Terrence Deak, PhD
With our three divisions – fine arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social sciences – we are the largest of Binghamton University's seven schools, boasting more than 9,000 undergraduate students and 1,120 graduate students. However, we remain committed to our guiding philosophy established when Harpur College was founded: "From Breadth through Depth to Perspective."
The outstanding liberal arts education we offer provides all of this: a breadth in
the liberal arts, a depth of knowledge in any subject (or subjects) you might choose,
and the opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and perspectives.
In fact, at Harpur College, we have the best of all worlds. We offer you an outstanding liberal arts education in a leading-edge research-University environment. Our students work side by side with distinguished faculty, not just in the classroom, but on the stage, in the studio, in the laboratory and beyond the campus borders. Curiosity is the norm, and creativity is the result as students from across the country and around the world learn from – and with – faculty who are leaders in their fields and classmates who are as passionate as you are to learn.
Our students begin their learning here in the same manner that Harpur College faculty began teaching more than six decades ago – with a foundation of excellence in general education that develops key abilities: to think critically and communicate well. From there, you can explore and discover what interests you – choosing from nearly 130 areas of study – as you chart your path in today's global society, prepared for success whether you continue on for graduate study, pursue professional degrees in healthcare or law, or discover a career.
We are committed to providing you a comprehensive, global student experience. True citizens of the world, our students are at ease in a diverse community that includes students from more than 100 nations, international and internationally known faculty, opportunities to participate in one of more than 500 study-abroad programs and the ability to study more than a dozen world languages.
Add to this a dedicated academic advising staff ready to help you select the academic path that's right for you, impressive internship opportunities, acclaimed pre-law and pre-medical programs and a lively creative arts scene, and it's no wonder that Binghamton is widely regarded as one of the top public universities in the nation.
I hope you will take some time to learn more about Harpur College and Binghamton University, and I invite you to visit campus to meet our faculty and students. There is no better opportunity to learn for yourself about what has prompted so many talented people to learn and flourish at Harpur College at Binghamton University.
Interim Dean, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.