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

Ethan Smith '20, Ariana Walczyk '19 and Sara Feinland '19 show their art projects for the course.
Students Explore Sustainability Issues Through Art

Students in a spring honors course, “The Politics of Sustainability Through Art,” are exploring environmental concerns and the politics that affect sustainability issues in a creative way.
In addition to readings that provide background on climate change, food sustainability and other problems, students are viewing and discussing relevant artwork by artists from around the world creating their own visual art inspired by their learning. 

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Undergrads Stage Philosophy Takeovers in Area High Schools

A group of undergrads is staging philosophy takeovers in area schools as a way to introduce philosophical topics to high school students. The collaboration between Geneseo and local schools uses techniques such as The Trolley Problem to emphasize the value of studying philosophy.

Tanya M. Smith, Ph.D.
Alumna to Share The Tales Teeth Tell

SUNY Geneseo is hosting biological anthropologist Tanya M. Smith ‘97, Ph.D., for a lecture based on her recent book, The Tales Teeth Tell. Smith’s talk takes place at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 in Newton 204. Smith’s talk will be followed by a book signing. Copies of her book will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public.