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First Year Connections

CLUSTERS

Clusters are sets of two or three classes, linked by a common theme, that fulfill general education requirements. Many of the clusters involve activities in New York City. By taking a few courses with the same group of students, you'll make friends more quickly, form study groups, and come to feel at home on the Hofstra campus. Note that many of the clusters are associated with a living-learning community in the Netherlands first-year residential complex; however, students may register for a cluster even if they do not choose to live in an associated living-living learning community.


HUMANITIES

The Literature and Theater of NYC
Introduces students to the rich theatrical and literary scene within New York City. Three courses: Introduction to Literature; Theater Appreciation; Composition
The L.I.V.E. NYC living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

AMERICAN POLITICS, GLOBAL POLITICS

What’s Fair in the United States? Politics and Policy Making
Examines values, politics, and policymaking in the United States, with an emphasis on three themes: (1) the foundations of democratic governance; (2) individuals, institutions, and organizations that influence American politics; and (3) challenges of U.S. policy making in the 21st century. Two courses: American Politics; Composition

World Politics and the Latin American Experience
This cluster explores the links between global politics, societies, cultures and literature with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Two courses: Comparative Politics; The Latin American and Caribbean Experience
The International Exploration living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

COMMUNICATIONS, PHILOSOPHY, SOCIOLOGY

Journalism, Media, and Society
Examines the historical trajectory of media development as embedded in major social systems and explores the social and political roles of media from colonial times to the present. Three courses: Contemporary Society; Mass Media: History and Development; Composition
The Communications living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Film and Philosophy
Introduces the basic methodologies of film study and explores the influence of film on society. Three courses: Introduction to Cinema Studies; Introduction to Philosophy; Composition
The STUDIO living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Film Studies and Production
This cluster combines the critical analysis of film aesthetics and narrative form with the practical application of those same principles in students' own short film projects. Two courses: Introduction to Cinema Studies; Introductory Film Production
The STUDIO living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster.
Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, PSYCHOLOGY

Law and Economics
This cluster examines the relationships between law, economics, and business. Three courses: Macroeconomics; Introduction to Legal Systems, Environment, and Contracts; Composition
The Zarb living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Money on My Mind: Economics and Psychology
Taking into consideration human actions individually and collectively, this cluster examines the many subtle factors that influence our perceptions, behaviors, and choices. Three courses: Microeconomics; Introduction to Psychology; Composition

PERFORMING ARTS

Elements of Music
This cluster is a survey of the elements of music, the main formal structures, and the principal musical genres found in various style periods of Western music. Three courses: Musical Styles and Structures; Elementary Ear Training; Composition
The S.T.A.G.E. living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

This Great Stage
This cluster explores representative plays from a wide variety of traditions as an access point to a larger discussion about the development of Western drama from the ancient Greeks to the present day, with a particular emphasis on Shakespeare. Three courses: Play Analysis; Shakespeare; Composition
The S.T.A.G.E. living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Modern Dance
Designed for incoming dance majors, this cluster focuses on techniques in contemporary dance forms and musical concepts as they apply to dance. Four courses: Modern Dance; Performance Lab; Rhythmic Training and Accompaniment for Dance; Composition
The S.T.A.G.E. living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

ENGINEERING, COMPUTING, PRE-HEALTH SCIENCES  

Engineering
With an emphasis on teamwork, this cluster uses lecture discussions and laboratory assignments to expose students to the basic science and mathematics that underlie conceptual engineering design. Three courses: Designing the Human-Made World; Engineering Lab; Composition
The Math, Science, and Engineering living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Computer Science: Thinking Machines – Math, Logic, and Programming
The field of artificial intelligence (AI) aims at developing "thinking machines" – intelligent computer systems that can sense, reason, plan, act, and even feel like humans. In this cluster we examine the foundations in mathematics and computer science on which all computer programs are built – including those that are capable of AI. Two courses: Discrete Structures for Computer Science; Fundamentals of Computer Science
The Math, Science, and Engineering living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Introduction to Computing: Cybersecurity
In this cluster you will learn the foundations in mathematics and computer science needed to explore cybersecurity, in particular, web application development, server configuration, and a variety of hacking and defense experiments related to web security. Two courses: Discrete Structures for Computer Science; Fundamentals of Computer Science
The Math, Science, and Engineering living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.

Pre-Health Sciences
This cluster focuses on topics that are required for admission to most graduate programs in the health professions. The number of courses varies across two different cluster options and includes some combination of the following: Animal Form and Function; Concepts in Biology; General and Inorganic Chemistry; Composition; Communicating Science in Public Culture
The PreP living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.