Courses of Study 2022-2023 
    Apr 13, 2024  
Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Departments, Programs of Study and Courses for Credit

In the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions .


Summer Session

During Summer Session, you can complete prerequisites, lighten your fall or spring course load, accelerate your degree program, or study something new. Regular Cornell courses are offered in three-, six-, or eight-week sessions. Summer Session features open admissions and outstanding instructors, nearly all of whom are regular Cornell faculty members. Courses are offered on and off campus and online. 

Summer Session courses:

For courses, on- and off-campus programs, and online learning options, visit

Winter Session

You can earn up to four credits between the fall and spring semesters by enrolling in Winter Session. During this quiet time on campus, you’ll enjoy generally smaller classes and be able to concentrate on intensive study with a faculty member. Courses are offered online.

Winter Session courses: 

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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 complete the application for independent study (download it from our website) and register at least two weeks prior to beginning the independent study course. Also, please let the SCE registrar know if there are courses you would like to see offered next summer or winter. For information, email or call (607) 255-4987.

Online Learning

Students: Need a flexible schedule? Planning to travel or work during the winter break or summer months? Don’t let that stop you from taking a class, earning credits, or learning something new. You’ll interact with the instructor and other students by Canvas and Zoom. For information, visit, email, call (607) 255-4987, or write to Online Learning, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Faculty: If you are a faculty member interested in developing credit or noncredit online courses, SCE 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.

Part-time Study

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

Thanks to the Part-time Study Program, almost anyone may enroll in almost any course at Cornell 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 Noncredit Program and receive a 90 percent discount on tuition. For information, visit, email, call (607) 255-9697, or write to Part-time Study, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Special Programs, Internships, and International Opportunities

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 sessions and some may provide an internship, and/or be combined with other courses. For information, visit, email, call (607) 255-7259, or write to Special Programs, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

On-Campus Special Programs Roster may include


Pre-collegiate Summer Scholars Program

Teaching Writing

Telluride Association Programs

Off-Campus Special Programs Roster may include

   A. International Programs (primarily offered through the Office of Global Learning’s Education Abroad office):

Cornell-Keystone NFLP Summer Program in India

Cornell Prelaw Summer Program in Paris

Cornell Summer Program in Madrid

Cornell Summer Program in Turin–Public Policy

Luigi Einaudi Summer Program in Government–Turin, Italy

   B. U.S. Programs:

The Business World in New York City

Cornell in Washington

Marine Science: Shoals Marine Laboratory (Maine)

Prelaw Program in New York City

Precollege Studies for High School Students

If you know any high school students, be sure to tell them about Cornell’s Precollege Studies. This award-winning program offers three-, six-, and nine-week courses for motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world.

Participants can study online year-round or, in the summer, live on our beautiful campus. Students 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 time of their life.

For information, visit, email, call (607) 255-6203, or write to Cornell University Precollege Studies, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) Pre-medical Program

The Pre-medical Program at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) is a two-year non-degree course of study designed to help prepare students to meet the educational requirements to apply to WCM–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).