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Cornell Sustainability Courses

Cornell's commitment to sustainability in its education curriculum is evidenced by the broad course list below. These courses have been identified by instructors, college administrators, or by an independent review of course content. We encourage faculty, departments, schools, and colleges to bring other sustainability courses to our attention, by emailing atkinson@cornell.edu.

The following 734 courses are categorized as sustainability-focused and sustainability-related according to nationally recognized STARS v2.1  guidelines. Some of these courses are cross-listed in multiple departments and will appear more than once in the list.

Interested students should review course websites, contact the instructor, and discuss options with their advisor.

We update this list as a courtesy to the Cornell community, but we may not capture the most recent course changes. Please refer to the authoritative Courses of Study and check with the relevant department.
 

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Dept Course # Title F Sp Su Credit Level* Pre Reqs Faculty
AIIS 1110 Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives ~ X X 3 Related T. Richardson
AIIS 2100 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
AIIS 2600 Introduction to Native American Literature X ~ ~ 3 Related E. Cheyfitz
AIIS 3330 Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Ecological Knowledge X ~ ~ 4 Focused K-A.S. Kassam
AIIS 3560 Thinking from a Different Place: Indigenous Philosophies ~ X ~ 3 Related E. Cheyfitz
ALS 2000 Leadership for Sustainability ~ X ~ 3 Focused K. Anderson, S. Brylinsky, K.
AMST 1601 Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives ~ X X 3 Related T. Richardson
AMST 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused A. Sachs
AMST 2225 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
AMST 2108 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Network ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
AMST 1104 Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences ~ X ~ 3 Related S. Alvarado
AMST 1290 American Society through Film ~ X ~ 3 Related D. Strang
AMST 2655 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related H. Velez
AMST 3185 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related R. Slayton
AMST 3850 Mass Incarceration and Family Life Course ~ X ~ 4 Related A. Haskins
AMST 3380 Urban Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related K. Bischoff
AMST 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related permission M.C. Garcia
ANTHR 4437 / 7437 Ethnographies of Development ~ X ~ 4 Related M. Welker
ANTHR 2400 Cultural Diversity and Contemporary Issues ~ X ~ 3 Related M. Fiskesjo
ANTHR 2420 Nature/Culture: Ethnographic Approaches to Human-Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Related P. Nadasdy
ANTHR 2245 Health and Disease in the Ancient World X ~ ~ 3 Related M. Velasco
ANTHR 4478 / 7478 Taboo and Pollution ~ X ~ 4 Focused M. Fiskesj÷
ANTHR 3620 A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation ~ X ~ 4 Related S. Hod?i?
ANTHR 4582 / 7682 Medicine and Healing in Africa X ~ ~ 4 Related at least one course in Social Sciences or Humanities S. Langwick
ARKEO 2201 Early Agriculture ~ X ~ 3 Related N. Russell
ARKEO 2729 / 6729 Climate, Archaeology and History X ~ ~ 3 Focused S. Manning
ARKEO 3090 / 6755 Introduction to Dendrochronology X ~ ~ 4 Related S. Manning
ARKEO 2235 Archaeology of North American Indians ~ X ~ 3 Related K. Jordan
ARTH 2101 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks ~ X ~ 3 Related Staff
ASIAN 3316 / 6615 Zen Buddhism: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life ~ X ~ 4 Focused J.M. Law
ASRC 1790 Pirates, Slaves, and Revolutionaries: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to Louverture ~ X ~ 4 Related E. Bassi
ASRC 3620 A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation ~ X ~ 4 Related S. Hod?i?
ASRC 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenberger
BIOEE 4690 Food, Agriculture, and Society ~ X ~ 3 Focused introductory ecology course A. Power
BIOSM 2025 Coastal Environmental Justice ~ ~ X 3 Focused H. Weiskel
BSOC 2061 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused J. Parre˝as
BSOC 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused A. Sachs
BSOC 2071 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related S. Seth
BSOC 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused R. Stedman
BSOC 3181 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology, and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related R. Slayton
BSOC 2420 Nature-Culture: Ethnographic Approaches to Human Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Focused P. Nadasdy
BSOC 4101 The Entangled Lives of Humans and Animals X X ~ 4 Related R. Prentice
CHEME 4880 / 6780 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus ? Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused X. Lei, T. Li, D. Miller, P. P
COMM 2850 Communication, Environment, Science, and Health ~ X ~ 3 Related D. Eiseman, N. Porticella
COMM 3070 Communicating Today: Creating Strategic Messages across Media X ~ ~ 3 Related COMM 2310 or COMM 2010 L. Chambliss
COMM 6210 Advanced Communication and the Environment X X ~ 3 Related J. Schuldt
CRP 5074 Economic and Community Development Workshop X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5620 Perspectives on Preservation X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 3106 / 5106 Structural Barriers to Equity in Planning I X X ~ 1 Related Staff
CRP 3107 / 5107 Structural Barriers to Equity in Planning II X X ~ 1 Related CRP 3106 Staff
DSOC 3400 / 5400 Agriculture, Food, Sustainability, and Social Justice X ~ ~ 3 Focused T. Pendergrast
DSOC 2050 International Development X ~ ~ 3-4 Related Staff
DSOC 6200 Community, Place, and Environment X ~ ~ 3 Focused graduate standing R. Stedman
DSOC 6210 Foundations of Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Related J. Zinda
DSOC 4380 / 6380 Population and Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused I. Williams
DSOC 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused R. Stedman
DSOC 2090 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related K. Weeden
DSOC 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
DSOC 3240 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Zinda
DSOC 4700 Senior Capstone Course ~ X ~ 3 Related Fall, L. Leonard; Spring, S. P
DSOC 6001 The Empirics of Development and Social Change ~ X ~ 3 Related P. Eloundou-Enyegue
DSOC 6060 Sociological Theories of Development X ~ ~ 3 Related DSOC 6030 P. McMichael
DSOC 3150 Climate Change and Global Development: Living in the Anthropocene X ~ ~ 3 Focused J. Goldstein
DSOC 1300 Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System X ~ ~ 4 Focused T. Pendergrast, F. Rossi
DSOC 2130 Mother Nature Fights Back? The Promises and Paradoxes of Sustainable Development ~ ~ X 3 Focused E. Andrews, P. Eloundou-Enyegu
DSOC 2650 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related H. Velez
DSOC 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenberger
DSOC 3060 Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications X ~ ~ 1 Related M.J. Dudley
ECE 3600 Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice ~ X ~ 3 Related one completion of First-Year Writing Seminar (FWS) P.A. Doing
ECON 3910 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Focused introductory microeconomics and statistics D. Sahn
EDUC 5370 Advanced Program Planning and Youth Organizations in Agricultural Science Education ~ ~ X 3 Related J. Perry
ENGL 6660 Twentieth Century American Ecocriticism and the Environmental Imagination ~ X ~ 4 Related G. Hutchinson
ENGL 2600 Introduction to Native American Literature X ~ ~ 3 Related E. Cheyfitz
ENGL 3560 Thinking from a Different Place: Indigenous Philosophies ~ X ~ 3 Related E. Cheyfitz
ENVS 4940 Special Topics in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences X X ~ 1-6 Spec Staff
FDSC 1500 Food Choices and Issues ~ X ~ 2 Related J. Brady, R. H. Liu
FGSS 1119 FWS: Utopias X ~ ~ 3 Related J. Cole
FGSS 1121 FWS: Environmental Justice for Whom? Stories in Sex and Gender X ~ ~ 3 Focused K. Fox-Knudsten
GOVT 2225 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
GOVT 4723 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenberger
HADM 4315 Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice X ~ ~ 3 Related HADM 1360, or equivalent food service management course H. Kolakowski
HE 4901 Practicing Health Equity: Theory and Fieldwork in Brooklyn ~ ~ ~ 2 Related S. Beck
HIST 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused A. Sachs
HIST 6221 Environmental History X X ~ 4 Related S. Pritchard
HIST 2710 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related S. Seth
HIST 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related M.C. Garcia
IARD 4140 / 5140 Global Cropping Systems and Sustainable Development X ~ ~ 3 Related at least one of the following courses or their equivalents: PLSCS 1900, PLSCS 2110, PLSCS 2600, PLSC A. McDonald
IARD 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenberger
ILROB 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
JWST 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenbeger
LAW 4071 Law Culture and Society in China X X ~ 4 Related X. Yu
LAW 7847 International Human Rights Clinic: Policy Advocacy I X X ~ 5 Related S. Kalantry
LAW 7846 International Human Rights Clinic: Policy Advocacy II X X ~ 4 Related LAW 7847 S. Kalantry
LAW 7857 Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic I X X ~ 4,6 Related permission B. Beltran, B. Lyon
LAW 7858 Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic II X ~ ~ 2 Related LAW 7857 B. Beltran, B. Lyon
LSP 1105 Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences ~ X ~ 3 Related (crosslisted) AMST 1104, SOC 1104 S. Alvarado
LSP 2010 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related H. Velez
LSP 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related permission M.C. Garcia
LSP 2300/4300 Cultures and Communities X ~ ~ 1-3 Related D. Castillo
NES 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related C. Leuenberger
NS 2600 Introduction to Global Health ~ X ~ 3 Related J. Moseley
NS 3060 Nutrition and Global Health X ~ ~ 3 Related NS 1150 or NS 1220 S. Mehta
NS 4620 Global Service Learning Pre-Departure Seminar ~ X ~ 1 Related permission of instructor required J. Moseley
NS 4630 Global Health, Development and Policy Issues in Tanzania ~ ~ X 4 Related NS 2600, NS 4620, permission J. Moseley
NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition ~ X ~ 3 Related NS 1150 or NS 1220 K. Rasmussen
NS 4570 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Related introductory microeconomics and statistics D. Sahn
NS 2060 Preparation for Engaged Learning in Global and Public Health Sciences X ~ ~ 2 Related NS 1600, NS 2600, enrollment limited to GPHS Majors G. Wable
NTRES 1101 Understanding Environment and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused C. Kraft
NTRES 2320 Nature and Culture ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Tantillo
NTRES 3320 Introduction to Ethics and Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused J. Tantillo
NTRES 4330 Applied Environmental Philosophy ~ X ~ 3 Focused NTRES 3320 recommended J. Tantillo
NTRES 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused R. Stedman
NTRES 6201 Community, Place, and Environment X ~ ~ 3 Focused Graduate standing R. Stedman
NTRES 4000 / 4001 / 4002 Community-Based Research Methods in Southeast Asia X ~ ~ 2-3 Focused S. Allred
NTRES 4150 Conservation with Communities for One Health ~ X ~ 2 Focused D. Bowman, J. Felippe, T. Fish
NTRES 4160 Conversations in Conservation for One Health X ~ ~ 1 Focused R. Radcliffe
PAM 2208 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related K. Weeden
PAM 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
PHIL 1440 Ethics of Eating X ~ ~ 4 Related W. Starr
PHIL 2960 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused J. Parre˝as
PHIL 1950 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related C. Young
PLBIO 2400 Green World, Blue Planet X ~ X 3 Focused T. Silva
PLHRT 4270 / 4271 Seed to Supper I and II: The Role of the Garden in Community Food Security X X ~ 5 Focused enrollment limited to juniors and seniors, other students can contact instructor M. Eames-Sheavly
SOC 2208 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related Spring, V. Maralani; Summer, S
SOC 3120 Urban Sociology ~ X ~ 4 Related E. York Cornwell
SOC 2202 Population Dynamics X ~ ~ 3 Related A. Basu
SOC 3240 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Zinda
SOC 1290 American Society through Film ~ X ~ 3 Related D. Strang
SOC 2206 International Development X ~ ~ 3-4 Related P. McMichael
SOC 2650 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related H. Velez
SOC 3380 Urban Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related K. Bischoff
SOC 3710 Comparative Social Inequalities ~ X ~ 3 Related Introductory social science course Staff
SOC 3850 Mass Incarceration and Family Life Course X ~ ~ 4 Related A. Haskins
SOC 6720 Sociology of Race and Institutions X ~ ~ 2 Related A. Haskins
SOC 2250 Schooling and Society ~ X ~ 4 Related K. Bischoff
SOC 3770 Money, Work and Social Life X ~ ~ 4 Related F. Garip
SOC 5180 Social Inequality: Contemporary Theories, Debates and Models X ~ ~ 4 Related K. Weeden
SOC 5190 Workshop on Social Inequality X X ~ 2 Related SOC 5180 K. Weeden
SOC 6080 Proseminar in Sociology X X ~ 1 Related Enrollment limited to first semester sociology grad students Staff
STS 2851 Communication, Environment, Science, and Health ~ X ~ 3 Related second-semester sophomore, junior, or senior standing D. Eiseman, N. Porticella
STS 4351 Postcolonial Science X ~ ~ 4 Related S. Langwick
STS 4691 Food, Agriculture, and Society ~ X ~ 3 Focused introductory ecology course A. Power
STS 2061 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused J. Parre˝as
STS 2071 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related S. Seth
STS 3241 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused J. Zinda
STS 3601 Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice ~ X ~ 3 Related P.A. Doing
STS 6661 Public Engagement in Science X X ~ 3 Related B. Lewenstein
STS 2468 Medicine, Culture, and Society ~ X ~ 4 Related A. Nading
VISST 4691 Art and Globalization ~ X ~ 4 Focused I. Dadi
VTPMD 6192 Public Health Integrated Learning Experience X X ~ 1-2 Related A. Baker, A. Patchen, MPH Facu
VTPMD 6121 Food Systems and Health X ~ ~ 3 Related K. Fiorella
VTPMD 6181 Public Health Practice - Assessment X ~ ~ 3 Related E. Fox, C. Yancey
VTPMD 6182 Public Health Practice - Planning ~ X ~ 3 Related VTPMD 6181 L. Francis, E. Fox
VTPMD 6640 Introduction to Epidemiology X ~ ~ 3 Related BTRY 6010 R. Ivanek-Miojevic