Academics

A Union Education

A liberal arts college draws a certain kind of person to its community: one who is restless to learn, uncomfortable with narrow boundaries, ready to join with others to think and to act. Renewing and reimagining the liberal arts defined our first two hundred years at Union College, creating a community in which students and faculty promote change by challenging themselves and others to question and to create.

Since 1795, Union College has inspired members of its community to nurture essential qualities of our humanity: reason, curiosity, creativity, ethics. When the runaway slave Moses Viney reached Schenectady via the Underground Railroad, Union President Eliphalet Nott purchased his freedom, and the two men became lifelong friends devoted to a common purpose.  Today we embrace that same moral imagination necessary to understand our fellow human beings by studying the breadth of human experience and expanding the depth of human knowledge.

At Union, we learn first-hand about sustainability and the politics of food by practicing organic farming in our Octopus's Garden and sharing the produce with the Schenectady Inner City Mission.  We reimagine the beauty and meaning of music from inside our Laboratory for Electrical Engineering and Music Research.  We make our community a global community when our students intern with The Global Child School to  teach – and to learn from – street children of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

When you join Union, you make it your mission to find creative intersections of ideas that contribute to society and touch lives.  To achieve that mission, you can expect to: