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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.


Scholarship rewards civic engagement

Oct. 28, 2020
Few have applied, yet five hefty $2,000 awards for 2020-21 expire Friday.

University offers Latinx History Month events

Oct. 14, 2020
Punta Night was rescheduled to wrap up the month on Friday, Oct. 16.

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

Feb. 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.


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