Clusters are a "package deal." You’ll take two or more courses that are grouped around a common theme. For example, our "Pre-Health Sciences" cluster includes chemistry, biology, and freshman composition. Each class will satisfy a graduation requirement – by signing up for a cluster, often your fall semester schedule is halfway complete!

To reserve your spot, log in to the Hofstra portal (my.hofstra.edu) any day after April 7, 2022 and indicate your preferences. Provide your top three choices in any combination (for example, two clusters and a seminar, or two seminars and a cluster). We can't guarantee your first choice, but we can generally enroll you in one of the top three you indicate. When you attend one of the orientation sessions this summer, you'll meet with an advisor and complete the rest of your fall schedule. At that time, you're welcome to select a different seminar or cluster.

For more information, please contact:
Center for University Advising
101 Memorial Hall, South Campus
Phone: 516-463-6770 or 516-463-7222
Email: Advising[at]hofstra.edu


POLITICS, ECONOMICS, PHILOSOPHY

Globalization Without Convergence: Comparative Perspectives on Political and Economic Institutions: Examines the basic principles for a comparative analysis of political and economic institutions. Students will develop a deep appreciation of how governments establish rules and implement decisions, and how these decisions influence the size of the economic pie and its division among citizens.

Two courses: Principles of Economics II; Comparative 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 (with special attention to specific policy debates).

Three courses: Law, Philosophy, and Public Life; American Politics; Composition

The L.E.A.D. living-learning community is a good option if you are interested in 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.


LITERATURE AND CULTURE

The Art of Hell: Italy and Japan

This cluster bridges the ways that the idea of “hell” is represented in Italian and Japanese culture by examining works that showcase the fear people held towards the supernatural. Students will look at the ways these fears have been represented over time and discuss what they mean.

Two courses: Monsters, Ghosts & Demons in Japanese Pop Culture; Awakening the Dead: Dante’s Visual Imagination


PERFORMING ARTS

Elements of Music: Includes a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of music theory and notation, sight-reading for singing and rhythmic training, and the principles of voice leading and melodic structure that are most useful in the study of tonal harmony.

Three courses: Elementary Ear Training; Music Fundamentals; 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: 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 Tutorial.

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 majors in dance or dance education, 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.


Robotics: In this cluster you will learn about sensors and algorithms that robots use to interact with the environment and adapt to changes in real-time. You will even implement some basic algorithms on an actual robot.

Two courses: Discrete Structures for Computer Science; Fundamentals of Computer Scicence


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; General and Inorganic Chemistry; Composition.

The PreP living-learning community is a good option if you register for this cluster. Visit hofstra.edu/livelearn for information.