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New Programs for 2014-15

Humanitarian Studies

Humanitarian action, those international endeavors that attempt to relieve the suffering of populations in crisis, and its ideological counterpart, humanitarianism, are powerful notions that cut across many aspects of contemporary life. Even as humanitarianism makes compelling moral claims, its actions are often shaped by political interests, expediency, and a technocratic approach to addressing suffering, all of which have potential to harm the world’s most vulnerable populations. The academy has a vital role to play in both understanding humanitarianism and improving contemporary humanitarian practice. The major in international humanitarian studies allows students to examine technical innovation and undertake theoretical critique of humanitarian activities across a range of crises and actors.

In considering international responses to suffering, undergraduates in this major will draw upon a wide array of intellectual tools and academic frameworks. Ethical, moral, cultural and spiritual considerations confront logistic, economic, scientific and geo- political modes of thought in circumstances of vast complexity: violent conflict (including gender-based violence), famine and natural disaster. The major will also contribute to central aims of Fordham’s mission: research and education that assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice and the protection of human rights as part of a cosmopolitan education that prepares students for leadership in a global society.

Program Requirements
Four core courses:
HUAF 4001 - Introduction to Humanitarian Action: Theory and Practice
HUAF 4500 - Foreign Service
HUAF 4800 -  International Humanitarian Affairs Internship Seminar
HUAF 4900 - International Humanitarian Studies Senior Thesis Seminar

6 Elective Courses
Electives must fulfill a distribution requirement consisting of two courses from each of the following three areas of study:

  • History, Philosophy, Anthropology Area Studies
    (LALS, AFAM, and MEST)
  • Humanitarian Affairs, Political Science, Sociology, Economics
  • Women’s Studies, Literary studies, Communications.

The major will help provide valuable skills for a wide range of graduate studies and careers including: international NGO work across relief and development; healthcare (and particularly global health); international affairs careers including the state department and USAID; careers in the United Nations; careers in human rights and international law.

New Media and Digital Design

An interdisciplinary major in New Media and Digital Design draws simultaneously from Visual Arts, Business, Computer Science, and Communication and Media Studies, preparing graduates for innovative and thoughtful leadership in this rapidly-evolving field.  This program aims to bridge boundaries on multiple levels -- to bring together several relevant disciplines and both theory and practice while also offering guided flexibility to students in building a course of study.  In so doing, it aims to equip graduates with multiple knowledge sets and also the ingenuity and initiative needed to succeed in this protean field.

The major is organized to allow students to choose a particular orientation within the expansive field of New Media.   Students select one of three concentrations: New Media and Information; New Media and Design; New Media and Commerce.  This is a 12 course major, comprised of 6 electives and a core of 6 required courses – 2 from Communication and Media Studies; 2 from Visual Arts, and 1 each from Business and Computer Science.

The major seeks to delineate pathways to careers in journalism and media organizations; art and design; and business and entrepreneurship.  Digital media comprise a rapidly-growing employment area whose significance demands leadership at once inventive and mindful.  This interdisciplinary major aims to create such leaders, whose career success will be propelled equally by innovative capability and deep social, historical and ethical understanding.

Fashion Studies Minor

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world. New York Fashion Week, every February and September, is hosted next door to Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. In 2012 Fashion Week generated an estimated $865 million for the city.   Fordham Law School also houses the first fashion law institute in the country.  Like so many other fields, the fashion industry is in a time of transformation. Growth in emerging markets, the rise of new media and social networks, and increasing pressure to develop merchandise that is produced and marketed sustainably are among the various new challenges impacting the world of fashion.

New York City is home to a variety of schools and programs offering studies in fashion, but none of these fashion programs are situated within a four-year, traditional liberal arts undergraduate college.  Placing a program of fashion studies within a liberal arts institution provides the perfect context in which to prepare young people to enter the fashion industry with a broad understanding of the many ways in which the world of style functions in the world today: psychologically, sociologically, historically, politically, economically, thus empowering them to help bring about changes in the industry itself.

Curriculum: An interdisciplinary minor, weaving together business, creativity, and social theory.
Students will take seven courses: 3 required introductory courses, one in each of these three areas: introduction to fashion and culture, introduction to fashion design, and introduction to the fashion industry (for the business of fashion), and 4 electives, depending upon their specific area of interest.

Possible careers for fashion minors linked to relevant majors:

  • Public Relations: fashion show producer, public relations specialist, fashion editor
  • Fashion Media: magazine editors, staff writers, marketing/social media assistant
  • Fashion Design: design director, fashion forecaster, designer
  • Merchandising and Retail: Merchandise Manager, product specialist, trend analyst
  • Marketing and brand management: marketing executive, international marketing director, e-commerce catalog manage

Additionally, not included in Bulletin Supplement:

Environmental Science

Fordham University’s interdisciplinary Environmental Science program provides students with a solid foundation in scientific principles and analysis, and their application to the environment.  The major emphasizes a rigorous curriculum, using an integrated approach that combines concepts and methods across the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and environmental science.

The course requirements for the Environmental Science major consist of four sections:

  • foundation courses required of all Environmental Science majors
  • science elective courses that allow students to tailor their interests toward an emphasis on life or chemical sciences approach
  • a required environmental research or internship experience
  • humanities/policy/ethics courses with an environmental emphasis.

Some of the world’s leading institutions in science research are within walking distance of the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses: The New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, and the American Museum of Natural History. And Fordham’s own Louis Calder Biological Field Station, Seismic Observatory, and instructional laboratories provide students with many opportunities for hands-on research.

Government and private sector opportunities for Environmental Science graduates include careers in environmental conservation or monitoring, ecological system or climate modeling, environmental policy development, education, and environmental consulting.  Graduates may be employed in areas such as environmental research, biological conservation, developing environmental regulations, or monitoring compliance with those regulations. 

The Environmental Science program will develop critical thinking skills and ensure that students are well prepared for further graduate or professional study in science, engineering, business, and law.

Integrative Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one of the most exciting, interesting, and integrative fields in science today. Technological advances of the last 20 years have led to a dramatic rise in neuroscience research across multiple domains, including biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, and physics, as well as seemingly unrelated fields such as economics. A primary aim of the integrative neuroscience major is to engage Fordham students in this stimulating, and rapidly advancing field so that they become competitive candidates for postgraduate education in the neuroscience field. A unique aspect of the integrative neuroscience major is the presence of three tracks (cell and molecular, cognitive, and systems and computational), each focusing on a specific aspect of neuroscience. The design of the major also insures that students have exposure to each of the disciplines so that their work can be informed by multiple perspectives.

The course requirements for the integrative neuroscience major consist of four components:

  • nine foundation courses required of all integrative neuroscience majors;
  • three required, track-connected neuroscience courses that emphasize the different tracks within the major;
  • three specialization courses that allow the students to enhance their study within their chosen track;
  • a required, two-semester minimum, research experience beginning as early as is reasonable for the student and project, but no later than the summer/fall after the junior year.

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