Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jun 19, 2024  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts and Sciences

Statue of Andrew Dickson White in front of Goldwin Smith Hall on the Arts and Sciences Quad at CornellThe College of Arts and Sciences is a community of about 4,602 undergraduates and 670 faculty members that embodies Ezra Cornell’s founding motto of “any person could find instruction in any study.”  In over forty departments, ranging from anthropology to economics to physics, the College’s faculty members teach their students, in over 2,000 courses, to analyze critically through various disciplinary lenses – an approach that shapes the ways in which our students perceive and creatively solve problems, not only as undergraduates, but for the rest of their lives. Students also engage in cutting-edge research and scholarly and creative work in collaboration with faculty and postgraduate researchers. Our students acquire in their classes enables them to deal effectively with complex problems they encounter both here and in the world.

The College’s liberal arts and sciences curriculum combines immersion in elected majors and minors with exposure to broad, wide-ranging topics through distribution requirements, and electives. Arts and Sciences students learn to think critically and analytically, communicate effectively, and consider problems from many different perspectives in order to solve them in optimal ways.

Students and faculty members here are fortunate not only to be part of the intellectual community of the College of Arts and Sciences, but to be part of the larger University community as well. Because Arts and Sciences faculty members teach core theoretical knowledge, most of the 14,800 undergraduates at Cornell take courses in our college at some point in their careers. This wider community provides depth and diversity of applied and professional studies beyond what a college of the liberal arts and sciences alone can offer. We are proud that the abundant variety and outstanding quality in many fields, including interdisciplinary fields, and emphasis on individual academic freedom and responsibility give the college and university their distinctive character.


Ray Jayawardhana, Dean - (607) 255-4146
Andrew Bass, Senior Associate Dean for Math and Science - (607) 255-1097
Rachel Bean, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education - (607) 255-3386
Melissa Ferguson, Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences - (607) 255-1097
Derk Pereboom, Senior Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities - (607) 255-1097
David Taylor, Associate Dean of Administration - (607) 255-1097
Tricia Barry, Director of Communications - (607) 255-7165
Duncan Bell, Director of Administration/Registrar - (607) 255-4833
Bonnie Comella, Director of Advising - (607) 255-5004.
Irene Lessmeister, Director of Admissions - (607) 255-4833
Jennifer Maclaughlin, Director of Career Development - (607) 255-4166