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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AMST 2001 - [The First American University]

(crosslisted) ENGL 2999 , HIST 2005  
     
Not offered 2017-2018. 1 credit. Student option grading.

E. Baptist, C. Earle.

Educational historian Frederick Rudolph called Cornell University “the first American university,” referring to its unique role as a coeducational, nonsectarian, land-grant institution with a broad curriculum and diverse student body. In this course, we will explore the history of Cornell, taking as our focus the pledge of Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White to found a university where “any person can find instruction in any study.” The course will cover a wide range of topics and perspectives relating to the faculty, student body, evolution of campus, and important events and eras in Cornell history. Stories and vignettes will provide background on the current university and its administrative structure, campus traditions, and the names that adorn buildings and memorials throughout campus. Finally, the course will offer a forum for students to address questions on present-day aspects of the university.



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