The Study of a Modern Metropolis
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. 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 undertake two courses on these topics as well having the option to take an additional course, for variable credit, as a self-directed independent study or internship. Students explore the city as a group each Saturday and should expect to spend at least one additional day in New York City to complete course assignments. Time spent on the optional independent study or internship will be scheduled individually by the student. As part of the New York City student experience, students will attend regular events and excursions. Programs available in summer.
Check out this interview with Dr. Scott Gratson, the faculty director for the New York City Summer 2014 program!
Summer 2015 program dates:
May 16 – August 1, 2015 *tentative
Course Meeting Dates:
Every Saturday: May 16 – August 1, 2015 *tentative
Regular Deadline: February 1, 2015
Commuter Deadline: April 1, 2015
Regular deadline applicants will be permitted to enroll in the Internship/Field Experience course and they must secure their own part-time placement and housing prior to departure. Students are encouraged to work with the SMC Center for Student Professional Development to secure a part-time placement.
Commuter deadline applicants will not be permitted to enroll in the Internship/Field Experience course as it will be too late to start that process in April, however, they will still have the opportunity to participate in the Saturday coursework with the other students.
To learn more about applying to this program, click here.
- Study New York City institutions, organizations and neighborhoods.
- Experience all that New York City has to offer and if you’re so inclined you can independently seek out a part-time internship, field experience or self-designed independent project.
- Visit Central Park, countless museums, sporting events and much more as you view New York City like you never have before!
Student Reflections and Initiatives
- NYC Summer 2014 Student Blog by Bridget Fitzgerald
- NYC Summer 2014 Student Blog by Shelbie Pletz
- NYC Summer 2014 Student Blog by Obehioye Oseghale
- NYC Summer 2014 Student Blog by Januel Timothy
- NYC Summer 2013 Student blog by Janice Durrant
- NYC Summer 2013 Student blog by Lucky Fischer
- NYC Summer 2013 Student blog by Shauna Bannan
- NYC Summer 2013 Student blog by Daharis Pesantez
- NYC Summer 2013 Student blog by Paige Miller
- NYC Summer 2012 Student blog by Kelly Clawson
- NYC Summer 2012 Student blog by Mary Vercillo
- NYC Summer 2012 Student blog by Pete Orbach
New York City Summer 2013 student, Victoria Miniscalco, an MSP major, created this 28 minute documentary about the LGBT community and their narratives. To see more student made student made videos of life in New York, visit the Student Life Page.