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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    SBU Sociology professors see greater focus on environmental issues during pandemic

    Jun 30, 2020 |

    Not all of the news emerging from the coronavirus pandemic is bleak, according to two faculty members of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at St. Bonaventure University.

    “Recent news has hinted at something of a shift, a move in a direction that just might lead to lives — and a world — that may be heading in a new and positive direction. All of these accounts have a common element: the environment,” Assistant Professor Kathy Zawicki and Associate Professor Benjamin Gross wrote in a paper posted June 30 by the Jandoli Institute.

    The paper, “Status Quo or Silver Lining? Environmental Changes in a Pandemic,” is the second post in the Jandoli Institute’s Media Studies Across Disciplines project, a collection of research essays connecting different academic disciplines with the field of communication.

    In the article, Zawicki and Gross explain that news reports, studies and polls show that the public’s commitment to the environment has increased during the pandemic and could lead to more awareness of the environment, a greater inclination to follow environmental news, and ultimately more of a tendency to act to protect the environment.

    “If any or all of these positive outcomes could come to pass, it would mean that the most unlikely of outcomes had become reality: in the midst of a global pandemic, the finding of a silver lining,” they wrote.

    The institute will post a new Media Studies Across Disciplines essay on its website every Tuesday through Aug. 11.

    The essays were authored by St. Bonaventure faculty members who used their knowledge and expertise to provide insight and analysis from their own individual perspectives. Faculty from biology, history, nursing, philosophy and sociology contributed to the project, which was funded by the Leo E. Keenan Jr. Faculty Development Endowment and the Jandoli School of Communication. The essays were selected through a blind peer-review process.

    The Jandoli Institute serves as a forum for academic research, creative ideas and discussion on the intersection between media and democracy. The institute, accessible at jandoli.net, is part of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.