.

  • About the School of Arts & Sciences

    Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Dave HilmeyThe dean of the School of Arts & Sciences is Dr. David Hilmey.

    An associate professor of chemistry, Hilmey has taught at St. Bonaventure since 2008 and was named chair of the undergraduate program in chemistry in 2013. He was appointed dean of Arts & Sciences, the university's largest academic school, in 2016.

    A graduate of the University of New York at Buffalo, Hilmey earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2006. He served as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University from 2006 to 2008. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2002.

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    Sharing Knowledge

    Apr 02, 2020 |
    HeaderImage_Student present at 2019 Arts & Sciences Exposition

    Bona’s CALM Center dispels learning myths; offers student research opportunities

    By Susan Anderson

    Do you believe some people are born with the ability to focus, while others aren’t? That multitasking is a useful skill? That examples make a topic interesting?

    If so, you’re wrong — but you’re also not alone in holding these beliefs.


    All across the country today, students are being taught in non-optimal ways. The reason? Myths about how learning occurs.

    According to St. Bonaventure University professors Adam Brown, Ph.D., and Althea Need Kaminske, Ph.D., a lack of communication between science and educational practice is at the root of these persistent falsehoods.

    “There are a multitude of myths prevalent in education today, at the university level and in secondary and primary schools. It is pervasive and lasting,” Brown said.

    Added Kaminske: “There’s a clear need for translational work from psychology to teaching.”

    To address these issues, Brown and Kaminske established the Center for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM) at St. Bonaventure in 2017.

    Kaminske is a cognitive psychologist with a focus on human memory, Brown a professor in educational psychology and statistics with a focus in development. Together they hold more than three decades of investigative research into attention and learning.

    “We created the center to spread the intellectual wealth,” said Brown.

    Althea_Need_Kaminske_PhDOne of their primary goals is to engage faculty and students in dialogue about effective teaching and learning strategies.

    “In our roles as professors and academic advisors, we work with smart, motivated students who get stuck in bad study habits because they never received instruction on how learning and memory actually work,” Kaminske said.

    CALM offers faculty workshops through Bona’s Faculty Resource Center, tutor training and student study skills through the Student Success Center, and translation of research for the local community. It also extends internship and research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

    Matt Petit, a senior creative writing major from Syracuse, New York, serves as a research assistant with Brown, helping to prepare for presentations and workshops.

    “My work is more like a literary analyst. I’m in charge of finding articles that have strong methodology and appropriate sample sizes,” Petit said. “I sift through different studies based on whatever the center is working on. It’s my job to make sure the research is current and what we share is credited properly.”

    Petit said he appreciates the chance to be part of the collaborative work being done within CALM. He especially values Brown’s work ethic, the example he sets and the research he brings to light about learning and memory. 

    “The research being done is really important,” Petit said. “Everyone hears ‘take a break when studying,’ but how many people actually do it? How many people realize that when you’re taking a break you’re not necessarily just letting your brain cool down, you’re actually giving it a chance to create connections? Real biological things are happening.”

    Other active research within CALM includes an ongoing cell phone study, which focuses on ownership of cell phones and how notifications affect attention and memory.


    KAITLYN ENGDAHL, a senior psychology and sociology double major from Rochester, New York, has been involved with the study for more than a year.

    “Dr. Kaminske has allowed me to be involved at all levels of the study, as a project leader as well as a research assistant,” Engdahl said. “I’ve been lucky enough to touch on all the different aspects, from background work to working with participants. It’s been a great experience.”

    There are several more pieces of research within CALM awaiting literature reviews and approval from institutional review boards.

    “We would not be able to have an active line of research to get this much work done unless students were involved at every step,” said Kaminske. “It allows us to share the workload and make the students co-investigators. Plus, having our students be able to go through the process is very important; it gives them insight into the day-to-day process.”

    Kathleen Colucci

    Kathleen Colucci, a member of Bona’s Board of Trustees, believes in the power of faculty like Kaminske and Brown to ignite and inspire students for a lifetime. 

    She witnessed her husband, Tom, a 1976 Bona grad, do exactly that during his 30-plus years in high school counseling. Following his death in 2018, she created The Thomas J. Colucci Fund for Faculty Development.

    “Tom was a truly dedicated professional who cared intensely about helping students,” she said. “He advocated strongly and relentlessly for faculty so they could focus on what mattered — the students.”

    The fund in his memory supports workshops created by CALM through the Faculty Resource Center.

    “To have this as a resource has been incredible,” said Brown. “We’re very grateful and look forward to creating more partnerships as we share the knowledge.” 

    Tom_and_Kathy_Colucci_2018In addition to their teaching, workshops and research, Brown and Kaminske have co-authored “Five Teaching and Learning Myths Debunked,” published by Routledge Press in 2018. They recently presented a paper at the national Psychonomics conference in New Orleans and are considering a publisher for their new book idea on “How to Study: A Guide for Students,” designed for first-year university students.

    To learn more about CALM, please visit To help support the Faculty Resource Center, visit