Weekly Schedule

As you can see in the weekly schedule above, the program is organized around a core of four connected academic courses: Settlement of the City (History) which covers the history of New York and the Bronx; Nature and the City (Science) which uses geology, ecology and natural science to explore the city landscape, flora and fauna; Writing the City (English) focusing on urban literature and writing as a means of observing, analyzing and representing the city; Music in the City (Music) which explores the relationship between NYC and Jazz, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Latin Jazz, Salsa and Hip-Hop; and Culture of the City (Culture) which combines a rigorous, skills based foreign language curriculum (Spanish, French or Chinese) with an exploration of immigrant cultures in the city. The academic core connects directly to Solidarity with the City (Ethics)- a leadership, activism and advocacy course that draws upon and collaborates with  community organizations in the Bronx to link your scholarship to work on specific projects in Bronx neighborhoods and on policy advocacy at the city, state and national level;  and to the Art in the City (AC) courses, which seek to deepen your skills within your choice of theater, photography, or film, while applying those skills to observation and communication in your core academic study of the city. 

These courses will meet both separately and in combination, depending on the week, and will all converge in the fieldwork projects that take place at least once a week beyond the school walls. 

Sample Week

The sample week, below, shows one week drawn from the third unit,  A River Runs Through It: Community, Borough, Neighborhood and Landscape. The unit is 3 weeks long and uses the Bronx River as an anchor for an analysis of neighborhood development and landscape. Each unit will have several smaller fieldwork projects and one culminating field study.  Four mornings a week begin with “Morning Coffee,” a time for student announcements, group discussions and meetings.  The week you see happens to have the better part of two days in the field (including a bus tour of affordable housing in which we will speak to residents and social service providers, hear about both the history and current practice of affordable housing from the CEO of Phipps Houses, and do oral histories of the residents) and also the culminating field study project, the Bronx River Trek, for which we will have prepared, off-and-on, for the previous three weeks.  The goal of this project, and the unit as a whole, is to study the origins of human settlement in the Bronx and to use the River as a means of exploring the relationship between the built and natural landscape.  

Other weeks will have more class time, with the average balance per week being 3 ½ days on campus and 1 ½ days in the field.  Other units include:  Unit 1- Sustainable City: Origins, Infrastructure and Growth in the Capital of Commerce;  Unit 2- Immigrant Metropolis: Migration, Mobility and Opportunity;  Unit 4- Contested City:  Power And Conflict in the People’s City;  and Conclusion- Consumer City: Coney Island and the Invention of Leisure Culture.