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Study abroad course approval guidelines

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Major

 

Who pre-approves courses abroad for the major?

How should students contact the person for a meeting?

 

What should students bring to these meetings?

 

What if syllabi are not available?

How many courses/credits taken abroad may be approved to count toward the major?

 

 

Additional information?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Studies

 

 

Students should first meet with the faculty advisor for approval. They should then email the DUS with the specifics of the plan, including the information below. Any question that needs resolving will come to the DUS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, reading lists, prerequisites, credit information, syllabi--as much information as is available.

 

 

 

 

 

Final course approval will depend on successful completion and submission of syllabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two courses at most.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS (but also consult with Faculty Advisor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or

e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

As much information about proposed courses as possible (titles, descriptions, reading lists, syllabi, credit amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

Students may e-mail syllabi later; final decisions on course approval cannot be made without evaluation of syllabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 courses / 8 credits, with the possibility of petitioning for an additional course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archaeology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As much information about proposed courses as possible, in English.

 

 

If no syllabus is available, then students should provide as much description as they can and be sure to save the syllabus for final approval later.  Pre-approval is going  to be more tentative without  a syllabus or other detailed information.

 

 

 

No limit, but typically these only count for general Archaeology courses rather than fulfilling specific requirements, although there may be some cases where they can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astronomy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, reading list, credits, prerequisites--all in English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courses cannot be approved without a syllabus and list of textbooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 courses (up to 8 credits).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biological Sciences

For core courses in the  major, contact Jeff McCaffrey in the Office of Undergrad Biology in Stimson Hall and be prepared to provide a syllabus; for courses in their concentration, students should get approval from  their faculty advisor, who  may require description and syllabus.

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail Jeff McCaffrey (jm298), call 607-255-5233,

or come to walk-in hours: https://biology.cornell.edu/ad vising

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronic copies of course titles, descriptions, and syllabi, in English.

 

 

 

Syllabi are necessary for  core course pre-approval,  but might not be needed for pre-approval of courses in  the concentration. If syllabi are not available, students should be sure to have some alternative courses in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

up to 2 courses, possibly more for a full year abroad (with petition from the Office of Undergraduate Biology)

 

 

 

 

 

Please see: https://biology.cornell.edu/ advising/study-abroad for further suggestions for bio majors.

 

 

 

 

Biology & Society

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, and syllabi, in English.

Syllabi required for course approval; students may e- mail syllabi from abroad to  the DUS if they are unable to obtain them before they depart.

 

 

 

No set policy. Depends on the coursework.

 

 

 

 

 

Chemistry & Chemical Biology

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

Go to office hours. Sign up online:         https://docs.google.com/spre adsheets/  d/1fbr5MEdqm9QZ 3wayGk24zs3r RmaURYxqRQ 3 YAqLd4S4

/edit#gid=0

 

 

 

 

Students should review the memo below regarding the policy on transferring credits.

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

No set policy.

 

 

 

 

Students are urged to meet with DUS as early as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China & Pacific-Asia Studies

 

 

 

 

 

CAPS has a study abroad semester in China as an integrated and essential component of its curriculum.

All CAPS majors are required to attend a course of study abroad at Peking University (PKU or Beida) in Beijing during their junior or senior years; CAPS minors and other eligible Cornell  students may also participate in this study abroad  semester, along with CAPS majors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours (Xu Xin, CAPS program manager,  105 Morrill Hall) or e-mail for an appointment (xx12).

In Beijing, we offer participating students a package of coursework and internship opportunities.

Participating students will  take CAPS 4001 China in Transition, CAPS 4002 Chinese Perspectives on International and Global Affairs, and an appropriate- level Chinese language course in the School of International Studies (SIS) at Beida. These courses, totally 12 credits, are designated by CAPS as required courses  for Cornell credit.

Participating students may also opt to take any SIS courses as elective for Cornell credit, as approved

by the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPS each semester organizes a number of information/orientation sessions for students participating in a study abroad semester in Beijing, China. All participating students are required to attend these sessions.

 

Students can find details for CAPS off-campus information at the CAPS website:  http://caps.cornell.edu/off- campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classics

 

 

 

 

Faculty advisor for approval of Study Abroad plan; DUS for provisional course pre- approval.

 

 

To contact the DUS, go to Professor Pelliccia’s office hours (MWF 11-12) or e-mail him for an appointment (hnp1). As office hours fill up quickly, it is best to book an appointment in advance.

 

 

 

 

Students should bring the course title and description; syllabus, if available; information about any prerequisites; and credits.

 

 

 

If a syllabus is not yet available, bring a course description. However, final approval of the course for major credit will require submission of a syllabus.

 

 

 

No formal limit; however students should consult with DUS to determine which specific courses taken abroad can count toward major requirements.

 

When students return from their time abroad, they should be sure to bring transcripts and syllabi  from all courses for which they wish to receive credit in the major. These will need to be submitted to  the DUS for final approval.

 

College Scholar

 

Faculty Advisor

Go to office hours or e-mail

for an appointment.

 

Course titles & descriptions.

 

TBD

No set policy. Up to the

faculty advisor's discretion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparative Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours if possible; if not, then e-mail DUS for an appointment.

 

Students should bring as much information as they have--at least titles and descriptions, but also number of credits, book lists, and syllabi if possible. Pre- approval is not ironclad. The most substantive discussions about course work taken abroad happen after the students return when they  are able to convey what kind of work they actually did in  the courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determined in consultation with faculty advisor and DUS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop by during office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

Students should bring with them course descriptions and syllabi (online links to these  are fine- but we do request to meet in person with students  if they are on campus). In general, we do not approve  SA credit for CS core courses or CS 4000+ electives.

 

 

 

If a syllabus for a particular course is not yet available, then the course can be designated as a major- approved elective until which time the syllabus is available

– unless of course the course description is quite clear.

 

 

There are 7 major-specific requirement slots that students can fill using study abroad credit; these are the 3000+ technical electives,  the 3000+ level external specialization, and the major- approved elective (this can  be any level).

 

 

 

 

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

First, students should discuss their plans with their faculty advisor and with the DUS;  then they should see  Savannah Williams (ss376)    for formal approval.

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

Course titles and descriptions are usually sufficient.

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

No set limit. Subject to SES approval and Cornell residency requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty advisor first (for general approval of plan to study abroad) & then DUS (for course pre-approval).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

Students should bring course descriptions, titles, prerequisites, syllabi, reading lists, and number of credits  for each course--all in  English. Students should list only two courses if going for one semester or four if going for a full year. (If students change their choices once abroad, they should communicate with the DUS via e-mail.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask whether syllabi may be submitted later, from abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 2 courses for a semester; 4 for a year.

 

 

 

 

Students should be sure to read study abroad information on the department's website: http:// economics.cornell.edu/ undergraduate-student- experiences#study-abroad

 

 

 

 

Science of Earth Systems

First, students should discuss their plans with their faculty advisor and with the DUS;  then they should see  Savannah Williams (ss376)    for formal approval.

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

Course titles and descriptions are usually sufficient.

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

No set limit. Subject to SES approval and Cornell residency requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

English

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

E-mail Corrine Bruno (cb624) for an appointment with the DUS.

Students should bring as much information as they have--at least titles and descriptions, but also number of credits, book lists, and syllabi if possible. An older version of a syllabus is also acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

 

8 credits per semester.

 

 

 

 

 

Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The director of undergraduate studies pre- approves courses for the major. The student should schedule a meeting with the DUS the semester prior to going abroad.

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

The student should bring as much information as possible about the courses, including  a syllabus, if available.

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

One study abroad course maybe used for the major

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

Students should bring a list of courses, with the  understanding (already presumably emphasized by Cornell Abroad) that foreign universities tend to establish their course rosters much, much later than we do in the States. Students should keep  in mind that, in order to be applied toward one of our majors of minors, a course must be at least 50% concerned with intellectual  and cultural content from a  part of the world where  French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese is spoken. The DUS will request a syllabus only if the title of the course seems ambiguous. It may    also be appropriate to

mention that certain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syllabi can be submitted later, after the student is abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 2 courses for minors, and up to 3 courses for majors.

The mere fact that a course is taught in the target language (that is, in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese)  is not, on its own, a sufficient criterion for  a course to be counted  toward a Romance Studies minor or major; likewise, we do not typically award minor or major credit for courses whose primary aim is increased language proficiency. Above all, we encourage students  to explore courses which analyze and engage critically with the culture (e.g. the history,  literature,  art, cinema, politics, music, legal and other institutions, etc.) of the parts of the world where

they've chosen to study.

 

 

 

 

 

German

 

Check with the department. Students need to see the person most involved in     study abroad programs-- maybe the DUS, the departmental liaison for study abroad, or someone else.

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

Course title, description, indication of course level, type of course (lecture, seminar, lab). It might not be possible to provide a syllabus.

 

 

 

Syllabi might not be available or necessary, if other information is sufficient to evaluate the courses.

 

 

 

 

1 class per semester abroad, for major or minor.

 

 

Students are strongly encouraged to inquire about study abroad and attend informational sessions and meet with study abroad advisors.

 

 

 

 

 

Government

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, credit information, in English. Have a few alternate courses in mind. Courses abroad that duplicate  courses a student has  already taken here will not be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 5 courses for a full year abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

History

 

DUS (The Department of History does not offer formal pre-approval of courses to be taken abroad, although the DUS will meet students for a preliminary consultation.)

 

Go to office hours or email history_dus @cornell.edu hours available at: http://history. cornell.edu/ contacts

List of course titles. (Upon return from study abroad, bring: the "Transfer of Credit Application Form," official transcripts, course syllabi, and a sample of written work for each course.)

 

 

 

 

You do not need syllabi for preapproval.

 

 

For one semester abroad, 2 courses. For a full year abroad, up to 3 courses may be counted toward the major.

No signed pre-approval form is considered to be binding. No course taken outside Cornell may be approved for credit toward the senior seminar requirements for majors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

As much information as possible: titles, course descriptions, syllabi if available--all in English.

 

 

 

 

 

Students can send syllabi later, after they are abroad.

 

12 credits at most. (Exception: the Sotheby's program in London. Because it is exclusively art historical-- that is, students cannot take courses in other disciplines-- the full 15 credits can be counted toward the major.)

 

 

Students should talk to Cornell Abroad and the college study abroad advisor as early as possible, to confirm eligibility and be informed about policies.

 

Independent Major

Faculty Advisor and Dean Finlay

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

Course titles & descriptions.

 

TBD

No set policy. Up to the discretion of the faculty

advisor.

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

Information Science

 

Submit the course materials to the major advisor, who will bring them to the DUS for review.

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, reading lists, credits, prerequisites, in English.

 

 

 

Submit the previous year's syllabi if available.

 

 

 

Up to 3 electives for the major (3-4 credits each).

Students should look for the equivalent or a comparable course at Cornell first and include this information when submitting materials for pre- approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

Students should bring a list of courses, with the  understanding (already presumably emphasized by Cornell Abroad) that foreign universities tend to establish their course rosters much, much later than we do in the States. Students should keep  in mind that, in order to be applied toward one of our majors of minors, a course must be at least 50% concerned with intellectual  and cultural content from a  part of the world where  French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese is spoken. The DUS will request a syllabus only if the title of the course seems ambiguous. It may    also be appropriate to

mention that certain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syllabi can be submitted later, after the student is abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 2 courses for minors, and up to 3 courses for majors.

The mere fact that a course  is taught in the target language (that is, in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese) is not, on its own, a sufficient criterion for  a course to be counted toward a Romance Studies minor or major; likewise, we do not typically award minor or major credit for courses whose primary aim is increased language proficiency. Above all, we encourage students to explore courses which analyze and engage critically with the culture (e.g. the history, literature, art,  cinema, politics, music, legal and other institutions, etc.) of the parts of the world where

they've chosen to study.

 

Linguistics

 

DUS

E-mail first; then go to office hours.

Course titles, descriptions, credits, syllabi. Have a few

alternate courses in mind.

If syllabi are not available, provide at least a course

description.

Up to the discretion of the DUS in consultation with the

faculty advisor.

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Faculty advisor first and then DUS.

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, reading lists, credits, prerequisites--the more, the better. All in English.

Students can submit syllabi later, as soon as they have them.

 

 

No set policy.

 

 

 

Music

 

 

DUS

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

Course title and descriptions; syllabi with bibliography (if possible); credit--all in English.

 

Try to provide a detailed description.

 

 

No set policy.

 

 

 

Near Eastern Studies

 

 

DUS

 

Go to office hours or email for an appointment.

As much information as possible. At minimum, course titles and descriptions.

 

 

 

No numerical limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performing & Media Arts

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours or e-mail for an appointment.

 

 

As much information about proposed courses as possible, so that they can be discussed in the context of requirements for the major.

In English.

 

 

A detailed course description, with requirements and suggested readings/activities and meeting schedule can be  a starting point for a  discussion.

 

 

No set policy. What's  important is whether the work abroad corresponds to the major requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

As much information as possible, but at least course titles and descriptions. In English.

 

 

 

 

TBD

 

 

 

 

No set policy. Currently under review.

One frequent issue with non- English-speaking institutions is that students do little writing. This can affect how much credit the student will be awarded by the department.

 

Physics

 

DUS

 

Go to office hours.

Detailed syllabi and

textbooks, all in English.

 

TBD

 

No specific limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send an e-mail first, then go to office hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, credits, and syllabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBD

The Faculty Advisor  approves coursework taken outside of Cornell’s Psychology Department. But typically no more than 3 courses outside of Cornell’s Psychology Department can be applied towards the  major. This includes courses taken abroad as well as courses taken at Cornell in related departments and other institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of the Religious Studies Program, who also serves as the DUS.

 

 

 

 

E-mail (kjh10) for an appointment or go to regular office hours, posted on the NES and RELST websites and on the director's door (303 White Hall). 409 White Hall is where students can pick up forms, submit forms, and ask general questions of the administrative assistant, Ayla Cline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For preapproval of courses,  a course title and brief description will be fine, along with number of credits, name of the instructor, etc. A syllabus or bibliography  might not be available in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A catalog blurb would be useful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No set limit.

The program encourages students to have an international experience during their time at Cornell.

We offer some regular travel/learning opportunities (e.g., regular trips to Japan with Professor Jane Marie Law) and we work hard to help students find relevant, rigorous coursework at international institutions—especially where the coursework does not duplicate what we regularly

offer at Cornell.

 

 

 

Science & Technology Studies

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, all in English.

Syllabi required for course approval; students may e- mail syllabi from abroad to  the DUS if they are unable to obtain them before they depart.

 

 

 

No set policy. Depends on the coursework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sociology

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Course titles, descriptions, syllabi, all in English.

A preliminary assessment can be given based on course title and description.

Students can then email the syllabus when they have it (often when they get to the university/college where they will be studying) and the

course can be reviewed.

 

 

 

 

2 courses per semester abroad, maximum of 4 toward the major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to office hours.

Students should bring a list of courses, with the  understanding (already presumably emphasized by Cornell Abroad) that foreign universities tend to establish their course rosters much, much later than we do in the States. Students should keep  in mind that, in order to be applied toward one of our majors of minors, a course must be at least 50% concerned with intellectual  and cultural content from a  part of the world where  French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese is spoken. The DUS will request a syllabus only if the title of the course seems ambiguous. It may    also be appropriate to

mention that certain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syllabi can be submitted later, after the student is abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up to 2 courses for minors, and up to 3 courses for majors.

The mere fact that a course  is taught in the target language (that is, in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese) is not, on its own, a sufficient criterion for  a course to be counted toward a Romance Studies minor or major; likewise, we do not typically award minor or major credit for courses whose primary aim is increased language proficiency. Above all, we encourage students to explore courses which analyze and engage critically with the culture (e.g. the history, literature, art,  cinema, politics, music, legal and other institutions, etc.) of the parts of the world where

they've chosen to study.

 

 

 

 

 

Statistical Science

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty advisor

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail for an appointment.

 

Course titles and descriptions typically suffice, as the faculty are generally familiar with the programs and courses that    the students are attending for credit towards the statistical science major.

 

 

 

 

 

No fixed limit. This is left to the discretion of the faculty advisor to determine.