Communications in New York City: A New Program
Starting in Summer 2012, students wil be able to spend a summer studying the culture, history, and experience of New York City. While there, students will take a class concerning the City’s neighborhoods, followed by a course on its cultural institutions. During this time students will also be enrolled in a summer long internship program. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. More information is available in the Communication Studies and Study Away offices.
NYC STUDY AWAY DESCRIPTION
From a philosophical angle, New York City has consistently emerged as the sole metropolis in North America and one of the few in the world to be considered truly global in its impact. Few other cities can parallel its collection of art, cultural experiences, and history. Efforts for urban sustainability and effective civic design have been commonplace throughout New York for decades. Scarce American communicative, mediated, and social developments or movements occurred outside of the purview and subsequent impact of New York City. Clearly, New York has emerged as more than a mere metropolitan area but has instead become an icon of modern civic life. This program will investigate the communicative components of New York City by focusing on its neighborhoods, organizations, and institutions. Students will also undertake an internship as part of this study-away experience and attend regular events and excursions.
NYC I: Neighborhoods: (Summer Session I) The goal of this course is to create a tri-tiered community: The macro community of New York City will be explored by detailing the discourse of its micro-municipal, neighborhood communities. The students, forming peer groups and a scholarly community of their own, will complete this pedagogical trifecta. Students will also be discussing the changing role of and even identity of a “community” in a mediated, information age. By considering such elements through a communications lens, students will investigate the means through which a community establishes and portrays itself. Students will be collaborating not only in the classroom as part of their ongoing discussions and projects, most specifically project two, but will also be working as a team while in New York City. While there, they will be assisting each other as they experience this urban environment, creating peer relations that will help them understand and appreciate a world city.
NYC II: Institutions: (Summer Session II) This class will be an extension of the information that you have learned in New York City I, Communities. While the former class focused on the creation of identity within public spaces such as neighborhoods and municipal districts, this course will be an investigation into a series of public institutions. Each of these organizations has had and will continue to have an impact on the culture and ethos of New York City. Beyond that fact, however, this course will allow you to bolster your knowledge of field research as you began in New York City I. It is the hopeful that you will increase your acumen not only of New York City and its environs but also the important impact that organizations have on the surrounding community.
Summer Long Internship: (Entire Summer Term) Internships will be arranged with the Director. Although some internship offers will be announced as part of this course, students are advised to also personally inquire and research an internship that will be appropriate to their goals and interests.
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Information on the NYC Program Director:
Scott Gratson the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School and the Director for the Interdisciplinary Communications program he advises nearly 600 students and coordinates several of the School’s undergraduate curricular and student affairs initiatives. Gratson teaches in the Department of Strategic and Organizational Communications. Courses include Argumentation, Persuasion, Public Speaking, and Campaigns and Movements and originated a course entitled “New York as Text,” a course which employs New York City as the backdrop of the classroom. Along with his work in the School of Communications and Theater, he also works with Temple’s Trial Advocacy LLM Program. Gratson earned his Doctorate at the University of Denver while also working as a full time debate coach and instructor at The Metropolitan State College of Denver. Combining his love for New York City and history, Dr. Gratson has volunteered for years as a docent and had helped to coordinate the College Outreach Program for The New-York Historical Society (NYHS), where he also serves on the Friends of The NYHS Board. He has also serves as the archivist for New York City’s Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School and the nation’s oldest and largest GLBT educational services organization. Dr. Gratson has been studying the history, culture, and impact of New York City since 1988, is proud of his family’s history in Brooklyn and enjoys being a Yankees fan.
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Study Away Programs
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Study Communications in Tokyo
Along with taking classes on Main campus, Communication Studies students can also complete the requirements for the major at Temple’s Tokyo campus.
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From Director Ron Carr:
Whereas the School of Communications and Theater on the Main Campus has over 3,700 undergraduates enrolled in six departments and two programs, and more than 200 graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees, Temple University Japan’s total undergraduate population is 575 as of fall 2005. The small number of majors, less than 100, at Temple University Japan allows for a more focused and integrated approach to the major. The Communications major at Temple University Japan is now the second largest major on campus and Temple is the largest American university in Japan.
Further, students are also able to study around the world. Examples include studying at Temple’s campus in Rome as well as individual programs that span the globe. Finally, a number of Communications majors are also currently involved with the LA internship program.
London is a rich cultural and intellectual hub for the student of mass media and theater. Approximately 20 students per semester attend Temple’s London program and complete internships at professionally relevant British or American television, film, and video production houses; public relations and advertising agencies; magazines; and theater front offices. In addition to communications and theater courses, the program includes several liberal arts courses such as British politics and government, modern history, architecture, and literature.
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During this month-long summer program, students encounter the old Dublin and the new Dublin. They study how a distinctive national identity emerged from Irelandâ€™s literature and from long-fought political revolution. And they experience the modern metropolis with an increasingly multicultural population, a sophisticated European city that is an incubator for artistic and multimedia innovation.
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In addition to the London and Dublin programs, Communications majors represent the second largest major at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo. Additionally, several communications students have attended Temple Rome and have studied abroad with Temple’s numerous other study abroad programs as well as with non-Temple programs. For more information, see Temple’s study abroad website here.
Study Abroad Testimonials
Jackie Hopkins, Class of ’09 (London Program):
I had an amazing time abroad in London. The classes are interesting, teachers are fascinating, and the scenery is breathtaking. We took weekend trips to Liverpool and to Germany for Oktoberfest. The internship I obtained went wonderfully and was a perfect fit. I worked for a non-profit organization called Prospero World which serves as a conduit between donors and charities in South America, Africa, and Asia. The work involved a lot of research into different organizations and I have the chance to meet with the donors and have meetings with the various associated organizations. It was a completely pro active experience, and they asked me to engage in the projects independently and write my own reports. So all in all, the experience was pure excitement! I recommend anyone to study away.
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Sara Stackhouse, Class of ’09 (London Program):
The SCT study abroad program was one of the most rewarding things I have done in my college career. Not only did I get to live in another country for three months, but I was able to travel to five other countries and experience a whole new lifestyle and culture as well. I have always wanted to study abroad, but I never thought I would learn and grow as much as I did my semester away. Studying in London changed my perception not only about the world and the United States, but also myself. My college career has been filled with many opportunities and new experiences, but studying abroad in London was by far the greatest opportunity and experience I have ever traveled on. Out of all the things I have done in my four years at Temple, studying abroad is what I am most proud of.
Amanda Garcia, Class of ’10 (Temple Rome):
The fact that I am six hours ahead of everyone in the States gives me more independence– even if I was constantly Skyping, e-mailing, and internationally texting, I can go visit the Colosseum, feed some stray Roman cats, eat an entire pizza, buy Italian leather boots on sale and befriend three Italians while my brother at home is sleeping. Automatically, one gets the feeling that she’s in a different world. All this really leads to is that I’m feeling very lucky for being able to be so away from everything else, and lucky to have this space and time to also be introspective about my life and myself and what I want from both.