Personal Genomics and Medicine

Students in Personal Genomics and Medicine can chose to participate in the National Geographic Genographic Project kits as part of the Cornell Ancestry Project. Dr. Spencer Wells, geneticist, anthropologist, filmmaker, Explorer-In-Residence at the National Geographic Society, and director of the Genographic project will be a guest lecturer. Learn more

Ethics of Eating

Students will benefit from visits by experts from Cornell and the Ithaca community including farmers, restaurateurs, and policy makers. The course will also arrange visits to local food-production facilities and farms. 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 the university and examine engaging subjects through new and different lenses.

Most University Courses are team taught, many by faculty from different departments. The fourteen courses supported by the program in 2013-14 are taught by twenty-five faculty members from nineteen departments. The courses themselves are listed in the following departments and programs:

Africana Studies Astronomy
Biology and Society Cognitive Studies
Communications Comparative Literature
Computer Science Design and Environmental Analysis
Earth and Atmospheric Science Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
English Entomology
Economics Global Health
History Horticulture
Human Development Industrial and Labor Relations
Information Science Molecular Biology and Genetics
Music Neurobiology and Behavior
Nutritional Sciences Philosophy
Science and Technology Studies Sociology

See Courses offered for more information about University Courses offerings in 2013-14, 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

Six Pretty Good Books

"I liked the ability to ask many questions and to engage with the professors. It was like a conversation." Learn more

Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine (Spring 2013)

"The emphasis on application was great. You had to work through how to solve the problem in a direct way." Learn more

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