Summer Session at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University

The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States of America
June 17-July 26, 2018
Application Deadline: February 1

The School

The School of Criticism and Theory was founded in 1976 by a group of leading scholars and critical theorists in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies. Today, in an unparalleled summer campus experience, the SCT off rs professors and advanced graduate students of literature and related social sciences a chance to work with preeminent figures in critical thought—exploring the relationships among literature, history, art, anthropology and the law; examining the role of ideological and cultural movements; and reassessing theoretical approaches that have emerged over the last fifty years. Cornell also offers participants the resources of one of the great research libraries in the United States.

The Program

In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. Participants work with the SCT’s core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group. The program also includes mini-seminars taught by scholars who visit for shorter periods. Finally, throughout the six weeks, distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers.

Admission and Costs

The application deadline is February 1, and admissions decisions are announced in March. All applications must be submitted online. The online application may be accessed at the site listed below beginning on December 1, 2017. Tuition for the 2018 session is $3,000. Applicants may compete for partial tuition scholarships and are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions. On-campus housing is available for an additional charge.

For application and program information:



phone: 607-255-9276

The School of Criticism and Theory
Cornell University
A.D. White House
27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853