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Course Description:

This course will cover one of the greatest phenomena's to ever take place on this planet.  Life on Earth will take students on a scientific exploration to understand the first forms of life on Earth leading up to the existence of humans.  Students will learn about the non-living and the living world from their beginnings to present day  This highly integrated biology course will also look at other scientific disciplines including: astronomy and geology in our journey to learn about how life on Earth began and how we got to where we are today.

Location Trips:

  • Museum of Natural History: Hayden Planetarium
  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • The Norwalk Aquarium

Course Description:

Theater is a vital social, cultural and economic institution that defines communities and re-enforces ethnic identity.  This course will trace the parallel histories of New York City and Theater in New York City, examining the influence the two have had and continue to have in the world today.  The Influence of NYC Theater will also analyze the many forms of theater and notice not only the differences of what is performed and the qualities of performance, but also the differences in audience expectations, performance space, location of theater and businesses that are fueled by the existence of theater performance.

Location Trips:

  • Lincoln Center Tour and Performing Arts Library Orientation
  • Labyrinth Theater Performance
  • Performance at LaMama, New York Theater Workshop, Theater for New City, or P.S. 1
  • Theater Walking Tour
  • Broadway Performance

Course Description:

New York City provides and ideal environment for students to experience a wide variety of performing arts.  By participating in on-location trips, students are exposed to the history and artistic impact of the performing arts on past and present societies.  This course will enrich the student's appreciation of the performing arts and help to gain a better understanding of the aesthetics.  Artistic Impact and NYC will also include selected readings in world literature from various genres.

Location Trips:

  • Arts exhibits
  • Alvin Ailey
  • Lincoln Center

Course Description:

I think, therefore I play sports. This course will delve deeply into the philosophy of sports and the issues that confront sporting activities. While spending significant class-time at several professional sporting arenas around the New York metropolitan area, you will discuss the major branches of philosophy and how they apply to sport. You will explore the issues of sportsmanship and answer questions such as: what is the nature and purpose of sport and why and how should one play? This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the subject-matter surrounding sports, while providing a personal view of the environment in which athletes perform.

Location Trips:

Admission will be charged for several of the on-site sporting activities we attend so, depending upon the semester/season, the cost will vary. It is expected that at least three of the seven off-site locations will be a professional sporting event with the cost ranging from $30-$75 per ticket. Options for professional team sporting activities include: Major League Baseball (Yankees, Mets); Major League Soccer (Red Bulls); National Basketball Association (Knicks, Nets); National Hockey League (Rangers, Islanders, Devils); Women’s National Basketball Association (Liberty). 

Course Description:

The marketing industry is constantly changing as the world continues to develop and evolve. It is important to stay in touch with the consumer mind-set so that marketing strategies can be successful. This course will give the student a competitive edge in the marketing world by visiting the some of the most influential locations and businesses in the industry. The Marketing Edge is the ultimate marketing experience. We will delve into the mind of the consumer and provide an inside look at the importance of the economy and the principles that are vital to marketing in today’s society.

Location Trips:

  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Macy's 
  • United Nations
  • Chinatown
  • Marketing Firm

Course Description:

Realize the power of music. This course will discuss and evaluate the history of America’s multicultural roots to music. Students will visit New York City neighborhoods, attend relevant musical revues, and experience the history of music live and in concert with classmates and tour guides. Students will also evaluate the many cultural contributions to popular music and relate music to America’s history, industry, technology, religions, and media. This course will supply a greater understanding of music’s multi-faceted and cross-cultural impact from past to present.

Course is given online.

Course Description:

This course for general education credit is intended for students to take advantage of the rich opportunities for learning beyond the classroom presented in the New York Metropolitan area. This course will invite students to take a "close-up view" of the financial, credit, housing, and economic crises facing the U.S. and the impact on the New York Metropolitan area. A significant portion of class time will be spent at the actual location(s) around which the topics will be explored; examples are the N.Y. Federal Reserve; the New York Stock Exchange; a privately-owned Hedge Fund; a major N.Y. based money-center Bank; a local industrial/manufacturing business entity and a not-for-profit institution. Classroom time will cover preparation, critical reviews, writing and oral discussion as well as evaluation of student work.

Course Description:

There is a microscope world that is living and thriving all around us each day, but we cannot see it.  Germs are a factor in the way we live every moment on this earth.  This course will introduce students to infectious diseases such as HIV, the flu, Lyme disease, malaria and tuberculosis, but will also focus on the benefits of microbes to our survival.

Location Trips:

A significant portion of class time will be spent at actual locations to examine the impact of germs on our surrounding environments, such as: the Hudson River, a water treatment plant, a winery, a doctor's office, a hospital and a research laboratory.

Course Description:

Imagine New York without the melting pot of cultures that have come from generations of immigrants.  To imagine a New York without the influence of immigrants is to imagine a city without culture.  Immigration is a major part of New York's history and a key part of its culture, society and success today.  This course will examine the Italian, Chinese and Hispanic immigrant experience from the years of early immigration through contemporary New York.

Location Trips:

  • Chinatown
  • Little Italy
  • Washington Heights

Course Description:

For over 230 years, our nation has experienced an eventful history.  We have battled in wars, endured depressions, spanned from sea to shining sea and invented life changing tools and technologies.  This course will explore the role that New York played during our country's rich history.  History in our Backyard will visit various historical sites in the Lower Hudson Valley and examine New York's involvement in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Depression era as well as many contemporary issues.

Location Trips:

  • The Old Dutch Church and Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow
  • General George Washington's Battle of White Plains Headquarters in North White Plains
  • Westchester/Putnam Historical Society among others

Course Description:

Love is a powerful force in the world and that semester holds true even in business.  Love is a major motivator that inspires customers to spend millions of dollars annually.  Think of all the holidays and businesses that rely on love to produce profits: Valentine's Day, the wedding industry, online dating, floral businesses, catering establishments, the jewelry industry and many others.  This course analyzes the strength of love in the business world, how it sustains its momentum and why it remains recession-proof in the works of financial times.

Location Trips:

  • TheKnot.com in NYC
  • Hallmark
  • Floral/Catering Industry

Course Description:

Experience the fast-paced, demanding judicial system of New York. Learn the court systems, visit the precincts and get a first-hand view of the state’s law. Justice in New York will take you through the process of tracing a criminal case in New York State beginning with the investigation to arrest and booking at the police precinct, arraignment before the court, pre-trial hearings, trial and appeal. 

Location Trips:

  • District Attorney's Office
  • Police Precinct
  • The Arraignment Court
  • The Trial Court
  • The Appellate Division 
  • The Court of Appeals

Course Description:

There’s no place like home - for international business. New York City is the business capital of the world, offering boundless international influence from the most successful companies and organizations. These profound insights and opportunities to learn, provided by the city, will be tapped into during class and allow students to get a first-hand look at the structure of international business. Students will learn critical thinking and communications skills while spending their class time at locations such as: the United Nations, Asia House, and the Federal Reserve. This course will provide the ideal environment for students to learn about the global environment and gain a better understanding of the skills needed to succeed in international business.