What are the Liberal Arts?

Chemistry professor Diana Aga and PhD student Deena Butryn in Aga's Natural Sciences Complex Lab.

Chemistry professor Diana Aga and PhD student Deena Butryn in Aga's Natural Sciences Complex Lab. Aga was recently awarded the 2017 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal.

When you take the time to study an object closely, from every angle, something extraordinary happens. Your eyes sharpen. Hidden details come into focus. A different perspective begins to take shape. Answers emerge, and with them, new questions.

At the College of Arts and Sciences, a liberal arts education demands that students take an ever-closer look at their world. Through this unique lens, scholarship re-centers around skill-sets, personal goals and problem-solving. Our students prepare to meet every challenge with courage, flexibility, perseverance, compassion. In a diverse yet inclusive environment, they have the freedom to take risks, work collaboratively across disciplines and contribute to a world they now see up-close.

Large College Opportunities, Small College Feel

With 29 departments, 16 academic programs, and 23 centers and institutes, the College offers more academic options than any other unit on campus. Students have the resources of a major research institution – such as cutting-edge facilities and faculty at the forefront of their fields – combined with the support of a small university setting where individual student needs are recognized and respected.

The connections forged during a student's tenure at UB often remain with them for a lifetime. In our rich community of scholars, researchers, creators and leaders, we encourage students to seek out or build the network of relationships that will inspire, energize and sustain them, both during their years in the College and for decades afterward.  

Mission Statement

1. To be a leader in research, scholarship and creative activities across the arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences
2. To provide excellent programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences
3. To engage the larger community through our scholarly activities