Hofstra in NYC
January Session at Hofstra provides undergraduate students a new and exciting way to earn three or four credits in just three weeks. We are breaking down the traditional walls of learning with our exclusive Hofstra in NYC offerings. Most courses meet entirely in Manhattan, which allows students to take advantage of their time in the city.
These 3 and 4 credit courses – in a variety of areas, including fine arts, drama, literature, political science, history, music and finance – offer students a unique opportunity to fulfill program requirements while exploring all that NYC has to offer!
Visit museums and galleries. Learn about the economic, musical, artistic and cultural forces that have shaped New York. Explore an NYC neighborhood you've only read about. Discover all that the city has to offer. Get to know NYC behind-the-scenes ... this January at Hofstra.
Registration begins October 14 at My.Hofstra.edu.
Visiting students are also welcome to take a January Session Class. For more information send an email.
Hofstra in NYC for January Session
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do the courses meet?
A: Unless otherwise noted, all courses meet MTWR, at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Institute, 210 E. 64th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues).
Q: When will the field trips take place?
A: Each professor will arrange the field trip schedule with the class at the first meeting of the course.
Q: Are there any extra charges associated with these courses?
A: No, Hofstra will cover all the charges associated with the field trips, including tickets, museum entry fees, etc. Students only pay for transportation to and from class.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Standard tuition rates apply. For more information visit the Bursar site.
Q: When can I register?
A: Registration for begins October 14 for all students. For more information click here
Q: Is there housing available?
A: Yes, but you must also be a resident student in spring 2014. Please complete this form and return it via email or via fax to 516-463-4107. For more information, visit Residential Programs.
Q: Do I have to be a certain major to take any of these classes?
A: No. All courses are open to all majors.
Q: Do any of the courses have prerequisites?
A: Only one. FIN 151 requires FIN 101 and junior class standing or above.
Q: Where do the Hofstra in NYC courses meet?
A: Unless otherwise marked, the courses meet in classrooms at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Clinic, 210 E. 64th St, between 2nd and 3rd avenues.
January 2014 Course Roster
Unless otherwise noted, all courses meet MTWR, at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Institute, 210 E. 64th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues).
AH 192, sec. 1: Museums of NYC
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Aleksandr Naymark
This course is an intensive study of the general systematic survey of Western art that draws on the incomparable riches of New York art collections. Students explore the collections of 14 major museums in New York, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
CRM 187E, sec. 1: Down and Out in New York
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Victor Corona
The economic recession and subsequent recovery efforts have forced many New York families to face underemployment, joblessness, and poverty, even as gentrification continues in several neighborhoods. This course focuses on how New York residents have reckoned with such situations in the past and continue to do so today. We explore (1) past boom-and-bust cycles and their effect on crime and poverty rates, (2) the policy outcomes of past and present efforts to combat poverty and destitution, and (3) how mainstream culture represents low-income and marginalized communities.
DRAM 110A, sec. 1: Theatre in NYC
3-6 p.m., Edward Elefterion
Students attend six productions in New York City over three weeks. We do not confine ourselves to Broadway. Rather, students experience a taste of the variety of performing arts in New York City, including off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway
DRAM 110B, sec. 2: Improv in NYC
7:30-10:30 p.m., Christopher Dippel
Trust, teamwork, honesty, communication, risk. These are the foundations of improvisation, and these skills are useful in every career field. This course employs theater games and performance exercises to help students learn to think on their feet, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and trust their own creativity and ideas. Students attend performances of various types of improvisation.
12:30-3:30 p.m., Gioia Bales
This course offers an in-depth analysis of the structure of domestic and international money and capital markets and the role the government plays in these markets, as well as the role of investment bankers, brokers, and dealers in the financial markets. Issues pertaining to ethics, innovation, competition, and globalization of financial markets are also discussed. Course content is enhanced by three full-day trips to New York City, including visits to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and commercial and investment banks and hedge funds.
Note: This course meets at Hofstra, January 2-15, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
FA 198, sec. 1: The Art Scene in NYC
12:30-3:30 p.m., Stephen Keister
This course is an examination of the rapidly expanding art scene in its varied manifestations in Manhattan’s Chelsea district and Lower East Side neighborhood, and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Students witness the cross-fertilization of ideas and influence in curated group exhibitions at galleries and museums, and have the opportunity to discuss issues with contemporary artists in their studios.
HIST 177A, sec. 1: Teddy Roosevelt’s NYC
12:30-3:30 p.m., Michael Galgano
The class focuses on Roosevelt’s connections to NYC from 1858 (the year of his birth) to 1897, the year he left the New York City Police Department to pursue a job in Washington, D.C., as assistant secretary of the Navy. Students visit venues such as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York City Police Museum, and the New-York Historical Society.
Note: The first several meetings of this course will be on Hofstra’s main campus, followed by meetings in New York City. Details to be arranged on the first day of class.
LABR 155B, sec. 1: Where the Jobs Are: Looking for Work in NYC
12:30-3:30 p.m., Gregory DeFreitas
The New York City job market is changing. Finance, fashion, publishing, communications and the arts – the city is justly famous as a world leader in these and other fields. But much new job growth is taking place in lesser known fields. This course explores how the city’s employers, job openings and job quality are rapidly changing. How did the city transform itself from the nation’s manufacturing center into today’s post-industrial global metropolis? How are record numbers of new immigrants remaking the metropolitan area’s visible and mostly hidden employment sectors? Course includes neighborhood tours, guest speakers and in-class discussions.
LING 181, sec. 2: Decoding NYC: Language and Neighborhoods
9 a.m.-Noon, Gregory Kershner
To an outsider – and sometimes even to an insider – NYC can be hard to understand. In this course students attempt to decode NYC’s organization of space, the layout of buildings, street grids, fashion, and neighborhoods. Students learn to “read” the city as a system of signs, as a language all its own.
PR 180E, sec. 1: New York and the Media
9 a.m.-Noon, Suzanne Berman
New York is a global center and home to many of the leading international media companies, including newspapers, publishing houses, television networks, recording companies, advertising agencies and public relations firms. In this course, the city becomes an extended classroom as students go on field trips and attend seminars with New York editors, producers, journalists and media executives, and get to experience what it is like to work in the media capital of the world. This course is designed to help students understand how New York media influences society and communication worldwide.
RTVF 061-D: Radio Production Workshop: Community Radio and Civic Engagement
9 a.m.-Noon, Mario Murillo
The course begins in the radio classrooms of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra, with a historical overview of community/citizen’s media in the United States. Then we move to Manhattan, where students spend time in the Chelsea-based studios and offices of Democracy Now! and work alongside the news, social media and online staff of the program in developing their own radio projects based on contemporary civic engagement campaigns.
WSC 180O, sec. 1: Latino Culture in NYC
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lauren Kozol
From its early days, New York has been impacted by individuals from Latin America who have settled here or come to share their artistic work. In this class, students study Hispanic literature, music, dance, visual arts, cinema and cuisine based in and around New York City.