Area Studies Programs transcend traditional academic, professional, and national boundaries in the study of major regions of the globe. Faculty members come from both traditional liberal arts and applied disciplines, such as history of art, government, development sociology, history, business and finance, industrial and labor relations, economics, linguistics, literature, anthropology, and music. The mission is to promote the teaching of languages, offer undergraduate concentrations and graduate minors, and make area expertise and research available worldwide, particularly through the advanced training of area scholars.
For more than half a century at Cornell, the Area Studies Programs have brought faculty, students, and scholars together with businesses, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, non-profits, the media, and individuals from around the world to share their unique perspectives. Four of these Programs have been designated National Resource Centers (NRC’s) by the U.S. Department of Education because of their breadth and excellence in areas critical to the national interest.
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