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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Cornell offers wealth of summer study opportunities

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, May 11, 2016

Enrollment is still open for more than five hundred Cornell courses offered on campus, online, and around the world during Summer Session.

Open to all and available in three-, six-, and eight-week sessions between June 1 and August 9, these courses are a great opportunity to study with outstanding faculty, gain valuable skills, grow professionally, explore new ideas, and catch up or get ahead on credits toward a degree.

Courses offered on campus run the gamut from applied economics to thermodynamics, American sign language to Greek mythology. Some perennial favorites include Isaac Kramnick’s Introduction to Political Philosophy (GOVT 1615) and Roberto Bertoia’s Summer Drawing I (ART 1500).

Special programs allow students to combine travel with academics in programs such as Global Health in Tanzania, Imagining Rome, and summer study programs in Madrid, Turin, and Zambia. Domestic summer programs often include an internship component as well, as is the case with the Prelaw Program in New York City, led by C. Evan Stewart, one of America’s most distinguished lawyers.

More than 35 online courses give students an opportunity to continue their studies on the beach, on the road, or at home. This year’s online courses include Global Conversations with Entrepreneurs (HADM 4133/6133), New Media and Society (COMM/INFO 3200), and The Anthropology and History of the Food You Eat (ANTHR 2496/4496).

Several courses are making their summer debut this year, including History and Politics of the Modern and Contemporary Middle East (NES 2619), taught by Ross Brann, the M. R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies, and Shakespeare on Stage (PMA 2682), taught by Bruce Levitt, a professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts (formerly the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance) since 1986.

For more information about Summer Session or to enroll, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.4987. If you’re at least sixty years old and don't need to earn college credit, sign up for a course at a substantial discount through the Seniors Program.