2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Philosophy Department

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, chair
Old Main, Room 138
Fax: 607-753-4114

School of Arts and Sciences

Philosophy professor with students


Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Nikolay Karkov, Mechthild Nagel, L. Sebastian Purcell

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degree and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in Social Philosophy
Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Minor in Social Philosophy


Philosophy is essentially an activity, rather than a fixed set of teachings. Philosophy cultivates the 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. Philosophy prepares one for the tasks of citizenship, for participation in political and community affairs and for responsible and intelligent engagement in public life. This department's unique major (and minor) in social philosophy is meant to instill these skills. As such, it is a valuable tool and indeed the very paradigm of a liberal arts education major.

Special Features

  • Unique program in social philosophy — one of only two in the SUNY system
  • Small department allows close interaction with faculty
  • Philosophy majors top all other majors in the Law School Admissions Tests (LSAT)
  • Cortland students who have graduated with a philosophy degree have gone on to widely varied careers — law school, human services, business, journalism, graduate study in philosophy, etc.
  • Philosophy majors do better than the average liberal arts students at obtaining jobs after graduation — a surprise to many people who think of philosophy as impractical.


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours