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Academics at Oneonta

Our determination to provide a stimulating, rigorous environment and hands-on, high-impact learning has made Oneonta a premier school within the SUNY system. This is also why we tend to attract students and teachers who want small classes, undergraduate research opportunities, and plenty of student-faculty interaction.

The SUNY Oneonta curriculum is flexible, diverse and challenging, with resources to match all kinds of interests. We offer more than 100 majors, minors, and cooperative programs, each designed to prepare you for successful careers or grad school.

As a college dedicated to teaching, learning and scholarship, we'll challenge, nurture and perhaps even inspire you. That's our promise. Along the way, we'll help create an Oneonta experience that's as unique as you are.

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Find Your Major

We have all the majors you expect…and a few that might surprise you

Whether you know what you want to study—or you’re ready to explore and find out—Oneonta has plenty of options!
You’ll find programs at Oneonta that most SUNY schools don’t offer, including Dietetics, Fashion, Meteorology and Music Industry. We’re among only 5 percent of business programs worldwide to achieve the prestigious AACSB accreditation, and we have the No. 3 Elementary Education program in the United States, according to a ranking by Teacher.org.

Explore our Programs

Learn, Grow, Succeed

We nurture a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully.

Small classes, engaged faculty and all kinds of experiential learning opportunities will start you on a path to success – in whatever field you choose.

Hands-On Learning

Get out of the classroom and learn by doing

Nearly all of our students are involved in experiential learning, from internships and job shadowing to service-learning volunteer work, research and creative projects and leadership activities. We offer faculty-led field experiences as close to campus as our Biological Field Station – and as far away as Los Angeles, Guatemala and Peru.

These powerful experiences will not only help you discover what you really want to do, they'll give you the tools to prepare for successful careers or grad school.

Learn about experiential learning opportunities

Excellent Facilities

Two of our largest academic buildings have been completely renovated, with bright, open spaces and lots of cozy spots for studying or relaxing between classes. 

You’ll have access to the latest science instruments and technology in our research labs and classrooms. Learn about the night sky in our digital planetarium and observatory, or get hands-on experience in our high-definition TV studio.

Explore your creative side in our Fine Arts Center, where you can mix a song in one of our music recording studios, perform in the Goodrich or Hamblin theater, or exhibit artwork in one of our galleries.

Academic Departments

Profiles

Blake Fleming
Faculty and Staff
Percussionist Blake Fleming has been featured by the biggest music publications and magazines, wrote “The Book of Rhythm,” and toured the United States and Canada opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in stadiums of 14,000 people. But none of those experiences compare to the feeling he gets while teaching someone how to play the drums.
rebecca harrington
Faculty and Staff
SUNY Oneonta Health Educator Rebecca Harrington isn’t afraid to tackle the taboo topics. After all, two of her best-known on-campus initiatives have been the Hump Day Wagon (a weekly, traveling contraceptive giveaway) and Sex & Pizza (an engaging sex education program for incoming freshmen).
Sean Scherer
Faculty and Staff
Adjunct Instructor Sean Scherer began exhibiting his paintings and drawings in New York City in 1989 while taking classes at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Since then, he has added designer, collector, shopkeeper, author and instructor to his resume, has 13,000 followers on Instagram, and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times (more than once), Country Living and Conde Nast Traveler.
Annacleta Chiweshe stands between a rack of dresses and a dress form
Faculty and Staff
When the lights are turned down, music is turned up and models hit the catwalk for the Student Fashion Society’s Spring Fashion Show at SUNY Oneonta each year, Associate Professor of Fashion and Textiles Annacleta Chiweshe is the one cheering the loudest. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I see students learning the skills I teach them and producing something unique,” she said.

We’re Here to Support You

Adjusting to the academic challenges of college can be a big transition, but you won’t be alone. SUNY Oneonta offers lots of academic support services to help you stay on track.

Support Services

Special Programs

Get advice and inspiration from successful alumni at our Backpacks to Briefcases, Mixing Board to Management, Goodrich to Broadway and Campus to Capital networking field trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.

Apply for student grant funding to support your research, travel to professional conferences and networking opportunities. Share your work with the whole campus at our annual Student Research and Creative Activity Day.

Help plan one of our student-run academic conferences in political science, philosophy or literature and composition. Or check out the latest music and entertainment gear at The NAMM Show in Los Angeles.

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