Seminars are stand-alone courses - limited to 19 students - that fulfill graduation requirements. Seminars are an excellent way to connect with peers and faculty in a relaxed and friendly setting. We've tried to design seminars to fit every interest, from astronomy to psychology and philosophy.

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


ANTHROPOLOGY

Myths Cross-Culturally: All over the world, humans have told stories in attempts to explain perplexing elements of their existence – mountains that unexpectedly spewed lava, rains that flooded the landscape, and relatives who betrayed them. This course examines Viking stories of long, strange journeys; Navajo stories of monsters; and Maya stories of how to win wars

Bones, Bodies, and Burials: Evaluates popular depictions of forensic science and forensic anthropology. Students participate in hands-on skeletal analyses, case studies, and mock crime scenes.

ART HISTORY

Exploring New York City’s Art Museums: This course brings students on virtual tours of New York City’s art museums and examines great works ranging from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the 21st century.

ASTRONOMY

Cosmic Explosions: The Cataclysmic Lives of  Stars and  Galaxies: This course begins with an investigation of the birth and lives of stars, including stars like our sun. From there we talk about galaxies that are composed of these stars and the supermassive black holes that lurk at the hearts of most galaxies.

Getting to Know Our  Solar System:  From the  Ancient  Greeks to  Interstellar  Life: Examines the evolution of ideas about our sun, the planets and their moons, and asteroids in our solar system. We also examine planets orbiting other stars in other solar systems, and consider the possibility of extraterrestrial life in all of these places.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

The God Dionysos: Examines the classical literature surrounding Dionysos, the god of wine, and his impact upon Greek and Roman antiquity over time. Students will read the myths of his life and consider how it influenced their culture.

DRAMA

Broadway Goes Hollywood: This course focuses on plays that have been adapted to film and explores the process of these translations. Students will learn to identify the kinds of changes that need to be made when translating a play to film, what makes a successful adaptation, and why certain kinds of plays seem to resist the transfer to the big screen, while others flourish there.

ECONOMICS

The Future of Capitalism: By examining the impacts of capitalism upon culture and the economy, students will consider the future of capitalism in a world with increasing globalization and technological change.

ENGLISH

Picturing Books: Explores a myriad of ways that authors, illustrators, screenwriters, and film/television directors have combined words and images. Illustrated books such as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market will serve as our starting point, and we will conclude with contemporary works of young adult fiction, such as Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck.

Poetry and Popular Song Lyrics: This course examines the aesthetic interplay between words and music to debate the idea of whether song lyrics can be considered poetry. Students will consider popular culture, the lives of artists and audiences, and the creative process to aid in the inquiry.

GEOLOGY

Science of Gemstones and Crystals: Explores the world of precious and semi-precious gems, metals, and crystals. You will learn about the variety of precious materials that come out of the Earth, how precious stones form, and where we find them.

HISTORY

Black Italy: This course examines the long history of cross-cultural interaction between the Italian peninsula, the Mediterranean basin, and Africa. Students will learn about the experiences of Black Italians over time.

JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis: In October 1962, it seemed possible that a nuclear war was about to start. This seminar uses film, newspapers, memoirs, and transcripts to examine diverse perspectives on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the role President John F. Kennedy played in this near-disaster.

LEGAL EDUCATION ACCELERATED PROGRAM (LEAP)

Law, Politics, and Society: Required for students admitted to the Legal Education Accelerated Program, this course explores how the American legal system developed, how it interacts with the rest of our political institutions, and how it reflects the cultural norms, class distinctions, and idiosyncrasies of our society.

PHILOSOPHY

The Meaning of Life: This class pursues questions about the meaning of life through discussions and readings.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Juvenile Justice in America: This course explores the historical antecedents of our present-day juvenile justice system, theories of juvenile delinquency, and philosophies for managing juvenile offenders.

PSYCHOLOGY

CSI: Psychology (or, What Psychologists Could Teach Lawyers): Examines the validity of eyewitness identifications, the effect of racism within the criminal justice system, the efficacy of psychological jury selection, and some cognitive and social dynamics of juror deliberation.

RELIGION

Avatar - The Last Airbender, Modern Day Myth?: This course examines Avatar: The Last Airbender to identify and chart concepts borrowed from indigenous and East and South Asian religious traditions. This will inevitably include a study of animism, interdependence, reincarnation and the intersection of religion and martial arts.

ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Star Trek and its Ancestors: This course investigates the manner in which Hollywood productions like Star Trek and 3rd Rock from the Sun as well as ancient narratives throughout history have portrayed how travelers interact with what is alien, strange and extraordinary. 

SOCIOLOGY

Striving for Justice in Contemporary Society: Examines how economic, racial, and ethnic disparities challenge our modern democratic society. Students will consider growing inequality and barriers to full inclusion in the social and political arenas while questioning how to repair these failings.