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.


Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Students can receive free daily news briefings on important international events.

Students learn philosophy of philanthropy

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

College Writing Committee Posts Winners

This year marks the 20th year of the contest sponsored by the College Writing Committee.

B.A. and B.F.A. Students to Exhibit at Dowd Gallery

Seniors' ceramics and installation thesis work are on display starting April 10.

Tenth Conference on Diversity Planned

Conference co-founder Noelle Chaddock returns to speak on April 13.


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