Academic Programs offered through Community Semester

A full-time academic and community service experience in New York City

In the classroom, students study with the accomplished Urban Studies faculty at the Murphy Institute. Students analyze their experience in the field while studying the disciplines that form the foundation of urban community development, community organizing, public policy, and public administration in four courses.

As part of the course schedule, both graduate and undergraduate students will enroll in the fieldwork course, which combines the 15-week internship with a local nonprofit, government agency, or the office of an elected official with the study of urban development in a contemporary local and national context. In addition to urban structure and governance, other issues addressed include: the engagement and analysis of political institutions, the leadership and management of nonprofits, urban social identity, community organizing, civic participation, dynamics of class and power relations, diversity and multiculturalism and the effects of globalization on urban areas.

For information on the Undergraduate Program offered through Community Semester and for information on the Graduate Program offered through Community Semester.