Course Directory

Medical Science students teach life saving techniques to the publicThe Science of the Future class tweaks the software on their roboticsstudents admiring the gallery opened by the Fine Arts class
Our students choose any two courses from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon WORKSHOP. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Workshop offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Workshop to be a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to The New York College Experience on or before January 26, 2018 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.


  • The city’s museums and galleries become classrooms as students move between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Guggenheim, and from paintings and sketches to sculptures and installations, learning how to read works of art and familiarizing themselves with the range of tools historians have developed to assess, analyze, and critique art.

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • Students leverage everyday instruments, such as smartphones, to gain insight into the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems, design and development frameworks, problem-solving, coding, Android and Apple application design, and web frameworks.  They are exposed to languages such as Java, iOS App Design, Swift, and Objective-C as they identify a space in the market and design an app to fill it. Lab fee of $150 US for Major; $75 US for Workshop.

  • Working in the city that famously developed its own variety of strong policing in order to defeat a rampant crime problem, and drawing on aspects of criminology, law, psychology, and forensics, students seek to understand what turns people into criminals and what society does in response to the challenges of criminal behavior. They spend time with the NYPD officers who fight crime on the streets, discover how society deals with criminals by meeting with lawyers and visiting courthouses, and learn how the authorities are adapting to challenges such as cybercrime and Terrorism.

  • Using the city that, over the past two centuries, has contributed more than any other to making the world rich, while also bankrupting it on several occasions, as their classroom, students analyze the behavior of economic agents as they make decisions to allocate scarce resources in multiple markets. They learn how prices and quantities are determined. They also learn about, among other topics, supply and demand analysis, theories of consumer and firm behavior, market efficiency, and competitive markets and monopolies as they seek to understand how the economy might evolve. 

  • Exploiting the resources of the world’s financial capital – Wall Street, the NYSE – students discover the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs.  From principles of finance, such as compound interest, time value of money, and portfolio theory, they move on to how finance and financial markets actually work. They address the main business principles of strategic planning, marketing, economics, finance, and accounting. Concepts covered include SWOT analysis, developing a marketing strategy, as well as working through how to create a product centered company and draft a business plan. For their final project, they create a mock company that they present in a “Shark Tank”, mirroring the high pressure, quick tempo presentations used at colleges, business schools, and startup incubators around the world.

  • Through a mixture of project work and presentations, students develop an understanding of genetics from the chemical to the genomic level, evolutionary theory, the medical, social, and ethical aspects of genetics, and the types of technologies and experimental techniques used to examine and manipulate genes and genomes. As they discover the extraordinary potential of a discipline that is changing lives, they learn how intelligently to read and critique scientific papers and popular scientific writing. 

  • Students assess the key role that Wall Street has played in the development of the world economy. In doing so, they analyze its economic successes as well as the catastrophes that have punctuated its colorful history. Guided by some of the key figures working in the market today, students evaluate possible futures for New York in a global economy that features unprecedented competition. 

  • In the city that is home to the United Nations, students delve into the theories and mechanisms that govern relations between states and blocs. They supplement their exposure to the international context by examining a variety of current issues. They learn how and why policy decisions are made, how they are enforced, and how their repercussions affect us. At the end of the course, students select a country to represent in a model UN project. 

  • This experiential course is intended to make students familiar with the fundamentals of engineering by introducing them to its different fields. Students learn how to utilize skills they already possess and apply them to various sets of engineering problems. They also become familiar with different types of engineering judgments in order to be able to adopt efficient solutions to problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own. 

  • Through a mixture of lectures, case studies, hospital visits, and practical sessions, this course introduces students to the principles and objectives of becoming a healthcare professional, introduces the general structure and function of the human body, the different systems involved in homeostasis, genetics, and genetic disorders, and concludes with topics for medical research and the future of medicine. 

  • Students are exposed to the awe-inspiring breadth of Physics, including Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, as well as Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Touching on such diverse areas of knowledge, students look at theoretical advances in science as a means of imagining the future. Prerequisite: At least one year of Physics. 

  • This course focuses on the history of political thought, the evolution of Human Rights within it, and the state of Human Rights today. Students tackle contemporary issues such as economic disparity, mass migration, new technologies, policy making, political power, and terrorism. They also discover how different types of governments, NGOs, and supranational agencies such as the European Union, address Human Rights issues in practice. All this takes place in the city that is home to the United Nations.

  • Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics that include dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methods and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments under the guidance of specialists.

  • This course reveals the inner workings of the $65 billion dollar global sports business. Sessions cover a wide range of topics including marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, ownership, and legal and financial structures. The primary focus is on American sports including the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, but the course also examines global models such as the Premiership, la Liga, the Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup. Students visit worldrenowned sports venues including Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.

Production & Workshop

  • In the home of Mad Men and Times Square’s neon lights, students discover the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Scouring New York for case studies and creative examples, they explore different types of advertising, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Using their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product, grow and run their own campaigns. Lab fee of $100 US for the Major.

  • “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Students learn to tell stories, render their experiences, observations, and ideas into words. They learn the fundamentals of creative writing and read and write pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, exploiting New York’s literary heritage and traditions while also treating the city as a source of inspiration and as a character in its own right. They participate in workshops, an integral component of any college level creative writing class. The course culminates in a reading at the program coffee house, as well as the production of a literary journal.

  • Students navigate from the blank page to the catwalk via the raw piece of tissue and the factory floor, in the process visiting and interacting with some of the most famous flagship stores and their Garment District suppliers. They analyze brand strategy and consumer experience, and come to grips with the fundamentals of clothes and accessory design. The course culminates in a fashion show in which they display their creations. Materials fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop.

  • Few cities have featured in as many classic films as New York. Following in the footsteps of Woody Allen, Baz Luhrmann, and Martin Scorsese, students brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films, which they shoot with digital video cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Designed for all levels of expertise, this course explores a variety of media through which students engage imaginatively with New York. They receive formal instruction in, among others, oils, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, clay, video, photography, and collage, but spend most of their time outside the studio, capturing the visual splendor of New York. Students exhibit their best pieces at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • This course covers the fundamentals of investigative reporting: writing a news story, cultivating a beat, and the art of interviewing. Alongside it examines how social media and new technologies, not to mention the way information is processed, have altered the reporter’s toolkit. How is journalism offering exciting new opportunities? And what are the challenges – not least the problems of truth and objectivity in an age of fake news? The class creates a digital magazine as it comes to grips with modern reporting. Production fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop.

  • With workshops and masterclasses covering theory, technique, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, and from auditions and casting to rehearsals and the final curtain call, Major class students plan, rehearse, and put on a show that they perform at the end of the course. Students also attend a selection of Broadway shows. Production fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • This course is an introduction to digital photography. Its primary objective is to learn how completely to operate and control cameras in the manual setting, utilizing F-Stop, Shutter, and ISO in order to achieve effects such as freezing and dragging motion, soft and sharp focus, and long exposure/night photography. Students achieve this while covering the traditional elements of photography such as portraiture, still life, landscape, and, in New York, street photography, as well as learning about key photographers past and present. The class culminates in an exhibition. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • From elocution to forming a convincing argument, this course provides students with a practical and diverse range of public speaking skills. Classwork also focuses on preparing and presenting regular debates on a variety of controversial topics related to New York and the United States. The course culminates in a formal debate judged by a panel of professionals.