With 42 majors and over 2000 available courses, Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences boasts a variety of academic offerings. Even so, select students within the college have specific interests that surpass what is offered in traditional major curricula. The Robert S. Harrison College Scholar Program has, for the past 50 years, aimed to fill this gap. The program, which recently admitted its new cohort, allows a group of 20 to 24 students in the College of Arts and Sciences to design their own interdisciplinary course of study to follow throughout their time at Cornell, offering the chance to study a broader range of disciplines at an advanced level.
To gain entry into the program, students must apply in the fall of their sophomore year. This application consists of a personal essay, recommendation letters and a research proposal alongside a list of intended courses.