All Fall/Spring CIW students are required to enroll in the core course and two or three electives.

Core Course

Inquiry in Politics & Policy

  • GOVT 4998/6998 / ALS 4998 / AMST 4998 / CAPS 4998 / PAM 4060 / NS 4998
  • 4 credits
  • David Silbey

This required course forms the core of the Cornell in Washington academic program. The foundational skill of both politics and policy is taking knowledge, analyzing it, and figuring out how to convert it into action. This course aims to give students the experience and understanding of how this process of knowledge into action works. Students will undertake a substantial research project in a topic related to or affected by politics and/or policy (broadly defined), and examine it through a variety of approaches and disciplines. The main goal is to understand the issue, analyze what is going on, and evaluate what options are available to respond. The idea is to not only to define and examine the issue, but also to think about how to create and implement a solution. To do this, students will examine their issue using multiple forms of inquiry (normative, empirical, and policy analysis) to see what each of these reveal and to see how their chosen form of inquiry shapes their results.

Note: CAPS students must do a topic that is related to Asia. GPHS students must do a topic that is related to global and public health.

Electives & GPHS/CAPS courses

Spring electives

Fall electives

GPHS/CAPS courses