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With an established reputation for excellence in teaching, performing, and research, SUNY Buffalo State's School of Arts and Humanities is also widely recognized for innovation and leadership in creative expression.

Distinctive Features

Exceptional Preparation Beyond the Classroom

The strength of a liberal arts education blended with state-of-the-art professional curricula prepares students for success after graduation. We expand learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.

We are award-winning national leaders in undergraduate research, encouraging students to pursue individualized projects with faculty experts.

Through our service-learning program, we link courses with community service. Innovative internships in regional and national organizations result from our faculty's reputations and their connections with leading professional partners.

The Entrepreneurship in the Arts Certificate program and UNC111: Career Planning in Theory and Practice are two of many career exploration opportunities for our students.

Student organizations in nearly every department connect students with common interests.

Visiting artists and scholars inspire students to define and achieve their dreams.

Faculty Specialists

The greatest resource for our students is our faculty, teacher/scholars renowned for their ability to guide and inspire. Widely respected for their research, publications, exhibitions, and performances in diverse disciplines, they also are known for their nurturing, individualized attention to students' intellectual development.

International Experiences

Students are encouraged to enhance global understanding through travel abroad. The Siena Program, established more than 50 years ago by Buffalo State, is the arts and humanities hallmark program for semester-long study abroad. Short-term course-related travel in Europe and Asia led by our faculty includes interior design, dance, art history, English, modern and classical languages, visual arts, theater, and communication. Many SUNY international programs also are available.

Location on Buffalo's Cultural Corridor

Located just across the street from Rockwell Hall is the Burchfield Penney Art Center, our campus art museum, as well as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo History Museum, which provide our students with convenient access to curricular enrichment. In addition to our multiple collaborations with the Burchfield Penney, the School of Arts and Humanities has established unique partnerships with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and theaters and art galleries throughout the region.

Remarkable Facilities

The new Ciminelli Recital Hall and expanded art conservation laboratories in Rockwell Hall opened in November 2012. The $47 million total renovation of Upton Hall for the visual arts and theater is under way. Continually updated studios, theaters, computer labs, and equipment contribute to our students' academic and professional success. 

Career Development

The School of Arts and Humanities encourages students to explore career opportunities that combine their liberal arts education with their specialized skills and talents. Offerings include the Entrepreneurship in the Arts Certificate program; UNC111:Career Planning in Theory and Practice; and departmental internships, seminars, workshops, and visiting scholar/artists. The Career Development Center provides multifaceted assistance.

Motivation for Success

From the stage to the classroom, School of Arts and Humanities programs instill students with a passion for life-long learning, a foundation for critical thinking, artistic inventiveness, and cultural awareness, that lasts a lifetime. These invaluable skills serve our graduates well in career fields that are as vast and varied as our course selection.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914

kendtsp@buffalostate.edu