This study of the cultural roots and historical contexts of New York City communities uses the City's dance scene as a lab. You’ll observe the social environments in which modes of dance works are created while researching the history of dance in New York City.
Take the 1 Train
New York City offers the kind of experiences that bring ideas to life, whether you’re on a quick trip to MoMA or the Met, at an off-Broadway show, analyzing Hudson River life, or in a session at the United Nations. Because Barnard classes are small and collaborative, it's easy for your professor to schedule a field trip or spontaneously head out to explore. By the end of your first year, you’ll be fully immersed in the city you can now call home.
“In the middle of a painting class, we’ll have a heated discussion about how a particular artist actually painted a work. And instead of just looking it up in a book, in a snap we get on the subway, go to the Museum of Modern Art and look at the actual painting.”
- Joan Snitzer, Professor of Art History and Visual Arts
Engaging, Exploring, and Thinking Locally
A key component of Barnard’s innovative Foundations curriculum is Thinking Locally, a selection of place-based courses that take full advantage of New York City’s diverse resources. Barnard’s faculty has teamed up with local curators, archivists, scientists, and digital innovators to design classes that take full advantage of NYC’s resources and empower you to use everything that it has to offer, whether you’re diving into the archives at the Museum of Natural History, engaging in a movement workshop, or exploring the rapidly evolving story of Harlem. Along the way, you’ll tap into the expertise of leading institutions, learning from people who are the best in their fields.
"My geology class labs were field trips throughout the city to check out the rock formations. It was one thing to learn about these ideas through a textbook, but being able to see these concepts in action really helped to reinforce what I was learning."
- Hannah Spierer '17
Created in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, in this course you will investigate science and ways to use New York City as a resource for science teaching and learning. Sessions are held at Barnard and the museum.
You’ll start with 10 objects that are characteristic of New York City, then develop a project that connects these objects with a broader societal movement, cultural idea, political cause, or scientific development significant to City life.
One of the highlights of place-based learning at Barnard is the Harlem Semester, which immerses participants in one of New York City’s most historically complex and culturally vital neighborhoods. We partnered with leading Harlem-based institutions to design a hands-on, multidisciplinary curriculum that critically examines Harlem as an intensively peopled place, alive today.