After visiting the ancient Greek palace complex of Knossos and the slave plantation ruins of Prospect Hill in the Bahamas for two month-long Cornell courses, American History major Cate LiaBraaten '12 wrote a research paper comparing the two historic sites. Read More
Department of History
Our focus is on the history of Western Civilization, particularly European and U.S. history, with occasional courses available in Islamic, Asian and Latin American history. Specific areas covered in U.S. history are the Colonial Period, Civil War and Reconstruction, the New Deal, and the Civil Rights movement. The courses in European History deal with social and institutional history from the middle ages to the present. Spain and modern Russia (including the USSR) are countries of particular interest.
One Course At A Time
Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule makes possible in-depth discussions and focused classroom work, as well as a number of unique learning opportunities. For example, students can explore a variety of public history opportunities that connect them to local historical museums, immerse them in research at Chicago's Newberry Library, or give them a chance to become documentary film makers.
The Cornell campus and sections of Mount Vernon are on the National Register of Historic Places giving students an immediate resource for extensive projects in local history, discovering the connections among transportation, commerce, settlement patterns, architecture, and the like.