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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 886 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
AEM 6390 Research Methods in International Development ~ X ~ 3 Related graduate students Basu
AIIS 1110 Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives ~ X ~ 3 Related Kassam
AIIS 3560 Thinking from a Different Place: Indigenous Philosophies X ~ ~ 4 Related Cheyfitz
AIIS 3100 Haudenosaunee Ecology in the Story of Earth’s Creation ~ ~ X 1 Related AIS 1100 or AIS 1110 Adams
AIIS 2100 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks ~ X ~ 3 Related Rickard
AIIS 3422/6422 Culture, Politics, and Environment in the Circumpolar North ~ X ~ 4 Related Nadasdy
AIIS 2600 Introduction to Native American Literature X ~ ~ 3 Related Cheyfitz
AIIS 1121 FWS: Environmentalism: Imperative, indifferent, or imperialist? X ~ ~ 3 Focused Bosco, Mt.Pleasant
ALS 2000 Leadership for Sustainability X X ~ 3 Focused Anderson, Brylinsky, Hilversum
AMST 1601 Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives ~ X ~ 3 Related Kassam
AMST 3330 Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Ecological Knowledge X ~ ~ 4 Focused Enrollment limited to: juniors, seniors, or graduate students Kassam
AMST 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused Sachs
AMST 4033 Race and Social Entrepreneurship: Food Justice and Urban Reform ~ X ~ 4 Focused Rooks
AMST 2225 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Young
AMST 2600 Introduction to Native American Literature X ~ ~ 3 Related Cheyfitz
AMST 3562 Thinking from a Different Place: Indigenous Philosophies X ~ ~ 3 Related Cheyfitz
AMST 2108 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Network ~ X ~ 3 Related Rickard
AMST 1104 Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences X ~ ~ 3 Related Alvarado
AMST 1290 American Society through Film ~ X ~ 3 Related Strang
AMST 2655 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3,4 Related Velez
AMST 3185 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related Slayton
AMST 3850 Mass Incarceration and Family Life Course ~ X ~ 4 Related Haskins
AMST 3380 Urban Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Bischoff
AMST 4640 Racial Ecologies of Transpacific Nuclearism X ~ ~ 4 Related Cho
AMST 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related Garcia
ANTHR 4437 / 7437 Development, Humanitarianism, and the Will to Improve X ~ ~ 4 Related Welker
ANTHR 4410/7410 Indigenous Peoples, Ecological Sciences, and Environmentalism ~ X ~ 4 Focused Nadasdy
ANTHR 3422 / 6422 Culture, Politics, and Environment in the Circumpolar North ~ X ~ 4 Related Nadasdy
ANTHR 2400 Cultural Diversity and Contemporary Issues ~ X ~ 3 Related Raheja
ANTHR 2420 Nature/Culture: Ethnographic Approaches to Human-Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Related Nadasdy
ANTHR 2729/6729 Climate, Archaeology and History ~ X ~ 3 Focused Manning
ANTHR 4435/7435 Postcolonial Science X ~ ~ 4 Related Langwick
ANTHR 4682 Healing and Medicine in Africa X ~ ~ 4 Related At least one course in Social Sciences or Humanities Langwick
ANTHR 2245 Health and Disease in the Ancient World X ~ ~ 3 Related Velasco
ANTHR 3620 A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation ~ X ~ 4 Related Hodžić
ANTHR 4462/7462 Politics Beyond the State: Activism, Advocacy, and NGOs ~ X ~ 4 Focused ANTHR 3000 Hodžić
ANTHR 4478/7478 Taboo and Pollution ~ X ~ 4 Focused Fiskesjö
ANTHR 4330 How Do We Know Nature? Language, Knowledge and the Environment X ~ ~ 4 Related Cortesi
ARKEO 2201 Early Agriculture ~ X ~ 3 Related Russell
ARKEO 2729/6729 Climate, Archaeology and History ~ X ~ 3 Focused Manning
ARKEO 7741 Methods and Approaches in Current Archaeology X ~ ~ 4 Related Manning
ARKEO 3090/6755 Introduction to Dendrochronology X ~ ~ 4 Related Griggs, Lorentzen
ARKEO 2235 Archaeology of North American Indians X ~ ~ 3 Related Jordan
ARTH 2101 Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks ~ X ~ 3 Related Rickard
ASIAN 2273 Introduction to Religious Studies: Religion and Environmental Studies X ~ ~ 3 Focused Law
ASIAN 3316/6615 Zen Buddhism: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life ~ X ~ 4 Focused Law
ASRC 4330 Race and Social Entrepreneurship: Food Justice and Urban Reform ~ X ~ 4 Focused Rooks
ASRC 1790 Pirates, Slaves, and Revolutionaries: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to Louverture X ~ ~ 4 Related Bassi
ASRC 3620 A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation ~ X ~ 4 Related Hodžić
ASRC 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
BEE 4150/6150 Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice X ~ ~ 3 Related Senior or graduate level standing Evans, Timmons
BIOEE 4690 Food, Agriculture, and Society ~ X ~ 3 Focused introductory ecology course Power
BSOC 2061 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
BSOC 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused Sachs
BSOC 2071 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related Seth
BSOC 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused Stedman
BSOC 3181 Living in an Uncertain World: Science, Technology, and Risk ~ X ~ 4 Related Slayton
BSOC 4131 Comparative Environmental History X X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
BSOC 2420 Nature/Culture: Ethnographic Approaches to Human-Environment Relations X ~ ~ 3 Focused Nadasdy
BSOC 4101 The Entangled Lives of Humans and Animals X X ~ 4 Related
CHEME 4880 Global Food, Energy, and Water Nexus – Engage the US, China, and India for Sustainability X ~ ~ 3-4 Focused Lei, Li, Miller, Pingali, Test
CLASS 2729/7727 Climate, Archaeology and History ~ X ~ 3 Focused Manning
COML 3024 Literature, Trauma, and Culture X X ~ 4 Related Caruth
COML 1107 FWS: Writing the Environment X X ~ 3 Focused Staff
COML 4640 Racial Ecologies of Transpacific Nuclearism X ~ ~ 4 Related Cho
COMM 2850 Communication, Environment, Science, and Health ~ X ~ 3 Related second-semester sophomore, junior, or senior standing Schuldt
COMM 3070 Communicating Today: Creating Strategic Messages across Media X ~ ~ 3 Related COMM 2310 or COMM 2010 Chambliss
COMM 3090 Experiential Writing in the Yucatan: Environmental and Cultural Communication ~ ~ ~ 3 Focused Chambliss, Wolfe
COMM 6210 Advanced Communication and the Environment X X ~ 3 Related Schuldt
CRP 3011/6011 Ethics, Development, and Globalization X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 3106/5106 Structural Barriers to Equity in Planning I X ~ ~ 1 Related Staff
CRP 5074 Economic and Community Development Workshop X X ~ 4 Related Staff
CRP 5620 Perspectives on Preservation X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
CRP 3107/5107 Structural Barriers to Equity in Planning II ~ X ~ 1 Related CRP 3106 or permission of instructor Staff
DSOC 3400 Agriculture, Food, Sustainability, and Social Justice X ~ ~ 3 Focused Bezner Kerr
DSOC 2050 International Development X ~ ~ 3-4 Related McMichael
DSOC 6200 Community, Place, and Environment X ~ ~ 3 Focused graduate standing Stedman
DSOC 6210 Foundations of Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Related Zinda
DSOC 4380/6380 Population and Development ~ X ~ 3 Focused Williams
DSOC 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused Stedman
DSOC 2090 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related Weeden
DSOC 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Haskins
DSOC 3240 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused Zinda
DSOC 4700 Senior Capstone Course X X ~ 3 Related Enrollment limited to: DSOC majors with preference given to juniors and seniors. Fall: Leonard. Spring: Peters
DSOC 6001 The Empirics of Development and Social Change ~ X ~ 3 Related Eloundou-Enyegue
DSOC 6060 Sociological Theories of Development X ~ ~ 3 Related DSOC 6030 or permission of instructor McMichael
DSOC 3150 Climate Change and Global Development: Living in the Anthropocene X ~ ~ 3 Focused Goldstein
DSOC 1300 Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System X ~ ~ 3 Focused Bezner Kerr, Rossi
DSOC 2130 Mother Nature Fights Back? The Promises and Paradoxes of Sustainable Development ~ ~ X 3 Focused Andrews, Eloundou-Enyegue
DSOC 2650 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related Velez
DSOC 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
DSOC 3060 Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications X ~ ~ 1 Related Dudley
ECE 2500 Technology in Society X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
ECE 3600 Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice ~ X ~ 3 Related Limited to sophomores, juniors, seniors Doing
ECON 3910 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Related introductory microeconomics and statistics or permission of instructor Sahn
EDUC 5370 Advanced Program Planning and Youth Organizations in Agricultural Science Education ~ ~ X 3 Related Perry
ENGL 3560 Thinking from a Different Place: Indigenous Philosophies X ~ ~ 3 Related Cheyfitz
ENGL 2600 Introduction to Native American Literature X ~ ~ 3 Related Warrior
ENGL 3755 Literature, Trauma, and Culture X X ~ 4 Spec Caruth
ENGL 6755 Critical Ecologies X ~ ~ 4 Related Cohn
ENGL 6660 Twentieth Century American Ecocriticism and the Environmental Imagination ~ X ~ 4 Related Hutchinson
ENGL 4968 Zombies of the Anthropocene: Climate Change in the Cultural Imagination X ~ ~ 4 Related Albanese
ENGRG 3600 Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice ~ X ~ 3 Related Enrollment open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Doing
ESS 4940 Special Topics in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences X X ~ 1-4 Spec Staff
FDSC 1500 Food Choices and Issues X ~ ~ 3 Related Miller
FGSS 4641 / 6641 Racial Ecologies of Transpacific Nuclearism X ~ ~ 4 Related Cho
GOVT 2225 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Haskins
GOVT 4723 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
HADM 4315 Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice X ~ ~ 3 Related HADM 1360 recommended Kolakowski
HE 4901 Practicing Health Equity: Theory and Fieldwork in Brooklyn ~ ~ ~ 2 Related Beck
HIST 2581 Environmental History ~ X ~ 4 Focused Sachs
HIST 6221 Environmental History X ~ ~ 4 Related Sachs
HIST 1970 Pirates, Slaves, and Revolutionaries: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to Louverture X ~ ~ 4 Related Bassi
HIST 2710 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related Seth
HIST 4131 Comparative Environmental History X X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
HIST 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related Garcia
IARD 6010 Experience Latin America II (Chiapa Edition) X ~ ~ 3 Related IARD 4010 / LATA 4010 Hobbs
IARD 4010 Experience Latin America: Rural and Urban Realities I ~ X ~ 2 Related Hobbs
IARD 4011 Student-Community Partnerships in Ecuador I X ~ ~ 3 Focused Lassoie
IARD 4140 Tropical Cropping Systems: Biodiversity, Social, and Environmental Impacts X ~ ~ 4 Related Lauren
IARD 1100 Perspectives on International Agriculture and Rural Development X ~ ~ 3 Focused Giroux, Nelson, Wolford
IARD 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
ILRIC 4313/6013 Labor, the Environment and Climate Change X ~ ~ 4 Focused Skinner
ILROB 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Young
JWST 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenbeger
LATA 4010 Experience Latin America: Rural and Urban Realities I ~ X ~ 2 Related Hobbs
LATA 4011 Student Community Partnerships in Ecuador I X ~ ~ 3 Focused International experience and some conversational Spanish preferred Lassoie
LATA 6010 Experience Latin America II (Chiapa Edition) X ~ ~ 3 Related IARD 4010 or LATA 4010 Hobbs
LATA 6011 Student Community Partnerships in Ecuador II ~ X ~ 3 Focused IARD 4011 or LATA 4011 Lassoie
LAW 4071 Law Culture and Society in China X X ~ 4 Related Enrollment limited to undergraduate students Yu
LAW 7847 International Human Rights Clinic: Policy Advocacy I X X ~ 5 Related Kalantry
LAW 7846 International Human Rights Clinic: Policy Advocacy II X X ~ 4 Related Kalantry
LAW 7857 Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic I X X ~ 4,6 Related Beltran, Lyon
LAW 7858 Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic II X ~ ~ 2 Related Beltran, Lyon
LSP 1105 Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences X ~ ~ 3 Related Alvarado
LSP 2010 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related Velez
LSP 2252 Immigrant Ithaca ~ X ~ 4 Related Garcia
LSP 2300/4300 Cultures and Communities X ~ ~ 1-3 Related Castillo
NES 4721 Peace Building in Conflict Regions: Case Studies Sub-Saharan Africa Israel Palestinian Territories ~ X ~ 4 Related Leuenberger
NS 2600 Introduction to Global Health ~ X ~ 3 Related Moseley
NS 3060 Nutrition and Global Health X ~ ~ 3 Related NS 1150 Mehta
NS 4620 Global Service Learning Pre-Departure Seminar ~ X ~ 1 Related permission of instructor required Moseley
NS 4630 Global Health, Development and Policy Issues in Tanzania ~ ~ X 4 Related NS 4620 Moseley
NS 4500 Public Health Nutrition ~ X ~ 3 Related NS 1150 Rasmussen
NS 4570 Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective X ~ ~ 3 Related introductory microeconomics and statistics or permission of instructor 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 Dickin
NTRES 1101 Environment and Sustainability X ~ ~ 3 Focused Kraft
NTRES 2320 Nature and Culture ~ X ~ 3 Focused Tantillo
NTRES 3320 Introduction to Ethics and Environment X ~ ~ 4 Focused Tantillo
NTRES 4330 Applied Environmental Philosophy ~ X ~ 3 Focused NTRES 3320 recommended Tantillo
NTRES 2201 Society and Natural Resources ~ X ~ 3 Focused Stedman
NTRES 6201 Community, Place, and Environment X ~ ~ 3 Focused Graduate Standing Stedman
NTRES 4000 / 4001 / 4002 Community-Based Research Methods in Southeast Asia X ~ ~ 2-3 Focused Allred
NTRES 4011 Student-Community Partnerships in Ecuador I X ~ ~ 3 Focused International experience and some conversational Spanish preferred Lassoie
NTRES 4150 Conservation with Communities for One Health ~ X ~ 2 Focused Bowman, Felippe, Fishel, Harri
NTRES 4160 Conversations in Conservation for One Health X ~ ~ 1 Focused Radcliffe
PAM 2208 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related Weeden
PAM 2220 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Young
PHIL 1440 Ethics of Eating ~ X ~ 4 Related Starr
PHIL 2960 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
PHIL 1950 Controversies About Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related Young
PLBIO 2400 Green World/Blue Planet X ~ X 3 Focused Silva
PLHRT 3600 Climate Change and the Future of Food X ~ ~ 3 Focused at least 3 credits in plant, agricultural, or environmental sciences Wolfe
PLHRT 4270 / 4271 Seed to Supper: The Role of the Garden in Community Food Security X ~ ~ 3 Focused enrollment limited to juniors and seniors, other students can contact instructor Eames-Sheavly
PLSCI 3090 Experiential Writing in the Yucatan: Environmental and Cultural Communication ~ ~ ~ 3 Focused Chambliss, Wolfe
PLSCS 4910 Food, Farming, and Personal Belief ~ X ~ 1 Focused PLSCS 1900 or equivalent Fick
SHUM 4640 / 6640 Racial Ecologies of Transpacific Nuclearism X ~ ~ 4 Related Cho
SOC 2208 Social Inequality ~ X X 4 Related Alvarado
SOC 3120 Urban Sociology ~ X ~ 4 Related York Cornwell
SOC 2202 Population Dynamics X ~ ~ 3 Related Basu
SOC 3240 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused Zinda
SOC 1290 American Society through Film ~ X ~ 3 Related Strang
SOC 2206 International Development X ~ ~ 3-4 Related McMichael
SOC 2650 Latinos in the United States ~ X ~ 3-4 Related Velez
SOC 3380 Urban Inequality X ~ ~ 4 Related 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 Haskins
SOC 6720 Sociology of Race and Institutions X ~ ~ 2 Related Haskins
SOC 2250 Schooling and Society ~ X ~ 4 Related Bischoff
SOC 3770 Money, Work and Social Life ~ X ~ 4 Related Garip
SOC 5180 Social Inequality: Contemporary Theories, Debates and Models X ~ ~ 4 Related Weeden
SOC 5190 Workshop on Social Inequality X X ~ 2 Related SOC 5180 Weeden
SOC 6080 Proseminar in Sociology X X ~ 1 Related Enrollment limited to first semester sociology grad students Staff
STS 4131 Comparative Environmental History X X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
STS 2851 Communication, Environment, Science, and Health ~ X ~ 3 Related second-semester sophomore, junior, or senior standing Schuldt
STS 4351 Postcolonial Science X ~ ~ 4 Related Langwick
STS 4691 Food, Agriculture, and Society X ~ ~ 3 Focused introductory ecology course or permission of instructor Power
STS 2061 Ethics and the Environment ~ X ~ 4 Focused Pritchard
STS 2071 Introduction to the History of Medicine ~ X ~ 3 Related Seth
STS 3241 Environmental Sociology ~ X ~ 3 Focused Zinda
STS 2501 Technology in Society X ~ ~ 3 Related Staff
STS 3601 Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice ~ X ~ 3 Related Enrollment open to: sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Doing
STS 6661 Public Engagement in Science ~ X ~ 3 Related Lewenstein
STS 2468 Medicine, Culture, and Society ~ X ~ 4 Related Langwick
VISST 3506 Slavery and Visual Culture ~ X ~ 4 Related Finley
VISST 3581 Imagining Migration in Film and Literature X X ~ 4 Related Adelson, Haenni
VISST 3812 Edge Cities: Celluloid New York and Los Angeles ~ X ~ 3 Related Haenni
VISST 4691 Art and Globalization ~ X ~ 4 Focused Dadi