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Open to Cornell and non-Cornell students, students in this eight week program enroll in two or three courses to earn Cornell credits.

Program details can be found here.

Summer Courses

Summer 2018


America's Changing Faces
GOVT 3128 / AMST 3128
Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:55pm
1 credit

As new generations of leaders emerge in America’s political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions (for good and ill), a national conversation about what constitutes leadership has continued.  This course will examine the idea of that leadership at the national, community, and personal levels to understand the interactions between different kinds of leadership, how it connects to ideas of citizenship, communal and political engagement, and how generations shift their ideas of leadership.

Introduction to Public Policy
GOVT 3071
D. Silbey
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am - 11:45am
4 credits

This course aims to explore the creation of public policy in the United States. We will focus on
the structures and issues that drive the American political sphere and discuss and analyze how policies
are created and implemented.


The DC Environment: Environmental Challenges, Environmental Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the Nation's Capital
NTRES 4940
K. Crosley Beem
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30pm - 9:15pm
4 credits

A crucial element of Washington, D.C. is often lost amid the onslaught of sensational headlines and politics – the environment. The underlying natural resources of the Nation's capital are more than just background; they have driven the course of environmental policy and represent a vibrant cross section of how our country has approached (or ignored) environmental issues. Using a variety of social and analytical lenses, this course will take you through the key environmental issues that face DC, from the controversy of fracking in the George Washington National Forest to the promise of urban agriculture to environmental gentrification of the Anacostia River. You will engage in class discussions, case study analyses, and field activities in and around the DC area to tackle how climate change, energy issues, and environmental justice intersect in the Nation’s capital.