Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Jul 25, 2024  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Academic Options

In the College of Human Ecology .

Off-Campus Programs

Capital Semester

Combine a full semester of 12 Cornell credits with a paid internship and a reduction in tuition. Students intern directly for a New York State legislator (Senate or Assembly) in Albany to explore their policy interests in greater depth. Interns attend hearings and legislative sessions, meet with lobbyists and constituents, write reports for legislation and possible publication, and generally help conduct the work of their legislator. All Cornell students, regardless of major, are encouraged to apply. The program is available during the spring semester only, and it is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Interns benefit greatly when subsequently applying for future employment, law school, graduate school, or business school. Information is available from the Career Exploration Center (1203 MVR Hall).

Cornell in Washington

Cornell in Washington is a fall or spring semester, or summer, program in the heart of Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital. This unique experience offers students in all colleges an opportunity to earn full academic credit for a semester or summer in Washington, D.C. Students take part in small seminars led by Cornell faculty, and gain work experience through an internship of their choosing. In the fall and spring semesters, students also have the chance to carry out individual research projects. Learn more about the Cornell in Washington .

Courses at Ithaca College

Full-time undergraduate students at Cornell may petition to enroll in courses at Ithaca College. Students pay regular full tuition to Cornell and only special fees to Ithaca College where applicable. Students are allowed to register for one course per semester and a maximum of 12 credits in four years. Exceptions will be granted to Cornell students enrolled in methods and practice teaching courses at Ithaca College, and those students pursuing a concentration in exercise science through a specially arranged program with Ithaca College.

Cornell students are eligible to register only for Ithaca College courses that are relevant to their program and that do not duplicate Cornell courses. Ithaca College credit counts as Cornell credit but not as Human Ecology credit. Students are accepted on a space-available basis. Participation in this program is not guaranteed, and Ithaca College has the right to accept or reject students for any reason deemed appropriate. The program is available only during the fall and spring semesters. For further information, contact the college registrar (1204 MVR Hall, (607) 255-2235).

Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers

This experiential learning program in New York City is an opportunity to explore careers in health and medicine by participating in health care providers’ day-to-day activities.  Please visit this webpage for more information:

Double-Registration Programs

Cornell undergraduates from PAM and other fields across the college and campus are eligible to apply to the Sloan Program in their junior year for a five-year accelerated B.S./M.H.A. degree in health administration. In their senior year, these students will take the first-year Sloan courses, which will be counted twice to satisfy both undergraduate as well as graduate requirements. At the end of their senior year, students will graduate with a B.S. degree. Students whose grades are competitive will be notified during the spring semester of their senior year that they are invited to continue for the final year of Sloan as a graduate student. Those students accepted for the five-year program will participate in a health-care administrative internship during the summer after earning their B.S. degree and following the first year of Sloan academic course work. The following graduate year they will complete the second year of required Sloan courses and electives and will earn a master in professional studies, with Cornell certifying completion of the requirements for a graduate degree in health administration.

Students applying to the accelerated B.S./M.H.A. program need to complete the initial application to the Sloan five-year program through PAM in their junior year. In general, at the time of application, most of their undergraduate requirements will have been met. This application must include the GRE general test score, along with recommendations from the faculty advisor and at least one other source, as well as transcripts and the statement of purpose. During their final senior undergraduate year they also will have to submit a formal application to the graduate school. 

Double-Registration Program for Law

A small number of highly qualified applicants may be admitted to the Cornell Law School after only three years of undergraduate education. The requirements for admission under these circumstances are more stringent than for acceptance after four years of undergraduate study. Applicants must present outstanding qualifications and strong professional motivation. The junior year applicant follows the ordinary application procedures for Cornell Law School admission.

Interested students should contact the Law School director of admissions (Myron Taylor Hall, 607-255-5141) to discuss the admissions criteria. Because students accepted to this program will be spending their senior year away from Human Ecology, they need to plan ahead to ensure that distribution and major requirements for the B.S. degree will be met. Successful applicants need the approval of the college registrar in Human Ecology.