Liberal Arts in New York City | St. Lawrence University Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies

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 a finance or non-profit & arts management academic concentration and 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; open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Required internship
  • Live in student residence hall

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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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Students 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. *Students who have already taken Financial Economics (ECON 313) on campus cannot retake the class on this program.

Required Courses:

CINEMA AND THE CITY: NEW YORK (Director’s Course, 2018 - 2019) (1 unit PCA)

This course will track the role of cinema, especially popular cinema, in representing the varied and shifting life of New York, as it became truly global metropolis, along with London, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, and others.  Our sources will be the multiple forms of cinema: documentaries, gangster, crime films, musicals, and utopian/dystopian films—like Broadway Melody, How to Marry a Millionaire, Taxi Driver, Manhattan, American Psycho, and I Am Legend.   In other words, we will examine how popular cinema has made clear what social critics and artists have known all along: there is not one New York City but many.

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)* (must have completed Econ 251 and Econ 252) 

Non-profit & Arts Management (PCA 304)

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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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Students live in single rooms 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. 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 & Sports Center, featuring a 75-foot swimming pool, gym, aerobics classes, steam room, and sauna. 

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Fall 2018

Move into 92Y residence: September 1 (Saturday)

Orientation: Sunday, September 2 - Sunday, September 9

Elective courses begin: Monday September 3 - Friday September 21

Director's course begins: Friday September 21.

Internships begin: Monday, September 24

Thanksgiving break: Wednesday November 21-Sunday, November 25

Internships end: Thursday December 6th.

Last day of classes: Friday, December 14

Move-out: Sunday, December 16

Spring 2019

Move-in 92Y: Sunday Jan. 6th, 2019

Orientation/First Class Meeting: Monday Jan. 7th

Internships start: Monday Jan. 28th

Internships finish: Friday, April 12th

Classes end: Friday, April 26th

Move out 92Y: Sunday, April 28th

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Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in-depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the student's 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, Associate Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Pigi Vlagopoulos,  Associate Professor of English - Questions about program academics.

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