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CIW Semester Courses

 

Studying in small classes at the Cornell University Wolpe Center with Cornell faculty, you can earn 12-16 Cornell credits.  Eight credits will come from your Core Courses and the remaining from Elective Courses. Before choosing any courses, be sure to check with you advisor or department about how credits and courses will apply to your major.

Core Courses for Fall and Spring

When you apply, you will choose one of two core courses:
  • Studies in Public Policy
  • Studies in the American Experience

The core course offers you the chance to take advantage of the rich research resources of the Washington area as you learn how to do original research on a topic of your choosing. With the help of the professor teaching the core course, and a tutor who will work with you one on one, you will:

  • choose your research topic
  • design your own original research
  • gather information and analyze it
  • produce a final paper that will be an original contribution to the scholarship on your topic.


Studies in Public Policy

This 8-credit course is the academic core of the Public Policy option in the Cornell in Washington Program, and all students who choose this option are required to enroll. The course is cross-listed as GOVT 4998, AMST 4998, ALS 4998, PAM 4060, and CAPS 4998.

The purpose of the option is to encourage your in-depth exploration of American public policy, examined through three different lenses.

  • You will consider some of the most important explanations for, and evaluations of, the American policy-making process in both your core course and in your electives.
  • You will participate in internships that provide access to, and insights into, the world of politics and policy.
  • Finally, in the core course you will undertake a substantial piece of original empirical research on American public policy.

The project will be your own. It will be a significant accomplishment of which you can, and will, be justifiably proud. Integrating this achievement with your other courses in Washington and with your externship is precisely what makes the Cornell in Washington semester the best semester for so many CIW alumni. See formal course description.
 

Studies in the American Experience

This 8-credit course is the academic core of the American Experience option in the Cornell in Washington Program, and all students who choose this option are required to enroll. The course is cross-listed as HIST 4997, AMST 4997 and CAPS 4997.

The purpose of this option is to provide a window on the American experience examined through three different lenses.

  • In the core course and electives, you will consider the American experience from the vantage point provided by snapshots of America's political, social, and economic history, as well as American contributions to art, literature, and public philosophy.
  • You will participate in internships that provide access to, and insights into, America's past and present.
  • Finally, in the core course you will undertake a substantial piece of primary, historical research on the American experience.

The project will be your own. It will be a significant accomplishment of which you can, and will, be justifiably proud. Integrating this achievement with your other courses in Washington and with your externship is precisely what makes the Cornell in Washington semester the best semester for so many CIW alumni. See formal course description.

 

Elective Courses for Fall and Spring

Every semester program participant is required to choose one or two of the elective courses. Elective courses may change every semester, and recent  electives have included the following. 

Instructions for CIW Course enrollment will be given each semester at the Final Arrangements meeting on campus. Current semester course list.

History of the U.S. Senate
Advanced Global Health and Security Policy
American Shakespeare
Migration and the Peopling of America
International Monetary Theory ECON 4520 (formerly ECON 3620)
International Trade Theory and Policy ECON 4510 (formerly ECON 3610)
 

See About CIW for program cost, dates and deadlines.

Looking for more information or someone to speak with? Contact CIW at cwash@cornell.edu.