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General Information

The School of Arts and Sciences

Administrative Officer

Gloria Culver, PhD (University of Rochester) Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


With 18 departments, more than a dozen programs, and numerous centers and institutes, the School of Arts and Sciences is the largest school at the University. The School has a strong tradition of crossing and connecting disciplines and departments due in large part to this diversity of intellectual interests. Undergraduate students within the School engage with nationally recognized faculty, scholars and educators that are leaders within their fields and committed to furthering the intellectual and personal development of all students. Under this tutelage, students excel in the classroom, participate in independent study, conduct research, study abroad, and engage in extracurricular activities, community service, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Undergraduate education in the School of Arts and Sciences provides a strong academic foundation in multiple fields and prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers. The Rochester Curriculum is the centerpiece of this educational mission, and allows students the freedom to explore their own intellectual interests from the very start of their academic career. Academic departments and programs within the School of Arts and Sciences (and the Hajim School) develop the majors, minors and clusters that are the building blocks of this curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to explore a wide range of interdisciplinary majors and minors through the Multidisciplinary Studies Center, which administers degree programs in East Asian Studies, Public Health, Legal Studies, Digital Media Studies, and Sustainability, among other offerings.

Undergraduate students also benefit from the intellectual opportunities provided by a variety of institutes and centers within the School, including the Humanities Center, the Institute for Performing Arts, the Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Goergen Institute for Data Science. These centers, along with the academic departments, have had many positive effects on academics within the School, generating new majors and minors and helping to develop innovative courses and more experiential offerings, inside and outside of the classroom.

When combined with co-curricular and student activities offered through the undergraduate College, departments and centers of the School create a robust and exciting undergraduate experience for students across the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. More details on these experiences and academic programs can be found throughout this Bulletin.