Pushing the limits to take you further

The College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse community of exceptional scholars working together toward the common goal of excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, both for its own sake and in service to society.

The College is the University’s largest academic unit and provides the liberal arts foundation for a UAlbany education. In our programs, students explore big ideas and timely, important problems; unleash their creativity and develop their aesthetic sensibility; investigate and analyze the natural world; and develop the flexible intellect required to be engaged local and global citizens.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany.

We are home to departments, centers, institutes, and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, technology, and beyond. Serving the largest proportion of students at UAlbany, the College strives to be a home for those looking to expand their knowledge and understanding as they prepare for their futures, personally and professionally. Whether focusing on economics, biology, theatre, atmospheric sciences, philosophy, English, sociology or any of our three dozen majors, you'll find the College is on the cutting edge of new developments in learning, teaching, and research.

We are in the midst of celebrating our Silver Anniversary — 25 years of the College of Arts and Sciences — and the achievements of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am pleased to call the College my home, having been part of the Department of Psychology for over 25 years. I am honored and humbled to return as Interim Dean to a College that is steeped in a tradition of research and creative engagement, ready to step into the next decade of scholarship.

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Featured News

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    2020 Chancellor's Awards includes Seven CAS Students

    Eleven graduating seniors, including seven College of Arts and Sciences students, have won the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY’s highest award for academic achievement and service. The programs in which the CAS students achieved degrees include Biology, Economics, Journalism and Psychology. Read more

  • Kayleen Torres Maldonado displays the Puerto Rican flag in front of her research at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Boston, January 2020.

    DAES Senior Shares Her Story of Resiliency Following Hurricane Maria

    Nearly 2,000 miles away from campus, Kayleen Torres Maldonado virtually shared two semester’s worth of findings on Hurricane Igor from her bedroom earlier this month. Presenting her thesis via video conference call in the midst of a global pandemic was not what she envisioned, but the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) senior is used to unexpected challenges. Read more

  • Dafney Amilcar-Rodriguez, UAlbany bursar and president of the Omicron Epsilon Zeta (Capital Region) Chapter of the century-old Zeta Phi Beta sorority, holds up a U.S. Census envelope during the webinar promoting voting and filling out of the Census.

    A Webinar Focuses on Getting Students Out to Vote and Involved in the Census

    The need for university students to participate in the vote and the U.S. Census, and the enhanced ways to do so, were presented last Monday by UAlbany faculty and administrators, along with area officials, at a College of Arts & Sciences Public Engagement-sponsored Zoom webinar, “Voter Registration + Training & Census 2020. Read more

  • UAlbany History Professor David Hochfelder at Empire State Plaza (photo by Paul Miller)

    Associate Professor of History David Hochfelder Awarded His Third NEH Grant

    Associate Professor of History David Hochfelder was recently awarded his third National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for his research on urban renewal. The project will be an online statewide inventory of municipal records documenting urban renewal in New York from 1949 to 1974, to facilitate planning for the digitization of the materials. Although this grant will be run out of the New York State Archives, Hochfelder acknowledges three University at Albany institutions that helped him get this grant: He was a recipient of the Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship in 2015; he was awarded a FRAP-B award in 2016; and most importantly according to Hochfelder, he was the faculty fellow for the Institute for History and Public Engagement in 2017-2018, the spring 2018 course release and the work of graduate researcher Wonhee Lee allowed him to reach out to about forty municipalities around the state to locate their urban renewal records, a necessary first step for this grant. Read about Hochfelder's 2018 NEH grant.


Women in Science and Health (WISH) Seek to Improve the Environment for Women in STEM fields

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have long been dominated by men, but fortunately that is changing. The number of women choosing STEM careers is increasing. However, the support needed to continue and strengthen this trend is still lacking.

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Contact Us

Arts & Sciences 217
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
PH: 518-442-4651
Email the Dean's Office

Fall & Spring Semester Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Office Closed:
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday
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Labor Day Monday
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