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High Impact Learning

Undergraduate Research

In the School of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate research is the faculty-mentored, in-depth exploration of any subject that interests you—from environmental science, to ceramics, theater, and dance. The overall goal for students engaged in undergraduate research is to produce original scholarly and creative work that advances our knowledge of a particular discipline.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is the opportunity to engage in educational experiences outside the US allowing students to explore diversity on many levels; educational systems and pedagogies, culture and languages. Students from a variety of disciplines study in programs of varying lengths from one week to full year. Credits are designed to work toward graduation requirements.

Learning Communities

Learning communities are open to all students who want to get the most out of the Buffalo State experience. A Bengal Community consists of a group of students and their professors exploring a common theme. 

Honors Program

Buffalo State's Muriel A. Howard Honors Program offers academically challenging opportunities for high-achieving and intellectually committed undergraduate students. 

Honors Program students engage in special seminars and receive individual attention from dedicated, highly qualified faculty members. 

Our student scholars enjoy an exhilarating academic journey of shared intellectual and creative pursuits, scholarship, and service learning, both in and outside of the classroom.

Civic and Community Engagement

Civic and Community Engagement through Service-learning courses has the potential to be among the most meaningful activities in a student's academic career.  Service-learning courses offer faculty members the opportunity to provide students with the chance to apply course concepts in a real-work situation and see the value of their education in preparing them to improve the community and world.

The Anne Frank Project

‘Improving the World One Story at a Time.’ The Anne Frank Project uses storytelling as a vehicle for community building, conflict resolution, and identity exploration. Inspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, AFP surfaces and shares stories stifled by oppression.

Applied Learning

Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories, and models.

Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings, creative projects or independent or directed research and, in turn, apply what is gained from the applied experience to academic learning. The applied learning activity can occur outside of the traditional classroom experience and/or be embedded as part of a course of study or program.


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School of Arts and Sciences

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