Division of Liberal Arts
Welcome to the Division of Liberal Arts
SUNY Schenectady’s Division of Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of academic programs that provide students with the academic acumen to transfer competitively to baccalaureate institutions or to engage the workforce directly. Students wishing to transfer to a four- year program would be well served by the following programs.
Associate of Art (A.A.) degree programs in:
Associate of Science (A.S.) in Human Services leading to a bachelors and later masters in Social Work.
Our Certificate program in Chemical Dependency Counseling serves as the foundation for CASAC certification in the fields of substance abuse and problem gambling counseling.
The Division of Liberal Arts faculty bring a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom as well as years of experience working in the field. Many of our full-time faculty serve as leaders in their professional organizations, publish regularly, and win highly-competitive grants, like our latest, a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many of the part-time faculty serve as community leaders and practitioners, owning their own businesses and professional practices. The faculty as a whole serve on numerous advisory boards, professional committees, and community groups.
The cornerstone of our faculty’s teaching is student success, with the goal that each and every student who starts their academic journey at SUNY Schenectady, with the right support, can reach their degree. Our faculty regularly challenge the brightest students with advanced material and texts, while ensuring that those students who are least confident have the support they need to complete the coursework.
Finally, our faculty understand the challenges that students face on a day to day basis. That is why many volunteer their time in our food pantry, serve as student club advisors, and participate in student events. With class sizes on average of 25 students, the division faculty have the opportunity to know students individually and thus support their students’ goals of transfer or workforce placement.
The challenges of the United States and world today are not based in a lack of technology or science. While truly inspiring, technology is a valued tool that can perform a given task, not choose consciously a direction or focus. Instead, the issues that propel our common causes require a deep knowledge of history to provide us context, an understanding of philosophic principles for the judgment of reasons, of ethics, civics, and in understanding equity. Furthermore, the methods through which these issues can be solved require the capacity to innovate and to imagine. As the home of civics, psychology, philosophy, and as home of the creative arts in literature, languages, and fine art, the Liberal Arts Division trains students not what to think but how to think more critically, more adeptly, and with more gravity about the common challenges faced by all. As a Division we train students to be able to contribute to issues that face their community, their state, and their nation in meaningful ways of their own choosing.
As a Dean, I see the value of the Liberal Art embodied best in the following quote that I encountered while I studied for my first degree.
“The things in civilization we most prize are not of ourselves. They exist by grace of the doings and sufferings of the continuous human community in which we are a link. Ours is the responsibility of conserving, transmitting, rectifying, and expanding the heritage of values we have received that those who come after us may receive it more solid and secure, more widely accessible and more generously shared than we have received it.”
- John Dewey
A Common Faith