Due to the unique flexibility provided by Cornell’s One Course At A Time calendar, off-campus study is an integral part of the college’s curriculum. Since students are committed to only one course during a block, the entire class can be moved to an off-campus location, in the U.S. or overseas. By supporting off-campus study the McWethy Program follows through on its mission to promote experiential learning and provide academic enrichment opportunities. The McWethy Program provides funding to faculty members to develop off-campus courses and field experiences and offers subsidies and scholarships to participating students.

Faculty interested in requesting McWethy Program funding for an off-campus course, see below.

  • Financial Management Seminar in Chicago

    Every year students in the Financial Management seminar spend nearly a week in the Chicago financial district studying how markets and business firms manage financial, operational and credit risk. In its most recent visit, the class toured the floors of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and talked with traders and financial experts. The students also had an opportunity to exchange ideas with risk managers at the Bank of America, and Centegra Health Care, a major provider of health care services in the Chicago area.

  • Macroeconomics Seminar in Uruguay

    Students spent a month in Uruguay and Argentina studying issues of economic growth in Latin America’s Southern Cone. The class was hosted by the Universidad de Montevideo and the Southern Cone Group investment firm. Cornell students joined Uruguayan counterparts in classes co-taught by Cornell Professor Knoop and faculty members from the Universidad de Montevideo. The students took field trips to Buenos Aires and several locations in Uruguay. They interacted with government officials, financial industry experts, and business owners to understand how institutional factors and policy choices influence growth in emerging economies.

  • Culture, Gender, and Public Policy in Japan

    Students traveled with professors Carol Enns (Psychology) and Erin Davis (Sociology)to Japan to study the interconnections between Japanese cultural traditions, gender roles, and contemporary public policy. The class studied within the Tokyo and Kyoto-Osaka regions, visiting many historical, cultural, educational, employment, and religious settings to gain a first-hand understanding of how public policy is influenced by Japanese traditions, values, and the socio-economic system.

Additional Off-Campus Experiences Supported by the McWethy Program

  • International Economics Seminar in Uruguay and Argentina with Professor A'amer Farooqi (Economics and Business) 
  • Economics of Sports in Dallas with Professor Jerry Savitsky (Economics and Business)
  • U.S. Economic and Business History in Chicago with Santhi Hejeebu (Economics Business)
  • Religions in Ethiopia in Ethiopia with Steven Sacks (Religion)
  • From Village to Factory in Chile with Anton Daughters (Anthropology)
  • Urban Community in Chicago with Professor Tori Barnes-Brus (Sociology)
  • Families in Social Context in Chicago with Professor Erin Davis (Sociology)
  • Ethics and Public Policy (Midwestern presidential libraries) in Texas with Professor Robert Sutherland (Politics)
  • Wilderness Politics and Policy in Boundary Waters (Minnesota) with Professor Craig Allin (Politics)
  • Policy to Practice: Comparative Educational Systems, the U.S., and Southern Africa in South Africa with Professor Gayle Luck (Education)

For more information about off-campus study, please contact the Associate Director of the McWethy Program.

Faculty Requests for 2017-2018 McWethy Program Off-Campus Study Funding

The McWethy Program for Economics, Business, and Public Policy can provide financial support to classes that are taught off-campus entirely or in part. It can support courses that include lessons, projects, or field trips whose principal purpose is the study of economics, business, or public policy. The Center's financial support can reduce the cost that students must pay to participate in the special opportunities that you offer. Courses with elements of Economics, Business or Public Policy (but that aren’t determined to have a primary focus) may still request to be considered for funding to support those particular elements. 

If you would like to apply for funding for a course that you will teach in 2017-2018, please submit the following to the Lead for the McWethy program  no later than June 1st, 2016:

  • Course dept, course number and block, instructor, location
  • A brief explanation of how your course's objectives will help students increase their knowledge of economics, business, or public policy
  • Level of support you are requesting from the McWethy program ($ per student and total amount overall requested from MP) and an overview of how those funds would be used
  • An outline of your course and supporting information--- syllabus, itinerary, and budget. If this information has been provided to the Program Coordinator in the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies, in your email request please direct the McWethy Program to obtain a copy from Off-Campus Studies.