Course Directory

Our students choose a MAJOR course which runs every morning from 9am to 12:30pm, and sample a different workshop course every afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. Major courses include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. 

In the afternoons and evenings students take part in a series of activities - from museum visits to a Broadway show, a baseball game, neighborhood walking tours in Soho and along Fifth Avenue, and college application workshops specially designed to brush-up their learning-skills and assist with their university applications.

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 Seminar on or before April 13, 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.


Working from case studies, and making the most of New York’s unrivaled business resources, students decipher the codes to successful business leadership, and discover what makes one entrepreneur succeed where another fails. By trying their hand at game theory and various negotiation tactics, they get to grips with managerial organization in all its forms.

Human Rights Law
Following an historical introduction to the idea of Human Rights, students are introduced to contrasting national legislations, to the treaties and customary laws that structure Human Rights internationally, and to the instruments devised to promote and protect them, such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. Working through current crises, case recreation, as well as legal theory, and taking rapid social change into account, students devise a Charter for the 21st century. 

International Relations
This course introduces students to the various academic disciplines and theoretical tools that define International Relations. In addition to studying the history of nations and their interactions with one another, they tackle a range of contemporary case studies. These include the rise of ISIS and the war against them; the Syrian refugee crisis and the issues surrounding mass immigration; and the "Brexit" vote and its aftermath. Can the origins of these issues be unraveled in such a way as to find new ways forward with them? This question is posed in the city that hosts the United Nations, and whose financial sector continues to have a massive influence on world affairs.

This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

Led by researchers engaged in cutting-edge work in experimental psychology, students address a different topic each morning. These include introductions to mental processes and problem solving, Evolutionary Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behaviorism, and Psychoanalysis. In addition to surveying various fields, students learn how research projects are developed and experiments undertaken.

Public Speaking (Workshop only) 
In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Being an effective and persuasive speaker requires flawless communication skills – verbal, nonverbal, and written. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history and theory of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students gain a sense of how to structure and organize information, and acquire decision-making skills and knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively.