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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

New York City

Semester: Fall
Date: Early September to mid-December
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: General Culture with a Art and Theater emphasis and internship experience.


Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended.
Fall 2019
Program Leader:

Jess Perlitz
Assistant Professor of Art, Studio Head of Sculpture
ext. 7286

Fall 2017
Program Leader:

Stephen Weeks
Associate Professor of Theatre
ext. 7494

Program Design:
This program is designed by the Art and Theater Departments for students with a demonstrated interest and background in art and theater, whether they are majors in these departments or not.  The focus is on contemporary theater and art being done in New York City and the surrounding area.  An internship is also an integral part of the program. This internship is arranged by the student (with advice from faculty and the Center for Career and Community Engagement) prior to arriving in New York City; credit may be arranged in departments other than art and theater.

On average, students will attend theater once weekly.  While legitimate theater will be the focus of the program, different groups will be exposed to examples of performance art, opera, and dance.  Group discussions will take place after performances.  Student performance will be evaluated based on discussion, critical essays, final exam, and creative projects.

The focus of the art component of the program will be on art, usually contemporary exhibitions, taking place in New York.  The group will visit major museums, galleries, and auction houses to see these exhibitions.  Also students can expect to meet with artists, curators, critics, and publishers involved in the visual arts of New York.  Student performance will be evaluated based on critical essays, creative projects, and final exam.

The third course in the architectural history of New York will introduce students to the various architectural styles of New York as the city has evolved since the seventeenth century.  While there will be some class lecture/discussions, most of the course will be conducted in the field, visiting various parts of the city which best exemplify the various types of architecture to be found in New York.

Students can arrange internships with a variety of theater, art, and other organizations in the city.  This may involve internships like apprenticing for a painter, working for a theater company, or interning for business or civic organizations in New York.  Students work at these internships three days a week.

Because of these internships, applicants for the program should bring sufficient training in their major to be useful to the individual/organization where they intern.  Likewise, students should carry the knowledge gained at their internships back to campus to enhance their studies in their major fields.  The ideal applicant would be either a sophomore or junior at the time of application.  They would also have academic preparation in theater or art.


Requirements Fulfilled:
Creative Arts. *Participation on the New York City program does not fulfill the International Studies general education requirement.

4 courses per semester/16 credits


Art 309: Art of New York
Art and Art History through the resources of New York City.  Exploration of how art gets made, how it reaches the public, and the process of its interpretation and display.                         

Theater 250: Theater of New York
Contemporary theater in New York including traditional and experimental work, American plays, plays from the international repertoire.  Attending and discussing productions.  Meeting with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and producers to investigate current trends in theatrical writing, production and criticism.

HIST 233: History of New York
An overview of the architectural history and urban structure of New York.  Particular emphasis is given to examining the process of continuity and change in New York architecture from the colonial period to the twentieth century.

Dept. 444Practicum-  Internship relating to student area of academic interest.

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