Liberal Arts in New York City

St. Lawrence University students participating in the Liberal Arts in New York City Semester will have the opportunity to study and intern in one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the world. Students will select either a finance or non-profit & arts management academic concentration and will spend four full days each week gaining a deeper understanding of their selected field through an internship experience. Field trips and classes will round out the remainder of each week.

  • Based in Manhattan
  • Fall or Spring semester
  • Pre-requisites: 3.0 GPA; Finance track students:Students must have completed Econ 251 and Econ 252. Non-profits & Arts Management track students: Students must have declared a major or minor in Art & Art History, PCA, Music, Film Studies, English Writing or another major approved by CIIS.
  • Required internship
  • Live in student residence hall

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Location    Academics    Internships    Housing

Calendar    Orientation    Program Contacts

Location

A semester in New York City gives St. Lawrence students the opportunity to experience all that the Big Apple has to offer. Students will have the opportunity to attend the plays and concerts, visit the museums and galleries, watch the games and parades for which the city is famous.

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Academics

St. Lawrence University students will have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic semester-long internship program in New York City. Students will select either a finance or non-profit and arts management academic concentration and will spend four full days each week gaining a deeper understanding of their selected field through an internship experience. Field trips and classes will round out the remainder of each week.

Required Courses:

English 3040: Literary Studies: Approaching New York City (Director’s Course, 2017-18) (1 unit)

In “Here is New York” (1949), the longtime New Yorker writer E. B. White asserts that the city “is the concentrate of art and commerce and sport and religion and entertainment and finance, bringing to a single compact arena the gladiator, the evangelist, the promoter, the actor, the trader, and the merchant.” Continuing, White asserts further that New York “carries on its lapel the unexpungeable odor of the long past, so that no matter where you sit in New York you feel the vibrations of great times and tall deeds, of queer people and events and undertakings.”

Beginning with White’s essay, this course will explore some of the literary bases—that is, its historical and cultural contexts—of just how New York became the “concentrate” it has long been and still is. Primary texts will be Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905), Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case” (1905), “Coming, Aphrodite!” (1920) and My Mortal Enemy (1926), and E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime (1975), but these will be augmented with considerations of McClure’s (1893-1929), the leading Muckraking monthly of the Progressive era where Cather worked from 1906 to 1912, and the New Yorker (1925- ), where White worked and still defines and tracks New York City as cultural nexus. 

Cultural Encounters Course (0.5 Unit)

Internship preparation & Excel course (0.5 unit)

Internship Placement (1 unit)

Electives (chose 1): (1 unit)

Financial Economics (ECON 313) 

Non-profit & Arts Management (PCA 304) (Fulfills ARTS/EXPRESSION distribution requirement)

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Internships

Students are expected to research organizations of interest and to develop a plan for obtaining an internship. Students will be given assistance with internship contacts, research techniques, resume reviews, interview workshops and individual mock interviews. Notifications of acceptance into the NYCS program are generally sent in mid-March for fall semester and in early October for spring semester. Internship arrangements are finalized after these dates.

SLU has a diverse network of organizations interested in interviewing NYC Semester students for internships. A list of past program internship sites can be found here

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Housing

Students can chose from a single room or a single sex double room at the 92YResidence, (92nd Street and Lexington, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128) which houses students and interns throughout the year.

Single rooms cost an additional $805 per semester. Students will be provided with a meal stipend to cover all meals while on the program. Cooking facilities are available on each floor at the 92YResidence. Other amenities include laundry rooms located throughout the residence, 24-hour security and free Wi-Fi with full use of all the 92Y facilities.

The 92Y is located in the historic Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan's Upper East Side and is just three blocks from Central Park and Museum Mile.  The 92nd Street Y is one of New York's finest cultural and community centers with weekly events including concerts, lectures, art, music, dance, and language classes. SLU students get discounted entrance rates at lectures & events. Located in a residential area, there are numerous groceries, delicatessens, restaurants and other services in the immediate neighborhood.The facility includes a Health, Fitness & Sport Center, featuring a 75-foot swimming pool, gym, aerobics classes, steam room, and sauna. 

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Calendar

Fall 2017             

Deadline to procure an internship: July 28th, 2017

Move into 92Y residence: September 1

Orientation: Saturday, September 2 - Sunday, September 10

Elective courses begin: Monday September 4 - Friday September 22.

Director's course begins: Friday September 22.

Internships begin: Monday, September 25

Thanksgiving break: Wednesday November 22-Sunday, November 26

Internships end: Thursday December 7th.

Last day of classes: Friday, December 15

Move-out: Sunday, December 17

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Orientation

Pre-departure:The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.

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Program Contacts

If you are interested in learning more about the New York City program please contact one of the following people:

CIIS OfficeKaren Smith, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Aswini Pai,  Associate Professor of Biology - Questions about program academics.

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