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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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—ANT222
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: $4,000
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!