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Undergraduate Courses and Minor

The need for thoughtful, well-educated leaders in nonprofits and philanthropy is growing: nonprofits employ around 10% of the American workforce. There are nearly 2 million nonprofits in the U.S., with over $1 trillion in revenue and $4 trillion in assets. These new courses in Nonprofit Studies are open to all majors, and will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed in careers in foundations, human services, economic development, the arts, and the environment.

Do well by doing good.

For more information about the MINOR in NONPROFIT STUDIES, visit:

Fall 2015 Courses On The NYC Campus

AMS 396 “Internship in American Studies” CRN 72089

Day/Time: TBA
Place: NYC Campus
Description: An internship is an assignment to a business, corporation, public agency, school, or other organization that provides on-the-job and pre-professional experience. Internships may be full-time or part-time and generally last for one semester. Students also participate in a seminar.

ANT 108 “Global Cultures and Local Identities” CRN 21487

Instructor: Professor Judith Pajo, PhD
Day/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:35-12:00pm
Description: This course focuses on the strategies of identity formation employed amid the global flows of migration, capital, and information. It analyzes the benefits and risks involved in the increasingly rapid and transnational circulation of culture, products, and ideas in the "developed" and the "developing" world. The course introduces students to major anthropological debate on the politics of identity in the face of globalization. It explores the way people develop identities around the globe at the end of the 20th century.

CIS 102W "Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations" (Multiple CRN's)

Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Day/Time: Multiple times available
Place: NYC Campus
Description: This is a discipline-based course that affects an exciting and new learning experience for students, in implementing and enhancing actual Web sites that benefit local non-profit agencies. The students are introduced in class to the methods of designing Web sites in a non-profit paradigm and are involved in developing, implementing and enhancing the sites in the field, in teams that include clientele of the agencies.

ENG 396E "Writing Cultural Criticism for the Web" CRN 72870

Instructor: Professor Sarah Blackwood, PhD
Day/Time: Wednesday 5:40 - 8:30pm
Place: NYC Campus
Description: This course is an introduction to the art and practice of cultural criticism. Students will read cultural theory and contemporary criticism that addresses literature, film, art, social phenomena, television, music, and more. They will write critical pieces and learn how to pitch these pieces to current online outlets.

MAR 356 “International Marketing Field Study” CRN 22389

Instructor: Professors Dennis Sandler & Paul Kurnit
Day/Time: Friday 12:00 - 2:45pm
Place: NYC Campus
Pre-Trip Class Meetings: 9/25, 10/23, 11/13, AND 12/11.
Trip Destination: Brussels, Belgium and London, United Kingdom
Travel Dates: 1/4/16-1/14/16
Description: The International Marketing Field Study provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about business customs and practices in different cultures through intensive study and travel in a foreign country. Students will meet with foreign business managers, educators, and government officials to discuss contemporary issues and business practices. In addition, students will study the cultural values and norms of the country being visited and participate in various cultural events and activities. Prior to departure, students are required to have an approved research topic which will be developed during the field study. A research report incorporating the field experiences is due two weeks after the conclusion of the field study.

Travel Cost: $3,750 in addition to tuition, cost includes: airfare, hotel, and some meals and local transportation. Cost is subject to change and fuel surcharge. Final payment due by October 1, 2015. Pre-requisite: MAR250, junior standing. Scholarships available: For further information and to apply online, visit:
Contact the Marketing Department for further trip information at (212) 618-6449 (NY) or (914) 773-3646 (PL).

MAR 342 “Public Relations” CRN 71062

Instructor: TBA
Day/Time: Friday 1:20 - 4:20pm
Place: NYC Campus
Description: A foundation course dealing with the theory of communications, the concepts, and practice of public opinion, research, and the place of public relations in the corporate organization. Methods, tools, and techniques used in maintaining effective relations with customers are analyzed.

PAA 616 “Project Development and Grant Writing” CRN 72257

Instructor: TBA
Day/Time: Wednesday 5:40 - 8:30pm
Place: NYC Campus
Description: This course explores the historical and conceptual background of private foundation grants in the United States. The student will learn to identify appropriate sources of funding and to write grant proposals. Intersections of the grantwriting process with the project development, program and strategic planning, and external partnerships and collaborative enterprises will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on grants measurement in the government, health care and nonprofit sectors. This graduate-level course can help you get a head start on a Master’s degree in Public Administration. To register, please contact Prof. Nancy Reagin at

SOC 245 “Urban Planning” CRN 71876 OR 71601

Instructor: Professor Michael Levine
Day/Time: Wednesday or Friday 1:20-4:20pm
Place: NYC Campus
Description: This course will address the history, theory and practice of urban planning. It will examine the physical planning tools, regulations and current professional practices in use in urban communities. Readings and assignments will concentrate on the physical, geographic and built environment of the city and will explore the relationship between the physical nature of urban communities and the equality of urban community life.

WS 234 “The Girl Child - A Global Perspective" CRN 72638

Instructor: Professor Yvonne Rafferty, PhD
Day/Time: Tuesday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Place: NYC Campus
Description: According to the United Nations, children and youth constitute a high percent of the world’s population. This 3-credit course examines key issues in the lives of girl children including, international rights, gender development, gender stereotypes, globalizations, child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, girls affected by armed conflict, education and schooling, child labor, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, health and health care. Through an analysis of the ways that gender, race and class intersect, students will have the opportunity to examine the multitude of ways that access to different levels of the social hierarchy allows them to differently negotiate culture, thus increasing or decreasing among other things, their happiness, stress safety, health, and psychological well-being. This course is approved for AOK3 and AOK5.