A curriculum that emphasizes culture, language, social difference & global citizenship
Beginning in Fall 2020, all incoming Arts & Sciences students will take part in a new curriculum focused on exploration of humanity’s wide diversity of knowledge and culture. Changes to the curriculum include new distribution requirements of social difference and global citizenship, as well as a continued commitment to culture and language.
All of our departments in the humanities and social sciences offer courses that are specifically designed to meet these requirements, as well as diversity requirements in the curricula of other colleges and schools at Cornell. Here are a few examples:
- Jim Crow and Exclusion Era in America
- Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives
- Dissent and Protest in U.S. History
- Health and Environmental Justice
- Carceral Worlds: Policing, Prisons, and Securitization
- Philosophy of Race
- Gender and the Brain
- Staging Faith: Contemporary Theatre and Lived Religions
- Intersectionality in Disability Studies
Academic programs dedicated to the study of identity
Arts & Sciences is home to most of the academic programs at Cornell that focus on the study of class, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, nationality, language, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability.
- Africana Studies & Research Center
- American Studies Program
- Asian American Studies Program
- Center for the Study of Inequality
- Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Jewish Studies Program
- Latina/o Studies Program
- LGBT Studies
- Religious Studies Program
The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program is housed in CALS; however, Arts & Sciences faculty teach in the program and our students can take courses or minor in AIISP. A&S students can also take courses through the Disability Studies Program in the ILR School.
Enhanced opportunities & funding for historically underrepresented students
The college is committed to developing and supporting its myriad programs that provide enhanced academic opportunities for historically underrepresented and first-generation students.
Fellowships, mentoring & financial aid
- Posse program
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
- Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP)
- Kessler Presidential Scholars Program
- McNair Scholars
- Gates Millennium Scholars
Career development programs
Special advising & support
- International Student Services (Office of Global Learning)
- Latinx Student Success Office
- Student Disability Services
- Undocumented & DACA Support
- Veterans Special Advising
- Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making
Summer bridge programs
Get a head start on college by taking summer classes taught by Cornell faculty
The Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP) helps to prepare around 200 incoming first-year students, across the undergraduate colleges, for their first semester at Cornell University. During the program, PSSP provides the opportunity for students to engage in academic courses, connect with campus resources, while establishing a community with their peers. Students interact with faculty, staff, and their peers throughout the program.
Scholars are required to take courses and participate in weekly college activities that let students connect with offices and faculty across campus. Courses for each student will be selected based on academic interests and information provided in a scholar’s Cornell application. Each Arts & Sciences PSSP participant will be assigned an advising dean and a program assistant, an undergraduate mentor that helps students navigate PSSP and Cornell. Additionally, scholars will be required to live on-campus for the duration of the program. Students will be living in a residence hall on campus and have access to dining halls, libraries, laundry room, and study spaces. All tuition, fees, room, and board charges are covered by Cornell.