Stony Brook's Undergraduate Colleges have transformed the way in which undergraduate students experience University life. Every first-year student enters Stony Brook as a member of one of six Undergraduate Colleges, each of which is centered around themes of general interest.
The Undergraduate Colleges are designed to support and develop the interests of students and to assist them in taking advantage of the vast resources Stony Brook has to offer.
Faculty members participate in the Undergraduate Colleges through various events organized within the College, through College dinners, and through special one-credit seminars. These seminars, required for all first-year students, are designed to introduce students to the University community and to explore their role in this community of learners. Each seminar addresses some aspect within the broad theme of the college, based on the faculty's expertise and interests, and is limited to no more than 20 students. As a result, the Colleges provide opportunities for students and faculty to meet both inside and outside the classroom.
All Undergraduate Colleges include individualized advising and support, special educational and social programs, and opportunities for close interaction with faculty, staff, and fellow students centered around themes of common interest.
Each Undergraduate College has both a commuter and a residential focus. First-year resident members of each College are housed together in the same residential quadrangle. First-year commuters have a centrally located home on the Academic Mall.
Once admitted, students are asked to indicate their College preferences, but most students will find that every College resonates with some area of the student's own interests. For instance, a student might be a fan of computer games, so the College of Information and Technology Studies might be of interest; but if that student also is concerned about environmental issues, the College of Science and Society also will be appealing. The academic themes of the colleges are described below.
College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities
The College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities is designed for individuals who are interested in the wide scope of human activity-the making of art; the study of behavior; the varieties of language, society, and culture that make up our world. Through programs that point the way to opportunities to think, make, do, and perform, the College is intended to encourage students to stretch their imaginations, hone their skills, and enrich their minds. The Tabler Center for Arts, Culture, and Humanities is located in the center of Tabler Quad and includes a 250-seat performance space for theater, dance, and music; an art gallery devoted exclusively to undergraduate work; practice rooms and artist's studios; a digital arts laboratory with the latest software; and a conference room and classroom.
College of Global Studies
Through courses and activities in languages, government, international
affairs, and more, students in the College of Global Studies examine the complex issues of our contemporary global culture. Programs take advantage of the knowledge and insight of Stony Brook's diverse community; our faculty and students hail from all over the world.
The Center for Global Studies and Human Development is located at the center of the Nobel Halls and includes a large multi-purpose room, seminar rooms, offices, and a computer classroom.
College of Human Development
This College is designed around the investigation of the physical, social, and cultural aspects of human evolution and human development. Activities and programs lead to a wide range of careers that focus on human development, from anthropology and education to psychology and the health professions.
College of Information and Technology Studies
The College of Information and Technology Studies is designed for students interested in the growing areas of technology development and information processing and management. The College seeks to infuse students with a sense of wonder as they discover the power of information and technology and consider their own role in shaping the future. The College provides an enriched first-year experience through a learning community focused on leadership, scholarship, integrity, and creativity. The Information and Technology Studies Center is located in Mendelsohn Quad and includes a seminar classroom, a craft workshop, a technology gallery, offices, and a genius bar.
College of Leadership and Service
Whether it's politics or the Peace Corps, this College engages students who are interested in public service and leadership. Courses and programs emphasize teamwork and problem-solving as students learn about the roles of business, government, and nonprofit organizations in bringing about progress and social change.
College of Science and Society
The College of Science and Society emphasizes imagination, research, and discovery in a social context. Students explore the power of creativity to transform the environment in which we live. Students are given opportunities to visit laboratories at Stony Brook and other locations where cutting-edge research is carried out. The College focuses on developing a well-rounded student who is intellectually prepared to meet the challenges of today's complex and changing world. The Center for Science and Society is located on the first floor of the Roth Cafeteria and includes a seminar classroom, a conference room, office, and spaces for college programs and studying.
Academic Peer Advising
This is an upperclass internship program in which interested juniors and seniors are trained to serve as peer advisors to other students. Academic Peer Advisors earn three upper-division credits each semester. For more information about the Academic Peer Advising program, visit the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Center Web site at http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/apac/index.shtml
Academic majors allow students to take courses in common and to develop a shared sense of knowledge and understanding with a core of faculty and students. For information about each major, see the chapter "Majors, Minors, and Academic Programs."
Minors often enroll smaller numbers of students than majors. In minors, students can explore a field other than their major specialization. This gives them the opportunity to broaden their understanding and to connect with students from diverse intellectual backgrounds. For information about each minor, see the chapter "Majors, Minors, and Academic Programs."
Career Center Undergraduate Internship Program
Students learn to apply classroom learning to real-world experience through an EXT internship. On campus and off campus opportunities available. See Career Center page for more information.
Living Learning Centers (LLCs)
Each LLC offers the opportunity to complete an academic minor while taking courses with others living in the same residence hall. Residence hall events are also geared to the theme of the LLC. These are typically upperclass programs.
This is a program in which upper division students are trained to assist other
students in developing study skills and succeeding in particular courses. Visit http://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.
edu/rtc for more information.
Undergraduate College Fellows
This two-semester sequence of courses provides an opportunity for students to become peer mentors in their sophomore year and continue their involvement in the Undergraduate Colleges. College Fellows will enroll in a 275 course in the spring semester of their freshman year and a 276 in the fall semester of their sophomore year.
Undergraduate College Fellows Seminar
This seminar is taken during the spring semester of the freshman year. The 275 seminar engages students in four main content areas: student development theory, scholarship on mentoring and leadership development, concepts of teaching and learning, programming and event planning. These areas prepare students for supervised learning and teaching experiences that will occur primarily in the fall 276 course.
Undergraduate College Fellows Practicum
This second semester of the sequence is taken during the fall semester of the sophomore year and follows the Undergraduate College Fellows Seminar. Students assume higher responsibility and are given opportunities to apply teaching theories and concepts as learned in 275. Students act as a TA for a first-year seminar 101 and enroll in a 276 practicum course.
Other Social and Academic Clubs and Organizations
The academic programs listed above, while primarily organized around an academic theme and with an academic purpose, usually include a social aspect. For instance, major and minor programs often host social get-togethers for students to meet other students and the faculty in the program. Similarly, Stony Brook's many social clubs and organizations often have a related academic theme, and Stony Brook also offers clubs specifically dedicated to learning. The following is only a sampling of the many communities available to students:
Asian Students Alliance
Buddhism Study and Practice Group
Caribbean Students Organization
Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Golden Key International Honor Society
Minorities in Engineering and
Minorities in Medicine
Musicians' Alliance for Peace
Native American Cultural Club
Science Fiction Forum
Shelanu, a student newspaper
Sigma Beta Honor Society
Social Justice Alliance
Sororities and fraternities
Statesman, a student newspaper
Stony Brook Gospel Choir
WUSB, the campus radio station
A more extensive listing of Stony Brook's clubs and organizations is available at http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/Clubs.