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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.

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Summer Courses

Summer 2017 / Enroll NOW!


America's Changing Faces
GOVT 3128 / AMST 3128
D. Silbey
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.

America's Wars from Alexander Hamilton to Barack Obama and Beyond, 1776 -future
HIST 1572
D. Silbey
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am - 11:45am
4 credits

The United States has spent most of its history fighting wars, first largely at home during the Revolution and American Civil War, then globally in the world wars, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  Nearly every American leader has fought in or run a war, whether that leader was a founding father or our first African-American President.  This course will look not only at the military history of US wars but at the leadership — Hamilton, Lincoln, Obama as well as  George Patton, Colin Powell, and Chris Kyle — that organized and defined how the wars started, happened, and ended.  The class will tour nearby battlefields, including such critical Civil War sites as Antietam and Gettysburg, to understand the conflicts not only on the top level but down on the battleground itself. Additional $150 fee for field trips.


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.