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Academics at Geneseo

At Geneseo, you’ll join a community committed to inquiry, creativity, and reflection. You’ll inquire whenever your work engages with meaningful questions about the world around us, create whenever you apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to new situations, and reflect whenever you make connections between your academic work and your personal goals and dreams.

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    Study Abroad

    At Geneseo, you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to practice inquiry and creativity in more than sixty countries as part of a study abroad program.

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    Arts

    At Geneseo, you’ll demonstrate your creativity and nurture your mind, body, and spirit by participating in a wide variety of musical, theatrical, and other artistic opportunities.

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    Integrative Learning

    At Geneseo, you’ll practice inquiry and creativity through community-based and independent learning opportunities at our Center for Integrative Learning.

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    Undergraduate Research

    At Geneseo, you’ll take inquiry to the next level by working with a faculty mentor who will guide you through research experiences that make a difference in the world.

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    National Fellowships and Scholarships

    At Geneseo, you’ll use your powers of inquiry and creativity to pursue major educational fellowships and scholarships such as U.S. Student Fulbrights, Goldwater Scholarships in mathematics and the sciences, and many more.

Geneseo’s academic programs will ask you to continuously reflect on your learning, your future plans, and your place in the world. Our Mission, Vision, and Values will help guide you; our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will help you find your place in our community; and our Geneseo Learning Outcomes for Baccalaureate Education will help you build a portfolio of skills that are essential in the 21st century. You’ll be empowered to tell the story about how your Geneseo experience reflects our common mission “to advance knowledge and inspire students to be socially responsible and globally aware citizens who are prepared for an enriched life and success in the world.”

Faculty and Instruction

89.8% of faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree

1:19 faculty to student ratio

24 median class size

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Academic Programs

50 undergraduate degree programs

27 interdisciplinary minors

graduate programs in accounting and education

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48% of graduates have a double major and/or both a major and a minor

Program Highlights

Geography Field Studies

Geography students experience high-impact learning a number of ways, including a two-week intensive field studies course led by faculty through mountain, foothill, and prairie environments in Western Canada.

The course introduces students to geographical field observation as they examine the human-environment interactions and adaptations in Southern Alberta and British Columbia.

Students keep a field journal describing and reflecting upon their daily activities. They also participate in teaching by conducting advanced research and delivering presentations at designated locales along the route.

Academics News

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Online and Study Abroad Intersession Courses Expanded for 2020

Geneseo’s successful enhanced intersession term is expanded this year with additional offerings of online and study abroad courses for winter break. The term, which runs December 30, 2019–January 21, 2020, allows students to earn credits in the interval between fall and spring terms.

2019–20 Presidential Scholars

2019–20 Presidential Scholars

Thirteen SUNY Geneseo students are Presidential Scholars for the 2019–20 academic year, representing a variety of academic areas and exemplifying the college's institutional values. A presidential scholar is a top-achieving member of the senior class who also serves as an ambassador for the College.

White Oak field research (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)

Native American Burning Key to Rare Oak Savannas

Assistant Professor Stephen Tulowiecki and Professor David Robertson, Department of Geography, recently published an article in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers that finds Native American land use—in particular, the use of fire—was critical in shaping the distribution of oak savannas in Western New York at the end of the 1700s.