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Cornell Academics

Cornell University requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree. If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Cornell offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Do I Have To Take at Cornell?

Cornell does not have a core curriculum. Since there are no specific-classes required in order to graduate, students have a lot of flexibiity about what classes they choose to take. Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement , but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at Cornell

When choosing a major, Cornell students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Cornell below. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Cornell does not require a senior project for all students.

Does Cornell Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

Cornell offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Disability Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Cornell Offer Online Classes?

Cornell has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Cornell Offer Credit for AP Classes?

Cornell offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Cornell Have An Honor's Program?

Cornell offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and does not offer a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Cornell Require Internships?

Cornell requires an internship for students in some majors only. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.

Cornell Majors & Subject Areas

Agriculture, General
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Economics
Viticulture and Enology
Ornamental Horticulture
International Agriculture
Animal Sciences, General
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Food Science
Plant Sciences, General
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Natural Resource Economics
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architecture and Related Services, Other
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
German Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Gay/Lesbian Studies
Communication, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
Computer Science
Institutional Food Workers
Education, General
Agricultural Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Earth Science Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Systems Engineering
Operations Research
Engineering/Industrial Management
Comparative Literature
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Apparel and Textiles, General
Textile Science
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Botany/Plant Biology
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Microbiology, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Zoology/Animal Biology
Animal Physiology
Animal Genetics
Environmental Toxicology
Computational Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Neurobiology and Behavior
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Science, Technology and Society
Nutrition Sciences
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Developmental and Child Psychology
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Economics, General
Development Economics and International Development
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Dance, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Real Estate
History, General
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

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