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.


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    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.
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    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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    Sociology professor explains how emotions drive decisions on politics and policy

    Aug 04, 2020 |

    A St. Bonaventure University associate professor contends that emotions have become more central to political life in America than facts and knowledge.

    Dr. Benjamin Gross“Social scientists and journalists alike have largely been trained to think of the public as rational, unemotional, objective-minded information seekers who exchange ideas in a public space to create a more informed democracy,” Benjamin Gross of the Department of Sociology and Criminology wrote in a research essay posted by the Jandoli Institute. “Today’s political media ecosystem seems to be more tribal, more emotional, and more apt to denounce fact in favor of fiction.”

    Gross’ paper, ”Identity over Information: A Sociological Explanation to Why President Trump Can Get Away with Saying Anything,” is the seventh research essay in the Jandoli Institute’s summer Media Studies Across Disciplines project.

    In the paper, Gross argues that polarization toward parties and their members influences how people feel about the news media. Americans have “grown quick to reject media reports (and entire news organizations) as biased,” he wrote. “Rebuilding broken trust between news audiences and journalists would be helpful, although it is not clear how that will be achieved.”

    Gross also explores the manner in which President Donald J. Trump has used an “identity-first political news media landscape” to strengthen support among his base.

    “The way that Trump has used anger and emotion to consistently make political differences salient in the minds of audience members puts these forces into overdrive,” he wrote.

    Since June 23, the institute has posted a new Media Studies Across Disciplines essay on its website every Tuesday. The series will continue 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 the biology, history, nursing, philosophy and sociology departments 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.