NYC Scholars Program


Spring 2018 Class Schedule


Inside the Largest School System in the United States
2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 
Tracy Hogan, Education
Distribution Requirement: SS (proposed)
Course Number: TBD
Do protests, union rallies, marches, and political infighting sound familiar from today’s news? Join us as we look closer at these headlines, spanning colonial times to present day, that shape the largest school system in the United States. The course will examine the complex political, financial, and philosophical debates among unions, religious organizations, politicians, lawyers and families to better understand the current educational system across the five boroughs. We will travel to  public, private and charter schools to better understand the variety of approaches to teaching and learning.  In addition, we will interview education leaders and teachers to better understand how public policy initiatives shaped the course of history of this most amazing and diverse educational system.


Cultural Anthropology/Culture and the City
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Hanna Kim, Anthropology
Distribution Requirement: SS, G 
Course Number: 0103-111
Celebrate the peoples and cultures of New York City while disrupting your everyday assumptions about similarities and differences.  Without a plane ticket, but with an unlimited Metrocard, this course brings students from the classroom to the neighbourhoods, local sites, and new and old institutions of New York City.  Students will have opportunities to experience first-hand the subculture of “dumpster divers,” contemplate the multiple uses of new monumental architectural spaces such as the Oculus at World Trade Center, and perhaps try some new cuisine such as Central Asian Bukharan comfort food in the Diamond District.  Through a combination of classroom discussions and mini-field work projects that allow for real-time observation and participation, students will acquire the vocabulary and methods for analysing culture and behaviour and, correspondingly, develop a deeper understanding for one of the world’s global cities.


Disease in New York City: Historical Perspectives
3:05 p.m.–5:35 p.m.
Helen Lemay, History
Distribution Requirement: SS/H (proposed) 
Course Number: 0136-290
This course will provide an historical background to the medical and social ills facing New York City today.  Our examination of the past will be supplemented by regular visits to agencies addressing these problems, as well as talks by guests who deal with them, both from a professional and personal point of view.  Some of the topics we will examine are:  What is a disease?  What is an Epidemic?  What impact does homelessness have on a person’s mental and physical health?  How does the urban environment affect the city population?


Introduction to the Oceans
3:05 p.m.–5:35 p.m.
Beth Christensen, Environmental Studies
Distribution Requirement: NS, CO
Course Number: 0125-205
Learn about how the oceans work through lecture and activities at the Manhattan Center then explore the island of Manhattan to apply what you’ve learned. Weather and schedules permitting, we’ll head to governor’s island to see tidal action, take the ferry to explore currents, and visit the AMNH to learn about what lies beneath the surface. We will have guest lecturers who will discuss the state of the fisheries, and head to the fish market to see what’s really for sale. We’ll discuss how to protect Manhattan from rising sea level, and dangerous storms, and issues such as estuarine pollution while watching ships move up and down the Hudson.  You’ll come away with an appreciation for the complexity of the ocean system, wonder for the life within, and some answers to questions about climate change and its impact on the oceans.


Open for leadership development, guest speakers and cultural excursions.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Ganley
Director of NYC Scholars, High School, and Pre-College Programs
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