May 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic Support/Resources

Oswego has many resources and facilities that support student learning and complete the nurturing environment of our academic community. An overview of some of them follows.



Advisement Center

Advisement Center
151 Marano Campus Center

The Advisement Center helps students transition from high school and other institutions to the SUNY Oswego community. Before students start their first semester we are by their side providing academic advising and introducing them to campus-wide resources, services, and experiences that will help them thrive academically and socially.

Advisors are able to discuss majors and major requirements, assist with course selection and academic planning, interpret college policies, procedures, and requirements, provide strategies for time management and studying, and connect students to learning services and extra-curricular activities. 

All students are assigned an Academic Success Advisor or other advisor who is specially trained to assist students with the transition to SUNY Oswego, and provide students with the right information to help them reach their academic goals. As students progress at Oswego they are reassigned a department faculty advisor who will work with them for the remainder of their college career.

The Advisement Center also offers academic support through Advisement Guides as well as a variety of success workshops and success courses. Each semester we offer a range of student success workshops including topics on effective study habits, time management, and achieving goals. Recordings of all workshops are available on We also offer EDU 104 as a one credit success course and GST 315 specifically designed for Transfer students’ success. Advisement Guides are peer advisors who can help students learn the ropes of college life by discussing topics such as campus resources, campus systems (Degree Works, myOswego), and the registration process.


Accessibility Resources

155 Marano Campus Center

Accessibility Resources coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are tailored to individual student needs and could include accommodations such as extended time on exams, alternate testing arrangements, readers, note takers, and interpreters.

The operational philosophy of the office is based firmly on the belief that the individuals served are students first and that their disabilities are secondary. The office can assist in the coordination of benefits with outside agencies such as ACCESS-VR or Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, in addition to advocating for students to ensure they have the physical and programmatic access to all college programs that will affect their mainstreaming into the campus community. All students with disabilities in need of assistance should identify themselves early, pre-semester is preferred, and should make regular contact with the office. This contact is voluntary and can be made throughout the semester. Please contact Accessibility Resources with any questions.


Campus Technology Services

Campus Technology Services

Campus Technology Services (CTS) is an integrated service organization caring for administrative computing, instructional computing, network services, technology user support and telecommunications. The department delivers a broad set of infrastructure, applications and services vital to the mission and operation of the College.

Students can start using technology services by activating their Laker NetID. This account is required to use many services including email, myOswego, online learning, the residence hall network (ResNet), wireless network, computer labs, and more.

Email is an official form of communication at SUNY Oswego. Students, faculty, and staff have the responsibility to use email in an efficient, effective, respectful, ethical and lawful manner. Individuals are expected to check their SUNY Oswego email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with college-related communications. Please refer to our CTS Policies for more information.

High-speed Internet access is available in student residence hall rooms. Students living on campus may connect their personal device to access the campus network as well as the Internet from their room. Wifi access is available in residential, academic, and some outdoor spaces.

There are numerous computer labs available on campus. There are general access computer labs for student use in Penfield Library (including the 24-hour room), and Marano Campus Center. There are also labs available in the Oneida, Scales, Waterbury and Hart residence halls.  

Departmental computer labs are available to students in their academic programs and include departments such as Art, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physics, Psychology, and Technology as well as the School of Education, and the School of Business.

The myOswego web site provides student access to their personal college records. Students can register for classes, pay their bill, review financial aid, check grades, sign up for campus emergency communications, and more.

The SUNY Oswego Mobile app is a recommended addition to all student mobile phones. The app provides access to grades, schedules, a degree completion scorecard, a map of the campus, people directory, events and of course, the latest dining choices.  Find it in your device’s app store.

Additionally, all students should add Oswego Guardian to their phone. The free Rave Guardian safety app can be used to check in with family, friends, campus police, or others you trust to help you stay safe both on and off campus.

Technology is available in all classrooms for use by our faculty and students. Our Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) foster opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating audio/visual technology through use of computers, projection, document cameras, and DVD / Blu-ray players. Selected locations are equipped with Smart technology, audience response technology, lapel mics, dual projection, and lecture capture service.

The Help Desk is available to assist students with any of the technology services provided by CTS. Located in 26 Lanigan Hall, the Help Desk provides a central location and single point of contact for technology support and information. The Help Desk also provides support over the phone at 315-312-3456 or by email at


Undeclared Resources


151 Marano Campus Center

Students who are exploring academic majors and related careers can choose to be “undeclared” for their first and second year at Oswego.  All undeclared students are assigned to an Undeclared Academic Advisor through the Advisement Center and have many available resources for major and career exploration through the Career Services office. 

Undeclared first-year students are expected to actively explore majors and careers. During their first year they will participate in at least one major exploration program, workshop or class specifically designed to support them through the major exploration process. There is a range of programs and services including self-assessments, career coaching appointments, job shadows, major exploration courses, and community service opportunities.

There are numerous services and resources available to guide students through the process, which include:

  • Self-Assessments
  • Exploration Workshops
  • Individualized Career Coaching with Industry Experts
  • Job Shadow/Informational Interviews
  • Undeclared Advisement
  • Online Resources and Tools
  • What Can I do with a Major in …? - comprehensive website to explore majors and careers
  • Courses -
    • GST 103: Exploring your Strengths or
    • GST 110: Major Exploration and Career Development 

Though students may remain undeclared up to the time they complete 60 credit hours, students are encouraged to select and confirm their academic major between 30-45 credit hours as some academic majors have significant core requirements that need to be completed early on to ensure timely progress to graduation. In addition, one of the requirements for SUNY Oswego’s ROI program requires a student to declare by the end of their third semester.

Transfer Student Services


151 Marano Campus Center

SUNY Oswego’s Transfers Services was created in order to provide transfer students with support during their time at Oswego. Transfers make up roughly 42% of our total Oswego population. Transfer Services is responsible for several programs related to transfer success including Tau Sigma National Academic Honor Society, articulation agreements, course equivalencies, curriculum pathway communication with community colleges, and transfer advisement.

Advisement is done in the Advisement Center, where all Transfers are welcomed and can connect to other campus resources. Academic Success Advisors are available to help students with a variety of needs including: support services (academic and social), information about campus opportunities, academic planning, and a Transfer Success Seminar (GST 315). The seminar provides an overview of your Oswego degree and what it takes to graduate, helps you connect to on-campus resources and advisors, and also allows you to share your experiences with other new transfer students at Oswego.

Tau Sigma is the National Transfer Student Academic Honor Society and any transfer student who transfers in with at least 24 credits and is in the top 20% of their incoming class is eligible. A formal invitation will be presented and members have access to transfer student scholarships, involvement opportunities, and more.


EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning


145 Marano Campus Center

The EXCEL team supports students in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and career goals by offering meaningful experiential learning opportunities and courses. In collaboration with campus and community partners, the EXCEL office will be a central hub that provides students with equitable access to meaningful experiential learning opportunities and supports their growth as professionals who are working to build a better world.

Internships, co-ops, service learning, and experiential courses provide students the ability to apply knowledge and theories learned in the classroom to “real world” businesses, non-profit organizations, and community agencies. Students are able to develop key competencies, explore career paths, and gain valuable professional connections through local, national, or international experiences.

Our program and course offerings include:

  • First-Year Experience
  • Academic Success and Transition
  • Career Exploration and Preparation
  • Service-Learning
  • Peer Education and College Mentoring
  • Internships, Co-ops and Practicum

Academic Success and Transition

These courses can help students be successful during their first year at Oswego by providing resources and transitional support.

Career Exploration and Preparation

Students who need guidance to explore their major and career options have the opportunity to take courses that will help with career development and preparation.  These courses can help develop and discover important strengths and values so students can make an informed decision about their career path.


Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that engages students in service through mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships with approved community partners. These credit bearing courses enrich the learning experience, integrate reflection, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Peer Education and College Mentoring

Learning from your peers is an important part of college. These programs offer students the opportunity to take on a leadership role on campus as tutors, mentors, peer advisors or peer educators.

Internships, Co-ops and Practicum

Internships and co-ops are planned hands on experiences that allow students to explore and confirm their career options, boost their resume, and apply the skills and theories learned in the classroom. Students can find internships and co-ops that match their academic and career fields in a variety of local, national and international sites.  Through practicum, students observe, explore and connect practical experience with formal classroom instruction.

First-Year Experience



First-Year Experience helps students to integrate into the campus community by engaging them with campus-wide resources, services, and experiences. Signature programs include success courses, peer coaching, rich residential experiences, and personalized academic advising. 

During the first semester, first-year students are enrolled in GST 104 - Experiential Learning in College, a 1-credit, 8-week course that  focuses on the transition to college life and learning about our campus. 

Signature courses span multiple academic disciplines and interest areas, and are small seminars promoting optimal discussion and connection.  

First-Year Experiential Courses, offered through EXCEL to give students the opportunities in service learning, academic success, and career preparation:

  • GST 101 - Career Skills Preparatory

  • GST 102 - Contemporary Social Issues

  • GST 109 - Who do you think you are?

First-Year Success Coaching - First-Year students have access to upper-division peer mentors who can help with their transition to college. Coaches meet with students in a variety of settings to help them navigate the campus, make healthy choices, and make lasting friendships.

Residential Experience - Johnson Hall houses the First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE), which offers a structured community encouraging first-year students to succeed academically. Students have academic and social requirements that assist them in becoming involved with life on-campus and the greater community.

Academic Advising - First-Year students connect with their academic advisors prior to arrival on campus and throughout their first year. The first-year Advisement Center staff assists students with course planning and registration, major exploration, academic success strategies, and navigating college policies and degree requirements.

International Education and Programs

Joshua S. McKeown, Director & Associate Provost
100 Sheldon Hall

In order to enhance students’ world awareness and promote an understanding of different cultures, the Office of International Education and Programs actively sponsors a wide range of overseas academic programs and select international programs and experiences able to be taken remotely from the United States. Oswego wishes to enable all students in good academic standing to participate in international education programs, either through education abroad in another country or remotely. Overseas programs provide students opportunities for intensive study at universities abroad, as well as under the leadership of SUNY Oswego faculty on short-term programs. SUNY Oswego recognizes its responsibility to provide programs on campus relating to key areas of the world not as readily accessible to traveling students. As globalization drives greater interest in the world beyond the United States, international dimensions of the curriculum are being developed including: research and internship programs abroad, academic major and minor programs, international programs and symposia on campus, and short-term faculty-led programs abroad embedded into on-campus courses; as well as encouraging global learning for all by providing opportunities to have an internship or other international program taken remotely.

Credit earned through study abroad programs is SUNY-approved and is applied toward degree requirements. In addition to programs administered by Oswego, students may enroll in programs administered by other SUNY campuses. For more information about individual programs, requirements, credits earned and costs, contact the Office of International Education and Programs, or visit its website.

Overseas Summer Programs

Sydney, Australia and London, England—Summer internships in London, England and Sydney, Australia are available through CAPA. Internships will fit in the student’s general area of interest and support services will be provided on a continual basis throughout the session. CAPA placements are available in a wide range of sites, including small businesses, corporations, art facilities, government agencies, brokerage houses, publishing companies, museums, radio stations, and many others. All students will also take a special internship course.

South Korea–Two summer program options in Korea include Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul and Kyungpook National University in Daegu. A diverse curriculum of academic options is available.

Florence, Italy—This six-week summer program through CAPA gives students insight into the significant ways in which Florence has been imagined, invented, and transformed by globalization. Earn six-nine credits per term.

Barcelona, Spain—Oswego offers two summer Barcelona options:

1) a four-week program is held at the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos of the University of Barcelona. Students will enroll for six credits during the summer program. Students will either take six credits of Spanish language, or three credits of language and three credits of Spanish culture. Language courses are offered from beginning to advanced levels.

2) Through the CAPA center located in the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) for direct placement into a variety of courses and disciplines.

Madrid, Spain – SUNY Oswego offers an eight-week, six credit summer internship program that gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience in your field of choice. Internships available in the arts, communication, political science, business, healthcare, and more.

Dublin, Ireland—SUNY Oswego’s summer program options in Dublin include

1) a business internship program under the auspices of the Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin (UCD). This is an eight-week, six credit program that places students in internships with area companies. In addition to the internship placement, students take an intensive course in Irish history and culture;

2) Two UCD-arranged specialized summer programs, one in the health sciences organized by the UCD College of Nursing, in which a two- week class is followed by four weeks of on-site research in health subjects; and a second focused on sports, health, exercise, and nutrition for student athletes (soccer, field hockey, and swimming).

France—SUNY Oswego offers two summer study abroad options in France:

1) Paris, la Sorbonne: this five-week program includes intensive French language instruction at all levels and a required course in contemporary French society. Housing, orientation, and activities that enhance
understanding of French culture are included. A distinct internship program in Paris is also offered. 

2) Nice, France: there are two tracks offered in Nice. All courses are taught in English, except French language. Each program lasts four to five weeks, provides accommodation (room and some meals) airport pick-up, and orientation. The summer programs offered in Nice through SUNY Oswego include: French language, literature, and civilization; and business and intercultural studies.

Akita, Japan—The summer intensive Japanese language program is offered at Akita International University in Akita, Japan. The program is designed to improve language skills from beginner to advanced levels. The six-week, six credit program also deepens students’ understanding of Japanese culture through such programs as Calligraphy workshops and visits to local sites.

Cuernavaca, Mexico—SUNY Oswego offers a summer program at the Cuernavaca campus of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) also known as (TEC). The Cuernavaca campus (CVA) specializes in Spanish Language and Culture as well as other course options. Students will take six credits and can study in both Spanish and English depending on proficiency.

Osnabrueck, Germany–Oswego’s German exchange partner university offers intensive tracks focused on current themes and relevant topics such as Global Health, Biodiversity, and Intercultural Competencies. Held on-campus at the University of Osnabrueck, these programs integrate Oswego students with German and other international students, and include an intensive German language component.

Hamburg, Germany–The program is specialized for business students and jointly taught by the Hamburg School of Business Administration and SUNY Oswego faculty. The focus is on business ethics and corporate social responsibility in a globalized world. The six credit program is split into online and in-person instruction on-site in Germany.

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The summer intensive Spanish language program is offered at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras’ Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Institute (INIM). This four-week, six credit program includes excursions and activities to enhance understanding of Puerto Rican culture.

Global Laboratory program provides students in the STEM fields with unique summer research project opportunities in countries such as Brazil, Congo, Costa Rica, India, Sweden, Taiwan and others. Students in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, psychology, and others have participated.

Semester and Academic Year Programs

Australia—Oswego offers programs at seven different universities throughout Australia, including ACU National University, Charles Sturt University, Edith Cowan University, James Cook University, LaTrobe University, Queensland University of Technology, and University of Tasmania. Students are directly enrolled and choose from full curricula at these universities. Oswego students are eligible to apply for a special exchange grant, which greatly reduces the total costs for awardees. Program locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania, the Great Barrier Reef, and more. Students also have the opportunity of studying and doing an internship in Sydney, Australia through CAPA at its center located at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a world-renowned research university with cutting-edge facilities that provides a comprehensive curriculum with courses such as creative intelligence and innovation, engineering, information technology, science, social sciences, and more. Courses are in English.

Brazil—SUNY Oswego offers a semester program in São Paulo, Brazil at the PUC University. Students on the PUC program take one course in Brazilian culture, as well as a full curriculum of course offerings available at the university. Language ability is required: either some Portuguese ability, or advanced Spanish language proficiency.

China—Students have the opportunity to study abroad in one of many university partnerships throughout the People’s Republic of China. These universities and locations are: Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai. These university relationships provide Oswego students the opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, and history, as well as other disciplines. Courses can be taken in English or Chinese at various levels. Previous study of the Chinese language is recommended but not required. Program advising from the OIEP can help determine which program is best.

La Sorbonne—Paris, France—This program focuses on French language, culture and arts in courses taken at the Sorbonne, France’s oldest university. Participants take an intensive, ten-day language orientation upon their arrival, and are placed in the appropriate course based on an evaluation of their language skills. In addition to the language courses, students may also take courses in French history, art, music and politics. French language is offered at all levels. An English track is offered for students wanting courses in other disciplines, and an internship program option is available, as well as housing in residence halls, with host family, or independently. EICAR—Paris, France—The Ecole Internationale de Creation Audiovisuelle de Realisation (EICAR), also known as the International Film School of Paris, offers semester courses (in both English and French) in film directing, production and theory. Oswego students can study in Paris.

MICEFA—Paris, France—Oswego administers the SUNY exchange program with MICEFA in Paris, France. This program allows SUNY students to study at one of 15 different universities in Paris. Students from any discipline can be accommodated. This is a direct enrollment program so students’ French language ability must be strong.

Nice, France—This program, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, is for students who want to take business courses in France and do not speak fluent French. Students choose from a variety of management, marketing, international relations, and economics courses. In addition, students are enrolled in a French language course at the level of their proficiency (from beginner to advanced).

Germany—SUNY Oswego offers two semester programs in Germany.

1) Osnabrueck: This is a program designed for students who speak some German but are not necessarily German majors. Because it is a direct enrollment program, students have access to all courses, programs, and activities offered at the University of Osnabrück, including language, cognitive science, humanities, and more.

2) Kempten University of Applied Sciences: This program allows for study of business and other disciplines in English, as well as courses in German language and culture.

Habana, Cuba—SUNY Oswego offers a U.S. Treasury Department licensed semester program at the Universidad de La Habana, the leading university in Cuba. This direct-enrollment program is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand and gain an in-depth comprehension of Cuban history, society, culture, and politics. Courses will be offered in the following fields of study: sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, and Spanish language and literature. Students must be at an advanced level of Spanish language.

Kolkata, India - St. Xavier’s is a graduate and undergraduate college located in Kolkata, India (formerly known as Calcutta in West Bengal). The St.Xavier’s College (SXC) exchange provides residence hall housing and is open to all SUNY students.

Czech Republic—This program held at Masaryk University in Brno offers students two choices of study. One is the TESOL Teacher Education program, which is designed to give future English teachers the skills necessary to work effectively in this global environment. The second is the Central European Studies Program, which is designed for students who want to learn about the history, culture, politics, and economics of the Central European region. Students live in university dormitories with Czech students. Courses are in English. Communications Internship at Masaryk University also offered with Czechmates.

Korea - SUNY Oswego’s partner universities in South Korea include: Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, and Kyungpook National University (KNU) in Daegu. Students can study in English a variety of courses designed for international students in disciplines such as business, economics, history, and social sciences. Students also take Korean language and culture courses.

Hungary—Oswego has two overseas academic programs in Hungary. One is at Corvinus University, located in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, and the other is at the University of Pécs in Pécs, which is located in the southern part of Hungary. English is the language of instruction for these programs.

Dublin, Ireland—Students can choose to study at two different programs located in Dublin:

1) the University College Dublin at either the Faculty of Arts or the Quinn School of Business, Ireland’s premier school of business. Students generally carry twelve credit hours per semester from a wide spectrum of courses at either faculty;

2) and at the CAPA center located at Maynooth University, part of the National University of Ireland.

Japan—Oswego offers three study locations in Japan:

1) Akita International University located in Akita, Japan: Students study for the semester or academic year, in English as well as in Japanese. Courses are offered in business, Japanese language and culture, communications, global studies, and more. No prior Japanese language ability is required.

2) In Kofu, Japan Oswego is partnered with iCLA at Yamanashi Gakuin University, a four-year liberal arts college where the primary language of instruction is English. Just 90 minutes west of Tokyo, iCLA combines a multicultural learning environment with a beautifully traditional Japanese setting in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. The iCLA program recognizes the importance of a diverse international student body and liberal arts study.

3) The University of Tsukuba offers a special core of courses designed for international students to become more acquainted with Japanese language and culture. Scholarships from the Japanese government are available for this program. At least one year of Japanese language study is required. This is a full academic year program.

Mexico—SUNY Oswego is partnered with the Cuernavaca campus of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) also known as (TEC). The Cuernavaca campus (CVA) specializes in Spanish Language and Culture courses, College of Business and Social Sciences, and College of Engineering and Science. Its small class sizes facilitate faculty-student interaction, thus providing a personalized learning atmosphere. Students can study in both Spanish and English depending on proficiency.

Puerto Rico—Oswego offers semester or academic year programs at the University of Puerto Rico campus at Rio Piedras. Courses are conducted in Spanish and English, covering a wide range of subjects.

Singapore–Oswego offers a semester of study in the city-state of Singapore through the James Cook University Singapore campus. Students study in English in a variety of disciplines, including business, psychology, and technology, with special focus on Asia.

Spain—Students can choose to study in either Barcelona or Madrid. All program options provide program-arranged housing, orientations, student services and resident staff support.

1) In Barcelona, students have two programs to choose from:

a) at the University of Barcelona students concentrate on Spanish language and culture through the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos, a special program developed at the University of Barcelona for international students. Students study at beginner to advanced Spanish on this program. Participants can live with Spanish families, which helps them gain a greater understanding of the host culture and society. Students may also live in a residence hall or independently, or

b) the CAPA Barcelona center is located at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), an internationally focused research university with English-language offerings in a variety of departments and disciplines, such as business, humanities, and STEM. Choose courses across disciplines and engage in other academic opportunities, including independent research and language courses. UPF is located in the heart of Barcelona.

2) Oswego’s program in Madrid, Spain is direct placement in two Madrid universities where students can choose from an English-language curriculum in a variety of disciplines, with program-arranged housing.

Turkey - Oswego has two partner universities in Turkey, both in Istanbul. Istanbul Bilgi University is located in the heart of Istanbul and offers a full curriculum in English, as well as Turkish language. Sabanci University, located outside of Istanbul, is a large and prestigious university. Students pursuing studies in political science are permitted to apply to this program.

United Kingdom (England) — Oswego has two semester and academic year programs in England:

1) London, England: hosted by CAPA, the program is comprised of Oswego courses taught by British faculty, the program also has optional internships, which place students at various sites in London according to their skills and interests. CAPA also partners with Queen Mary University of London for direct placement in a broad range of academic options for virtually any major. Courses are in English.

2) Edge Hill University in Ormskirk in northern England offers students access to the university’s full curriculum.

New Zealand—Students can choose from a wide range of courses at any of Oswego’s three programs in New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology, offers courses in the schools of art, business, health studies, and sciences and engineering; the University of Waikato, offers courses in communications and mathematical sciences, education, humanities, law, management studies, science and technology, and social sciences; the University of Otago offers students courses in accounting, anthropology, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, English, human nutrition, information science, marketing, management, mathematics, psychology, gender and gender and women’s studies and zoology.

Student Teaching

Oswego students majoring in education have the opportunity to do part of their student teaching requirement overseas. Student teaching is available in Australia, London, and New Zealand.

Faculty-led and Specialized Summer International Courses

The Office of International Education and Programs sponsors numerous quarter and semester courses that include faculty-led travel and study tours to overseas locations, such as Benin, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, India, and Turkey, and cities including Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Havana, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome and many others. These courses are offered in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, art, business, biology, broadcasting, education, geology, global international studies, marketing and more. In addition, through our CAPA partner Oswego faculty-led and stand-alone specialized summer courses are offered in Barcelona, London, Florence, and elsewhere in topics such as: communications, sociology, health promotion; wellness, human development, criminal justice, and creative writing.

International Internships - overseas and remote

The Office of International Education and Programs offers upper division undergraduates supervised placements in businesses, government agencies, and other work settings in overseas locations and select remote locations as virtual internships for 3 to 6 hours of credit. The goal of these internships is to give students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with and gain work experience in an experiential setting in another country. Internships will fit the student’s general area of interest and support services will be provided on a continual basis throughout the session. Experienced resident internship directors will place students in an appropriate workplace, supervise them, and in conjunction with the workplace supervisor, evaluate their performance. Oswego students must meet all internship eligibility requirements, grading, learning agreement procedures, and limitations on internship hours taken per semester, credited toward the major, degree, or graduation found in the undergraduate catalog under “Internship”. Non-Oswego students must meet eligibility requirements and internshipprocedures at their home institutions.


Environmental Research Center


403-405 Shineman Center
Contact: Director, Environmental Research Center, Department of Chemistry

The Environmental Research Center (ERC) is a specialized research unit of the College housed within the Department of Chemistry.  The ERC provides state-of-the-art analytical services for multidisciplinary environmental, human health, and Great Lakes research projects.  The ERC specializes in the analysis of legacy and emerging contaminants, including congener-specific polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCs), dioxins/furans/coplanar PCBs, polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in a variety of environmental matrices.  The ERC has two environmental chemistry laboratories equipped with research-grade analytical instrumentation for sample preparation and the measurement of organic contaminants in the  environment, including: Waters AutoSpec Premier Gas Chromatograph-High Resolution Mass Spectrometer - with Agilent 7890GC, MMI and 7693 Autosampler, 2 Agilent 7890 GC/ECD with SS/PTV and 7683 Autosampler, 2 Agilent 7890B/5977A EI/CI MSD with MMI/SS and 7693 Autosampler, Agilent 7890/5975C Inert XL EI/CI MSD with SS/MMI and 7693 Autosampler, 2 Waters HPLC-GPC Breeze preparation systems, FMS PowerPrep and PowerVap Automated Sample Cleanup, Dionex Accelerated Solvent Extractor (ASE) 350, and 2 Biotage TurboVap II Workstations.

Studies conducted at the ERC have included: USEPA Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program, USEPA/Wisconsin’s Assessment of Healthy Consumption of Great Lakes Fish, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe - Lake Sturgeon Restoration Project, Xenobiotics in Fish from New York’s Great Lakes International Waters, Ambient Levels of Persistent and Emerging Air Toxics in Acadia National Park, wildlife contaminant studies, development of analytical methods for the determination/separation of congener-specific PCBs/PCTs/OC pesticides/PBDEs/dioxins/furans in sediments, biota and water. Research funding is provided through collaborative grants from USEPA, Great Lakes National Program Office, Great Lakes Commission, National Science Foundation, ATSDR, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, NYS Great Lakes  Protection Fund, Great Lakes Research Consortium, Novelis Corporation, and World Wildlife Federation.

Opportunities exist for interested faculty and students to become involved in collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects.  Highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students are supported with extramural research funding and environmental fellowships.  Independent study and Capstone research experiences are also offered for qualified students through the Department of Chemistry.


Office of Business and Community Relations


34 E. Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126

The Office of Business and Community Relations:

Administers the Leadership Oswego County program, a nine-month program that prepares a select group of county residents to become the community stewards of the future. This group embarks on a nine-month course on Oswego County and its resources, vital issues of today, and visioning for tomorrow.

  • Provides technical assistance to non-profit boards and through consultation and training on board governance and organizational development.
  • Administers the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which places people aged 55 and older in volunteer assignments that satisfy community needs.
  • Administers the Workforce Skill Building Training (WSBT) Contract, which provides professional development training to employees of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
  • Acts as a point of contact between community, business and government agencies interested in accessing the expertise and resources of SUNY Oswego.

The Business Resource Center
121 East First St., Oswego, NY 13126

The Business Resource Center:

  • Administers the Small Business Development Center, which utilizes SUNY Oswego faculty, professional staff and students to counsel individuals who want to start or expand a small business.
  • Provides classroom training and workshops to groups of individuals who want to start small businesses
  • Administers the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, which administers the Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) funds that support employment and training in Oswego County and oversees the One Stop Center located in Fulton where employment and training services are offered.
  • Provides technical assistance, research, and impact analysis to support grant development and management on behalf of local government and community agencies, using SUNY Oswego  faculty and professional staff.
  • Administers the MGMT Request for Qualifications (RFQ) contract; SUNY Oswego secures services and training consultants and awards and manages consultation sub-contracts on behalf of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
  • Serves as a conduit between various campus department research programs and business community.


Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

118 Penfield Library

The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is to fulfill New York State’s commitment ( to provide access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not otherwise be offered admission. The primary mission of EOP is to facilitate the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of these students. This is accomplished by providing EOP students with an array of educationally related support services and opportunities.

EOP at Oswego is structured to offer every student a range of exciting opportunities as well as all the assistance students may need in the pursuit of their academic goals. EOP provides the tools for students to meet their academic potential.

Key services provided to EOP students include, but are not limited to, mandatory pre-freshman student summer program; free tutoring in any course and assistance in improving writing skills, supplemental instruction in select courses; academic planning services, access to campus resources, a variety of workshops and other enrichment opportunities.

Office of Learning Services (OLS)


112 Penfield Library

The Office of Learning Services (OLS) provides academic and tutoring support services for many lower level (100-200) courses as well as a select number of 300-level courses.

OLS is located on the first floor of Penfield Library and employs dozens of peer tutors.  Our three Centers (STEM, Tutoring, and Writing) provide free in-person appointment, drop-in and limited online assistance. Students can schedule appointments in TutorTrac.  Automated confirmation emails will direct students to the tutor’s in-person station in the appropriate Center or to their tutor’s unique online link.

Our Peer Tutors are trained and supervised by full-time professional staff of the college. These students have been successful in the courses they tutor, and are referred by their faculty. They receive training based on the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification guidelines on how to effectively assist students in improving their basic skills, mastering their understanding of course content, and learning how to be a better student

In conjunction with the aforementioned services, OLS also holds academically based workshops every semester through the Write Ways Series and other workshop series. 

Students may learn more or request any of the services OLS provides by visiting our website, inquiring in person in 112 Penfield Library, email us at or calling us at 315-312-2571.


Penfield Library



Penfield Library, located in the heart of campus, is a technology-rich learning center providing the SUNY Oswego community with information resources, user-centered services and engaging spaces. The Library houses a physical collection of over 400,000 books, CDs, videos, and other resources, and provides online access to over 60,000 e-journals and 150,000 e-books. Over 150 computer workstations are available throughout the library, including over 25 workstations in our 24-hour study room and 30 laptops that can be checked out for in-library use. Convenient printing services are available from all computers.

The four-story, Wi-Fi equipped building has seating for over one thousand students including individual and group study areas, individual study carrels, a quiet study floor, and technology-enhanced spaces for collaborative work and presentation practice. The Library’s Lake Effect Cafe is a popular campus eatery with a wide range of menu options and comfortable seating.

The Library brings together many services to support student learning, including the Ask A Librarian research help desk, technology assistance from Campus Technology Services, and tutoring from the Office of Learning Services. EOP and CSTEP are also located within the Library. SUNY Oswego librarians are available to answer questions in person, or by telephone, chat, video conference, text message, and email. Librarian help is also available through our collaborative 24/7 online chat service and via our online tutorials. Subject specialist librarians provide an orientation to library research and information sources in many courses and also offer personal research appointments.

Penfield Library provides access to materials in other libraries through its inter-library loan service, featuring a statewide, quick-delivery service. The Library’s Special Collections houses the College archives, rare books, and local history materials, including the papers of the United States’ thirteenth president, Millard Fillmore.


Rice Creek Field Station



The College operates a Field Station located on Thompson Road, one mile south of the main campus as a year-round facility to provide opportunities for field oriented biological, geological, and astronomical science teaching and research. Guiding this effort is the mission of the Rice Creek Station to be a living laboratory for the advancement of knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world. To accomplish this mission, the Station has a newly constructed central building, which contains two state-of–the-art laboratories, a lecture/seminar room and a small museum area housing collections of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates, a weather station, an observatory, and a small reception area for visitors. Additionally, the grounds surrounding the station include an herb garden and 300 acres of fields, forests, ponds and streams that are used for ecological research by faculty and students in formal course work and independent study projects. In addition to academic offerings, the Field Station provides public programs in nature education for groups and individuals, school aged to adult. Four nature trails, open to the public, provide opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Orange trail, about two miles in length, is also open for bicycling. The trails pass through fields and woods in several stages of succession. Trail maps are available at the Field Station building or can be downloaded from web link above.


Children’s Center


131A Sheldon Hall

The Children’s Center provides child care and preschool programs for children ages 18 months-5 years. The curriculum areas include art, science, music, cognitive and language development, and outdoor play. Meals and snacks are provided. Tuition is based on a sliding scale according to household income and child care tuition subsidies are sometimes available for low income SUNY students. Call the center as early as possible to be put on the waiting list.


Waterman Theatre


Tyler Box Office
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Waterman Theatre is located in Tyler Hall, the Fine and Performing Arts building. After a two-year renovation, the Theatre reopened in Fall 2016 as a 420 seat theatre, fitted with hearing loops for assisted hearing and ADA elevator access. The theatre includes state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and equipment, counter weighted fly lines, stage traps, an elevated orchestra pit, and audio/video and intercommunication systems throughout the support spaces. The support spaces also finished up a renovation in Fall 2019, and include well-equipped scene and costume shops, a craft room, a lighting design lab, storage areas, dressing rooms, quick change rooms, rehearsal room with a sprung floor, Lab Theatre, and a very comfortable and large green room. Waterman Theatre is used by the Departments of Theatre, Music and ARTSwego for their performances, the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, and has hosted campus groups such as ALANA and Del Sarte, as well as community groups such as the Oswego Opera Theater.  For more information and photos of the spaces, please visit