In the College of Arts and Sciences .
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education and awards a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, no matter the student’s major.
An education in the liberal arts and sciences involves a broad spectrum of study, in a number of fields, in which students hone their critical and imaginative capacities, gain experience with views of the world radically unlike one’s own and learn to think in complex ways about information, experiences, and the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.
How one pursues these goals is highly individual and the college relies on each student and their faculty advisor to design an appropriate course of study. The graduation requirements, referenced below, help students accomplish these educational goals through the development of:
- familiarity with the different ways of knowing that are reflected in the various disciplines and fields of study within the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences
- cultural breadth (both geographical and temporal)
- effective writing and quantitative skills
- facility in a foreign language beyond the introductory level
- imaginative and critical thinking
- a depth of understanding, through pursuing a major, in at least disciplinary area.
The College of Arts & Sciences offers 40 undergraduate majors. In addition to the requirements for each major, all students must meet the college graduation requirements .
An undergraduate student may pursue a minor in any department, in any college, subject to limitations placed by the department offering the minor or by the student’s major. Not all majors or departments offer minors. Completed minors will appear on the official transcript. Students may complete as many minors as they wish and the requirements of minors may overlap unless otherwise specified. Minors offered by Arts & Sciences are described along with the majors in the A&S section of this catalog. All minors available at the university can be found on Cornell University’s academics website.
Graduate Fields of Study
Arts & Sciences offers research-centered (MA/PhD) advanced degrees in over 35 fields of study. Research-centered graduate degrees often lead to academic careers and scientific discovery. Programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are administered by the Graduate School at Cornell. To learn more about graduate degree programs available at Cornell University, please reference the Graduate School’s website.