Religious Studies 350 - New York City, USA: Experience Liberal Arts in Practice

Take your learning to the next level. Experience New York: Liberal Arts in Practice places you in a business externship for two weeks. Practice your interview skills with a Broadway actor, develop a resume with help from an executive from a Fortune 500 company, learn from business leaders in their field, and then analyze the experience through faculty-led seminars!

This course is designed to orient students from the humanities division to potential careers in business through a hands-on externship. Work side-by-side with professionals as they make real-life decisions that have real-life impact. As a religious studies course, students will also explore the application of ethics and corporate social responsibility in the workplace. Should corporations be socially responsible or should they seek only to maximize profit? This off-campus J Term course will examine current trends and topics in corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics, and sustainability. We will identify how social, environmental, cultural, and economic responsibility impact both culture and profitability. Essentially, we will debate whether a company needs to be responsible for its actions - socially, ethically, and environmentally - all while seeing it from the inside.

Course: RELS 350
Location: New York, New York
Prerequisite: Sophomore or junior; minimum GPA 3.0
Special Consideration: Liberal Arts majors are encouraged to apply with a preference given to majors within the Humanities Divisions and other similar majors**
Program Directors: Bryan Babcock and Kirsten Oehl
Cost: This is a special pilot program funded by the James S. Kemper Foundation in Chicago, IL. All eight students accepted into the program will receive a scholarship to cover the program fee, transportation (Albany to New York City) and two meals per day. Demonstrated financial need (as determined by Financial Aid Office) is a requirement for the scholarship. 
Length of program: 19 days (7 days on campus and 12 days in New York City)
Application Process: Applicants need to complete the Off-Campus J Term Online Application. After submitting your online application, this program will send you an email with additional steps involved in applying.  

** Preferred majors are: art & art history, English, modern languages, music & music education, philosophy, theatre arts, and history.