Student in "Taking America's Pulse" Publishes Op-Ed in the Sun

Using survey data collected in Taking America's Pulse, student Max Schechter was able to publish an op-ed in the Cornell Daily Sun. Learn more

"Can We Feed the World?" Ethics of Eating hosts alternative farmer, Joel Salatin

Estimates indicate that by 2050, at least 9 billion people will inhabit planet Earth. Food scientists, environmentalists, industry advocates, farmers, and policymakers disagree about how best to sustain a global food supply. Many assume that the solution will involve petroleum-based fertilizers and concentrated animal feedlot operations (CAFO’s). According to Joel Salatin, a third-generation alternative farmer from Polyface Farms, Inc. in Swope, Virginia, nothing could be further from the truth. 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 2014-15 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 2014-15, 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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