Professor David Yamanishi: "The advantages of the block plan are so many and so compelling that I can't imagine teaching on a semester or quarter plan again." Read more
Professor Craig Allin was featured in a 2011 radio interview about teaching on the block plan. Listen to the interview
Department of Politics
The politics major provides a range of experiences in three subfields: political thought, international relations and comparative government, and American politics. Students frequently minor in one of these areas in combination with other majors, including interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Women's Studies.
Our faculty offer diverse perspectives and expertise, ranging from wilderness politics to global feminism, and American political ethics to Latin American issues.
We strive for a balance between theory and practice, and Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule affords many opportunities for innovative learning approaches. The block plan also provides excellent opportunities for internships and off-campus study.