Baseball: The American Game

June 24-27, 2024 Rose Hill

4 credits

Baseball: The American Game is an interdisciplinary college course that will trace the relationship between baseball and American society and culture. The course will study the early history of the game and historical developments during the emergence of the American professional teams in connection with government, culture, and issues of society.

The course is intensive, but to give you ample opportunity to receive a strong grade for the class, the final essay for the class will be due after the week spent on campus at Fordham.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

  • Historical Literacy: Understand the early history of baseball and its evolution, analyzing key events in the context of American society.
  • Cultural Contextualization: Contextualize baseball within broader American culture, examining its role in shaping societal values and cultural identity.
  • Interdisciplinary Analysis: Explore the intersections of baseball with government, politics, and societal issues, fostering critical thinking.
  • Effective Communication Skills: Enhance communication abilities through written assignments and presentations, articulating insights gained from historical and cultural analyses.

Course Details

Baseball: The American Game
June 24-27, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
4 credits
Rose Hill Campus
Instructor: Gene Fein

Course Number: IDIS 3071 RP4
CRN: 15869

Please note that this is a college course and that Fordham students may also be enrolled in this class, which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about life at Fordham.


Residential: $4,800.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, June 23, 2024 and move-out is Friday, June 28, 2024.

Commuter: $4,375.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this credit-bearing course is primarily for rising high school seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Rising juniors may apply with a letter of recommendation in addition to the documents below. 

The course will be graded with letter grades, but you may opt to take the grade for pass/fail or audit by emailing [email protected] after the first class meeting. 

To apply, you will need an analytical (not creative or personal) writing sample from a class, your high school transcript, and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!