Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Catalog Codes and Definitions

General Definitions

[ ] Brackets are used at the beginning and end of a course title if the course is not going to be offered within the current catalog year.
Crosslisted Courses offered by multiple departments where the content and level are the same. Classes meet together.
Co-meeting Courses which are similar in content, but offered at different levels (ex. undergraduate and graduate level). Classes meet together.

Course Numbering and Subject Codes

Learn more about Course Numbering and Subject Codes .

Breadth Requirements

Learn more about Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements Please note: Breadth codes are first searchable in the 2012-13 catalog.

GB Geographic Breadth
HB Historical Breadth
GHB Geographic and Historical Breadth

Course Attributes

Please note: Course Attributes are first searchable in the 2015-16 catalog.

CU-CEL Community Engaged Learning Courses

A course that includes an organized community-engaged activity outside the context of the classroom (all of the following):

  • Addresses a specific need, problem, or common concern
  • Includes collaboration with a community partner
  • Is connected with course content and disciplinary perspectives
  • Includes an exercise involving documented reflection.


CU-ITL International Experience Courses

Courses that possess one or more of the following attributes:

  • Addresses an international or transnational theme, or uses an international comparative approach*, as a principal objective of the course.
  • Incorporates a critical global perspective as a significant part of the course (e.g., as an organizing theme, a key unit or module, or a major feature of the course).
  • Facilitates cross-cultural competence and understanding through incorporating student reflection and/or other pedagogical strategies, employed in an international context.
  • Is conducted, at least in part, outside the U.S.
  • Foreign language education courses.
CU-SBY Sustainability Courses
  • A sustainability course has the primary and explicit focus on sustainability as an integrated concept having social, economic, and environmental dimensions and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge.
  • A course that includes sustainability is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course. Sustainability should be handled as an integrated concept having social, economic, and environmental dimensions.
CU-UGR Undergraduate Research Courses

Semester-long for-credit courses that are:

  • Independent, not classroom-based
  • Cornell-faculty mentored
  • Project-based (working on a short or long-term project with a particular outcome)
  • Includes for-credit project team experiences (e.g., Engineering project teams) and all non-classroom based capstone projects.

Distribution Requirements

Learn more about College Distribution Requirements  in the Schools and Colleges.

“On Demand” Courses

Courses which may be scheduled if there is sufficient student interest. Courses are offered at the discretion of the department and/or college.

Searching the Courses of Study

The Courses of Study search (top-left of navigation bar) allows quick retrieval of catalog and course information. Enter a search keyword or phrase and click on the magnifying glass.

Using the Advanced Search Tool

Refine your search by selecting only the check boxes for the types of data you wish to search. Check the Find Whole Word or Phrase Only check box to search for an exact match for a keyword or phrase.

Click the Show Prefix List link to display a list of all course prefixes available in the Courses of Study. You may enter a keyword phrase that includes a course prefix and code (e.g. “ENGL 1270”) to better locate a specific course.

Searching for Breadth, Distribution, and Attribute Codes

To search for one or more of these codes, enter the specific code (e.g. GHB, CA-AS or CU-ITL) into the Search box and check the Find Whole Word or Phrase Only check box. Please note: Breadth codes are first searchable in the 2012-13 catalog. Attributes are first searchable in the 2015-2016 catalog.

Using the Advanced Search feature allows for greater search refinement. For example, enter “CA-AS and Anthro” into the Advanced Search box, then only check the courses checkbox to limit your search to all courses that meet the Cultural Analysis requirement in the Department of Anthropology or that are cross-listed with Anthropology.

Important! When reviewing search results, make sure the selected course has the requested code. Search results may return other letter combinations that do not constitute course codes, or other linked courses that do not meet the criteria for a specific code. Graduate-level courses that co-meet with a breadth or distribution course do not apply.

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Contact Information

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