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 course and will spend four full days each week gaining a deeper understanding of their field of interest through an internship experience. Field trips and classes will round out the remainder of each week. 

Required Courses:

New York City: A Livable City  (Director’s Course, 2019 - 2020) (1.5 units ND)

Gentrification has had a significant impact on New York City. In this course, we will explore the social forces and social policies that contribute to gentrification, but even more, we will visit area that have gentrified (whether recently and those that are in the process of gentrifying, as well as read oral history interviews with people who lived in neighborhoods that have gentrified to get a sense of how this process affects people and cities.  We will ask questions such as: What happens to marginalized communities that have found a home in the city when their neighborhoods are transformed? How does the necessary labor get done when workers cannot live in the city?  Has gentrification been transformed into what gentrification critic Jeremiah Moss terms “hypergentrification”? We will also explore whether (hyper)gentrification is something that cities should try to control, and if so, what mechanisms they might use to do so. 

Internship preparation & Excel course (0.5 unit)

Internship Placement (1 unit)

Electives (chose 1): (1 unit)

Special Topics: Finance - New York (ECON 4007), Prerequisite: Economics 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 and spring semesters. 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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Spring 2021 - TBA

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

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Val Lehr,  Associate Professor of English - Questions about program academics.

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