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Summer Courses, Credits, and Grades

2024 Course

Enduring Global and American Issues

  • PUBPOL 3071; GOVT 3071; AMST 3071
  • 4 credits
  • David Silbey

The US and the global community face a number of complex, interconnected and enduring issues that pose challenges for our political and policy governance institutions and society at large. These include sustainability, social justice, technology, public health, security and conflict, and globalization, among others. Students will investigate these issues, and the challenges they pose, through weekly case studies, class discussions, lectures and guest speakers, guided by a number of robust and generalizable analytical frameworks.


All Cornell in Washington classes are regular Cornell University courses and grant academic credit.

You must be enrolled in a course to remain in the program.

Cornell students

You do not have to petition for your credits to transfer onto your transcript.

Visiting students

The academic credits you’ll earn by taking a Cornell summer course can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or another school. Please obtain approval from your school advisor first.

Grades & symbols

Approximately 10 days after the end of your class you may log into the Cornell Student Center to view your grades. Your Cornell NetID and password are required.

  • Grades are confidential information. They cannot be given over the telephone, email, or fax. We will not share them with other universities.
  • If you’re unable to access your grade(s), contact the IT Service Desk.
  • If you withdraw from a course on or after the withdrawal deadline, the symbol “W” appears on your transcript for the dropped course.

For more information, visit the Cornell University Courses of Study website.


Your enrollment in courses, your grades, and the number of credits you earn will be recorded on your official Cornell University transcript and will be a part of your permanent and complete academic record at the university.

Approximately 10 days after the end of the class, you may log into the Cornell Student Center or the Office of the University Registrar website to order your transcript.

For more information, visit the Office of the University Registrar.


The Cornell in Washington summer term is open to all university and college undergraduate students; you need not be a Cornell student or a U.S citizen.

You must be in good academic standing and have the demonstrated intellectual interest and personal maturity to participate in the program.

Enrollment is on a space available, first-come, first-served basis.