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Punkfest 2016: Anarchy in the Archives Nov. 2-5

If Controversies About Inequality interests you, check out some upcoming events from the Center for the Study of Inequality.


"Slope Media" highlights Taking America's Pulse

Author: Jeremy Candelas Imagine you had the chance to find out what Americans thought about almost any conceivable topic. Perhaps you’d want to know how Americans felt about aggression on social media. Maybe you’d be curious about how opinions on U.S. relations with China have recently evolved? Or how Americans viewed the quality of their education? Learn more

University Courses Tackle love and food justice

Several of the new University Courses have been featured in this month's edition of the Cornell Chronicle. Learn more


University Courses at Cornell are designed to teach students to think from the perspectives of multiple disciplines, across departments and among diverse fields of study. University Courses foster intellectual discovery, promote debate, and address complex issues. Students taking University Courses enroll alongside students from across all the colleges at Cornell and examine engaging subjects through new and different lenses.

Most University Courses are team taught, many by faculty from different departments. The sixteen courses supported by the program in 2016-17 are taught by over two dozen faculty members from across the University. The courses themselves are listed in the following departments and programs:

American Studies

Africana Studies

Art History


Biology and Society

Cognitive Studies


Comparative Literature

Computer Science

Design and Environmental Analysis

Earth and Atmospheric Science

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology




German Studies

Global Health



Human Development

Industrial and Labor Relations

Information Science

Molecular Biology and Genetics


Neurobiology and Behavior

Nutritional Sciences

Performing and Media Arts


Plant Biology

Plant Breeding


Science and Technology Studies


Visual Studies


See Courses offered for more information about University Courses offerings in 2016-17, and Faculty for more information about the Faculty who will teach these courses.

Faculty interested in proposing a University Course should consult the Call for Proposals.

Student Perspectives

Humans and Climate Change

"Discussions made me feel more engaged, because I got to hear a variety of different views and occasionally give my own view. The final presentation made me feel more engaged because I got to present about the contribution I had made to the project and how it could potentially help solve the problem of global warming." (Humans and Climate Change) Learn more

Plagues and People

“I don't think it's fair to talk about Plagues and People compared to other classes I've taken - I've taken a lot of classes I loved, and that was because I wanted to, not solely because of a requirement." Learn more