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College of Arts and Sciences
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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. 

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A&S at a Glance

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Let curiosity be your guide.

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 & impact.

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New Faculty

Twenty-seven new faculty join the College of Arts & Sciences this year, adding to the College’s strengths in areas including inequality, climate change, behavioral economics, health policy, history of capitalism and moral psychology.

Meet the new faculty members

 Klarman Hall in the College of Arts and Sciences

Klarman Fellowships

This premier postdoctoral fellowship program offers opportunities for early-career scholars of outstanding talent, initiative and promise to devote themselves to frontline, innovative research without being tied to specific outcomes.

Applications for 2021 are due on October 15. Learn more.

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Racism in America

As calls to address institutional racism reverberate around the U.S., the College has launched a year-long webinar series featuring faculty experts and journalist moderators who will explore research-based discoveries and potential solutions to combat systemic racism and improve equity.

Learn more about this series and register for an event.


 Marc Lacey

Distinguished Visiting Journalists

This spring we welcomed Marc Lacey '87, National Editor of the New York Times as the College's inaugural Distinguished Visiting Journalist. This new fellowship is part of the College's impact-driven public engagement programming.

Learn more about the program

"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.

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"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)

Cornell is..."Glorious to View"