A Message from So-Yeon Yoon, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dear entering D+EA students,

First I want to extend a warm welcome to D+EA. We, the faculty in D+EA, look forward to working with you during your years at Cornell. Do keep in mind that we are here not only to guide your learning in the classroom, lab, or studio, but also to support you through academic advising. The purpose of this letter is to convey information intended to help you register for your Fall Semester classes at Cornell. When you arrive at Cornell, each of you will be assigned an academic advisor, a D+EA faculty member with whom you can discuss topics such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career plans. The best advice we can offer as you begin your education at Cornell is that you get to know your academic advisor. We will coordinate a casual meeting with your advisor on the orientation day. Also, you can stop by your advisor's office and note her or his office hours and contact information. If your advisor is in, introduce yourself. If not, contact your advisor via email and make an appointment to meet. From that meeting on, take the initiative to keep in touch with your academic advisor.

If I can ever be of help to you, please feel free to contact me. In my role as D+EA Director of Undergraduate Studies, I can help you with questions about course requirements, and off-campus programs such as exchange programs, Urban Semester and Cornell in Washington, filing petitions for course substitutions, or other curriculum-related issues. Where I am unable to provide an answer to your questions, I will direct you to other knowledgeable and dedicated people on Campus who can help you.

Now, on to registering for classes.

  • FOR STUDENTS ENTERING AS FRESHMEN, I encourage you to focus on required courses during your first and second semesters at Cornell. This will enable you to gain familiarity with the curriculum and plan your use of elective credits. When you access your Student Center, you will find that you have been pre-enrolled in DEA core requirement courses for the Fall semester. The pre-enrollment is the department's effort to ensure your spot in these courses in order for you to fulfill graduation requirements. You will need the permission from your advisor to drop these courses, however, I would strongly advise you not to drop the pre-enrolled courses. Because there may not be space for you in these courses next year, as the priority will be given to the next class. In terms of course load, you should take an average of 15 credits per semester, not counting Physical Education. You need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester not counting PE to maintain your status as a student in good standing in the College of Human Ecology. To guide you in selecting courses, I suggest that you consult the Fall and Spring suggested schedules.
  • FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE TRANSFERRING INTO D+EA, your starting place in the process of registering for courses is to study the credit evaluation information that you received from the College of Human Ecology Registrar's Office. This information will tell you how your transfer credits are being counted towards requirements for the DEA major. With this information in hand, you can use the suggested schedule for D+EA to check off requirements you already have met and to plan your course selection for the upcoming semester. If you have not received this information, please contact the CHE Registrar's Office directly. The suggested schedules for D+EA can be found on the Undergraduate page of the D+EA web site.

Do keep in mind that you will be able to make changes in your course selection based on advising during orientation when you arrive at Cornell.

Always remember that we, the faculty in D+EA, are here for you to ensure that your educational experience at Cornell is fulfilling. Again, welcome!


So-Yeon Yoon
Associate Professor and D+EA Director of Undergraduate Studies