About the College of Arts and Sciences

Students at seminar table.

For over a century, the College of Arts and Sciences has served as the center of scholarly excellence and radical innovation at the heart of the University at Buffalo. 

Strength and Breadth

Comprising 29 departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, as well as 15 special programs and 23 centers and institutes, the College is not only the largest campus unit, but the one most likely to directly impact every UB student at some point in their educational career. Our more than 450 dedicated faculty members, including 27 SUNY Distinguished Professors, prepare nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students per year to become the critical thinkers and compassionate leaders so vital to our ever-evolving society.  

Experience Learning, Experience Life

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences also benefit from UB’s status as a premier public research university, and the scope of resources this status provides. Internship, research, study abroad, and service-learning opportunities pull students out of the classroom and into the real world of hands-on problem-solving. 

Global Support Network

Currently, College alumni number over 95,000 members, a massive network composed of internationally-recognized researchers, scientists, and educators; pioneering business leaders; prominent writers and journalists; celebrated musicians and composers; and award-winning film directors, actors, artists, and designers. These extraordinary men and women represent a tremendous legacy, one that is certain to be strengthened by the accomplishments of each additional class of College graduates. 

An Invitation to Excel

Robin Schulze, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Robin G. Schulze, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

“Liberal arts education is, in my view, the working definition of education,” says Robin Schulze, Dean of the College. “The liberal arts grant students the skills to solve problems and the imagination and courage to make a better future. Our faculty are leaders in their fields. They challenge students to see complex issues from a variety of perspectives, and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to make a difference in the world.

The College really is a perfect place for students to find their passions and their purpose. We can’t do this work without the support of our alumni and friends—the people who understand that a liberal arts education is critical to our collective good. Our mission is to help our students become active, empathetic citizens of a diverse and dynamic global community.”