Jul 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Academic Programs & Opportunities

Special Academic Programs

Teacher Education Programs

Students interested in teaching may consider a number of program options leading to certification. The four-year undergraduate college program leads to the initial teaching certificate. This certificate is valid for five years. It is then necessary to earn a master’s degree for professional certification. All education programs are accredited under New York State Education Department Commissioner’s Regulations Section 52.21.  SUNY Oneonta is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

When reviewing programs it should be noted that the elementary programs require a 30 s.h. concentration in a content area. The adolescence programs require a major or its equivalent in a content area.

Options Available

  1. Childhood Education
    This program leads to a baccalaureate degree and initial certification for teaching grades 1-6. A 30 s.h. concentration in one of 13 different concentrations is required. Education courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

    This program is designed to prepare the teacher to create a productive learning environment, plan and execute instructional activities; monitor and assess student learning; and address the special and developmental needs of students in the elementary grades. Field experiences and student teaching are included across grade levels.
  2. Early Childhood/Childhood Education Dual Certificate
    This program leads to a baccalaureate degree and initial certifications for teaching early childhood education (Birth-grade 2) and childhood education (grades 1-6). A 30 sh. concentration in one of 13 different concentrations is required. Education courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. This dual certificate program requires two semesters of methods. Field experiences and student teaching across certification levels are included.
  3. Adolescence Certification for Grades 7-12
    This certification requires completion of one of the following programs: Family and Consumer Science Education (all grades), Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, English Education, French Education, Mathematics Education, Physics Education, Social Studies Education, and Spanish Education. Each program includes courses in professional education, content, and related work.

    Professional education consists of a sequence of courses that aids the preservice teacher in the knowledge, comprehension, and application of the skills and strategies professional educators judge to be necessary to be an effective teacher. Each program involves over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching and college-supervised student teaching in both the middle level and high school grades.

    The programs are designed to prepare the teacher to create a productive learning environment; plan and execute instructional activities; monitor and assess student learning; address the special developmental and educational needs of diverse student populations; effectively integrate technology; and be reflective, self-directed lifelong learners.

Acceptance into Teacher Education Programs

The number of students accepted into teacher education programs at Oneonta depends upon several factors that may vary by academic year:

  • the space available in any particular program;
  • the needs of the teaching profession;
  • the likelihood of success of individual applicants.

Consequently, the Education Division reserves the right to:

  • determine the grade point average necessary to be admitted and retained in a teacher education program;

Details regarding acceptance, retention, and completion of education programs can be found in the Education Division section of this catalog.

Transfer Policy

EDUC/EPSY courses may not be more than five (5) years old.

Required courses in other content areas may not be more than ten (10) years old.

Courses listed on the teacher education transfer template as not accepted by Oneonta can be reviewed by the appropriate department chair to determine whether additional work completed can be substituted for the required courses.

Human Ecology Programs

Human Ecology: General Emphasis

This major leads to a B.S. degree, which provides a broad knowledge of the family and consumer sciences disciplines. Courses are taken in the following areas: fashion and textiles, human development and family studies, food and nutrition, consumer studies, housing, and interior design. Internships are also an option and are encouraged along with this major.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

See the “Secondary Education and Educational Technology Department ” section in this catalog.

Human Development and Family Studies

The major in Human Development and Family Studies provides students with a life-span human development focus for working with children, youth, adults, and families. Coursework emphasizes the dynamics of interpersonal relationships within diverse families and other social contexts. Students who select this plan of study develop skills and knowledge focused on understanding and improving the lives of individuals of all ages and families. Internships and experiential learning opportunities are emphasized in this major. Graduates have careers in human service professions or pursue graduate studies in social work, counseling, and related fields. 


The Dietetics Program prepares students to meet the educational requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Knowledge gained can be applied to many aspects of dietetics, including administration of food service systems and/or becoming part of a health care/wellness team. Detailed curriculum guidelines are listed in the Human Ecology Department section in this catalog.

In addition, an ACEND accredited supervised practice experience and passing a registration examination are required to become a registered dietitian. Supervised practice experiences are nationally competitive. As of January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a master’s degree in order to be eligible to take the registration exam.   

Fashion and Textiles

The major in Fashion and Textiles focuses of the relationship of textiles and clothing to the physical, aesthetic, psychological, cultural, economic and social needs of individuals and families. Students may concentrate in either merchandising or fashion design. Fashion merchandising courses focus on marketing, merchandising, retailing, promotions, entrepreneurship, economic analysis, and fashion journalism. Design courses include apparel construction, apparel design, Illustration, Pattern making, Computer-Aided Design and wearable art. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, analytical skills, technical skills and creativity. Students are encouraged to complete an internship or study abroad.

Fashion and Textiles: FIT 1-Year Visiting Student Program

Fashion and Textiles majors have the option to complete three years at SUNY Oneonta and one year at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Students completing the program obtain a B.S. Degree in Fashion and Textiles from SUNY Oneonta and an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree from FIT in one of the following areas: Footwear and Accessories Design, Fashion Design, Textile/Surface Design, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management, Textile Development and Marketing, or Communication Design Foundation. Note: Students interested in the 1-year Visiting Student Program at FIT must complete specific program requirements before applying to FIT. Acceptance to FIT is competitive. Minimum overall GPA 3.0.

Food Service and Restaurant Administration

The Food Service and Restaurant Administration major provides students with a substantial academic and practical background in hospitality management, business economics, and Liberal Arts courses. Detailed curriculum guidelines are listed in the Human Ecology Department section in this catalog. Students can develop leadership abilities and professional/technical depth, two keys to success as a hospitality manager.

A diversity of career possibilities exist in the hospitality profession. Graduates have careers as restaurant managers, hotel managers, catering directors, marketing directors, events planners, resort managers, sales directors and college and business foodservice management.

5-year Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology

SUNY Oneonta Biology majors may apply to a five year dual-degree program in Biology. Students who qualify for this competitive program have the opportunity to complete a B.S. in Biology in their fourth year while taking introductory graduate classes and research. The fifth year is exclusively devoted to graduate work. This program articulates with the Thesis Option of the MS Biology program. Admission into the five year program normally requires a 3.5 GPA in the major and students may initiate application in the second semester of their sophomore year through the second semester of their junior year. The program emphasis is ecology, environmental science, field biology, and aquatic biology. For a full description, refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Preparing for Professional Education

The College offers focused advising to assist students who are preparing to continue their education in schools of law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health professions. All students must declare a primary major. Students may also be advised to enroll in courses outside their major requirements if they intend to pursue graduate programs in particular professional areas.


SUNY Oneonta pre-law faculty advisers provide advisement and events relevant to students considering law school or graduate programs related to law. Department administrative staff and the Office of Academic Advisement can assist students with declaring a pre-law concentration and assigning an adviser (currently in Political Science, Business, and English departments). Pre-law advisers can recommend courses to help students explore legal analysis and prepare for success on the LSAT and in law school. There are no course requirements, and the Pre-law concentration is not limited to particular majors. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend specific undergraduate majors or courses to prepare for legal education. The basic requirements for law school admission are a high academic average and a good score on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). The LSAT has three scored sections — logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension — and a writing sample. Some schools are accepting the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) instead of the LSAT. Visit the Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org for information on law school programs, admissions advice, and LSAT test preparation and testing dates.  

In preparation for law school, students should develop basic academic skills in critical reading, text-based analysis and writing, listening and oral communication, scholarly research, and time management. Knowledge of American history and politics, economic theory, moral philosophy & ethics, human and social behavior, and social justice movements are useful foundations for legal studies. Courses in these areas can be taken as part of a student’s General Education requirements, with early academic advisement and planning.

Students are encouraged to participate in law-related student clubs, including Mock Trial. Visit https://connect.oneonta.edu for information on student clubs and meeting times.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary

Students interested in pursuing medical, dental, and veterinary educations after graduation are provided with focused advising about courses they should complete in addition to the requirements of their declared majors. The curricula in these areas provide students with a strong background in liberal studies, including preparation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Because the number of applicants to healthcare professions graduate schools greatly exceeds the number of openings, satisfactory completion of the preprofessional courses does not assure acceptance by any professional school. Most healthcare professions graduate schools are seeking the student who has a long record of consistently high-level performance, a deep understanding of their future role in the healthcare field obtained through volunteer or employment experience, and who is highly-recommended by the undergraduate school and/or academic and professional references. To help with the many challenges associated with gaining admission to healthcare professions graduate schools, the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator provides specialized advisement to assist students in navigating their undergraduate experience. Students interested in the healthcare fields of Pharmacy and Chiropractic can also receive advisement from the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator.

Students in these areas should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply. While a student may choose any liberal arts major field, the following courses, which are minimum requirements for admission to most healthcare professions graduate schools, should be included: one year each of English (composition and literature), general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics (including calculus), one to two years of biology, and at least one semester of biochemistry.

Recommended electives include genetics, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, philosophy, sociology, and psychology. In all cases, professional schools desire applicants with a strong background in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The required courses for the Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary programs follow.






Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy

SUNY Oneonta has articulated programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy with the Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY and in Physical Therapy with the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. They are 4+2 or 4+3 programs, four years and a bachelor’s degree at Oneonta followed by two or three years of graduate study. The Upstate PT program leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree; the Sage programs lead to DPT and Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees. Students can complete any major at Oneonta as long as the course work required for the specific program is completed. Admission to the DPT programs at Upstate and Sage and the MOT program at Sage is highly competitive.

In addition, the College has a 3+3 program in Physical Therapy with Upstate that leads to a BS degree with a Biology major from Oneonta and a DPT degree from Upstate in a total of six years. Admission to this program is administered by Upstate and is separate from admission to the college. Application for admission to this program must be made by high school seniors during the fall of their senior year of high school. The 3 + 3 program requires students to be accepted to BOTH SUNY Oneonta and the DPT Program at Upstate Medical University during their senior year of high school. Students matriculating at SUNY Oneonta under the 3+3 Upstate DPT Program must major in Biology, though can choose to minor in any area of interest.

Please contact the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator for details about these programs.

Pre-Physician Assistant Albany PA Program

The Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies (CPAS) offers highly qualified students at SUNY Oneonta the opportunity to apply for admission to CPAS through the Early Assurance Program (EAP) upon completing the first semester of their junior year. If accepted, they are assured of admission to the program upon completion of the prerequisite courses, the required healthcare experience, and the undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.20. Early Assurance admission allows accepted students to focus on achieving a strong knowledge base in the sciences, completing the prerequisite courses, and obtaining the required health-related experience.

To be eligible to apply for acceptance into this program, a student must have achieved a cumulative and science GPA of 3.20 or above each semester and have completed General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Essential Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I by the end of their junior year at SUNY Oneonta. Students accepted to the program must carry full course loads during their remaining semesters at Oneonta and fulfill the remaining prerequisite courses. The Graduate Record Examination is waived for students accepted through the Early Assurance Program (EAP). Students who transfer to SUNY Oneonta are NOT eligible for the EAP.

Students who wish to investigate this opportunity should meet with SUNY Oneonta’s Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator for specialized advisement regarding the expectations of the EAP and the process for application. Applicants should be confident of their interest in pursuing a career path in medicine as a Physician Assistant, and that admission to the Albany Medical College’s PA program is the path they would choose toward that goal.

Please see our website for details.

Cooperative Programs

The College also offers a variety of cooperative programs with other colleges and universities. These programs allow students to begin education at SUNY Oneonta and finish at another college or university. Degrees are earned from both institutions. All students in cooperative programs must declare a primary major.

3-2 Engineering Program

This five-year dual-degree program, in cooperation with engineering schools at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University, Clarkson University, RPI, and Syracuse University, offers students the opportunity to become professionally-qualified in a specific engineering  field, while at the same time achieving capability in a chosen Liberal Arts major. This combination can provide engineers, as well as professionals in other fields, a unique background for contributing to solutions of the many critical, complex, and interdisciplinary problems of modern society.

Students in the 3-2 Engineering Program attend SUNY Oneonta for the first three years, and must pursue one of the following Liberal Arts majors: Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, or Statistics. At the beginning of the fourth year, students transfer to an engineering school for the completion of the five-year program. (Majors in some of these disciplines may need to spend more than three years at Oneonta to complete the major and the engineering courses for transferring to engineering school.) The B.S. degree in the chosen Liberal Arts major is awarded by SUNY Oneonta and the B.S. in Engineering is awarded by the engineering school.

Students may be accepted into the 3-2 Engineering Program during their first semester freshman year. Students are expected to meet the following criteria: a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and completion of General Chemistry I (CHEM 111 ), General Physics I (PHYS 203 ), and Calculus I (MATH 223 ) with grades in each course not less than “C.” Students above the level of freshman who apply for admission into the program will be considered individually, but admission criteria will not be less rigorous than those criteria stated for freshmen. Students in the program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.5 GPA in those courses required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school. In general, these are courses in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and physics. If the student has three initial grades of “D” or “E” in those courses required for entrance into the junior year at engineering school, or if the student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress in meeting the requirements, he or she may be dropped from the program.

Engineering-designated courses are listed in this catalog under the offerings of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Physics and Astronomy Department.

In order for this dual major program to be completed successfully in the scheduled five years, it is necessary for students to complete certain courses during specific semesters. For this reason, students in the program should establish contact with the Engineering Program Director (436-3192) as early as possible, preferably before classes start during their freshman year. Students who do not take the recommended courses during their freshman year will probably take longer than five years to finish their degrees. Students who transfer to Oneonta during their sophomore or junior year may still need to attend Oneonta for three years in order to complete the requirements. The required courses for the 3-2 Engineering Program are as follows:


4-1 M.B.A. Programs

These academic programs are open to students seeking a B.S. degree in business economics at SUNY Oneonta and an M.B.A. (Master’s in Business Administration) at the cooperative universities. The 4-1 M.B.A Programs are offered in cooperation with Clarkson University’s David D. Reh School of Business and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Saunders College of Business. The first four years are at SUNY Oneonta, earning a B.S. in business economics. The fifth year is at the cooperative graduate school. Admission to any of these graduate programs is not automatic. The principal eligibility factors are the undergraduate GPA and the score achieved on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For further information on the 4-1 M.B.A. Programs, contact the program Advising Liaison.

SUNY Optometry 3-4 Program

A seven-year cooperative joint-degree program, yielding a baccalaureate degree from SUNY Oneonta and the Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY Optometry (Manhattan), is available to students who combine selected Liberal Arts majors with the prescribed Optometry degree requirements. There are two steps in the application to SUNY Optometry, with Step 1 requiring the student apply to the 3-4 program as either a senior high school student or as an undergraduate sophomore student and Step 2 requiring the student formally apply to the Doctor of Optometry Program at SUNY Optometry.

Students accepted into this program will complete a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology at SUNY Oneonta and will also be required to take the Optometry Admission Test as part of the transfer process. Interested high school students should contact the 3-4 program coordinator at SUNY Optometry and interested SUNY Oneonta students should contact both the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator at SUNY Oneonta and the 3-4 program coordinator at SUNY Optometry as early as possible in the freshman year.

Please see our website for details.

Graduate Programs

SUNY Oneonta offers programs in several fields of graduate study: Biology (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Educational Technology Specialist (online), Museum Studies (History or Science), Lake Management (Thesis or Professional Science Master’s), Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12) (online), Nutrition and Dietetics (online), School Counselor (K-Grade 12), Special Education (Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood (Grades 1-6), and Generalist (Grades 7-12) - MST and MSED), and a Certificate of Advanced Study for School Counselors (online). SUNY Oneonta students and alumni are exempt from paying the application fee for graduate programs.

For more information, see the Graduate Admissions website, the Graduate Catalog, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 607-436-2523 or 800-SUNY-123.

Off-Campus Internship Programs

Each academic department may offer student internships as part of its approved course offerings. These internships provide qualified students the opportunity to earn academic credit through field experiences related to their majors that include an academic component such as written papers, journals, portfolios, etc. Interested students should consult with their department Faculty Internship Coordinator for information about such opportunities. The College Internship Coordinator is housed in the Career Development Center, 110 Netzer. A Summer Opportunities and New York City Internship Fair is coordinated annually to promote opportunities throughout New York State. SUNY Oneonta partners with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) and Connect-123 to provide international and domestic internship opportunities for all majors. International program locations include: Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto; domestic program locations include Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. Internship opportunities worldwide can be found on the Career Development Centers online career management system, Dragonlink. The Office of International Education is responsible for managing international internships, and program details can be found on the Office of International Education website.

Credit Granted and Limitations

Credit is granted on the basis of hours worked. One semester hour is equivalent to 40 work hours (normally a full work week). Part-time work may be pro-rated over the semester. Students may register for a maximum of 15 s.h. of internship credit during the fall or spring semesters; a maximum of 12 s.h. may be earned during the summer. A maximum of 16 s.h. of internship credit, including student teaching, may be applied toward the undergraduate degree. Usually internships are graded on a Pass/Fail basis only. Under certain circumstances, departments have obtained approval for letter grading. The approved grading mode for each internship course is on the College’s Course Master File, available in the Registrar’s Office.

Students must have 56 s.h. completed (12 s.h. at Oneonta); have at least a 2.0 overall GPA and at least a 2.0 GPA in their major. GPA and course pre-requisite requirements vary within each department.

Summer Interns

Departments may sponsor opportunities for summer internship credits. Summer sessions fees apply. Summer session internships entail periods of service ranging from one to ten weeks.

Study Abroad Programs

SUNY Oneonta offers several study abroad and exchange programs through the Office of International Education. Oneonta students also have access to over 1000 study abroad programs within the SUNY network. All programs carry academic standing and eligibility requirements. Programs vary in duration, scope, and purpose to intriguing places around the world. Courses taken abroad are offered in English or other languages, depending on the overseas institution, and may be transferred back into the student’s academic program for college credit. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants but early planning is key to a successful experience abroad.

Studying abroad is a life changing experience that exposes the individual to a variety of viewpoints while growing personally and professionally. Students traveling abroad gain valuable insights as they meet the challenges of a competitive economy and diversified world.

Throughout the year, SUNY Oneonta hosts a Study Abroad Fair and a variety of events on campus. The Office of International Education invites students to explore their world for the enriching experiences studying abroad offers. The OIE also provides important information regarding programs and events on the OIE website throughout the semester; thus, students are encouraged to check the OIE’s website for updates routinely.

For information about study abroad programs, contact the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education
128 Hunt College Union
Oneonta, New York 13820
(607) 436-3369

SUNY Oneonta Programs

Finland - Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences (JAMK)

Established in 1992, JAMK is quality-focused, passionate about pragmatic teaching and learning opportunities with a career focus, and embraces diversity on its campus. Over 8,000 students attend JAMK with 160 exchange students. With three degree programs taught exclusively in English, the university offers an array of courses taught in English. The university provides services such as tutoring, student “buddy” program, and several student clubs and organizations. The values of the university are trust, responsibility, and creativity.

Jyvaskyla is the seventh largest city in Finland. The campus is situated by lakes and forests and Finland has often been regarded as similar to Maine with its rocky coastlines and forests. Trips to St. Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden are within reach.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, JAMK is ideal for Education, English, Business, Economics, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism, and Music majors. Eligibility for studying at JAMK includes sophomore standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students may study for the fall, spring, academic year, or summer program.

Germany - Ludwigsburg University of Education (LUE)

The city of Ludwigsburg is a wonderful destination for first time or return travelers to Germany. The Ludwigsburg Palace, Germany’s largest baroque palace, dates back to the 19th century. Located in western Germany near Frankfurt, the university is surrounded by hills, forests, and historic cathedrals and the city is considered both the center of education and economic progress.

Courses are taught in English with German language courses taught at all levels. The program is ideal for Education, History, English, and Art majors. The International Office provides tutors and mentors for American students, making living and studying at Ludwigsburg a positive and memorable experience.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility includes sophomore standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Study for the fall, spring, or academic year.

Ghana - The University of Cape Coast (UCC)

The University of Cape Coast has over 14,000 students and offers an environment that motivates individuals to respond effectively to the development needs of a changing world.

The University of Cape Coast is one of the rare sea front universities in the world and is focused on supporting and advancing specific areas of economic and social activity through learning, teaching and research. The campus is diversified, welcoming, and friendly has a reputation for its excellence in teaching. Students have the opportunity to study the culture and history of Ghana including slave trade pan-Africanism, politics, community development, and art. Studying in Ghana is a life changing experience, confronting the student with the impact of the European slave trade on West Africa, visits to the slave-trade forts, and learning about the history of trade and exports. The country has a rich history of oral story tellers, writers, and poets.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors. Eligibility for studying at UCC Ghana includes sophomore standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Study for the fall, spring or academic year.

Greece - The American College of Greece (ACG)

The American College of Greece (ACG) is located in the historic Mediterranean city of Athens, which is the capital city of Greece. ACG has approximately 3,000 students, and has a student body that is 90% Greek. The College offers more than 20 degree programs, and is an ideal study abroad destination for students interested in business, art, humanities, social sciences, and communication.

ACG offers two 4-week Summer programs, and a wide selection of courses are available during both programs. Students can earn up to 6 credits during each program.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at ACG includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study for a semester, academic year, or Summer.

Israel - Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES)

At the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, students have the opportunity to take coursework taught in English related to natural and social environmental sciences. The Arava Institute’s location on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley, Israel, provides a unique learning environment. Approximately 40 to 50 students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the United States, and other regions around the world participate in the study abroad program each semester. In addition to the 4 to 5 courses that students take each semester, students also complete a non-credit bearing Peace-Building and Environmental Leadership Seminar to have an open dialogue about culture, religion, and the political situation in the region.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at the Arava Institute includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study for a semester or academic year at the Institute.

Italy - Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)

In cooperation with the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI), SUNY Oneonta offers a study abroad program at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)’s campus in Florence, Italy. The program is ideal for fashion design, fashion merchandizing, visual communication and visual design students. The semester program consists of two required courses, “Made in Italy” and “Italian Design and Production Methods,” as well as up to 3 elective courses that students select. A 4-week Summer program is also available, during which students take one 6-credit course.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at the IED includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study at the IED for a semester, academic year, or summer.

Japan - Seinan Gakuin University (SGU)

Since 1971, Seinan Gakuin University (SGU) in beautiful Fukuoka, Japan has welcomed SUNY students from around the world. Students may study for a semester, academic year, or summer program for a reasonable cost amidst a safe and friendly environment. 

Located in the southern part of Japan, Fukuoka is known for its dichotomy of natural beauty and dynamic, metropolitan atmosphere. With 1.4 million inhabitants, Fukuoka is one of Japan’s five largest cities and prides itself in its unique cuisine and enticing shopping districts. The city’s strategic location offers convenient travel to various parts of Japan and South Korea via its national airport. The city’s public transportation system is highly developed and modestly priced.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at the SGU includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study at SGU for a semester, academic year, or summer.

Japan – Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU)

SUNY Oneonta’s exchange program at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) is located in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, which is about 1 hour by train from downtown Tokyo. TMU is highly ranked among Japanese universities, and has an undergraduate student population of approximately 6,900 students. TMU has several campuses; however, exchange students study at the Minami-Osawa campus. Classes are available in English in several subjects, including biology, biochemistry, the humanities and social sciences. TMU also offers 7 levels of Japanese language classes. Students can also participate in a 3-week summer program at TMU, earning 6 U.S. credits. The summer program focuses on Japanese language and culture, and includes field trips that are designed to increase students’ understanding of Japan.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at TMU includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study at TMU for the academic year, spring semester, or summer.

The Netherlands - Hanze University of Applied Sciences (HUAS)

Hanze University of Applied Sciences (HUAS) is located in the city of Groningen, which has one of the largest student populations in the Netherlands. The city’s close proximity to Amsterdam, as well as the German cities of Bremen and Hamburg, enables students to easily travel to other areas of interest within Europe.

HUAS has more than 25,000 students, consists of 17 different schools and offers more than 70 degree programs. The semester exchange program is ideal for business and communication students.

Students can also participate in a 6-credit “Doing Business in Europe” Summer program.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at HUAS includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study for a semester, academic year, or summer program.

South Korea - Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS)

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) is known for its strong language studies programs and is considered one of the most globalized South Korean universities, with over 400 partnerships with institutions in 80 countries. HUFS has approximately 27,000 undergraduate students, 3,500 graduate students, and over 1,300 international students from around the world.

HUFS has two campuses in South Korea. Students can choose to study at one of the two campuses. Seoul Campus: This is the University’s main campus and is located in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul. Students can study here for the Spring, Fall or for an academic year. There is also an International Summer Session (ISS) offered in Korean and East Asian Studies on this campus, a 4-week program from mid-July to mid-August that gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Korea through coursework in Korean history, performing arts, literature, economy and business, politics, contemporary society and culture, as well as Korean language. The coursework taught in English on the Seoul campus includes: Business, Economics, Political Science, Mass Communications, International Studies, Education, English, Korean Studies, and language courses. Global Campus: This campus is located in Yongin, a rapidly developed city of about 1 million people approximately one hour away from Seoul by bus and subway. Students can study here for the Spring, Fall or for an academic year. The coursework taught in English on the Yongin campus includes: Philosophy, History, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Business and Economics courses.

Open to SUNY Oneonta students only, eligibility for the semester, academic year and ISS Summer programs at HUFS includes sophomore status or above with a cumulative GPA of 2.5. The program is open to all majors, though the program is ideal for English, Education, International Studies, and Business Economics majors.

South Korea - Yonsei University Mirae Campus

A well-rounded exchange program providing an array of cultural and didactic experiences at a prestigious university in a beautiful, rural setting. The Global Village (GV) program is ideal for English, Education, History, Political Science, and International Studies majors.

Yonsei University Mirae Campus is situated in a valley surrounded by 360 degrees of beautiful mountain views in rural South Korea. The campus is a retreat from the busy, big cities in Korea and is an excellent fit for SUNY Oneonta students seeking to experience the rich tradition and customs of South Korea.

Home to over 5,000 undergraduates, Yonsei University Mirae Campus is a leader in campus internationalization in conjunction with its main campus in Seoul. Courses in the GV program are taught in English and includes Korean language and culture/history coursework and field trips.

The Global Village (GV) program is a unique opportunity to get immersed in Korean language and culture. Students take part in a cultural internship program, teaching English at the Mirae campus in small group settings and may be eligible for up to a $3,000 stipend.

Open to SUNY Oneonta students only, eligibility for studying at Mirae campus includes sophomore standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Sweden - Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University is located near the Baltic Sea region and the country is known for its international commerce, cutting edge technology and sciences. Exchange students choose from among three campuses at Linnaeus University:

  • Växjö - The main campus, with the widest course selections for all majors and the largest student enrollment and over 1,000 international exchange students. Fall, spring, or academic year study.
  • Kalmar, located near the Baltic Sea region and home to the premier Baltic Business School (BBS) and home to the historic Kalmar castle. Fall, spring, or academic year study.
  • Hultsfred – for Music Industry majors only with a “Hard Rock Café” atmosphere. Known as Rock City, students study Music & Event Management and do an Independent Research Project. Students gain valuable, applied knowledge of the European music market and are exposed to a variety of music performances on and off campus. Junior status and spring semester study only.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at Linnaeus University includes sophomore standing (except Hultsfred campus) and cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher. Students may study for a semester or academic year.

United Kingdom – University of Lincoln

The University of Lincoln is a research university with approximately 13,000 students (11,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students). The University consists of three colleges, which are each comprised of multiple schools of study. Through SUNY Oneonta’s exchange agreement with the University of Lincoln, students may take coursework in several subject areas, including: English, Journalism, History, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Political Science, and Sociology.

Open to all SUNY students and all majors, eligibility for studying at the University of Lincoln includes sophomore standing and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students may study for a semester or academic year.

Faculty-Led Programs

SUNY Oneonta has a variety of affordable short-term, faculty-led programs throughout the year that are typically 1-3 weeks in length. Faculty-led programs offer college credit, cultural experiences, and hands-on learning in international settings. Recent faculty-led program locations have included France, China, the United Kingdom, Guatemala, Peru, Japan, and the Bahamas. Program offerings vary each year. Check the OIE website at suny.oneonta.edu/oie for new offerings. 

International Student Services

SUNY Oneonta recognizes the unique needs of international students. The College provides a range of services to enhance the academic, social, and cultural life of students. The campus has a robust calendar of events in addition to the Office of International Education field trips and unique activities. The International Student Organization (ISO), comprised of international and American students, complements more than 100 student clubs/organizations, along with clubs such as the Japan Student Association (JSA) or the Korean Cultural Club. The College is equipped with a student health center, providing professional counseling for student health and emotional well-being, along with a fitness center, pool, and gyms for a balanced lifestyle. The College has a research library, 15 residence halls, an unlimited dining/meal plan and innovative My Kitchen facility for international dining experiences and cooking demonstrations. The College is an NCAA Division III campus and has several intramural teams for which international students are encouraged to participate.

The Office of International Education (OIE) takes a proactive approach to student services by providing quality experiences in campus involvement, student employment, service learning, volunteer opportunities, and community service. OIE hosts on and off-campus activities such as field trips, special events, social gatherings, workshops, and guest speakers. 

Supplementary English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered on campus, supported by a Language Lab with ESL multimedia software, The Student Learning Center, and professional and peer tutoring services.

The OIE transitions students effectively from their home country by communicating with them early for pre-departure readiness. Upon arrival, students are assisted with logistical matters such as establishing a bank account, setting up their rooms, and gaining familiarity with the campus and community. A comprehensive international student orientation is followed by a campus- wide orientation which includes academic advising, course registration, and opening ceremonies.

Oneonta is a culturally diverse city amidst the beautiful foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The city has a progressive local and interstate bus system running seven days per week with routine stops on campus. Oneonta is just 4.5 hours by bus to New York City and one hour to the Albany Airport and metro shopping areas. The downtown area offers unique shops and ethnic food in a safe, friendly environment. The regional area is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Catskill Symphony, and The Foothills Performing Arts Center. Upstate New York is a four-season state with mild summers, a beautiful spring, spectacular fall, and winters with plenty of snowfall for the outdoor enthusiast.

International Health Insurance and Medical Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

All study abroad participants and international students attending SUNY Oneonta are required to be enrolled in SUNY international health insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. The Office of International Education (OIE) enrolls participants in the insurance plans and provides information about the insurance coverage. The insurance premiums and coverage details can be viewed on the OIE website.

Independent Study

The purpose of independent study is to allow students to pursue projects that do not fit within the framework of regular course offerings. It is intended to be a truly independent project of a special nature, which may carry from 1 to 6 s.h. of credit.

Students must pursue independent study under the guidance of a faculty member. The instructor acts as advisor, consultant, and evaluator of both the student and the particular project as a worthwhile and appropriate educational process. Together, the student and faculty sponsor prepare a description of the project, which will be entered on a form obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The completed form must be signed by the sponsor and approved by the chair of the department within whose discipline the subject of the study falls.

To be eligible for independent study, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete at least one semester’s work in a degree program at SUNY Oneonta.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  3. Have adequate preparation for undertaking the project. (Proposals requiring appreciable tutoring or direct instruction will not be approved.)
  4. Have no more than 6 s.h. of independent study work during any one semester and no more than a total of 30 s.h. in independent study toward a degree.
  5. Complete an independent study form and file it with the department chair no later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester.

If the independent study project is not completed during the semester in which the student registered for it, a grade of “I” or “E” must be assigned, depending upon the circumstances.

The following exceptions to the policy should be noted:

  1. The self-instructional language program in foreign languages is a closely-structured program that places it outside the limitations described above. It may be taken at any time and does not count toward the 6 s.h. of independent studies allowed in any one semester.
  2. In some cases, if a student finds it necessary to leave the campus to complete their degree in absentia, the rule limiting a student to 6 s.h. of independent study projects in one semester may be waived at the discretion of the appropriate academic dean.

Teaching Assistantships

  1. Teaching assistantships do not carry liberal arts (LA) credit.
  2. Teaching assistantships can only be taken on a pass/fail (P/F) basis.
  3. In order to be eligible for a teaching assistantship, a student should have an overall GPA of at least a 3.0. Students must document that they have acquired the skills they need to carry out their duties. These skills can be acquired in formal course work (with at least a grade of “B” in any course which is relevant to their duties as a TA) or in another setting such as expertise acquired as part of a job. 
  4. A student will be limited to: a maximum of 12 s.h. of TA credit during their entire college career; 3 s.h. of TA credit in any one semester; and a maximum of 6 s.h. of TA credit for any one course. Therefore, we wish to ensure that students do not substitute teaching assistantships for course work to an excessive degree. Our justification for limiting the number of TA credits a student can amass in any one course is our belief that the educational benefits of serving as a TA for a course diminish and that after a point a teaching assistantship becomes a job rather than a learning experience.
  5. Teaching assistantships will be limited to students with junior or senior status who have completed at least 12 s.h. of courses at SUNY-Oneonta.
  6. SUNY Oneonta policy does not permit undergraduate teaching assistants (who, by definition, are non-employee students) to grade, or in any manner process, tests or papers of another student. It is the position of the College that such grading or processing would be an invasion of student privacy, possibly leading to embarrassment or humiliation of the student test-taker. In addition, the situation could offer opportunities for such offenses as grade selling, or coercion of either the test-taker or the grader.
  7. Faculty and teaching assistants will comply with FERPA and institutional policies regarding FERPA. These policies are located on the Registrar’s webpage. Hardcopies are available in the Registrar’s Office.
  8. All departments must use the same application form for students wishing to serve as teaching assistants. The form must describe: the student’s duties; how the student’s performance will be assessed; the courses that the student has taken as preparation for their duties as a TA and how the students performed in those courses. The application must be approved by the relevant instructor, department chair and the relevant academic dean.
  9. The course title must be TA in (subject #), for example TA in Accounting 100. This will enable the Registrar to monitor the number of times a student serves as a TA in a particular course.
  10. Departments will have the discretion to use more stringent criteria.
  11. Appeals for exceptions will be addressed to the academic deans.

SUNY Cross-Registration Policy - Oneonta Campus

Cross-registration occurs when one SUNY institution (the “Host” institution) provides instruction for a student who is enrolled in a degree or certificate program at another SUNY institution (the “Home” institution) during an academic term (excluding winter). Cross-registered instruction may occur in any instructional format. Students would not be liable for tuition associated with the host institution credit, but will be responsible for all course related fees.

For students to receive the benefits of cross-registration, both the home and host institutions must approve a student’s request to cross-register. Students must meet all degree residency requirements at their home institutions. When possible, the determination should be made prior to the start of the home campus’ academic term. Below are the criteria to participate in cross-registration.

  1. Student must be matriculated in a degree or certificate seeking program.
  2. Cross-registration must be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. Cross-registration is subject to factors such as availability of space and satisfactory completion of course pre-requisites. Registration priority is given to home institution students.
  4. A student’s total workload, including the cross-registered credits, must not exceed the home institution’s credit limit policy.
  5. Students wishing to complete coursework at Oneonta through cross-registration must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the home institution and not be in a dismissed/expelled/suspended status from Oneonta.
  6. Oneonta degree students wishing to take coursework at another institution must adhere to the Prior Approval of Transfer Credit rules.

Students from other SUNY institutions who wish to complete coursework at Oneonta should contact the Office of Continuing Education for more information.

SUNY Oneonta students who wish to complete coursework at another SUNY institution should contact the Academic Advisement Center for more information.

The College’s complete policy can be viewed in the Policy Library. The SUNY cross-registration application can be accessed here.

Hartwick Exchange Program

Through a cooperative arrangement students from Hartwick College or the SUNY Oneonta may enroll in courses on the other campus without paying tuition and the comprehensive fee. The program is coordinated through the Registrars’ Offices at Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta. The following guidelines govern registration:

  1. SUNY Oneonta students must be matriculated and enrolled full-time at Oneonta before registering for a Hartwick course.
  2. SUNY Oneonta students may take only one course per academic term at Hartwick.
  3. SUNY Oneonta students may not register at Hartwick for a course available on their own campus, even if that course is not offered in the present semester. (There may be an exception for a student whose graduation plans may have to be postponed.)
  4. SUNY Oneonta students may consult Hartwick’s schedule of classes on-line to select a course. When a student selects a course, the Registrar will contact Hartwick, after their students have registered, to see if an opening exists. If so, the registration will be made.

This Exchange Program is not available in January or during the summer. The grade earned at Hartwick through this program will be calculated in SUNY Oneonta grade point average.

Access and Opportunity Programs (EOP, ACE & CAMP)

The Office of Access & Opportunity Programs directs three college access programs: Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Access to College Excellence (ACE) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). EOP, ACE and CAMP serve academically, socially, and economically disadvantaged students by facilitating their admission to the College and their receipt of financial aid in accordance with individual family circumstances. Criteria for admission are detailed in the “Admission ” section.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Access to College Excellence (ACE)

EOP and ACE supports students with the following:

Academic Advisement: Counselors assist students with planning for achievement of academic and career goals.

Counseling: Counselors assist students with emotional and social adjustment.

Tutorial: Students receive tutoring on an appointment or drop-in basis and, by request, students are paired with Peer Academic Coaches (PACE). All incoming freshmen receive a Peer Academic Coach (PACE).

Academic Support Courses: Courses offered include INTD 110  and INTD 194 .

Student Opportunities and Leadership (SOAL): Student input assists staff in the design and implementation of personal development, social and cultural activities for all AOP students.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

CAMP serves students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families in pursuing higher education by providing scholarships and support services. There are 25 scholarships per year for students who meet program eligibility requirements. The College Assistance Migrant Program supports eligible students by providing:

Financial Assistance: Students receive a scholarship, and each student receives textbooks, school supplies and weekly stipends.

Advisor/Transition Coordinator: Advisor provides leadership development, personal counseling, orientation to campus life, extracurricular activities, educational & cultural field trips.

Academic Specialist: Academic Specialist provides academic advisement, internships and career development, and individual tutoring.

CAMP provides an Ambassador/Mentor for each of the 25 students in their first year.

Course(s) offered: INTD 110  is offered to all CAMP students in their first semester of their freshman year. INTD 194  is offered to those in need of extra support after their first year.

Governmental and Public Affairs Internship Programs

Public affairs internship programs in the US and abroad enable students to deepen their understanding and apply course materials, develop professional skills, and explore career opportunities. Students can pursue internships with various public, private, and non-profit organizations, and receive college credits through programs already structured or by finding their own and working with the Political Science Department. Internships may be undertaken during fall, spring, or summer.

Internships for credit require an academic component, which may include seminars, readings, journal entries and a final report or paper. Students may earn 1 to 15 credits and apply up to 6 credits toward the Political Science or International Studies major. Credit cannot be given retroactively, so visit the program coordinator 6-8 weeks before the beginning of the internship semester.

The structured programs, administered by SUNY Brockport, SUNY New Paltz, the state legislature, and private services are based in New York City, Albany, Washington D.C., and abroad. They are supervised, full-time, full-semester, professional-level placements in the legislative and executive branches of New York State government, federal executive agencies, Congress, interest groups, nonprofits, think tanks, or courts. The Albany state legislature programs include a stipend. These programs are affordable and open to all majors who meet college and program requirements. Local internships are also available. Current eligibility requirements are:

  1. Completion of 56 s.h., including a minimum of 12 s.h. at Oneonta.
  2. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00; minimum major GPA of 2.00.

Contact Dr. Brett Heindl, Chair of the Political Science Dept., (607) 436-3923, brett.heindl@oneonta.edu.

Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Program

In some cases, non-traditional learners may petition for credit for learning acquired in a variety of ways including work experience, reading programs, voluntary reading and discussion groups, radio, television, and other methods. Whenever possible, such learning should be tested through such standardized tests as CLEP. Often a faculty member or consultant who has a strong background in the area must evaluate the learned materials on an individual basis. Students wishing to have an assessment of prior learning should discuss procedures with the appropriate academic dean. The applicant will be expected to present a detailed written statement (portfolio) explaining the learning experience and requesting a specific number of credits. In some cases, the applicant may also be asked to undergo a lengthy oral inquiry. Credits may be granted only if:

  1. The evaluator determines that the learning has been of college level.
  2. It is an area usually covered by college courses.
  3. It relates appropriately to the projected degree program of the applicant.

Prior Learning Assessment credit is considered transfer credit. A maximum of 60 semester hours of prior learning credit may be awarded with no more than 75 semester hours of total transfer credit.

Credit for prior learning will be awarded only to matriculated undergraduate students or to those who have been accepted to matriculate.

Apply through the dean of the school offering learning experiences in the discipline or field.

The Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center provides a wide range of services that foster the academic development of students, from their first year in college through their graduate studies. Its goal is to assist students in developing skills that will allow them to become independent, life-long learners. The Student Learning Center works with students, faculty, and professional staff to nurture, support and sustain a diverse campus learning environment that empowers students to become engaged confident, and self-aware learners who can communicate clearly and achieve their goals in college and in life. The Student Learning Center also offers students a variety of services including developmental writing instruction and writing consultations. The College Learning Center offers classes and other instructional programs in developmental mathematics, critical reading, and study skills (at both beginning and advanced levels). See course listings for the Student Learning Center under “Academic Departments, Programs & Courses.” For information, contact the Student Learning Center at (607) 436-3010 or visit our web page (suny.oneonta.edu/student-learning-center).

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education serves the needs of traditional and non-traditional students who are not currently pursuing a degree program. Students may register for day or evening courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

There are four types of non-degree undergraduate students:

  • Visiting Students: students pursuing a degree at another accredited college or university who wish to earn credit at Oneonta and transfer it back to their home institution.
  • Pre-matriculated Students: students who eventually wish to pursue a degree at Oneonta or another institution and have not yet been admitted to a degree program.
  • Lifelong Learners: students who take courses for personal enrichment and do not intend to pursue a degree at Oneonta or another institution.
  • High School Students: rising high school seniors who wish to earn college credit.

Note: Students who previously attended SUNY Oneonta as degree-seeking students but did not complete a degree should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions Welcome Center, for information on readmission to the College.

Terms and Conditions for Non-Degree Students

Students must submit a non-degree admission application, available on the website or in the Continuing Education Office, 215 Hunt Union. Applications must be accompanied by:

  • High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) via a GED or TASC completion certificate, or
  • official high school transcript showing award of diploma, or
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • a grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for admission as a non-degree student.

Admission as a non-degree undergraduate or graduate student does not guarantee future admission to a degree program, nor does it guarantee availability of courses at the time of registration. All non-degree students register for classes after degree-seeking students have registered. Non-degree undergraduates may register for up to 13 s.h. per semester and 6 s.h. each summer session. No more than 24 credits may be taken as a non-degree undergraduate student.

Pre-matriculated non-degree undergraduates may not earn more than 24 s.h. prior to admission as degree-seeking students. In addition, they are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible to continue enrollment. All new pre-matriculated non-degree students are required to make an individual advisement appointment prior to registration. Continuing pre-matriculated non-degree undergraduates are strongly encouraged to meet with the advisor each semester.

Lifelong learners and visiting students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA in graduate level course work, or a 2.0 GPA in undergraduate level course work may be precluded from future enrollment.

Visiting students who wish to transfer credit earned at Oneonta must submit a signed transcript request form to the Oneonta Registrar’s Office in order to have an official transcript mailed to their home institution. 

High School Students must be rising seniors and have written permission from their high school to take courses on campus.

Tuition for non-degree students is based on the level of the course(s) in which the students enroll. Graduate courses are assessed at the graduate rate; undergraduate courses are assessed at the undergraduate rate.

Non-Traditional Students/Adult Learners

Many non-traditional students (normally defined as those age 25 or older) who wish to pursue a degree frequently work with the Office of Continuing Education as non-degree undergraduates as the first step in planning their college career. The Office provides a focal point for their individual needs and can be a powerful force in ensuring their success at SUNY Oneonta. After a semester as a non-degree student many students choose to apply for matriculated (degree-seeking) status with the College.