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Africana Studies

The Africana Studies undergraduate program takes an interdisciplinary approach through the focal areas of history, literature, social sciences and African languages such as Swahili, Yoruba or Zulu. Students will explore the global migrations throughout the Americas, Africa and the African ... read more.

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American Studies

The program provides a rigorous yet flexible interdisciplinary study of the diverse populations and cultures in the United States, with students able to take courses from more than forty faculty members drawn from across the humanities and social sciences. Beyond core courses in history, ... read more.

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Undergraduate majors study complex social and cultural systems through three subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Topics ranging from identity politics and globalization to prehistory and human evolution are offered and focus on every major ... read more.

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Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Archaeology Program provides exposure to a broad range of cultures and the methods of uncovering and interpreting them. Courses cover classical archaeology, Near Eastern studies, and archaeology of the Americas and Africa. Students gain hands-on ... read more.

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Asian Studies

A major in Asian Studies is rewarding because the growing global importance of Asia means increasing career opportunities in law, business, government, journalism, arts and education. Requirements include completion of two years of Asian language or equivalent demonstrated proficiency and 30 ... read more.

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The astronomy major provides in-depth knowledge and education about the nature of the universe, relying heavily on preparation in physics and mathematics. Nearly all majors become involved in research projects in their junior and senior years. Faculty and students played major roles in the early ... read more.

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Biological Sciences

With a biology faculty of more than 300 and novel opportunities for undergraduates to jump into topflight research projects, Cornell has one of the best undergraduate biology programs in the country. Biology majors come from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life ... read more.

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Biology & Society

The Biology & Society major is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to combine the study of the biological sciences with courses that explore the social and ethical aspects of modern biology. In addition to gaining a foundation in biology, students in the major acquire background ... read more.

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Chemistry and Chemical Biology

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers two undergraduate degree routes. The standard major provides a comprehensive background for those who plan to go to graduate school in chemistry or a related subject. The alternative major is a flexible program with a core of chemistry ... read more.

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China and Asia-Pacific Studies

Cornell's unique new undergraduate major in China and Asia - Pacific Studies (CAPS) is designed to train future leaders who are equipped to address the inevitable challenges and negotiate the delicate complexities in U.S. - China relations. With four years of intensive Chinese language ... read more.

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The number of faculty and generally small class size ensure that students in Classics work closely with individual professors in their areas of expertise. Classics majors study the culture of ancient Greece and Rome through programs in the ancient languages, literature, archaeology, history, ... read more.

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Comparative Literature

Two tracks are offered for majors in comparative literature. Comparative Literary Studies is designed for students who wish to place greater emphasis on literature in their course work. Literary, Visual, and Media Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue their study of literature and ... read more.

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Computer Science

The computer science curriculum covers both the theory of algorithms and computing and their many applications in science, engineering, and business. Students learn algorithmic ways of thinking and study the elements of computing and information technology such as system design, problem ... read more.

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The department offers a broad range of courses in such fields as economic theory, econometrics, money and banking, international economics, economic history, growth and development, and industrial organization. Economics majors have enjoyed an excellent record in job placement, going on to ... read more.

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Cornell's English majors are trained in the rigors and pleasures of critical analysis, close reading, and lucid writing. Through writing workshops and a vast historical and geographical range of literature courses, students explore the values and problems of human experience and culture via ... read more.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) offers an undergraduate major and minor. Majors frequently pursue dual majors in other departments; FGSS complements the study of a wide variety of fields, including law, medicine, social analysis, art, psychology, literature, film and media, and human ... read more.

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Students are exposed to a wide range of research areas, periods, critical methods and theoretical frameworks: from textual analysis and cultural studies, to psychoanalytic and critical social theory to the study of genre, gender, and sexuality; from early historic periods to recent transatlantic ... read more.

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German Studies

German Studies majors can choose between two tracks. The German literature/culture track emphasizes literature, though majors can also pursue individual interests in courses on film, visual culture, performing arts, music, political history, and women's studies that have a substantial German ... read more.

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The study of government has one major purpose: to teach how to think and write rigorously and creatively about issues of public life. The department divides the field of government into four subfields: American politics the political behavior, policies and institutions of the United States), ... read more.

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The department is particularly strong in ancient, medieval, and modern European history, as well as American, Latin American, and Asian history. It also has a unique history of science program. In addition to a wide range of introductory and advanced courses, students can engage in independent ... read more.

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History of Art

Majors take courses ranging widely across chronological periods and geographical areas, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural developments. The department teaches a variety of art-historical methods and interpretive strategies, including connoisseurship, feminism, iconography, semiotics and ... read more.

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Information Science

The Information Science (IS) major examines information systems in their social, cultural, economic, historical, legal and political contexts. Although computer science is an important part of the program, the emphasis is on systems and their use, rather than on the technologies that underlie ... read more.

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The Italian major offers tracks in Italian literature and culture and Italian studies. The literature and culture track is designed for students who wish to study Italian language, literature and culture through the works of writers, artists and other figures who have developed rich and varied ... read more.

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 Linguistics is an inherently interdisciplinary field, and majors are attracted to it in different ways. Some have simply always enjoyed studying foreign languages. Others have studied computer science, logic or mathematics and are looking for a field where these ... read more.

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The mathematics major can emphasize the study of classical pure mathematics or it can explore applications of mathematical knowledge to other fields. Students choose from a rich variety of courses in analysis, algebra, topology, geometry, probability, statistics, and logic to tailor a program ... read more.

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Cornell's music major carries the study of music to an advanced level through the integration of performance, music theory and music history. It is designed to accommodate both students who are oriented toward eventual graduate or professional work in music and those who wish to take a more ... read more.

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Near Eastern Studies

The Near Eastern Studies major affords students the opportunity to acquire language skills as well as familiarity with the history, cultures, literatures and religions of the Near East/Middle East from antiquity to the modern day. The major is designed both to acquaint students broadly with the ... read more.

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Performing and Media Arts

The Performing and Media Arts major allows students to broaden their experiences in the disciplines and benefit from the synergies between the study and practice of dance and movement, live theatre and media arts.  We also welcome students interested in a double-major within the College of Arts ... read more.

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The philosophy curriculum generally includes offerings in epistemology, metaphysics, history of philosophy, logic, ethics, social and political philosophy, Continental philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, aesthetics and philosophy of science. Students participate each year in ... read more.

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The Physics major at Cornell is a flexible and intellectually stimulating program designed to accommodate the needs of students with a wide spectrum of backgrounds, interests and career goals. The analytical and problem solving skills developed in the course of earning a physics degree have ... read more.

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Psychology majors can concentrate in one of these areas, behavioral and evolutionary neuroscience; perception, cognition and development; or social and personality psychology. Many students double major in Psychology and Economics and many Psychology majors pursue a minor in Cognitive Science. ... read more.

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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major drawing from the resources of a variety of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The academic study of religion stands apart from a purely confessional approach in that it draws upon a diverse array of humanistic and ... read more.

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Science & Technology Studies

The major in Science & Technology Studies aims to further students' understanding of the social and cultural aspects of science and technology. Department courses encourage students to ask informed and penetrating questions about the social forces that shape science and technology, the ... read more.

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Science of Earth Systems

The Earth Sciences have never been more critical to society than they are today. The Science of Earth Systems (SES) major is the undergraduate program offered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to Cornell students in the colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture ... read more.

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The major gives students the opportunity to focus on basic science yet dive deeply into public and educational policies. Gender, racial, and income inequality, as well as drug use, economic development and organizational practices are among the topics investigated.

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The major is designed to give students proficiency in the oral and written Spanish language, to acquaint them with Hispanic culture and to develop their skill in literary and linguistic analysis. Majors can choose to concentrate in such areas as Spanish literature or Area Studies (Spanish, Latin ... read more.

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Statistical inference and probabilistic modeling are central to all of the pure and applied sciences today. Statistical thinking and quantitative reasoning has become pervasive in culture, economy, law, government, and science, dramatically changing the way people view the world. Cornell's ... read more.

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