In the News

Cornell University student Sally Yang has published an  op-ed in the Baltimore Sun using data she collected while enrolled in Taking America's Pulse.

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


University Courses and the Johnson Museum Collaborate

University Courses instructors from four courses have collaborated with the Johnson Museum of Art to create interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Learn more

Eating Ethically

Joseph Erbentraut of the Huffington Post asks if there is any food that's totally ethical to eat. 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

Intro to Environmental Psych

"I redesigned my room because of this class and make day-to-day observations related to this class so thank you!" Learn more

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