Philosophy Department

As a social philosophy major, you will acquire all the skills that employers say they want from a college graduate—the ability to think critically, to solve problems, articulate ideas and to read and write effectively. You’ll also emerge with a broad cultural awareness, which employers appreciate as well.

If you plan to head to graduate school, you will be well prepared with the broad liberal education that you’ll develop in the social philosophy program. Philosophy majors frequently top all other majors in the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Whatever your passion, a degree in social philosophy has the potential to open doors in many and varied arenas.

At SUNY Cortland, the Philosophy Department emphasizes the application of philosophy to current ethical, social and political issues. Our program will cultivate your capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for debate and exchange of ideas and for reflecting on and puzzling over problems of living, being human and being part of a community.


News

SUNY Cortland students ‘Learning by Giving’

June 9, 2020
After a semester of careful deliberation, $10,000 was donated to local non-profits.

SUNY Cortland hosting Black liberation activists

Febr. 14, 2020
Members of the Black Panther Party will speak on their experiences on Feb. 17.

Students practice solving international crises

Nov. 5, 2019
Seven Cortland undergraduates negotiated against graduate students from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.

Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Aug. 27, 2019
Students can receive free daily news briefings on important international events.

Students learn philosophy of philanthropy

May 21, 2019
A national program to train grant managers directed $10,000 to local charities.

Clubs/Societies

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