Let curiosity be your guide.

Graduating A&S Seniors in the class of 2022
Extraordinary Journeys, the Class of 2022

A home for exploration and discovery

Our research activities and academic programs are remarkably broad, but they share one characteristic: all are curiosity-driven. Exploring the unknown is central to our mission to be the nexus of discovery and impact.

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Patrick Shanahan Eden Kebede '25 collects a soil sample in a forest outside Ithaca.

Chasing carbon from trees to soils

Nexus Scholars Program

Majors to choose in A&S. Design your education.

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Ann Simmons

Courses offered in A&S of 4000 courses at Cornell.

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students in A&S, each with an extraordinary journey to tell.

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NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI Planetary nebula, cataloged as NGC 3132, and known informally as the Southern Ring Nebula.

A&S alumni in our network. Go Big Red!

A&S Academic Diversity

Uncommon academic diversity abounds here

The innovative undergraduate curriculum at A&S has distribution requirements that range from global citizenship to physical sciences to ethics and the mind. Classes build upon each other and cross the boundaries of traditional academic fields. Extensive work occurs outside of your major and minors, and there are no required core courses. Work closely with inspiring faculty to develop the hallmark skills of a liberal arts and sciences education – the ability to read critically, write persuasively and think broadly.

Beyond Majors & Minors

Research and Scholarship

Research, scholarship and creative works to understand humanity and the cosmos

Curiosity is the driver for research in A&S. From the dendrochronology lab where archaeologists analyze tree-ring growth to understand climate change to the linguistics department where students created a new language for a Captain Marvel movie, our students and faculty take full advantage of all that our world-class research university encompasses.

With opportunities spanning the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, research here takes place in laboratories, museums, field sites, libraries, hospitals, greenhouses, performance spaces and archives.

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Public Engagement

Engaging our community and our world

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