Art Worlds

July 8-18, 2024 Lincoln Center

4 credits


Incorporating methods and insights from sociology and anthropology, and drawing on the resources of the immediate context of New York City's cultural communities and institutions, this credit-bearing college course will analyze many of the arts and artistic communities of New York City. The study of culture generally, and art worlds more specifically, allows us to understand art and culture not only as aesthetic experiences, but also as institutional, economic, social, and political phenomena. Our summer time slot will allow us to avail ourselves of numerous field trips and cultural excursions to support our discussions, readings, and lectures.

Since this is a college course, some assignments may be due after your time on campus.

Instructor Bios

Micki McGee
Micki McGee is an experienced Associate Professor of Sociology with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is a strong professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Sociology, Program Evaluation, Editing, and Curriculum Development. Her essays and articles have been published by The Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Afterimage, Art & Text, High Performance, and Social Text, as well as by the Centre Georges Pompidou and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Aseel Sawalha
Aseel Sawalha is an Associate Professor of Anthropology (at Lincoln Center). Her research interests include urban anthropology, arts, gender, critical social theory, war and violence, and globalization. In 2010, Dr. Sawalha published her book titled Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City with University of Texas Press, Austin. Currently, she is completing a book about the emerging art scene in Amman and the way it is shaped by the changes in regional and international geopolitics, refugee flow, and women’s agency.

Course Details

Art Worlds: Anthropological and Sociological Perspectives
July 8-18, 2024, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
4 credits
Lincoln Center Campus
Instructors: Dr. Micki McGee and Dr. Aseel Sawalha

Course Number: SOCI 4004 LP1

CRN: 15809

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.

For residents, free transportation will be available daily via the Ram Van at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Residential: $5,500.00
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, July 7, 2024 and move-out is Friday, July 19, 2024 by noon.

Commuter: $4,550.00
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!