Courses of Study 2014-2015 
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Courses of Study 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Inequality Studies Minor

In the College of Arts and Sciences .


Inequality lies at the heart of current debates about opportunity and equity, implicating numerous contemporary policy issues. Public and scholarly interest in inequality has intensified, not merely because of historic increases in income and wealth inequality in the United States and other advanced industrial countries, but also because inequalities of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class are evolving in dramatic and complicated ways. Cornell University is a leading center of scholarship on inequality, drawing strength from its many departments and colleges. The institutional home for the minor is the Center for the Study of Inequality.

The Minor in Inequality Studies exposes students to inequality through a breadth of approaches, methods, and topics while allowing them to tailor the program to their particular interests. The Minor in Inequality Studies is appropriate for students interested in public and private sectors, policy, and civil society, as well as for those who wish to pursue graduate and professional degrees in various fields.

An interdisciplinary minor, Inequality Studies is open to students in all Cornell undergraduate colleges and can be completed in conjunction with almost any major.


Minor Requirements:

Six courses are required to complete the minor. All students take the core course, Controversies About Inequality (DSOC 2220 / GOVT 2225 /ILROB 2220 /PAM 2220 /PHIL 1950 /SOC 2220 ), and ONE of the following overview courses:

An additional four electives complete the requirements for the minor. Electives are available from over thirty academic departments. The electives and overview course must be distributed across at least three departments and students must earn a grade C or higher in all minor courses. Completion of the minor will be recorded on the student’s academic record.

For a list of approved electives, profiles of alumni, and enrollment in the minor, please visit