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Houghton College City Semester

Off Campus Program (9 credits plus possible internship or cross-registration)

Program director: Charles Massey

The purpose of the Houghton College City Semester is to afford students the opportunity to experience urban life as a form of learning. The City Semester combines a structured introduction to the patterns and dynamics of urban settlement with experiential learning via internships and service opportunities – pedagogically, reading and discussion with field study. Abstract ideas become more meaningful when introduced with a sense of place; an introduction to “the city” is best carried out in the context of a specific city with an urban experience that engages all the senses. The combination of classroom learning and experience enhances both. The classroom without the experience fails to convey a sharp sense of the reality that ideas point us toward; the experience without the classroom is bereft of the structure and organization that allows for discernment and understanding. The interaction between ideas and experience is a catalyst for learning.

The City Semester program operates both fall and spring semesters annually and will serve primarily students in their junior and senior years of study.

In addition to the courses listed in the City Semester Program, a student may register for an Internship Experience for 4-6 hours.

Options: A cross registration course at other Buffalo area colleges, an independent study, an online course, or a main campus course using teleconference connection are additional options. (See Western New York Higher Education Consortium for information regarding cross registration.)


Course Descriptions

HIST 341 Conceptualizing the City: An Exploration of the City in Western Culture

4-6-F&S

Explores the history of cities and the ideas that have shaped both their objective development – in terms of their material culture, their economic base, and their political structure – and our subjective experience of them. Also considers social science explanations of urban development (why cities?), 20th century trends (suburbanization, metropolitanization) and reactions to them, and ponders the future of cities in the 21st century. Reading ranges over works of history, philosophy, literary fiction, and social science. Throughout, connections to the Buffalo experience provide concrete (sometimes literally concrete) illustrations of ideas and their effects. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

POLS 341 Conceptualizing the City: An Exploration of the City in Western Culture

4-6-F&S

Explores the history of cities and the ideas that have shaped both their objective development – in terms of their material culture, their economic base, and their political structure – and our subjective experience of them. Also considers social science explanations of urban development (why cities?), 20th century trends (suburbanization, metropolitanization) and reactions to them, and ponders the future of cities in the 21st century. Reading ranges over works of history, philosophy, literary fiction, and social science. Throughout, connections to the Buffalo experience provide concrete (sometimes literally concrete) illustrations of ideas and their effects. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

INTS 275 Engaging Urban Culture

1-F&S

Students will explore some aspects of urban culture. Meetings will be held every other week in a setting outside of the classroom. This course provides academic structure for engagement that will help students to experience, explore, and understand the complex diversity of Buffalo and to foster reflection on our place in a diverse world. Events will be planned that explore features of urban culture, such as history, architecture, music, the visual and dramatic arts, and other aspects of Buffalo and its subcultures. [a lab or activity fee may be charged] Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

PSY 324 Life in the City

3-F&S

The theme of urban life and mission as related to the sociology and psychology of the city is developed, focusing on life and ministry in the complexity and diversity of New York State’s second largest city. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

MIN 325 Life in the City

3-F&S

The theme of urban life and mission as related to the sociology and psychology of the city is developed, focusing on life and ministry in the complexity and diversity of New York State’s second largest city. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

MISS 325 Life in the City

3-F&S

The theme of urban life and mission as related to the sociology and psychology of the city is developed, focusing on life and ministry in the complexity and diversity of New York State’s second largest city. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

SOC 325 Life in the City

3-F&S

The theme of urban life and mission as related to the sociology and psychology of the city is developed, focusing on life and ministry in the complexity and diversity of New York State’s second largest city. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

URMN 325 Life in the City

3-F&S

The theme of urban life and mission as related to the sociology and psychology of the city is developed, focusing on life and ministry in the complexity and diversity of New York State’s second largest city. Houghton College City Semester program. Liberal Arts.

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