The College of Arts & Sciences requires all students preparing to study abroad to complete at least one course in area studies. The area studies course may concentrate either on the specific destination country, or the general world region (Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, etc.) with significant coverage of the destination country. "Comparative," "international," or "global" courses will not normally qualify as area studies courses for study abroad. (As Cornell does not offer any courses specific to Australia/New Zealand, students going to those countries must take an area studies course while abroad.)
We encourage you to choose a course that reflects your academic or personal interests, rather than simply fitting into a "requirements" box. If you are unsure of the applicability of a specific course, or find an applicable course not listed on the database, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation that your chosen course will fulfill the area studies requirement.