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.


‘Groundswell Rising’ Screening Set for Oct. 28

Associate producer David Walzcak will attend a panel discussion after the film.

Film Condemning Black Imprisonment Set for Oct. 6

"The Throwaways" co-director Ira McKinley will screen and discuss his work.

Tai Chi Master Plans Demo and Workshop

Jesse Tsao will share his expertise in this slow-movement physical training form.

Dance Study Applies to Global Conflict

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon will help SUNY humanities colleagues research body arts to heal social strife.

Noelle Chaddock Named Chief Diversity Officer

Noelle Chaddock on Sept. 1 was named the College’s chief diversity officer, responsible for promoting diversity throughout all four divisions of the College and in ensuring that the diversity, equity and inclusion needs of both the campus and SUNY are addressed.


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