The Department of Economics counts three Nobel laureates among its former students and faculty: Paul Romer, Richard Thaler ’74 (PhD), and Robert Fogel. The department’s faculty members are renowned for being at the forefront of economic theory, macroeconomics, and international economics with a strong policy focus embodied in the long-running Carnegie–Rochester–NYU Conference on Public Policy.
The Department of Political Science is renowned for the development of the field of formal political theory and the application of quantitative methods to the study of politics.
The interdisciplinary graduate program in Visual and Cultural Studies was one of the first to take a socio-historic approach to the interpretation of artistic production, and has served as a model for similar programs worldwide.
In the past few years, research from groups in the Department of Biology has been cited twice in Science magazine’s annual list of top ten breakthroughs in all areas of science.
The Hyam Plutzik Reading Series is one of the most prestigious and longest-running series in the country, featuring internationally renowned poets and fiction writers.
The Center for Visual Science brings together one of the world’s largest and most distinguished groups of researchers who study how we see.
Digital humanities at Rochester is both text- and image-based, and encompasses such diverse projects as the Blake Archive, the TEAMS Middle English Texts project, and the Camelot project.
Faculty have developed innovative teaching approaches that have resulted in widely adopted methods for peer-led learning (Workshop Model) and for mathematics instruction (WebWork).