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

History of Exploration: Land, Sea, and Space

History of Exploration: Land, Sea, and Space professor Steve Squyres gives regular updates from the Mars Rover Opportunity, complete with images that have come down from Mars in the last 12-24 hours. This fall he will include updates from the Mars rover Curiosity which will be landing in August 2012. 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 twenty-two courses supported by the program in 2015-16 are taught by forty faculty members from twenty-eight departments. 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 2015-16, 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

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

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

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