Skip to main content

Interdisciplinary Studies (PCS) Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus; however, the university will continue to implement the Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment to keep the community safe and allow for the possibility of remote attendance as necessary.

Fordham students please check courses in for the most accurate Attribute listings.

HIST 3657 R31 - American Constitution
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Sundays  9-11 a.m.: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Presentation day will be Sunday, July 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The U.S. Constitution is one of the extraordinary codes of law in history, the culmination of the development of liberty within a self-governing republic, and the model for modern democratic government. Yet the course of its interpretation has been contentious and often divisive, revealing schisms between liberalism and conservatism, between citizenship and partisanship, in the quest for American identity. This course will focus on the principles of American constitutionalism--its evolution from the historical roots, the adoption of the Constitution, and its development in relation to legal, political and social changes in American history.

Instructor: Fein
4 credits

IDIS 0100 L21 - Fordham Pre-Law Institute
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021 
Online: MTWTh, 9 a.m. - Noon

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system and U.S. law. Topics include an introduction to the U.S. legal system, constitutional law and legislation/regulation, foundations of private law, criminal justice, civil procedure and litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility, and legal research and writing. Classes are taught by Fordham Law School faculty, who will introduce the Socratic method of teaching common in legal education. Optional sessions will prepare students for the law school admissions process, the first year of law school studies, and legal professional development. One class will feature a conversation with law graduates working in various legal positions in the public and private sectors. This course is designed for those contemplating law school, but all are welcome. Credit and non-credit options available. To register as a non-credit student, please visit For 3 credits, register through or the Summer Session online form. 

CRN: 12854
Instructor: Jaeger Fine
3 credits

IDIS 1250 R21 - Foundations of Community and Public Health
Session II, July 6 - August 5, 2021
Rose Hill, Hybrid: TTh, 9 a.m. - Noon

This course will introduce students to community and public health. We will study the foundations of community and public health using readings, class discussions, examining prevailing community and health problems and new developments. There will be an emphasis on developing the knowledge base and skills necessary for a career in health education and health promotion. Topics will include definitions of health, community health, public health, and mental health, epidemiology, communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, health disparities in various population demographics, racial and ethnic populations. Practitioners and experts in the field will be invited to give presentations to the class. Students will get opportunities to explore the various health issues and discuss the prevalence of various diseases with a focus on Covid-19, diabetes, asthma, and other diseases as well as opportunities to participate in a volunteer experience in a clinical/hospital setting. 

CRN: 13332
Instructor: Sankar
3 credits

IDIS 3080 L31 - Winners and Losers In Fiction and Film
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online: Saturday, Sunday: June 19, 20 and July 24, 25 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Literature and film are filled with so-called “winners” and so-called “losers.”  Who can claim these titles and why?  Who decides and how?  In analyzing these topics, we’ll explore what can be learned about the human condition in the individual and in society.  Works discussed will include, Snow White; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Death of a Salesman; Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp; Glengarry Glen Ross; My Left Foot, and others.

CRN: 12855
Instructor: Bach
4 credits

SSCI 2000 R31 - American Pluralism
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Rose Hill:
Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13 and July 10-11, 8:30 a.m.-5 pm

American Pluralism examines diversity in the United States. This course explores the co-existence of groups with distinct cultural or other characteristics in this country. Pluralism in our society encompasses race, ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities and disabilities, age and socioeconomic status. The impact of discrimination because of group membership will be studied. Inter-group relationships will be studied. Lectures, discussions, video material and group exercises will be used to deliver instruction

CRN: 12849
Instructor: Rodier
3 credits