Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Jun 09, 2023  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Academic Options

In the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions .

Cornell’s Adult University

Believing that learning shouldn’t end once you’ve earned your degree, Cornell’s Adult University (CAU) offers weeklong noncredit courses on campus in the summer for adults and families. During the fall, winter, and spring, CAU offers weekend seminars and longer domestic programs as well as international study tours. Developed and led by distinguished members of the Cornell faculty, all programs are inspired by the conviction that one of the roles of a great university is to provide a bridge between traditional formal education and informal, noncredit study. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-6260, or write to Cornell’s Adult University, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Cornell in Washington Program

If you want to combine the strengths of Cornell with all of the best parts of living and learning in Washington, D.C., consider the Cornell in Washington program. Students take courses in the fall, spring, or summer for credit, work as externs, and complete substantial research projects while enjoying the rich opportunities available in the nation’s capital. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-4090, or write to Cornell in Washington, M101 McGraw Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4601.

Online Learning

Students: Need a flexible schedule? Planning to travel or work during winter break or during the summer? Don’t let that stop you from taking a class, earning credits, or learning something new. Online courses feature web-based components and/or related materials. You’ll interact with the instructor and other students by phone or e-mail. Most assignments and examinations are completed within a scheduled time frame, just as in on-campus courses, but you’ll have the option of getting a head start on readings and lectures. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-4987, or write to Online Learning, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Faculty: If you are a faculty member interested in developing credit or noncredit online courses, the school offers a broad range of services, including determining technological needs, resolving copyright issues, creating a marketing plan, and fulfilling administrative duties related to your course. Visit to see what’s possible.

English for Non-native Speakers

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions offers two programs to help non-native speakers gain mastery of English. English for International Students and Scholars (EISS), offered during Summer Session as well as during the spring and fall semesters, is a course for visiting scholars and others seeking improvement in basic English-language skills, with special emphasis on proficiency in spoken English. Academic English for Non-native Speakers, offered during the spring and fall semester in partnership with Tompkins Cortland Community College, is designed to help students succeed in their academic writing and speaking. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call (607) 255-7259.

Executive and Professional Programs

Once you’re out in the work world (or if you know folks who already are), you may be interested in the short, high-level executive education programs that the school presents on campus, online, and in locations worldwide. These courses are taught by Cornell faculty and senior research staff members in many fields. Programs also can be designed to respond to the specific needs and interests of corporations, professional societies, and other groups. Seminars and trainings such as the Administrative Management Institute, the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience, and the Institute for Internet Culture, Policy, and Law provide opportunities to hone skills, increase effectiveness, stay abreast of changes in the work world, and network with colleagues. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-7259, or write to Professional Studies, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Extramural/Part-Time Study

If you find your studies interrupted for any reason, you may find it useful to take classes on a part-time basis. The school is also dedicated to offering part-time study to staff and faculty members, area residents, and anyone else interested in taking courses at the university, improving their job skills, continuing their education, or simply having fun learning something new.

Thanks to the school’s Extramural Study program, anyone may (with few exceptions) enroll in any course in the university during the fall and spring semesters if space is available. Part-time study at Cornell is a great opportunity to take fascinating courses and study with world-renowned faculty members. If you’d like to take advantage of Cornell’s extensive course offerings but don’t need college credit, you may register through the Visitors Program and receive a 90 percent discount on tuition. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-9697, or write to Extramural Study, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Independent Study

Have a special interest you’d like to pursue? Want to do research and get credit for it? Need a particular course to graduate on time? Consider independent study.

Independent study encompasses courses of your own design, special topics courses, undergraduate research, or any regular course from the fall and spring semesters not being offered. If you can find a professor willing to supervise your study, all you need to do is pick up the application for independent study (available on the web at or from the Continuing Education office) and register in B20 Day Hall at least two weeks prior to beginning the independent study course. Also, please let the School know if there are courses you would like to see offered next summer or winter (e-mail or call (607) 255-4987).

Outreach Programs

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) actively supports a number of programs and activities that serve the common good. Among these are various Extramural Study programs that offer employees, retirees, and area residents an opportunity to study at Cornell at little or no cost; free summer events for area residents, visitors, and the campus community; and the Cornell Prison Education Program. For a complete list of the School’s outreach programs, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-4987, or write to SCE at B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Special Programs

If you want to immerse yourself in a particular subject, consider enrolling in a special program. Programs are offered on and off campus during the summer and/or winter sessions, may include an internship, and may be combined with other courses. For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-7259, or write to Special Programs, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

On-Campus Special Programs Roster


Art in the Modern World

Biomedical Institute for Teachers

Cornell-China Undergraduate Summer Program

Cornell/Dyson Certificate in Business Management

Engineering Cooperative Education Program

Intensive Arabic Program

Intensive Mandarin Program at Cornell

Intensive Nepali language program

Leadership Program for Veterinary Students

Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies

Prefreshman Summer Program

Satellite Remote Sensing Applications in Biological Oceanographers

Strategic Corporate Research

Teaching American History

Teaching Writing

Telluride Association Summer Program

Off-Campus Special Programs Roster

Architecture in Europe: Museum as Spectacle

Field Mapping in Argentina

Global Health

Human Ecology Urban Semester Program in New York City

Imagining Rome: Art Studio and Creative Writing Workshop in Italy

Marine Science: Shoals Marine Laboratory

Prelaw Program in New York City

Summer Program in Madrid

Summer Program in Turin

Summer Program in Washington

Theatre, Film, Dance, and Queer Studies in Europe

Tropical Field Ecology and Behavior in Kenya

Tropical Field Ornithology in the Dominican Republic

Campus to Careers

The job market’s tough. The economy’s tight. You’ve been thinking it’s time to get serious about your future…

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to join us for one of our highly regarded programs linking classrooms and careers. No matter what your major is, you can:

  • Expand your career opportunities
  • Strengthen your résumé and skills
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Take focused, intensive classes
  • Learn from distinguished professors, alumni, practitioners, and executives
  • Study in Washington, D.C., New York City, or on the Cornell campus in Ithaca
  • Enrich your personal, academic, and professional life

For more information, visit

Campus-to-Careers Programs Roster

Cornell/Dyson Certificate in Business Management

Human Ecology Urban Semester Program in New York City

Prelaw Program in New York City

Summer in Washington

Summer College Programs for High School Students

If you know any high school students, be sure to tell them about Summer College. This award-winning program offers three- and six-week courses for talented sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world.

Participants live on our beautiful campus, take college classes with leading Cornell faculty members, earn an average of 3 to 6 credits, and explore careers and academic majors.

The program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to experience college life and make some great friends. At the end of the program, students often say it’s been the best summer of their life.

For information, visit, e-mail, call (607) 255-6203, or write to Summer College, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801.

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) Pre-medical Program

The Pre-medical Program at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC–Q) is a two-year non-degree course of study designed to help prepare students to meet the educational requirements to apply to WCMC–Q’s four-year, degree-awarding medical program. The first-year course content focuses on those aspects of the basic sciences that have direct relevance to medicine. The courses are identical to those taught at the Ithaca campus and are supplemented by laboratory sessions. Second-year courses include more advanced courses in biology and chemistry, as well as psychology and medical ethics. For information, visit or call (646) 962-4950 (New York) or (974) 4492-8800 (Doha).