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Summer Courses

Open to Cornell and non-Cornell students, students in this eight week program enroll in two of three courses, earning 6 or 8 credits, taught in the morning and in the evening.

Enrollment opens early December. 

Summer Courses

GOVT 3071
An Introduction to Public Policy
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.
4 credits

This course provides the tools and insights for understanding the forces that shape public policy and for evaluating the policies themselves. The first of the three course segments examines the institutions, interests, and ideologies operating in the policy arena. The second segment considers alternative approaches to evaluating policies. The third focuses on a number of major issues in contemporary American politics, including crime and punishment, the economy, and natural resources. The course structure combines lectures, discussions, and group activities.

HIST 1571
American Military History from the World Wars to 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan 1900 - 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
4 credits

America is finishing up two wars, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. They have been the longest wars in American history and have ended amid much ambivalence about the US engagement in each place and the results. They are part of a series of wars that America has fought as a global power, with a global reach, sending its forces thousands of miles from home. That global reach is not new, and goes back all the way to 1898 and the Spanish-
American War. This course will look at the American military experience from our first tentative steps onto the global stage in 1898, to the earth-spanning conflicts of World War I and II, to the nuclear tension of Cold War conflicts, and finish with the current Long War against terrorism, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


AMST 3128/ GOVT 3128
America's Changing Faces--A New Generation of Political, Economic, and Cultural Leadership
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
2 credits

A new generation of leaders has emerged in America's political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. Those leaders employ and explore in their work modern communications technologies such as the Internet. Thereby, they are changing both what is done and how things are done in the daily life. This course explores the resulting changes in the nature of American life and asks questions about the interactions among the different realms of life.

We will explore these questions largely through a series of conversations with distinguished agents of change from each of the four primary arenas. While guests will speak from their own perspective, in juxtaposing these views, we will begin to construct an understanding of the interactive impact of modern communications technologies on life in America. Students' analyses, based on the conversations and readings associated with each guest speaker, will reflect their past experiences as well as their expectations for the future.