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

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 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 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