Cornell-Approved Domestic Off-Campus Programs

Domestic off-campus programs are occasionally added and removed as interest, safety concerns and financial feasibility change. For latest program information, contact the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies.

ACM: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society (Chicago) (4)
Chicago has changed from an early trading center to a manufacturing powerhouse and the economic capital of the Midwest, and is now a hub for national and international business. This makes the city an ideal place to explore the intersection between liberal arts education and the economic, social, and strategic forces involved in the dynamic process of change and innovation that is central to entrepreneurship and business. Students will participate in a core course, seminar, independent study, and internship experience that will provide contact with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and government authorities in a variety of organizations. Internship options are virtually limitless and might include a major commercial real estate firm, media company, advertising or public relations firm, an international corporation headquartered in Chicago, a major financial or accounting firm, or a major retailer. Early September to mid-December or late January to mid-May. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. FAROOQI [965]

ACM: Newberry Seminar in the Humanities (4)
Students in the Newberry Seminar do advanced independent research in one of the world's great research libraries. They join ACM and GLCA faculty members in close reading and discussion centered on a common theme, and then write a major paper on a topic of their choice, using the Newberry Library's rich collections of primary documents. The fall seminar runs for a full semester; the spring seminars are month-long. Students live in Chicago apartments and take advantage of the city's rich resources. The Newberry seminar is for students looking for an academic challenge, a chance to do independent work, and possibly considering graduate school. Late August to early December. One-month seminars offered January to May. Prerequisite: junior standing. MARTIN [962]

ACM: Urban Studies (4)
Chicago is a quintessential American city that was founded on economic exchange, grew with America's westward expansion, became the hub of Midwest economic and political power, and continues to illustrate the best and worst of American society. The Urban Studies Program immerses students in the life of Chicago while exploring both the historical and current forces that define urban life. Through supervised internships, seminars, a core course, and independent study, students experience the dynamics of a modern city while learning academic concepts to frame those experiences. Possible internship placements include legal, criminal justice, community and social justice organizations, historical and cultural institutions, educational, public relations, and media facilities, political and philanthropic institutes, along with a host of other possible placements. Foremost, the Urban Studies Program develops the skills necessary for effective leadership in civic and political life by exposing students to effective models of action in light of the realities of urban America. Early September to mid-December or late January to mid-May. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. OLSON [967]

ACM: Urban Education (4)
The ACM Urban Education Program has had a long tradition of engagement with Chicago schools and the city’s education community. ACM student teachers in Chicago are among the best-equipped new professionals entering the field of education, and they join an extensive network of ACM alumni in the city’s schools and education-related organizations. Student teachers are placed in Chicago school classrooms with carefully-selected mentors and supervisors, where they fulfill all requirements for the final practicum stage of their teacher certification program. Each student conducts an inquiry to his/her own development as a teacher and completes all the requirements for a compelling Professional Portfolio. Student teachers participate in all activities at their placement schools, including faculty and parent meetings, in-service workshops, and school-related community meetings.

Prerequisites: permission of the Chair of the Cornell Education Department and a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. Fall or Spring. POSTLER [966]

Audubon Center of the North Woods: Wolf and Lynx Ecology Experiences in Northern Minnesota (1)
Preparation for and participation in on-going research projects in northeastern Minnesota on the ecology of wolves and lynx. Emphasis is placed on the winter ecology and conservation of these endangered species. January. Prerequisites: BIO 141 and 142. McCOLLUM [901]

Capital Experience (1-4)
This small, highly-flexible Washington Internship Institute program offers a well-integrated combination of internship and study with students from around the world. Each internship is designed around the interest of an individual student and much of the academic work is based on issues of individual interest. Students are strongly encouraged to enrich their experience from the cultural and historical treasury of the area. Student housing and other student services are available. Two 15-week semesters and a 10-week summer session are regularly scheduled but other lengths may be arranged. Short-term academic seminars are also periodically available. See the program's web site at for detailed information. SUTHERLAND [982]

Chicago Semester in the Arts (4)
The Chicago Arts Program is a 15-week semester of urban art immersion during which students explore the arts through practical, creative, and scholarly activity. While living in Chicago, in addition to attending a wide range of cultural events, students meet and work with local artists and arts professionals in part-time internships, on independent study projects, and in two courses: the core seminar, "Negotiating Chicago's Artworld," and an elective studio-based Special Topics workshop. Possible internship placements include, but are not limited to, museums and galleries, artists' studios, theatre and dance companies, recording studios and popular music venues, literary organizations and publications, film and video production companies, architecture firms, arts education and community outreach organizations, and graphic and interior designers. Not limited to arts majors, the program benefits all students who have strong career interests or graduate school aspirations in the arts and humanities. Allocation of Cornell credit is based upon course selection and is subject to departmental approval. Administered by ACM. Late August to mid-December or late January to mid-May. Prerequisite: advanced sophomore standing. ENTEL [964]

Oak Ridge Science Semester (4)

The Oak Ridge Science Semester is designed to enable qualified undergraduates to study and conduct research in a prestigious and challenging scientific environment. As members of a research team working at the frontiers of knowledge, participants engage in long-range investigations using the facilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) near Knoxville, Tennessee. The majority of a student's time is spent in research with an advisor specializing in biology, engineering, mathematics, or the physical or social sciences. Students also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to broaden their exposure to developments in their major field and related disciplines. In addition, each student chooses an elective from a variety of advanced courses. The academic program is enriched in informal ways by guest speakers, departmental colloquia, and the special interests and expertise of the ORNL staff. Administered by Denison University, the Oak Ridge Science Semester is recognized by both ACM and GLCA. August to December. Prerequisites: a major in one of the natural or social sciences or in mathematics, and junior standing. TEAGUE [963]

Washington Center (1-4)
A full range of interests and majors are served by this large, well-established program, including internships in art and museum studies, business administration, journalism and communications, international trade and strategic policy, laboratory research in the physical and biological sciences, social and community services, legal study and practice, as well as politics and public policy. Specially funded internships are available with non-profit, public service organizations, including many with an environmental focus, but scholarships support many other internships as well. An internship fills four-and-one-half days of the week and placement is arranged in consultation with each student. Also included are an academic course, occasional lectures on politics and public policy, student housing, and other student services. Opportunities include two 15-week semesters, an 11-week quarter, a 10-week summer session, and short-term academic seminars of varying length. See the program's web site at: for detailed information. SUTHERLAND [981]