Welcome to the Nexus of Cornell
Liberal Arts & Sciences for the 21st Century
The greatest challenges that our world faces today require skills that belie singular modes of understanding. As this era is defined by rapid social, technological and economic changes, the liberal arts model of education and inquiry is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. The education conferred by the College of Arts & Sciences is a recipe for creating an intellect that is well formed and highly versatile. It is also the best long-term training for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic leadership.
At Cornell, we embrace both heritage and invention. Our openness to intersecting paths is a deep part of who we are. Interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship is at our foundation. We are a strong academic community continuously generating new ideas. We challenge our students to expand their imaginations while sharpening their critical and creative responses to all they encounter. We are independent and diverse students and scholars on our own paths toward discovery and transformation. Our college is the nexus of Cornell, offering humanity’s greatest opportunity for innovation, creativity and illumination of pathways to the future.
Arts & Sciences Events
"During my years of teaching literature at Cornell and elsewhere, I demanded of my students the passion of science and the patience of poetry."
-Vladimir Nabokov, novelist, poet, lepidopterist, and Cornell Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences (1948-1959)
Life at The College
At Arts & Sciences, living is learning. Some of the most important lessons originate outside of the classroom. Cornell offers incredible diversity not only in its academics, but also in the campus activities, and extracurriculars that shape the student experience.
"It is an exhilarating experience to read poetry and observe its correlation with modern science. Profound scientific thought is hardly a rarity among the poets."
-Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and Cornell professor in the College of Arts & Sciences (1968-1996)
Shaping the Future
Students in the new Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity will combine Cornell’s renowned liberal arts and sciences classes in Ithaca with the 21st century tech curriculum at Cornell Tech in NYC.
Where Is the Human in Climate Change?
The latest thinking from across the disciplines about the relationship between humans and the environment.
Exciting things are happening in classrooms throughout the College of Arts & Sciences as new, research-based approaches to teaching spread through the disciplines.
Computational Social Science
The explosion of social and behavioral data available in the 21st century has created huge opportunities to study human behavior and social interaction and has fueled the collaborative, interdisciplinary new field of computational social science.