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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.

Click here for a full outline of the program >> NYC Program Manual

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Interview with the faculty director for the New York City summer program

Summer 2015

This summer, a group of SMC students have been getting the experience of a lifetime, as they joined director Scott Gratson in NYC for the summer study away program. The students made trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mermaid Day Parade, Grand Central Station, Central Park, the NYPD training facility, and many others!

Program Dates

Summer 2015 program dates:
May 16 – August 1, 2015 *tentative

Course Meeting Dates:
Every Saturday:  May 16 – July 25, 2015 *tentative

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

Regular 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 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.

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Student Video

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.