2020-2021 Off-Campus Courses
Cornell's One Course At A Time schedule provides ample opportunities to study for a block off-campus. You might choose an off-campus course where you travel domestically or you might travel internationally.
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Holocaust and Human Rights in Europe—POL 244
Estimated course cost: $3,500
This course addresses the history, politics, sociology, and lived experience of the Holocaust and other significant human rights abuse in Europe, both from the point of view of victims and perpetrators. We will visit Holocaust and other human rights sites, and work to understand how and why human rights come to be abused, how and why abuse affects the victims, and how post-conflict communities work to resolve differences and learn from periods of abuse.
*This course will entail a significant amount of walking with luggage and climbing stairs, as well as difficult content.
Theatre and the Arts in New York City—THE 348
Estimated course cost: $4,000
Study theatrical performance and production in the commercial capital of American Theatre, New York City! Attend more than fourteen plays and events across roughly two weeks, from Broadway mega-hits to small experimental productions, with museum visits and professional workshops in between. Make professional connections by meeting alumni and local working artists, and go backstage at some of the most fascinating productions in the city. Discuss and debate how plays make meaning, and what makes a production successful. Taught in NYC. Prerequisite: THE 201 Play Analysis.
*This course will entail light exercise such as walking tours, museum visits, climbing stairs backstage, etc.
Mexican Culture in Oaxaca—SPA 206/302
Estimated course cost: $2,600
Come join us in the beautiful Mexican colonial city of Oaxaca! This UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural hub is located in the lovely Central Valley. The course will consist of intermediate/advanced Spanish language practice with a focus on Mexican culture and history. Through intensive language practice, we will explore Mexican culture, in addition to visiting the stunning pre-Colombian Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban. Students will stay with host families in Oaxaca City and meet for class at the Oaxaca Cultural Institute. Students will also participate in film nights, dance lessons, cooking lessons, and other activities and excursions. Prerequisite: SPA 103.
*This course will entail walking, dancing, and stairs.
Slavery and the Environment in a Comparative Context—HIS 241
Estimated course cost: $1,700
This course offers a rare opportunity to explore historic slave plantation ruins on a remote island in the Bahamas as a means of interpreting the history of slavery. We will examine the attempt by British Loyalists, who left the American colonies after the Revolutionary War, to establish cotton production in the Bahamas, and learn how the environment shaped the evolving dynamics between enslaved people and plantation owners. A significant portion of the course (two weeks) will be conducted at the Gerace Research Institute on the island of San Salvador; this will enable us to explore the ruins of several slave plantations, including the Farquharson Plantation. The journal Charles Farquharson kept from 1831-1832, which documents a slave uprising, is the only one in existence from a Bahamian slave plantation, and will be a central course text. Other field activities will include hiking, snorkeling, swimming, exploring historic sites, spelunking, learning from local residents about bush medicine, and experiencing the local culture. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.
*This course entails intensive field activities most days while we are on the island. It requires hiking over uneven terrain and carefully navigating through tight spaces. Students should be prepared for a certain amount of physical discomfort from the elements, including heat, humidity, and bugs. Students will need to be able to get up and down from an open air truck and carry their own luggage.
Rome Reborn:Caput Mundi in Antiquity, Christianity, and Facism—ART364
Estimated course cost: $3,800
Enjoy warmer weather and fabulous food during February while studying in one of the most famous cities in the world - Rome, Italy. Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler employed art and architecture as a means toward unifying the citizens of their nations in an attempt to foster a nationalist culture as well as demonstrate absolute rule. But these leaders were following an already established pattern; "Rome Reborn" focuses on these trends as they took place in the Eternal City from antiquity and world of Julius Caesar and Augustus to the Rome of the early modern popes and imperialism revived under Fascism and Mussolini. Topics include the evolution of the ancient city into the capital of the Roman Empire, the Christianization of Rome in the Renaissance and urban planning under Mussolini. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or completion of 200-level Art History course. No S/U option.
*This course entails significant walking and stairs.
Biological Problems—BIO or BMB 485
Estimated course cost: $3,200
BIO/BMB 485 is a capstone course involving both students and faculty in collaborative research. Students participate in a multifaceted ongoing research project focused on how climate change affects coral reefs. Fire coral and their algal symbionts are used as a model system to explore responses to thermal stress and coral bleaching. The course takes place on South Water Caye, a 12-acre Caribbean island surrounded by mangroves, tidal seagrass flats, and pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life located on the Belize barrier reef. Daily activities include laboratory research and snorkeling coral reefs. Prerequisite: BIO 315 or permission of instructor.
*This course entails walking, swimming, and snorkeling.
Applied Anthropology: Environment, Culture, and Sustainability in Appalachia—ANT265
Estimated course cost: $2,000
Appalachia is a region with a rich and varied history, often overshadowed by stereotypes and sensational depictions. In this course, we will spend time in the mountains of central and southern Appalachia in order to learn more about the experiences, issues, and triumphs that shape this region and the people who live there. We will especially focus on environmental dilemmas and conflicts, considering how the issues of Appalachia extend beyond the mountains. Using a holistic lens, we will explore the history, culture, economics, and the politics of the region. Activities will include hiking the Appalachian Trail, touring coal mines learning about mountaintop removal, meeting local activists, visiting regional organizations, museums, and heritage centers, and attending live music and other performances. Prerequisite: ANT 101.
*This course entails walking, hiking, and touring coal mines.
Gods, Emperors, and Philosophers—CLA 274/REL 268
Estimated course cost: $4,500
Gods, Emperors, and Philosophers invites students to trek across Greece and Western Turkey as explore and contemplate both the material and textual remains that inform our knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world from the Trojan War and the to the Ottoman empire. This course will visit archaeological sites and modern cities which hold considerable significance for our understanding of ancient Mediterranean religions, imperial politics, ancient and medieval societies, and philosophy, including Istanbul, Pergamon, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, and Delphi. This course will give special attention to how both material remains, inscriptions, and ancient texts illuminate our understanding of how ancient and early modern Mediterranean peoples imagined, constructed, and communicated both divine and imperial power. Students will explore how different ethnic and religious communities have responded to discord or imperial rule; discover how (and why) rulers take on divine qualities; contemplate how different communities define justice; reflect on how people have responded to the fear of death. Readings will include selections from Plato’s dialogues, Paul’s letters, Josephus’ history of Jewish experiences under Rome, and the Qur’an. Students will explore ancient cities, palaces, markets, theaters, sanctuaries, basilicas, synagogues, mosques, and museums. Throughout both Greece and Turkey, students will be led by their professors and tour guides across archaeological sites and cities and even be given the opportunity to give a mini-tour themselves.
*This course will entail significant walking and hiking.
Financial Management Seminar—ECB 352
Estimated course cost: $350
This course provides an introduction to the dynamic world of derivatives. We mainly focus on options and futures and will learn about the characteristics of the markets and institutions where these instruments trade, pricing models (e.g. the binomial model and Black-Scholes-Merton model), trading strategies (e.g. covered calls, protective puts, and spreads), forwards vs. futures, and the application of derivatives for financial risk management. Prerequisites: ECB 151, and ECB 210, 225, or 243.
*This course entails walking and some stairs.
If you haven’t already registered for your off-campus studies course, make sure to review the process for registration and find out if your off-campus studies course has any prerequisites. If you’ve already registered, traveled, and returned from your trip, make sure to submit your photos for our Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest! Have fun and good luck!