This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: GOVT 1817: Making Sense of World Politics.

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this four-credit course will run June 22–July 10, 2020.

The format will be a hybrid of synchronous/asynchronous sessions. Live sessions will be recorded so that students unable to attend class at the set time may watch the lectures/demonstrations at a later date.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

Please contact us if you have questions.

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Explore the foundations for building a more peaceful world

From the food we eat to the products we use to the news we watch, we are part of an international community. Military, political, economic, and humanitarian struggles across the globe—once so distant—now demand our urgent attention.

In this program, you'll develop an understanding of international relations and use that framework to evaluate current events. You'll also examine the assumptions about human nature, equality, justice, and politics that determine how we explain international issues.

You'll consider war, terrorism, and security; poverty, health care, and human rights; the globalization of trade and investment; and the effect of culture on international relations.

By the end of three weeks, you'll gain a great foundation for future study and travel, for a career in government or business in the U.S. or abroad, and for life as a more responsible and informed global citizen.