University Courses Mission Statement

University Courses should:

  • Reach a substantial proportion of the undergraduate student body.
  • Provide students with an experience of Cornell as “one university,” mitigating the experience of segmentation that our diffuse institutional structure can generate.
  • Represent for and instill within students the distinctive character of Cornell: the intersection of diverse modes of academic pursuit and intellectual inquiry.
  • Provide students with an occasion for cross-disciplinary study.
  • Through examples of intersections, disjunctions, or creative tensions among disciplines, courses should model processes of intellectual discovery and critical thinking.
  • Expose students to open dialogue and debate.
  • Create an occasion to display engaging educational opportunities representing the full range of Cornell’s schools and colleges.
  • Provide occasions for engaged, innovative, and proactive pedagogy.