Human Ecology’s flexible curriculum allows most students the opportunity to participate in an experiential program off-campus while still earning academic credit. Students wishing to broaden their cultural horizons might elect to study in another country. Others might prefer an intensive internship experience to explore their career interests. Whatever your goals, you must start planning early in your academic career. Students should meet with their academic advisors or student development counselors to discuss their options and create a graduation plan. Also visit the Career Exploration Center or speak to the study abroad advisor in the Office of Student and Career Development.
Off-campus programs include:
- Capital Semester
Combine a full spring semester of Cornell credit with a paid legislative internship in Albany, New York. This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in law, public policy, or other graduate programs, and for those interested in employment directly after Cornell University.
- Urban Semester
Learn new ways of interacting in our diverse world by living and studying in New York City. Students gain practical professional experience through internships and community service, while taking courses focused on multicultural issues.
- Cornell in Washington
Take courses from Cornell faculty, conduct individual research projects, and work as an ‘extern’ while taking advantage of the rich resources of the nation's capital.
- Study Abroad
Ready for a taste of city life in Moscow? The French countryside? Maybe an equatorial clime? Each year nearly 100 Human Ecology students spend a semester or more across the globe.
- Exchange Programs
The College of Human Ecology has Exchange programs with four leading Universities. We have exchange programs with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, and L'École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. The Exchange programs with Hong Kong Polytechnic, Massey and L'École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, are specific to DEA and FSAD. The Exchange program with the University of New South Wales is open to all Human Ecology students.
Students interested in pursuing additional training in exercise science, fitness, or elementary education are welcome to investigate the college's joint programs with Ithaca College and Wells College, all within a 45-minute drive of Cornell's campus. Each program is unique, with its own guidelines for participation and available courses of study. A coordinated curriculum with Wells College allows Human Development majors to earn New York State teaching certification, while Nutritional Sciences, Human Biology, Health and Society, and Human Factors and Ergonomics students often take advantage of courses in physical therapy or exercise science at Ithaca College.