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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The philosophy curriculum generally includes offerings in epistemology, metaphysics, history of philosophy, logic, ethics, social and political philosophy, Continental philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, aesthetics and philosophy of science. Students participate each year in events that range from informal reading groups and workshops to formal conferences and large public lectures by visiting philosophers. The Sage School's small classes and collegial atmosphere support vibrant philosophical exchange among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting philosophers. A committee of undergraduate majors selects the annual Norman Kretzmann Undergraduate Lecturer--a prominent philosopher who comes to Ithaca for one weekend each spring to meet with students and present a paper. Each year a few seniors opt to participate in a year-long independent tutorial with a faculty member, culminating in an Honors Thesis. Recent majors have met with great success not only in graduate school, but also in medical school, law school, business school, and careers in the public and private sectors.

Interesting Classes

  • Philosophy and Everyday Life
  • Knowledge and Reality
  • Global Justice
  • Ethics and Health Care
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Existentialism
  • 19th- and 20th-century European Thought
  • Origins of Analytic Philosophy



Students went on to...

  • Study philosophy at Oxford University
  • Study medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Be a research assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital


More Information

More information for the Philosophy major, Philosophy minor, Philosophy graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.