Purchase College Catalog  2022 - 2023

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President’s Welcome

Purchase College is a place where creativity happens everywhere and where Think Wide Open isn’t just a slogan, it’s a clarion call and a way of life.


Purchase College

Founded in 1967 as part of the State University of New York comprehensive system, Purchase College was the fulfillment of Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s vision to create a learning community which combined professional conservatory programs in the performing and visual arts with rigorous studies in the liberal arts and sciences.

This vision continues to be the guiding force in our quest to provide an exceptional educational experience.

We are grateful to our many alumni and community members who support the college through scholarships, professorships, and distinguished programs. We will continue to provide access to scholarship and creativity to meet the needs of all of our constituents.

Purchase College is a vibrant, dynamic and diverse community. Join us here on campus, or virtually, and explore the many opportunities for engagement and leadership. Resources for learning and personal growth abound. Attend a performance, exhibition, or lecture; get involved and enjoy the rewards of making a difference.

Purchase welcomes you to Think Wide Open!

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About Purchase College

Mission, Vision, Values

Purchase College, SUNY embraces its public mission by bringing together students in the liberal arts, sciences, and conservatory arts programs in a vibrant, creative community where in-depth knowledge grows from open-minded engagement, questioning boundaries, and inspiring possibility.

Vision

Purchase College will be a model teaching institution where creativity, boldly applied across and within disciplines, serves as a critically needed response to the challenges of increasing complexity, by empowering future generations of artists, scholars, scientists, and activists to engage in and make their own meaningful contributions to society.

Values

The Purchase College community values:

  • Delivering an exceptional education to a diverse student body
  • Artistic and scholarly achievement
  • Personal and professional creativity, inquiry, and expressiveness
  • Openness to emerging ideas that promote alternatives and variance
  • Free and expressive speech
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Respect for individuals’ liberties
  • Lifelong learning
  • Meaningful collaboration toward shared goals
  • Civic engagement
  • Sustainability (environmental, social justice, economic, health related, etc.)

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Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop as a result of their overall experiences throughout their time in college. ILOs are designed to help guide individual departments and disciplines in the development of learning outcomes for their programs, courses and services, and to help shape decision-making processes across the college.

Recognizing the interconnectedness and complexity of all facets of our world, we commit to sustaining an environment of openness and collaboration in which students develop:

  • Critical thinking skills, so that they are able to engage a lifelong building of knowledge through observation, reflection, curiosity, dialogue, and the evaluation and synthesis of information.
  • Creative and expressive skills, so that they may propose innovative solutions to problems, and innovative manifestations of their own thoughts and feelings.
  • Articulation skills, so that they are able to communicate their thoughts and choices clearly, carefully, and purposefully, to themselves and to others.
  • Adeptness in multiple research methodologies and in multiple forms of literacy, so that they may further expand and enrich their appreciation of the complexity of our world, within and beyond college.
  • A sensitivity to nuance, to traditional and non-traditional knowledges, and to ideas and experiences different from their own, so that they are able to bridge the gap between themselves and others, and between the local and global, while advocating for the importance of diversity in all its manifestations.
  • A commitment to the planet and to the welfare and equity of all of its peoples, by respecting the sanctity of the environment and by using the United Nations’ 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for understanding the larger impact of their actions and decisions, so that they may actively engage in building a world that measurably promotes equity, inclusivity, and sustainability.

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Academic Programs Overview

  • Purchase College combines, in one college and on one campus, four distinctive yet interacting academic foci: film and media studies, humanities, the natural and social sciences, and the performing and visual arts.

    As of this year, the college offers:

    • 50 undergraduate majors, 33 minors
    • 5 graduate programs
    • post-baccalaureate performers certificates and post-master’s artist diplomas in music
    • numerous internship and study abroad opportunities

    Approximately 70 percent of the matriculated students at Purchase College are enrolled in the BA, BS, and MA programs; the remaining 30 percent are enrolled in the BFA, MusB, MM, and MFA programs. In response to our rapidly changing global society, the college is continuing to develop integrative and interdisciplinary programs as well as innovative opportunities for international and online studies.

    Detailed information on the Purchase College School of the Arts and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, their academic units, and the programs offered is available in the Academic Programs and Courses section of this catalog. In addition, Purchase College has one of the largest and most diverse continuing education programs in the State University of New York system. Continuing Education offers both credit-bearing and noncredit courses for adults, college students, and eligible high school students; Professional certificate programs; And noncredit programs in the arts for children and teens.

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Additional Information

Campus Overview

Campus in fall

Stand in the middle of campus and you’re 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan, but with nature as far as the eye can see.

Tucked away on a 500-acre former estate in Westchester County, our unique sprawling campus was designed by master architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Almost all the buildings on the Purchase campus are the same color. Why is that? Well, there’s a historical reason and a metaphorical one.

The Story Behind the Brick

Our campus master plan relied upon several highly renowned architects to design the buildings on the Main Plaza. To unify these diverse structures and bring coherence to the campus, the architects were required to use the same shade of brick.

We like to think the consistency and order of the buildings’ facades is offset by the explosively colorful, diverse, and unconventional intellectual and artistic activity that happens inside them. Behind our uniform brick walls are classrooms, laboratories, performance spaces, and studios—those spaces where the real heart of campus can be found.

The Purchase Experience

Life here is hands-on and community-focused. We all pitch in to make Purchase a sustainable and diverse home for creative minds.

We’re DIY meets intellectualism, boundless intensity infused with an inquisitive spirit.

We’d love for you to come see us—schedule a tour and get the rundown from our Admissions Ambassadors.

Purchase College Interactive Map

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Your Right to Know

Higher Education Opportunity Information


The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 contains numerous federal reporting and disclosure requirements for information from various administrative areas of higher education institutions. This website has been created to provide quick access to this information.

To the right are general consumer information subject areas, which provide links to references, reports, and additional details. For related information, please refer to Public Reports, which includes the college’s designated contacts for public institutional data and for the annual campus security report.

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SUNY Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists of 18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, with consent of the NYS Senate. The president of the Student Assembly serves as a voting member, and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as non-voting members.

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Purchase College Leadership

2022-23

Purchase College Cabinet


  • Dennis Craig

    Dennis Craig

    Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Kathleen Farrell

    Kathleen Farrell

    Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Barry Pearson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Barry Pearson

    Senior Vice President for Intergenerational Learning and Program Planning
  •  Amanda Walker, PhD. Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the...

    Amanda Walker

    Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Purchase College Foundation and Charitable Entities

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Academic Requirements

Undergraduate Core Curriculum / General Education

The core curriculum at Purchase College satisfies the SUNY general education requirements and engages all undergraduate students in essential learning.

All Purchase undergraduates complete coursework in a common core curriculum as they progress toward graduation in their chosen majors. The core curriculum ensures that students in all majors develop a foundation in a broad range of general education knowledge and skill areas, expressed in terms of student learning outcomes (SLOs).

  • Because these SLOs are shared across all 64 SUNY campuses, meeting a general education requirement at Purchase satisfies that requirement at any SUNY campus and vice versa.
  • Completing the Purchase College core curriculum satisfies all SUNY general education requirements.
  • Transfer students who have completed 30 general education credits and any 7 of the 10 SUNY general education content categories before admission to Purchase College will be awarded credit for fulfilling the Purchase core curriculum.

The student’s advisor and the registrar monitor each student’s progress toward the fulfillment of the core curriculum requirements; however, the final responsibility for completing the requirements rests with the student.

Approved General Education Courses, by SUNY Campus

This site, maintained by the SUNY System Administration, provides links to lists of approved general education courses at each SUNY campus, including Purchase core curriculum courses that satisfy SUNY general education requirements.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS)

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits. Of the 120 credits, a minimum number of credits in the liberal arts are required: 90 for the BA, 60 for the BS. A total of 45 credits must be earned in upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) courses. A maximum of 4 physical education credits may be applied toward the degree.
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 credits outside the student’s major.
  3. Complete the core curriculum/general education requirements.
  4. Complete all requirements for the major.
  5. Earn a minimum 2.0 (C) cumulative GPA at Purchase College.
  6. Complete the health and wellness requirement. (minimum of one credit of physical education).

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Music (MusB)

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits.
  2. Complete the core curriculum/general education requirements.
  3. Complete all requirements for the major.*
  4. Earn a minimum 2.0 (C) cumulative GPA at Purchase College.
  5. Complete the health and wellness requirement. (minimum of one credit of physical education). 

*The specific number of credits required for each performing and visual arts major is listed under each major’s academic requirements.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Music (MM)

  1. Earn a minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA at Purchase College.
  2. Complete all requirements for the degree.

Academics Program Descriptions

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The goal of a liberal arts education is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to critically appreciate, analyze, and resolve problems—both those encountered in the classroom and in society. To achieve this, the liberal arts curriculum is designed so that students are exposed to many fields of study while they gain mastery in a single discipline. Striking the right balance between in-depth study in a narrow area and exposure to a broad array of disciplinary perspectives enhances personal and professional success. Programs are designed to provide students with the concepts and critical thinking abilities necessary to understand, create, and communicate, as well as the requisite analytical skills to work effectively in their chosen fields of study.

Academic Organization

In the liberal arts and sciences at Purchase College, majors, interdisciplinary programs, and numerous concentrations and minors are offered by the School of Film and Media Studies, the School of Humanities, and the School of Natural and Social Sciences. Most undergraduate majors lead to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is also available in biology, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is offered in film. In the School of Humanities, the Master of Arts (MA) degree is offered in 20th-century art history.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, it is possible to major in one of three interdisciplinary BA degree programs: gender studies, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies, and liberal arts. Students who wish to pursue an individualized program of study that cannot be accommodated within any of the conventional majors can work with faculty members from different departments to create a program of study leading to the BA in liberal arts. In addition, interdisciplinary minors are available in Asian studies, gender studies, global black studies, and Latin American studies.

Departments

Faculty in the liberal arts and sciences are organized by departments—groups of faculty members in the major disciplines. Departments assume major responsibility for the development of specific programs, the determination of program requirements, and student advising. In the case of interdisciplinary programs, faculty from various departments collaborate to provide those functions. When a student is ready to select a major, the appropriate department identifies a qualified advisor for the student. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the requirements of each program. New departments are created to shape and supervise new programs as student needs require and faculty resources permit.

Faculty

Faculty appointments in the liberal arts and sciences are made on the basis of effectiveness in teaching and dedication to undergraduate education, with attention to scholarly accomplishment and to the intellectual breadth essential to implement programs. Of our full-­time faculty, approximately 92 percent hold a doctorate or other terminal degree; Others are award-winning authors, journalists, and filmmakers. In addition to general teaching and advising responsibilities, faculty members guide tutorials and supervise independent research projects and senior theses.

Academic Advising

All students in the liberal arts and sciences have faculty advisors and plan their semester’s work in consultation with these advisors. Students are also strongly encouraged to use the services of the Advising Center. In particular, students who have not declared their major are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Advising Center for guidance.

School of Film and Media Studies

Welcome to Film and Media Studies at Purchase.
Get involved in the production and critique of film, media, television and video art.

Undergraduate Courses

Cinema and Television Studies

Description:

An Intensive Immersion in the Art of Film and Television

The Cinema and Television Studies major offers students an opportunity for intensive study of the art of film and television through a broad range of courses in history, aesthetics, and cultural critique. The program is carefully structured for students to develop writing, analytical, and research skills culminating in the Senior Project.

In their first year, students take Intro to Cinema Studies I and II, a year-long course dedicated to the history and art of the moving image. As sophomores, students sharpen their skills in visual analysis and historical inquiry. An extensive range of elective courses are offered in topics such as international cinema, television studies, and film.

During their Junior year, students take Junior Seminar which focuses on film and television theory and its implementation in visual analysis and by the time they become seniors, students are ready to do their own research, which culminates into their final showcase of what was learned in their Senior Project.

Interdisciplinary and Rigorous

This interdisciplinary degree program is rigorous and highly selective, with official admission to the program contingent on successful completion of Introduction to Cinema Studies I and II during the freshman year and a qualifying examination in film history and aesthetics, which is given at the end of the freshman year.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all Cinema and Television Studies majors must meet the following requirements (53–54 credits):

  • CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I (4 credits)
  • CIN 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies II (4 credits)
  • One art history course (3–4 credits), chosen from the following or approved by the cinema studies program coordinator:
    ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
    ARH 1060/Touchstones of Modern Art
    ARH 1070/The Work of Images: The Function of Art in Western Culture
    ARH 2050/Introduction to Modern Art
    ARH 2060/Art Since 1945
  • CIN 3005/Cinema and the Archive (4 credits)
  • One of the following courses (4 credits):
    CIN 2000/Close Analysis
    CIN 2500/Principles of Montage
  • Five upper-level elective courses in cinema studies* (20 credits total)
    • One of the five elective courses must be a course focused on Television Studies. These courses include:
      • CIN3065/Netflix in Latin America
      • CIN3070/Television Studies
      • CIN3075/History of American Television
      • CIN 3280/Self Documentary
      • CIN3500/Cinema in the Internet Age
      • CIN3875: Environmental Media
      • MSA3020/Reality TV
      • NME3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production

*Learning assistantships, internships and independent studies cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

  • CIN 3890/Cinema Studies Junior Seminar (4 credits)
  • CIN 4890/Cinema Studies Senior Colloquium (2 credits)
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I (4 credits)
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II (4 credits)

Notes:

  • A grade of B or higher is required in CIN 1500 and 1510.
  • To advance to the sophomore year, students must pass a qualifying examination in film history and aesthetics, which is given at the end of the freshman year.

Effective: 2020-21:

CIN3005/Cinema and the Archive is a required course. Number of upper level elective courses changed from six to five.

Effective Fall 2022:

Students will be able to formally declare Cinema and Television Studies as a major as of Fall 2022.


Faculty

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MA, PhD, University of Rochester
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and History
    Director, School of Film and Media Studies
    • PhD, University of Maryland
  • Lecturer of Cinema Studies
    Lecturer of French
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • MA, University of Leeds (UK)
    • BA, Baylor University
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies
    Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor 2022-2023
    • BA, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)
    • MA, New York University
    • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, University of Vermont
    • MA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, Brock University, Ontario
    • MA, Ryerson University and York University, Ontario
    • PhD, University of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, Liaoning University (China)
    • MA, Beijing Film Academy
    • PhD, University of Chicago

Contributing Faculty

  • Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Grinnell College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Courses

Television Theory and Practice

Description:

Minor in Television Theory and Practice

The minor in Television Theory and Practice offers students opportunities to write for different television genres, produce documentary and serial television, and critically engage with new developments in the field. Students examine the historical and theoretical foundations of the medium, and they collaborate in creating content with an emphasis on community-centered media.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Television Theory and Practice

Total Number of Credits: 18-20

  • CIN 1040/Television Culture and Politics, 4 credits (must be taken before the other requirements can be satisfied)
  • Two Theory Electives from the list below: 8 credits
    • CIN 3065/Netflix in Latin America, 4 credits
    • CIN 3070/Television Studies, 4 credits
    • CIN 3075/History of American Television, 4 credits
    • CIN 3500/Cinema in the Internet Age, 4 credits
    • CIN 3875/Environmental Media, 4 credits
    • MSA 3020/Reality TV, 4 credits
  • Two Practice Electives from the list below: 6-8 credits
    • FLM 1050/Introduction to Digital Filmmaking, 4 credits
    • FLM 3610/Experimental Workshop, 3 credits
    • FLM 4010/Short Film Production, 4 credits
    • NME 2420/Video Art I, 4 credits
    • NME 3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production, 4 credits
    • NME 3420/Video Art II, 4 credits
    • PSW1050/Introduction to Television Writing, 4 credits
    • PSW 3220/The Writer and the Documentary, 4 credits
    • PSW 3400/The TV Writer’s Room, 4 credits
    • PSW 3500/Writing the Web Series, 4 credits

Note: Effective for new students entering the minor starting in Fall 2022.


Film

Description:

The BFA film program provides highly motivated and talented students with intensive conservatory training in all aspects of filmmaking. Students develop significant skills in directing, cinematography, editing, production, screenwriting, and film analysis. By the end of the sophomore year, students consult with the film faculty and choose to focus on either narrative, documentary, or experimental film production in their junior year.

The primary emphasis of the BFA program is on writing/directing. At the end of the junior year, however, film majors who have demonstrated exceptional talent in cinematography or screenwriting have the option of specializing in those areas, subject to approval by the program faculty. The faculty’s decision is based on demonstration of the student’s technical and artistic proficiency.

Facilities

Film majors enjoy a high equipment-to-student ratio and have access to fully equipped newly renovated sound stages, a mix studio, an equipment store, state of the art screening rooms, and digital editing studios.

About Our Alumni

More than 85 percent of film program alumni have found work in the film and television industries. These are just a few of our representative alumni: Jessica Brunetto, Ilya Chaiken, Austin Chick, Rocco Caruso, Bob Gosse, Nick Gomez, Hal Hartley, Azazel Jacobs, Lesli Klainberg, Dani Michaeli, Whitney Ransick, Jimmie Joe Roche, Jeffrey Schwarz, James Spione, and Chris Wedge.

Updated 9-22-20

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all film majors must complete the following requirements (104–106 credits, outlined below by year) and maintain the department standards for academic and professional conduct.

Effective Fall 2022 for new students entering the program.

Requirements for the major include:

  1. A minimum of 24 credits in film history, criticism, and/or theory: CIN 1500 and 1510 plus four additional courses
  2. Satisfactory completion, as determined by the Film faculty, of the 16-credit senior thesis film

Note: Criteria for advancement also include the student’s fitness and potential for a professional life in the field, as determined by the department faculty. Advancement each year is by invitation of the faculty, following a scheduled, mandatory review of each student’s work. Any student on warning or probationary status is reviewed at the end of the semester (fall or spring). There is an ongoing assessment of professional growth in all work for all students.


Faculty

  • Lecturer of Film

    BFA, New York University

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MA, PhD, University of Rochester
  • Professor of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Film/Video minor
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Assistant Professor of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film
    • BA, Wellesley College
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Lecturer, Film

    BFA, State University of New York, Purchase College

  • Assistant Professor of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Associate Professor of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film
    • B.A. Film Production, UCLA
    • B.A. International Development Studies, UCLA
    • M.A. Visual Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Lecturer in Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer, Film

    BA, New York University
    MFA, Columbia University

  • Assistant Professor of Screenwriting and Film
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film

    BA, Marymount Manhattan College

  • Lecturer of Film

    BA, Concordia University
    BFA, Concordia University
    MFA, City College of New York

  • Lecturer of Film
    • AB, Harvard University
  • Lecturer of Film

    BS, Utica College
    MFA, City College of New York

  • Lecturer of Film
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film/Video minor
    • BA, Loyola Marymount University
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting and Film
    Media Manager
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Film
    • BA, Vassar College
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Film
    • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • Lecturer of Film
    • BA, UC Berkeley
    • MFA, American Film Institute
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Film

    BFA, Purchase College, SUNY

Contributing Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Film and Cinema Studies
    Dean for Global Strategy and International Programs and Director of the Center for Engagement
    • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • MA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • MPhil, PhD, Yale University
  • Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies
    • BA, Liaoning University (China)
    • MA, Beijing Film Academy
    • PhD, University of Chicago
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    • BFA, New York University
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies
    Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor 2022-2023
    • BA, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)
    • MA, New York University
    • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses

Film/Video Production

Description:

Minor in Film/Video Production

The minor in film/video production is designed for students who want to integrate production skills with their major. After completing two foundation courses in screenwriting and basic digital production, students take specialized courses in narrative and documentary, or experimental filmmaking. The final capstone course allows students to spend an entire semester developing a single film project of their choice.

Students should have attained sophomore status (or completed a total of 32 credits) before signing up for this minor. It is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a senior project that involves a film or video.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Film/Video Production

Five courses, as follows:

  • FLM 1050/Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • PSW 1010/Screenwriting I
  • One of the following two-course sequences:
    • FLM 3025/Documentary Filmmaking and FLM 3050/Directing the Scene
    • FLM 3460/Documentary Workshop and 3620/Experimental Workshop
  • FLM 4010/Short Film Production


Additional elective courses:
CIN 2200/Music Video and Popular Culture
CIN 2500/Principles of Montage
CIN 3040/Film Sound: Technique and Theory
NME 3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production
PSW 3120/The Writer and the Documentary
PSW 3400/The TV Writer’s Room
PSW 3500/Writing the Web Series

For course descriptions, go to:
CIN prefix: Cinema and Television Studies
FLM prefix: Film
NME prefix: New Media
PSW prefix: Playwriting and Screenwriting

Notes:

  • CIN 1100, being replaced in fall 2018 by FLM 3050, satisfies the requirement for FLM 3050.
  • COM 1400/Introduction to Video Techniques and Technology, offered by the School of Liberal Studies may be taken in lieu of FLM 1050.
  • COM 3320/Documentary Production, offered by the School of Liberal Studies may be taken in lieu of FLM 3025.

Media Studies

Description:

In the media studies program, students learn how to combine cultural theory, critical cultural production, and do-it-yourself (DIY) aesthetics to explore the roles that media technologies and the arts play in everyday life.

Creative practices are approached historically and ethnographically, and considered within their rich cultural, geographic, and political economic contexts. This includes students’ own low-cost, open-ended, and tactical DIY productions, such as mashup advertisements, sound installations, and performance art—practices of experimentation, protest, and speculation that engage contemporary social concerns.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, students majoring in media studies must complete a minimum of 10–11 courses with a grade of C or higher and an 8-credit senior project (40 credits minimum total) as follows:

  • MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies (3 credits)
  • MSA 2200/Media Institutions and Forms (3 credits)
  • MSA 3400/Critical Perspectives on Media, Society, and the Arts (4 credits)
  • MSA 3450/Research Methods in Media, Society, and the Arts (4 credits)
  • Three electives (at least 9 credits total)
  • One course in art history (visual or performing) or media history (at least 3 credits)
  • Two or three courses in studio art and/or media production (at least 6 credits total)
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I (4 credits)
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II (4 credits)

Minor requirements:

The minor in media studies is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of theories and methods of analysis of media and the arts, while at the same time allowing for skill development in an art form.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the Chair of the media studies program.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Media Studies

  • MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies (3 credits)
  • Three electives; at least two of these must be taught by faculty in the Media Studies Department (9–12 credits)
  • At least 4 credits in studio art and/or media production courses

Faculty

  • Professor of Anthropology
    Director of Natural and Social Sciences
    • BA, Yale University
    • MIA, Columbia University
    • PhD, Stanford University
  • Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology
    • BA, University of Chicago
    • MA, New School for Social Research
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Stony Brook University, SUNY
    • MA, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Lecturer of Media Studies

    MA, McGill University
    PhD, University of Minnestota

  • Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Grinnell College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin
  • Associate Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology
    • BA, Hampshire College
    • MA, University of Washington
    • PhD, Columbia University
  • Lecturer, Media Studies

    BA, West Virginia University
    PhD, Wayne State University


Contributing Faculty

  • Associate Professor of New Media
    • BA, Brown University
    • MFA, Bard College
  • Professor of Sociology
    • BA, MA, University of New Orleans
    • PhD, New School for Social Research
  • Associate Professor of New Media and Graphic Design
    • BS, MS, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
    • MA, PhD, New School for Social Research
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
    • BA, Trinity College
    • MA, New York University
    • PhD, Columbia University
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    • MA , Brooklyn College
    • MPhil,Goldsmiths College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Courses

New Media

Description:

The New Media B.A. Program at Purchase College offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that lies at the intersection of art, society, and technology. Students study the effects of digital media from multiple perspectives, giving them the tools to be well-rounded citizens in an increasingly complex society and allowing them to develop their own voice through guided research and hands-on production.

In this program students learn about current technology and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to understand forthcoming technologies, not least in relation to key social and historical contexts. The program’s strong liberal arts component provides students with critical and conceptual frameworks which, when combined with the acquisition of practical skills, help to prepare them for the workforce and/or graduate study.

Courses are drawn from the visual and performing arts, computer science, the social sciences, and other liberal arts disciplines. Students majoring in New Media are offered a structured, well-rounded foundation covering a range of methodologies and content areas, with analysis and production often present within the same course. Collaboration is particularly encouraged, as are experimental and creative approaches to media production and distribution. Each semester the New Media program and the Neuberger Museum of Art co-host a series of lectures and workshops by accomplished artists, technologists, and theorists in the field of new media.

Advanced Standing and the Senior Project

After applying for and receiving advanced standing, new media majors pursue a program of upper-level study designed by the student. This provides students with the opportunity to pursue individual interests while at the same time developing a focus in new media. As part of this program of study, all students are expected to complete an 8-credit senior project, which is supervised by a faculty member of the New Media Department. Various types of senior projects are acceptable, and collaboration among students is encouraged.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all new media majors must complete the following requirements (64–70 credits):

Freshman and Sophomore Years (Foundation): 30–31 credits

Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses. Those who earn a grade lower than a C+ must petition the New Media Department to retake the course. To pass NME 2100, students must attain at least a 2.67 (B-) GPA in the foundation courses. In any given semester, students should not enroll in more than three foundation courses and we recommend against taking more than two studio or lab courses.

  • PHO 1100/Introduction to Digital Photography: 4 credits
  • MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies: 3 credits
  • NME 1060/Introduction to Sound: 3 credits
  • NME 1160/Design Principles: 4 credits
  • NME 1450/Programming for Visual Artists: 4 credits or MAT 1520/Computer Science I
  • One 2000-level technoculture course (3 credits), chosen from the following or approved by the student’s faculty advisor; it should be taken after MSA 1050 has been successfully completed: – MSA 2235/Computers and Culture – NME 2250/Art and Technology
  • NME 2420/Video Art I: 4 credits
  • NME 2750/Introduction to the Web: 4 credits
  • NME 2100/New Media Advanced Standing: 1 credit

After Passing Advanced Standing

After being accepted for advanced study, requirements are as outlined below. Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses, excluding the senior project.

  • one upper-level history/theory course: 3–4 credits
  • one anthropology/sociology course: 3–4 credits
  • four elective courses chosen for their relevance and applicability to the student’s course of study in new media: 12–16 credits
  • and the synthesis courses, taken in the junior and senior years (16 credits, plus an optional internship):
    • NME 3880/Junior Seminar in New Media: 4 credits
    • NME 3995/Internship in New Media (optional): variable credits
    • NME 4880/Senior Seminar I in New Media: 2 credits
    • NME 4890/Senior Seminar II in New Media: 2 credits
    • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
    • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits


Faculty

  • Associate Professor of New Media
    • BA, Brown University
    • MFA, Bard College
  • Assistant Professor of New Media
    • BA, Goddard College
    • MFA, Transart Institute, University of Plymouth (UK)
  • Associate Professor of New Media
    • BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
    • MFA, University of California, Davis
  • Assistant Professor of New Media
    • BA, Tufts University
    • BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
    • MFA, Bard College
  • Associate Professor of New Media
    • BA, Wesleyan University
    • MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lecturer of New Media
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Assistant Professor of New Media and Computer Science
    • BA, Brandeis University
    • MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lecturer, New Media

    MS, Pace University

  • Assistant Professor of New Media
    Digital Photography Instructional Support Specialist
    • BFA, MFA, Parsons the New School for Design
  • Lecturer of New Media
    • BA, Cornell University
    • MFA, University of London
  • Associate Professor of New Media
    • BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
    • MFA, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lecturer of New Media
    New Media Technician
    • BFA, Icelandic College of Art and Crafts (Reykjavik)
    • MFA, Concordia University (Montreal)
  • Associate Professor of New Media and Graphic Design
    • BS, MS, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
    • MA, PhD, New School for Social Research
  • Lecturer of New Media

    BA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    MFA, Yale University

Contributing Faculty

  • Professor of Sculpture
    • BA, Bates College
    • MFA, School of Visual Arts
  • Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Grinnell College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Stony Brook University, SUNY
    • MA, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Lecturer of Sculpture
    • BFA, Pratt Institute
    • MPS, New York University
  • Professor of Art History
    • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA, PhD, Stanford University
  • Professor Emerita of Mathematics/Computer Science
    • SB, University of Chicago
    • MA, Columbia University
    • PhD, New York University
  • Associate Professor of Art History
    • BA, Oberlin College
    • MA, University of Iowa
    • PhD, University of Southern California

Courses

Playwriting and Screenwriting

Description:

Professional writers increasingly work in multiple modes of expression. In the playwriting and screenwriting BA program at Purchase College, students learn to write for both the stage and the screen through studies that engage with these disciplines at the introductory through advanced level. After the foundation courses, writers can choose to continue to study both playwriting and screenwriting or to focus exclusively on one craft.

The curriculum helps students develop a sophisticated eye and gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft involved in making theatre and film. Being at Purchase means a professional approach—working alongside talented film and theatre majors, actors, theatre designers, musicians, visual artists, and dancers in a world-renowned artistic community few other schools can provide. The college’s proximity to New York City provides a distinct advantage: students are taught by industry professionals and have access to all the culture and excitement the city has to offer, and to theatre, film, and television production facilities for their studies and internships. The affordability of Purchase is vital to the economic freedom needed in pursuing a career as a dramatic writer.

The program includes required and elective courses in playwriting and screenwriting; theatre and film history; writing for television, new media, and documentaries; and directing for both stage and screen. Because playwriting and screenwriting are performance arts, students are encouraged to present their work to an audience as much as possible. In their final year, students work with a faculty mentor to develop a substantial senior project: a full-length play, feature-length screenplay, teleplay, or documentary script. Other courses provide the student with portfolio materials in the form of writing samples, both on the page and short works on the screen.

This BA program also provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts, with majors required to complete a minor in a non-theater/film related field of study. This still leaves plenty of room for students to explore other interests, including study abroad programs—all of which enriches their sensibilities as dramatic writers.

The program also offers a minor in playwriting and a minor in screenwriting, open to students in all disciplines.

Note for Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring from another school into this BA program and earning the degree in four semesters (entering as a junior) should be aware that they must have already taken:

  • introductory screenwriting
  • introductory playwriting
  • at least one semester of either theatre or cinema history (recommended)

Junior transfers must register for PSW 2000 and 2010 in their first semester.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all playwriting and screenwriting majors must meet the following requirements (74 credits):

Foundation courses: 23 credits

  • PSW 1000/Playwriting I: 4 credits*
  • PSW 1010/Screenwriting I: 4 credits*
  • CIN 1030/History of Film Art: 4 credits
  • PSW 2000/Screenwriting II: 4 credits
  • PSW 2010/Playwriting II: 4 credits
  • THP 2885/Theatre Histories I or THP 2890/Theatre Histories II: 3 credits

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in PSW 1000 and PSW 1010 in order to continue in the sequence to PSW 2000 and PSW 2010, respectively.

Electives: 17 credits**

Students choose their electives in consultation with their faculty advisor. At least 10 of the 17 credits must be upper level. Courses in the list of examples are subject to change, and new courses may be added.

**A minimum grade of C- is required for any elective pre-requisites.

Synthesis courses: 14 credits

  • PSW 3880/Junior Seminar: 4 credits***
  • PSW 4880/Senior Colloquium in Playwriting and Screenwriting: 2 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

***A minimum grade of C- is required in the Junior Seminar as pre-requisite for the Senior Project.

Minor Requirements: 20 Credits

Students must complete a minor in an approved area of study in Liberal Arts and Sciences, after consultation and approval from their advisor. Excluded from the list of approved minors are: Arts Management, Film/Video Production, Music, Theatre and Performance, Creative Writing, Communications and Visual Arts.

For students declaring an additional major in one of the approved fields, the minor requirement is waived. In certain circumstances students may be approved to take an alternate course of study in lieu of the minor, in consultation with their advisor.

Playwriting and Screenwriting Double Majors

All Playwriting and Screenwriting double majors are required to take Junior Seminar in either playwriting or screenwriting. However, if a double major’s senior project is focused only in their second area of study (not Playwriting and Screenwriting), the Playwriting and Screenwriting Senior Project and Senior Colloquium are not required.

Minor requirements:

The college also offers separate Minors in Playwriting and Screenwriting.


Faculty

  • Lecturer, Playwriting

    BA, Princeton College
    MFA, Hunter College

  • Director of New Plays Now
  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • BFA, MFA, New York University
  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • BA, Yale University
    • MA, New York University
    • MFA, Brooklyn College
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting

    BFA, Purchase College, SUNY

  • Lecturer, Screenwriting

    BA, Purchase College
    MFA, Columbia University

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Screenwriting
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • MFA, National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest
  • Lecturer, Playwriting

    BA, University of California at Santa Barbara
    MFA, Actor’s Studio Drama School

  • Associate Professor of Screenwriting
    • BA, City College of New York
    • MFA, Yale School of Drama
  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • BA: Brown University
    • MSt: New College, University of Oxford
    • MFA: Hunter College
  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Seattle University
    • MFA, Bennington College
  • Associate Professor of Practice in Screenwriting
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting
    • BA, Tufts University
    • BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
    • MFA, Bard College
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting
    • MFA, Catholic University
    • JD, Rutgers Law School

  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Goddard College
    • MFA, University of Southern California
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting

    BFA, Purchase College, SUNY

  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
    • MFA, Yale University
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting and Film
    Media Manager
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting

    BFA, Purchase College, SUNY

  • Lecturer of Screenwriting

    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Lecturer, Playwriting

    BA, University of Amsterdam
    MA, University of London
    MFA, New York University

  • Assistant Professor of Screenwriting and Film
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY

Contributing Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance
    • BA, Harvard University
    • MFA, New York University

Courses

Playwriting

Minor requirements:

The minor in playwriting is designed for students in all disciplines who want to explore and develop skills in writing for the stage.

Many students who pursue this minor are majoring in disciplines like theatre and performance, arts management, and gender studies. The skills developed in playwriting complement a liberal arts education.

Students interested in the minor must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study. Upon admission to the minor, the student will be assigned a minor advisor from the playwriting faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Playwriting

Five courses, to include:

  • PSW 1000/Playwriting I (4 credits)
  • THP 2885/Theatre Histories I or THP 2890/Theatre Histories II (3 credits)
  • PSW 2010/Playwriting II (4 credits)
  • Plus two of the following courses:
    PSW 1250/Plays and Playgoing (4 credits)
    PSW 3155/The Art of Rewriting: Killing our Darlings (4 credits)
    PSW 3200/Playwriting III (4 credits)
    THP 2205/Shakespeare Then and Now (3 credits)
    THP 2885/Theatre Histories I or THP 2890/Theatre Histories II (3 credits)
    THP 3495/Black American Drama (4 credits)
    THP 3525/LGBTQ Drama (4 credits)

Faculty

  • Lecturer of Playwriting
    • BFA, MFA, New York University
  • Lecturer, Playwriting

    BA, University of California at Santa Barbara
    MFA, Actor’s Studio Drama School

  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Seattle University
    • MFA, Bennington College
  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Goddard College
    • MFA, University of Southern California
  • Lecturer, Playwriting

    BA, University of Amsterdam
    MA, University of London
    MFA, New York University

Screenwriting

Minor requirements:

The minor in screenwriting is designed for students in all disciplines who want to explore and develop skills in writing for film and television.

Many students who pursue this minor are majoring in disciplines like cinema studies, media, society, and the arts, creative writing, journalism, or theatre and performance. The skills developed in screenwriting complement a liberal arts education.

Students interested in the minor must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study. Upon admission to the minor, the student will be assigned a minor advisor from the screenwriting faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Screenwriting

Five courses, to include:

  • PSW 1010/Screenwriting I (4 credits)
  • CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I (4 credits)
    or
    CIN 1030/History of Film Art (4 credits)
  • PSW 2000/Screenwriting II (4 credits)
  • Plus two of the following courses:
    PSW 3000/Screenwriting III (4 credits)
    PSW 3120/The Writer and the Documentary (4 credits)
    PSW 3230/Writers’ Scene Workshop (4 credits)
    PSW 3300/Writing for Television (4 credits)
    PSW 3400/TV Writers’ Room (4 credits)
    PSW 3500/Writing the Web Series (4 credits)


Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Practice in Screenwriting
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer, Screenwriting

    BA, Purchase College
    MFA, Columbia University

  • Associate Professor of Screenwriting
    • BA, City College of New York
    • MFA, Yale School of Drama
  • Lecturer of Screenwriting
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Screenwriting
    • BFA, Purchase College, SUNY

School of Humanities

With small classes, dynamic students, world-renowned guest artists and scholars, and one-on-one work with distinguished faculty, the School of Humanities provides an exceptional liberal arts education at a public institution. You will hone your writing, expand your thinking, encounter the world, and make your mark.

Undergraduate Courses

Art History

Description:

The art history BA centers engagement with art—as a material, critical, and social practice—in a curriculum designed to foster students’ curiosity and intellectual growth. The program is committed to the rigorous interrogation of received histories and their relation to entrenched systems of oppression, and to producing scholars equipped to contribute to building a more just world.

The study of art history introduces students to all periods of history and many of the world’s cultures. The program offers study of the various forms of art and architecture: painting, sculpture, graphics, decorative arts, photography, design, and performance. Scholarly approaches to these media emphasize social, cultural, and political history and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary and theoretical methods.

Study on Campus, in New York City, and Abroad

The program is designed to introduce not only subjects but approaches: visual and stylistic analysis, criticism, iconography, historiography, and methodology. Because art history requires the study of original works of art, many courses are supplemented by field trips to museums and art galleries in New York City, just 20 miles south of the Purchase campus. The on-campus Neuberger Museum of Art is also a major resource. Internships and the college’s study abroad programs provide many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the art world outside the classroom.

The Junior Year

During the junior year, students select a broad field of study that includes the architecture, sculpture, and painting of one of several periods or areas (e.g., Renaissance, African, or modern). Students are urged to take at least three courses outside art history related to their area of study (e.g., courses in 19th- and 20th-century literature, history, and/or philosophy, if the focus is on the modern period). The Junior Seminar in Art History examines selected approaches to the study of art history by analyzing various interpretations of the work of a single artist.

The Senior Project

The program culminates in a two-semester senior project, in which each student uses the methods of art history in an in-depth project that may take a variety of forms: a research thesis, an exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art, or a critical study.

After Graduation

Many alumni choose to pursue their interest in art history through employment at museums and galleries, often earning advanced degrees in art history and museum studies. Other alumni have chosen to work in such fields as art education, film production, publishing and as art handlers and transporters. Still others pursue careers outside of the arts, but find the critical thinking, visual literacy, and subject matter of this field meaningful and useful to their lives and work.

Updated 9-24-20

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all art history undergraduate majors must complete 14 courses and an 8-credit senior project, as follows:

  • ARH 1010/History of Art Survey I
  • ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
  • ARH 1021/History of Art Survey II Discussion
  • Six specialized art history courses, which must include:
    • ARH 3880/Junior Seminar in Art History
    • One course in the history of art before 1800
  • Two studio courses in the visual arts
  • Three courses in related disciplines and/or a foreign language
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Note: An art history course offered by the School of Liberal Studies may not be used to fulfill requirement 1, 2, 3, or 4 above, but may be used as a general elective.

Internships may also be taken at the Neuberger Museum of Art or at area museums and galleries. Internships can count toward the elective academic requirements for the major.

Art History majors with a particular interest in museums may want to consider the Museum Studies Minor as a supplement to the major.

Minor requirements:

The minor in art history is designed for undergraduate students in all disciplines at Purchase College who are interested in art history and visual culture.

Students interested in pursuing this minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. Upon admission to the minor, the student is assigned a minor advisor from the art history faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Art History

Six courses in art history, as follows:

  • ARH 1010/History of Art Survey I
  • ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
  • ARH 1021/History of Art Survey II Discussion
  • Three specialized art history courses (2000 level or above)

Note: Art history courses offered by the School of Liberal Studies may not be used to fulfill these requirements.


Faculty

  • Lecturer of Art History
    • BA, University of Albany, SUNY
    • MA, University of Illinois
    • PhD, University of Bradford
  • Professor of Art History
    • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA, PhD, Stanford University
  • Professor of Art History
    • BA, Hampshire College
    • MA, PhD, Boston University
  • Associate Professor of Art History
    • BA, Oberlin College
    • MA, University of Iowa
    • PhD, University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor of Art History

    BA, Fordham University
    MA, City of College of New York
    PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, Neuberger Museum of Art
    • MA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    • BA, MA, PhD, University of Montreal
  • Lecturer of Art History
    • BA, MBA, PhD, New York University
  • Professor of Art History
    • BS, Wheelock College
    • MDiv, Harvard University
    • PhD, Emory University
  • Assistant Professor of Art History
    • BA, Harvard University
    • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Contributing Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
    • BA, Princeton University
    • MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
    • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Courses

College and Expository Writing

Description:

The ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in writing is essential to success as a student and citizen.

Students learn and practice these skills throughout their academic career at Purchase College, beginning with College Writing (WRI 1110) in their first year. College Writing teaches students to:

  1. produce strong written work at the college level
  2. read and think critically
  3. take a position and develop an argument of their own
  4. research a topic and write a well-organized paper that develops their claims in dialogue with the sources
  5. revise and improve their papers
  6. present their ideas orally

College Writing is taught in small sections in a seminar/discussion format that requires students to achieve proficiency in speaking and listening as well as writing and reading.

Entering students may only be exempted from College Writing by achieving an AP score of 4 or higher. For additional information, refer to the college policies.

English as an Additional Language

Courses in English as an additional language (EAL) are also offered under the auspices of the college writing program.


Faculty

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    Director of College Writing
    • AB, Princeton University
    • JD, New York University School of Law
  • Professor of Music
    • BM, University of Michigan
    • MM, Mannes College of Music
    • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, Hunter College, City University of New York
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, University of Michigan
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • BA (Honors), University of Delhi (India)
    • MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Writing
    Assistant Director, Advising Center
    • MusB, MM, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Lecturer of Writing

    BA, Journalism, Western Washington University
    MFA, Sarah Lawrence College

  • Professor of Practice
    • BA, Oberlin College
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, Pennsylvania State University
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College
    • MEd, Temple University
    • EdD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, Wayne State University
    • MPS, Manhattanville College
  • Lecturer of Writing

    BA, Oberlin College
    MFA, Sarah Lawrence College

  • Lecturer of Writing

    BA, University of Louisville
    MFA, Sarah Lawrence College

  • Lecturer of Writing
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • BA, Queens College, City University of New York
    • MA, PhD, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, Yale University
    • MPS, Manhattanville College
  • Associate Professor of Literature and Writing
    Director, School of Humanities
    • BA, MA, PhD, Columbia University

Courses

English as an Additional Language

Communications

Description:

This major focuses on crafting messages appropriate to a variety of mediated channels; considering the impact of messages on diverse audiences, and promoting brands, products and companies.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all communications majors must complete the following requirements (35 credits):

  1. COM 1500/Intro to Communication: 4 credits
  2. COM 2010/Group Collaboration: 3 credits
  3. One of the following courses:
    COM 1400/Intro to Video Techniques and Technology: 3 credits
    COM 2050/Intro to Media Writing: 4 credits
  4. COM 3100/Communication Research: 4 credits
  5. COM 3110/Strategic Message Design: 4 credits
  6. Area of Interest: TV Production/ Advertising/ Public Relations: 12 credits
  7. COM 4800/Senior Capstone: 4 credits

A minimum grade of C- is required for all classes applied towards major requirements.


Faculty

  • Lecturer of Communications
    • BA, Pace University
    • MA, Pace University
    • PhD, Regent University
  • Lecturer of Communications

    BA, University of Virginia

  • Lecturer of Communications
    • MFA, Brooklyn College, Film and Television Production
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
  • Assistant Professor of Communications
    • BA, Hunter College, City University of New York
    • MS, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    • PhD, Ohio University
  • Lecturer of Communications
    • BS, Mansfield University
    • MS. Mansfield University
    • MA, Clark University
    • PhD, Clark University
  • Lecturer of Communications
    • BA, Hunter College
    • MFA, Hunter College
  • Assistant Professor of Communications
    • BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • MFA, Hunter College

Contributing Faculty

  • Lecturer in Liberal Studies–Legal Studies
    Lecturer in Communications
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • JD, Touro College
  • Assistant Professor of Arts Management
    • BS, Northeastern University
    • MA, PhD, University of Westminster (England)
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism
    • BA, University of Washington
    • MFA, Hunter College
  • Assistant Professor of Practice in Arts Management
    • BA, Marymount Manhattan College
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Writing
    • BA, University of Michigan
    • MFA, Sarah Lawrence College

Courses

Creative Writing

Description:

The Lilly Lieb Port creative writing program is a highly selective and structured BA program that shares features of the college’s arts programs.

The purpose of this program is to offer motivated, talented, and committed students a dynamic context and community in which to explore all aspects of creative writing.

As an integral part of the program, readings are held each semester by students, faculty, alumni who have published their writing, and professional writers. Editors and other members of the publishing world are also invited to speak and share their expertise with students.

Italics Mine (italicsmine.com), a student-run literary journal under the stewardship of the creative writing program, showcases the talent and diversity of Purchase College students by publishing original art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in print and online.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Creative writing majors are encouraged to apply to one of the college’s many study abroad programs. Please contact the Education Abroad Coordinator at study.abroad@purchase.edu for more information.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, creative writing majors must complete a minimum of nine courses and an 8-credit senior project (45–47 credits total) as follows. The foundation courses and the two genre courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher:

  • CWR 1000/Poetic Techniques: 4 credits*
  • CWR 1100/Narrative Techniques: 4 credits*
  • Two courses in the student’s chosen genre (poetry or fiction): 8 credits*
    CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I and CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II
    or
    CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I and CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II
    *Must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • Two upper-level creative writing electives from the list below: 8 credits
    CWR 3200/Art of the Novella
    CWR 3450/ Poets at Work: First Books
    CWR 3110/Writing Home
    CWR 3125/ Alternate Worlds
    CWR 3215 and CWR 3220/ Editing and Production Workshop (year-long sequential course in Editing and Production).
  • Two literature courses, chosen from an approved list: 7–8 credits
  • Arts-related course(s): 3–4 credits
  • CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing: 3 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Note: Creative writing majors are encouraged to apply to one of the college’s many study abroad programs. Please contact the Education Abroad Coordinator at study.abroad@purchase.edu for more information.

Examples:

Sequence of Study

All creative writing majors follow a sequence of courses, whether their chosen genre is poetry or fiction:

  1. To encourage an awareness of and sensitivity to the various aspects of the craft of creative writing, students are required to take the introductory courses, CWR 1000 and 1100, in their first year of study.
  2. In the second year, poetry students move on to CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I, then to CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II, while fiction writing students take CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I, followed by CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II.
  3. After completing this course sequence, students have the opportunity to study for one semester with a writer-in-residence. In addition, advanced tutorials are available on a regular basis, emphasizing continuous, close work on revision and editing skills. In the most advanced classes, students begin to explore the fiction and poetry market. A component of advanced study may also include experience in editorial and copyediting techniques as preparation for work in the publishing industries.
  4. Students take CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing in the fall of their senior year, in tandem with the first semester of their senior project.

Effective Fall 2020:

CWR 3200 no longer satisfies the fiction genre course requirement
Arts-Related Courses list expanded beyond upper-level courses


Faculty

  • Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Harvard University
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Fontbonne College
    • PhD, Florida State University
  • Lecturer, Creative Writing

    BA, Bennington College
    MFA, University of Maryland

  • Lecturer, Creative Writing
    • BA, Ramapo College
    • MFA, Columbia University
  • Associate Professor of Creative Writing
    • BA, Connecticut College
    • MFA, Purdue University
  • Lecturer, Creative Writing
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MFA, Columbia University

Courses

History

Description:

The goal of the history major at Purchase College is to provide students with the intellectual foundation of a liberal arts education that is suitable for a wide variety of professions, including law, education, government, business, journalism, and public relations.

The history curriculum seeks to foster the development of a historical perspective on the forces and processes that have shaped and continue to shape our communities, our country, and the world at large.

In keeping with the cultural resources of our area and the special profile of Purchase, the history program has generally, though not exclusively, emphasized the social, intellectual, and cultural dimensions of the historical discipline.

  • Students may define their area of interest within the major in terms of nine broadly conceived areas.
  • When appropriate, students may also pursue topics of special interest through tutorials and directed independent studies, which may be arranged with individual instructors.
  • Coursework in the history program includes intensive writing and an emphasis on primary source material, which can range from government documents to diaries, novels, and films.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all history majors must complete seven history courses, plus a junior seminar and an 8-credit senior project (37–40 credits total):

  • The broad survey courses at the 2000 level serve as the foundation for more specialized work at the 3000 level.
  • All history majors are required to take the Junior History Seminar in the spring semester of their junior year. This course is open exclusively to history majors.
  • All history majors will be assigned a senior project advisor by the end of their junior year, and are required to register with this advisor for 4 credits of senior project (SPJ 4990/Senior Project I) in the fall of their senior year, and 4 more credits (SPJ 4991/Senior Project II) in the spring of their senior year.

Areas of Interest

  • History majors normally take four or five elective courses that are clustered within an area of special interest to the student. At least three of these courses must be at the upper (3000–4000) level.
  • History majors must also take at least two or three elective history courses outside their area of interest. At least one of these must be at the upper (3000–4000) level.
  • The student’s area of interest within the major should be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor at the beginning of the junior year, and must be approved by the board of study. Normally, a student will select from among the following nine areas:

    1. American history
    2. Ancient and medieval history
    3. Asian studies
    4. Early modern history
    5. European history
    6. Jewish history
    7. Latin American history
    8. Modern history
    9. Women’s history

Summary of Academic Requirements

A total of seven history courses, plus the junior seminar and the 8-credit senior project:

  1. HIS —/Seven history courses as follows (25–28 credits):
    a. Four or five history courses in an area of interest (including three at the 3000–4000 level)
    b. Two or three history courses outside the area of interest (including one at the 3000–4000 level)
  2. HIS 3880/Junior History Seminar (spring semester, junior year): 4 credits
  3. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  4. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Minor requirements:

The minor in history is designed for students who wish to supplement coursework in another major with an array of history courses.

It is particularly suited for students who have an interest in one period or a specific area (for example, early modern or modern history; European, American, or Asian history).

Students interested in the minor should consult with the Department Chair of history and complete an Application for a Program of Minor Study. They will then be assigned an appropriate advisor to help plan their minor program.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in History

At least five courses, three of which must be at the 3000 level or above.

Related Minors:

Asian Studies
Contemplative Studies
Gender Studies
Global Black Studies
Jewish Studies
Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX Studies
Museum Studies


Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of History
    • BA, University of Oxford (England)
    • MA, University of Sussex (England)
    • PhD, Yale University
  • Associate Professor of History
    • BA, St. Joseph’s University
    • MA, Fordham University
    • MPhil, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Professor of History
    • BA, Bryn Mawr College
    • MA, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Lecturer of History
    • BA, St. Joseph’s University
    • MTh, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
    • MPhil, Fordham University
    • PhD, Fordham University
  • Lecturer, Liberal Studies
    • BS, MA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
    • PhD, Binghamton University, SUNY
  • Lecturer of History
    • BS, Cornell University
    • MA, Fordham University
    • PhD, Fordham University
  • Lecturer of History
    • BA, International Studies College (Beijing, China)
    • MA, Shanghai Normal University
    • MA, University of Minnesota
  • Associate Professor of History
    • BA, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Lecturer of History
    • BA, MA, Fordham University
    • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and History
    Director, School of Film and Media Studies
    • PhD, University of Maryland
  • Professor of History
    • BA, Vassar College
    • PhD, University of Cambridge (England)
  • Assistant Professor of History
    • BA, Emory University
    • MA, The University of Chicago
    • PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor of History
    • BA, Sun Yat-sen University (China)
    • MA, University of California, Los Angeles
    • PhD, New York University

Courses

Jewish Studies

Description:

Jewish Studies courses explore the Bible, the history and archaeology of ancient Israel, the ancient Middle East, Jewish history, Israel studies, Holocaust history, philosophy, literature and Hebrew language.

Course materials extend from antiquity to the contemporary. The approach is interdisciplinary and involves the faculties of History, Literature, and Language and Culture, in the School of Humanities. Students in any discipline may minor in Jewish studies, or students may major in History and choose Jewish history as their area of interest.

This program was originally made possible, in part, by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Minor requirements:

The minor in Jewish studies is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the history and culture of the Jewish people through a combination of courses in Jewish history, literature, and philosophy, and in the Hebrew language.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor after consultation with the Chair of the Jewish studies program.

For students interested in majoring in History with a concentration in Jewish history, please go to the history department.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies

Five courses, selected from Jewish history, Jewish literature in translation, or Hebrew language, in consultation with the Chair of the Jewish Studies program.


Faculty

  • Professor of History
    • BA, Bryn Mawr College
    • MA, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Professor of History
    • BA, Vassar College
    • PhD, University of Cambridge (England)

Courses

Journalism

Description:

The journalism major at Purchase College is designed to provide students with the intellectual bases and skills to gather, assess, and disseminate information and ideas.

This equips students for careers in journalism and a wide variety of other fields, including law, government, business, and public relations. The program fits naturally in the School of Humanities, as journalism at its best exemplifies the open and honest inquiry that marks the liberal arts and sciences.

Students are offered a central set of skills courses in journalism, electives in specialized areas in a variety of media, and courses that explore the broader context of journalistic practice. Students also take advantage of the broad offerings of Purchase College, and are encouraged to have internships. The studies culminate in a senior project, an extended work that allows students to showcase the full range of their talents.

Facilities

Purchase students produce journalism in a variety of computer labs using equipment consistent with industry standards. Journalism majors work in a dedicated suite in the Humanities Building that offers an integrated newsroom, broadcast studio, and control room with up-to-the-minute technology.

Our proximity to New York City, the media capital of the world, has enabled students to land internships with such varied media outlets as NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, MSG, Marie Claire, and the Daily News. In essence, we strive to offer our students whatever they need to produce and promote excellent work. Chief among these things is a core set of journalistic practices and principles that remain steady even as the technology changes.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all journalism majors must complete the following:

I. Introductory Courses: 6 credits

These two introductory courses are the only journalism courses open to freshmen.

  • JOU 1500/Introduction to Media: 3 credits
  • JOU 2150/History of Journalism: 3 credits

II. Central Courses: 22 credits

  • JOU 2515/Journalism I: 4 credits*
  • JOU 2915/Journalism II: 4 credits*
  • JOU 3080/Freedom and the Media: 4 credits
  • JOU 3880/Junior Seminar in Journalism: 2 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C+ in JOU 2515 and 2915, which must be taken initially and in sequence.

III. Journalism Electives: 10–12 credits

Three journalism electives, chosen from the list below. For students who begin the major from fall 2020 onward, at least one of the three electives must be a practical course in visual journalism (denoted by an asterisk).

Please note: New courses may be added to this list. Students should check with their faculty advisor to determine if a new course is an appropriate elective.

COM 3375/Podcasting and Audio Storytelling
JOU 1120/Journalism and Film
JOU 3040/Race, Gender, and the Media
JOU 3100/Photojournalism*
JOU 3120/First-Person Reporting
JOU 3130/Documentaries and Journalism
JOU 3160/Broadcast News I*
JOU 3170/Broadcast News II
JOU 3200/Feature Writing
JOU 3220/The Art of Sportswriting
JOU 3230/The Beat of Music Journalism
JOU 3350/Community Reporting
JOU 3360/Narrative and Nonfiction Podcasting
JOU 3374/The Literature of Journalism
JOU 3500/Multimedia I*
JOU 3600/News Editing
JOU 3700/The Beat, Magazine Production
JOU 3780/Criticism/Reviewing Workshop
JOU 4010/Covering the Arts
JOU 4020/International Issues Reporting
JOU 4150/Investigative Reporting
JOU 4320/Broadcast Writing
LIT 3635/Reviewing the Contemporary Novel
PHI 3085/Objectivity

IV. Other Studies

Five electives in one area of study within the liberal arts and sciences, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. (Many students will find it appropriate to earn a minor.) The per-course credits vary, but the credit total is typically 18 to 20. A minimum of 9 credits must be upper-level.

Minor requirements:

The minor in journalism is designed for undergraduate students in all disciplines at Purchase College who are interested in the field of journalism.

Students interested in this minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Journalism

Five courses (18–20 credits) are required:

JOU 2515/Journalism I*
JOU 2915/Journalism II*
JOU 3080/Freedom and the Media
JOU —/Two journalism electives

*Students must earn a minimum grade of C+ in JOU 2515 and 2915, which must be taken initially and in sequence.


Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Journalism
    • BA, Brown University
    • MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Associate Professor of Journalism
    Interim Director of Liberal Studies
    • BA, University of Minnesota
    • MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism
    • BA, The Elliot School of International Affairs,George Washington University
    • MS, Columbia University
    • MA, Fairfield University

  • Assistant Professor of Journalism
    • BA, MA, Empire State College, SUNY
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism
    • BA, New York University
    • MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism
    • BA, University of Washington
    • MFA, Hunter College
  • Associate Professor of Journalism
    • BA, American University
    • MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Courses

Language and Culture

Description:

Knowledge of foreign languages and an awareness of other cultures are of critical importance in today’s world, in which international communication is instantaneous and events taking place at great geographical distances have immediate global repercussions.

The language and culture program offers students the opportunity to acquire fluency in at least one language and to gain familiarity with the society (or societies) in which that language is used. Keeping in step with the increasingly complex interactions among countries, the program also allows students to explore a diversity of cultures through the wide choice of courses that fulfill requirements for the major.

The language and culture major offers a full program in French and Spanish, with opportunities to study Chinese, German, Hebrew, Italian, linguistics, and Portuguese. A course in Nigerian/Hausa language and culture is also available through the anthropology program.

Modern languages are taught through an approach that immediately involves students in oral interactions in the target language, while developing their linguistic and cultural awareness. Beginning French and Spanish courses also include interactive language labs. As students acquire fluency, they are introduced to varied aspects of the language’s cultural context. These include courses in civilization, translation, literature, and history.

Foreign Language Placement

All students are required to complete a foreign language placement exam before enrolling in any language course. Faculty members monitor their class lists to ensure that students have taken the exam and are enrolled in the appropriate level.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s study abroad programs. These interdisciplinary programs include courses that fulfill requirements for the major in language and culture and/or core curriculum requirements.

Minors in the Language and Culture Program

Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor offered by the language and culture program: Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, and linguistics. Students interested in pursuing any of these minors should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office.

Related Interdisciplinary Minors:

Asian Studies | Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX Studies

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all students majoring in language and culture must complete 40 total credits as listed below:

1. Complete the Translation course in the selected language concentration with a grade of B or higher.

  • SPA3735/Spanish Translation (4 credits)
  • FRE 3735/French Translation (4 credits)

Note: For the French Concentration, if FRE 3735/French Translation is not being offered during a particular year, LAC 3430/An Introduction to Linguistics may be substituted for this requirement if your Advisor permits.

2. Complete Two 3000 level language courses from your chosen concentration below: (8 credits total)

3. Four courses in Hispanic or Francophone culture from your chosen concentration below: (16 credits total)

Note: For the French concentration, the same courses cannot be taken for requirements 2 and 3. For example, if you take FRE3230/The Island as Laboratory, it will fulfill either 2 or 3, and not both.

4. One elective from the list of courses in requirements 2 and 3 that have not been taken or one of the following courses:

5. Complete a two-semester Senior Project with a focus in one of the following areas: (8 Credits)

  • Language Pedagogy: Creating a lesson plan and classroom materials for language instruction and applying pedagogical principals learned in the Methods of Language Teaching class.
  • Translation: Propose a translation for a passage of a novel, film, etc. applying the theory and methodology of translation studies learned in the Translation course.
  • Literature (Hispanic or Francophone): Engage in research on literature and supplement with materials from History, Philosophy, Art History, Political Science, etc. It is encouraged that students write their project in French or Spanish but it is not required.
  • Topics in Hispanic or Francophone Culture: Students may research on topics such as Cinema, Politics and Visual Arts
  • Creative Projects: Students with artistic skills may submit an original work in their genre of choice. The work must reflect Francophone or Hispanic cultures and include an explanatory essay. Approval from an advisor is needed.

Faculty

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    • MA, Auburn University
  • Assistant Professor of Language and Culture
    Co-chair of Language and Culture and Coordinator of Linguistics Minor
    • BA, MA, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    • MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    • MA, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Lecturer of Hebrew

    MA, Bar Ilian University and Laura/Alvan Siegal College of Judial Studies

  • Lecturer, Language and Culture
  • Lecturer of French
    • Licence-ès-Lettres, Maitrise-ès-Lettres, University of Antananarivo (Madagascar)
    • MA, University of Cincinnati
    • PhD, University of Oregon
  • Lecturer of Spanish
    • BA, Universidad Católica Santa María of Arequipa
    • BA, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín of Arequipa
    • MAT, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
    • PhD, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos of Lima, Peru
  • Lecturer of Italian
    • BA, University of Pisa (Italy)
    • PhD, University of Alberta (Canada)
  • Lecturer of German
    • BA, Humberside Business School (UK)
    • BA, Fachhochschule Münster (Germany)
    • MA, Manhattanville College
  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Literature
    Co-Chair of Language and Culture
    • BA, Columbia University
    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer of Spanish
    • BS, University of La Sabana (Colombia)
    • MA, Manhattanville College
  • Lecturer, Language and Culture
  • Lecturer of Spanish
    • BA, University of Leeds, England

Contributing Faculty

  • Lecturer of Cinema Studies
    Lecturer of French
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • MA, University of Leeds (UK)
    • BA, Baylor University

Chinese

Description:

The minor in Chinese is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of written and spoken modern Chinese, and to introduce them to the culture, politics, and literature of Asian countries.

Students interested in the minor should submit a complete Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Chinese after consultation with the appropriate faculty.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Chinese

Five courses (20 credits), as follows:

  • CHI 1010/Beginning Chinese I
  • CHI 1020/Beginning Chinese II
  • CHI 2010/Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHI 2020/Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHI 3010/Advanced Chinese I

Foreign Language Placement

Related Interdisciplinary Minor: Asian Studies


French

Description:

The minor in French is designed to provide the student with basic fluency in spoken and written French and to provide a general introduction to the culture and literature of France and the Francophone nations.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in French after consultation with the Chair of the Language and Culture Department.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in French

Five courses in French (20 credits), as follows:

  • Two courses must be chosen from the following advanced-level French courses:
    • FRE 3015: Advanced French I, 4 credits
    • FRE 3230: The Island as Laboratory, 4 credits
    • LAC 3340: Postcolonial French-Language Literature, 4 credits
  • One course must be in cultural studies and/or translation:
    • ARH 2050: Introduction to Modern Art, 4 credits
    • ARH 3510: 19th Century Art, 4 credits
    • ARH 3630: French Art from LaTour to David, 4 credits
    • HIS 3380: Paris, Vienna, Berlin, 4 credits
    • HIS 2330: Atlantic World, 4 credits
    • CIN 3420: Contemporary European Cinema, 4 credits
    • CIN 3550: Francophone Cinema, 4 credits
    • CIN 3835: André Bazin, Realism, and Cinema, 4 credits
    • CIN 3855: French Cinema, 4 credits
    • CIN 3857: Contemporary French Cinema, 4 credits
    • CIN 4210: Theory and Praxis: Welles and Resnais, 4 credits
    • FRE 3735: French Translation, 4 credits
    • LIT 3680: Surrealism and its Legacy, 4 credits
    • PHI 2060: Existentialism, 4 credits
    • PHI 3470: Foucault, Habermas, Derrida, 4 credits
  • The remaining two courses must be chosen from the following courses:
    • FRE 1010: Beginning French I, 4 credits
    • FRE 1020: Beginning French II, 4 credits
    • FRE 2010: Intermediate French I, 4 credits
    • FRE 2020: Intermediate French II, 4 credits
    • FRE 3015: Advanced French I, 4 credits*
    • FRE 3230: The Island as Laboratory, 4 credits*
    • LAC 3340: Postcolonial French-Language Literature, 4 credits*
    • Any other FRE course

*Note: A course taken to fulfill one of the requirements will not also fulfill a second requirement. For example, FRE 3015 can fulfill either requirement #1 or requirement #3, but not both. A minimum of 5 courses (20 credits) must be taken to complete the minor.

Foreign Language Placement


Contributing Faculty

  • Lecturer of Cinema Studies
    Lecturer of French
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University
    • MA, University of Leeds (UK)
    • BA, Baylor University

Italian

Description:

Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Italian, which is designed to provide the student with basic fluency in spoken and written Italian and a general introduction to Italian culture.


Students who complete the minor in Italian should achieve proficiency in the language equivalent to ITA 2020/Intermediate Italian II. All students interested in Italian are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s summer study abroad program in Italy.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Italian after consultation with the Program Chair of the Language and Culture Department.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Italian

Five courses, as follows:

  • ITA 1010/Beginning Italian I
  • ITA 1020/Beginning Italian II
  • ITA 2010/Intermediate Italian I
  • ITA 2020/Intermediate Italian II
  • One elective course related to Italian studies, chosen in consultation with the minor advisor

Foreign Language Placement


Spanish

Description:

The minor in Spanish is designed to provide the student with basic fluency in spoken and written Spanish and a general introduction to the culture and literature of Spain and Latin America.


Students who complete the minor in Spanish should achieve proficiency in the language equivalent to SPA 3015/Advanced Spanish. All students interested in Spanish are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s summer study abroad program in Spain.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office. The student is assigned a minor advisor in Spanish after consultation with the Chair of the Language and Culture Department.

Related Interdisciplinary Minor:

Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX Studies

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Spanish

Five courses in Spanish above the level of SPA 1010 and 1020/Beginning Spanish I and II, chosen in consultation with the minor advisor.

Foreign Language Placement


Linguistics

Description:

The minor in linguistics is designed for students who are fascinated by language.


Linguistics investigates language as a self-contained system (sounds, words, sentences), as a component of culture and society, and as a cognitive and neurological operation of individuals. It also intersects with a range of academic disciplines whose subject matter, in one way or another, involves language. Therefore, this minor is particularly valuable for students whose primary field of study is language, sociology, anthropology, music, psychology, philosophy, or literature.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the School of Humanities main office.

Minor requirements:

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics

Five courses (19–20 credits), as follows:

  • LAC 3430/An Introduction to Linguistics
  • And four electives, chosen from the following:
    Anthropology:
    ANT 2175/Language, Culture, and Society
    Language and Culture:
    FRE 3730/Translation Theory and FRE 3735/French Translation
    LAC 3000/Syntax and Semantics
    LAC 3360/Methods of Language Teaching (formerly LAC 3350)
    LAC 3400/Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (added Spring 2018)
    SPA 3450/The Structure of Spanish: Grammar, Morphology, and Syntax
    SPA 3730/Translation Theory and SPA 3735/Spanish Translation
    Philosophy:
    PHI 2120/Methods of Reasoning
    Psychology:
    PSY 3320/Language and Thought
    PSY 3490/Development of Language (added Spring 2018)

Note: FRE 3730 and 3735 count as one elective and must be taken together. Likewise, SPA 3730 and 3735 count as one elective and must be taken together.


Courses

Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

Description:

The major in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies at Purchase College is designed as a multidisciplinary immersion experience that prepares students for life in a globalized world.

Along with an introductory course on Latin American history, students are required to take courses in at least two different disciplines, drawing from courses on or related to Latin America in the social sciences, the humanities, or the arts. All students are required to have or to attain language proficiency, defined as the equivalent of five semesters in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Experiential learning is a central and distinctive feature of this major: all students fulfill this requirement by completing a service-learning project or an internship in a local Latin American/Latino community, school, or nonprofit, or through a study abroad program. Students synthesize this experiential learning with the knowledge gained from their coursework in an in-depth, two-semester senior project.

Graduates of this program will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx history, geography, cultural traditions and innovations, political structures, and social issues and will possess an in-depth awareness of Latin America’s diversity as well as its role in global processes.

What can you do with a degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies?

Opportunities exist in a wide variety of fields, nationally and internationally. In a world that is increasingly transnational and cross-racial, individuals with a solid knowledge of Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese and an understanding of Latin American and Latino history and major contemporary issues, including immigration, are needed for this century’s jobs and careers.

In addition, with Latin American immigrant communities increasing in number throughout the U.S., there is a broad range of career and volunteer options available. Internationally, options include positions in government and in nongovernmental for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Students are also encouraged to double-major in another program to increase their opportunities after graduation.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies majors must complete the following requirements (37–43 credits):

  • Foreign language proficiency
    This major requires proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese, equivalent to five semesters of the language. Students can fulfill this proficiency in any of the following ways:
    1. through an exemption based on an assessment of proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese by a member of the faculty
    2. through successful completion of a course conducted in Spanish or French at or above the advanced language level
    3. through successful completion of the minor in Spanish or French
  • HIS 1600/Introduction to Latin American Studies: 3 credits
  • Six approved electives in Latin American and Latino studies (18–24 credits)
    Students must take six approved electives that are directly related to Latin America or Latino studies, as outlined below. Up to four credits of an advanced-level language course may be used toward this requirement. Approved courses offered in the target language in which the main focus is on literary, cultural, or historical subject matter are not subject to the four-credit restriction.
    • Two electives chosen from courses in anthropology, environmental studies, political science, and/or sociology
    • Two electives chosen from courses in language and culture, history, and/or literature
    • Two electives chosen from courses in art history and/or cinema studies
    Students should consult with their faculty advisor to determine if a course from another discipline is an appropriate elective.
  • One of the following methods courses: 4 credits
    SOC 3405/Research Methods
    ANT 3560/Fieldwork: Qualitative Methods
    HIS 3880/Junior History Seminar
    Or a designated upper-level course in the humanities or the arts that provides senior project preparation, to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor
  • Experiential learning—one of the following: 4 credits
    LST 3050/Experiential Learning in Latin American Studies
    LST 3995/Internship in Latin American Studies
    Or an approved study-abroad program
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Minor requirements:

The minor in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies is designed to provide students with a basic interdisciplinary grounding in the culture, history, and politics of Latin America.

Students interesting in pursuing this minor must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study. Because new courses may be added to the curriculum from time to time, students should also consult with the coordinator of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies program.

Recommended: Basic Spanish

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

Five courses, as follows:

  1. HIS 1600/Introduction to Latin American Studies
  2. Plus four electives in Latin American studies

Elective Courses

Examples of elective courses available for the minor in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies are listed under the academic requirements for the major.


Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
    • BA, Colorado College
    • MA, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Assistant Professor of Language and Culture
    Co-chair of Language and Culture and Coordinator of Linguistics Minor
    • BA, MA, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    • MA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    • MA, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Professor of Sociology
    • BA, MA, MPA, PhD, Syracuse University
  • Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
    • BA, Princeton University
    • MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
    • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • BA, Queens College, City University of New York
    • MA, PhD, Columbia University
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies
    Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor 2022-2023
    • BA, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)
    • MA, New York University
    • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Associate Professor of History
    • BA, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and History
    Director, School of Film and Media Studies
    • PhD, University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor of Playwriting
    • BA, Goddard College
    • MFA, University of Southern California
  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Literature
    Co-Chair of Language and Culture
    • BA, Columbia University
    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance
    • BA, Harvard University
    • MFA, New York University

Contributing Faculty

  • Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, Neuberger Museum of Art
    • MA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    • BA, MA, PhD, University of Montreal

Courses

Liberal Arts

Description:

Students who wish to pursue an individualized, interdisciplinary program of study that cannot be accommodated within another major at Purchase College may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts (BALA) program.

Each student works closely with two or more faculty sponsors from different disciplines to design a course of study that meets both the specialized interests of the student and the academic standards of the college.

This degree program appeals especially to students interested in constructing highly individualized and innovative major areas of study. Some examples include bioethics, Mediterranean studies, philosophy of science, and choreography of literature. Students may also work with the faculty in established programs currently offering minors, which could provide core coursework that serves as a basis for a major.

Requirements:

Students in this program must meet general degree requirements for the BA.

Students design a proposed curriculum for the major in collaboration with two or more faculty sponsors. This proposal is reviewed by the BALA committee, which may include faculty representatives from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts. Although individualized in nature, all proposals must:

  1. include relevant theoretical and methodological courses in the proposed area(s) of study
  2. incorporate the teaching specialties of the Purchase College faculty
  3. demonstrate why established majors or programs of study at Purchase College cannot accommodate the student’s needs

A senior project is required of all BALA students. Approval of the proposal may be contingent upon inclusion of additional courses recommended by the BALA committee.

Representative Courses

Courses span the entire curriculum at Purchase College, according to the student’s specific area of interdisciplinary study.

Questions? Contact aviva.taubenfeld@purchase.edu


Literature

Description:

Students majoring in literature at Purchase College learn to read texts closely and critically and to understand literature in relation to the social and historical conditions in which it is written and read.

Program Highlights

  • The principal focus of the major is British and American literature; the program places these national literatures in an international frame. Thus, students may count toward the major courses in French, Spanish, and other literatures, in translation or in the original language.
  • In addition to courses in traditional literatures, students may take courses in contemporary literature, theatre, popular culture, and film.
  • Feminist inquiry, the critical study of race, and other theoretical or interdisciplinary approaches are central to the literature curriculum.
  • In learning to read, write, and think about literature and the world it reflects, inhabits, and creates, students gain valuable preparation for advanced academic study and for the professional world.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, literature majors must complete a minimum of 10 literature courses, plus an 8-credit senior project, as outlined below.

  • LIT 2450/Colloquium I: Studies in Literature*
    *Generally taken in the second year; transfer students who want to major in literature must complete this course during their first semester at Purchase.
  • Three courses in the literature sequence (courses that emphasize issues of history and period): One each from sequence I (before 1750), II (1750–1900), and III (1900–present)
  • One Comparative Literature course must be taken. This course could be an upper or a lower level course. This course can also fulfill one of the ‘sequence’ course requirements or one of the ‘3 literature electives.’
  • One course in Shakespeare
  • At least three elective literature courses (see notes below)
  • LIT 4450/Colloquium II: Advanced Studies in Literature*
    *Generally taken in the second semester of the junior year
  • LIT 4885/Senior Project Seminar
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II

Of the 10 literature courses:

  • At least five must be at the 3000 or 4000 level (LIT 4450 counts toward this requirement; LIT 4885 does not).
  • At least four must be taken at Purchase College.
  • Students may not use the required Shakespeare course to satisfy the Sequence I requirement. For example, THP 2205 may be taken to fulfill the Sequence I requirement or the Shakespeare course requirement, but not both.
  • Certain courses in language and culture and in theatre and performance (THP prefix) may fulfill the requirements. These courses are cross-referenced in the list of literature courses.
  • Students may count toward the major up to 8 credits of writing courses at the 3000 or 4000 level. Writing courses at the 2000 level may not be counted toward the major requirements.
  • All courses taken to satisfy major requirements, excluding the senior project, must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Course Sequences for the Major and Minor

Comparative literature courses in the sequences are indicated with an asterisk.

Minor requirements:

The minor in literature is designed to provide students with an opportunity to study literature in a comparative context.

Students interested in the minor should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the Department Chair of Literature.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Literature

Five courses in English and comparative literature, as follows:

  1. A maximum of two 2000-level courses or
    one 1000-level and one 2000-level course
  2. At least three upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) courses
  3. Of the five courses, two must chosen from two different literature sequences.
  4. Of the five courses, one must be comparative.

Faculty

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    • MA, Auburn University
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • AB, Harvard University
    • MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
  • Professor of Literature
    • BA, Yale University
    • MA, PhD, Rutgers University
    • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature
    • BA and MA, University of Texas, El Paso
    • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • BA (Honors), University of Delhi (India)
    • MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University
  • Associate Professor of Literature and Writing
    Director, School of Humanities
    • BA, MA, PhD, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Literature
  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Literature
    Co-Chair of Language and Culture
    • BA, Columbia University
    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer of Literature
  • Assistant Professor of Literature
    • BA, SUNY Buffalo
    • MA, University of Rochester
    • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Associate Professor of Literature
    • BA, Queens College, City University of New York
    • MA, PhD, Columbia University

Courses

Philosophy

Description:

The philosophy program offers students an intensive engagement with the history of philosophy, ancient and modern, Western and non-Western.

Special attention is given to key 20th- and 21st-century developments in Anglo-American and Continental thought. Courses addressing the arts, gender and sexuality, and social and cultural change and conflict are also among the program’s core offerings. Students may pursue topics of special interest through tutorials and directed independent studies. Coursework in philosophy frequently includes small seminars and intensive writing, and special seminars for juniors and seniors help students develop their senior projects.

The philosophy major is ideal for students who:

  • seek rigorous preparation for careers that demand articulate, intellectual flexibility and discipline (e.g., law, medicine, government, business, education, and journalism).
  • wish to pursue a professional career in philosophy and plan to do postgraduate work in the field.
  • want, regardless of career objective, a liberal arts experience that affords a deep unifying perspective on the complexities of human knowledge and experience.
  • want an intellectually comprehensive complement to intensive work in another major.

Because of the art- and media-related nature of many programs at Purchase College, the philosophy program also offers courses for arts students and others who wish to investigate the foundation of the fine arts and related cultural media.

Requirements:

In addition to completing general degree requirements, all philosophy majors must complete a minimum of nine courses in philosophy, plus an 8-credit senior project:

  • PHI 1515/History of Philosophy I: 4 credits
  • PHI 2110/History of Philosophy II: 4 credits
  • PHI —/One elective in the history of philosophy: 4 credits
  • PHI —/One seminar on a major figure (typically Plato, Kant, Hegel, or Heidegger/Arendt) or issue: 4 credits
  • At least two additional philosophy courses*
    *Strongly recommended courses include:
    • PHI 2120/Methods of Reasoning: 4 credits
    • PHI —/One additional elective on a major figure or issue: 4 credits
  • PHI 3899/Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  • PHI 4860/Senior Colloquium: 1 credit
  • PHI 4890/Senior Seminar: 2 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Additional notes for philosophy majors:

  • No more than two courses at the 1000 level may be counted towards the major.
  • The sequence and selection of courses is to be made in consultation with a philosophy faculty member chosen by the student to serve as a major advisor.
  • The topic of the senior project is to be developed in conjunction with the junior seminar and in consultation with the advisor, who will normally be the project supervisor.
  • At the time of graduation, a student must have a minimum 2.0 (C) GPA for courses, excluding the senior project, within the philosophy program.
  • It is recommended that students take one year of college-level foreign language courses (6–8 credits).

Minor requirements:

The minor in philosophy is designed for students with a general interest in philosophy.

Students interested in pursuing a minor offered by the philosophy program should submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the Department Chair of the Philosophy program. Upon admission to the minor, the student will be assigned a minor advisor from the philosophy faculty.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy

Five courses, to include:

  • PHI 1515/History of Philosophy I or
    PHI 2110/History of Philosophy II
  • One other course in the history of philosophy (e.g., PHI 1515, 2110, or 3212)
  • Three elective courses in philosophy (including two at the 3000 or 4000 level), to be chosen in consultation with the minor advisor

Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    • BA, University of Montana
    • MA, Duquesne University
    • PhD, Stony Brook University, SUNY
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
    • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor of Philosophy
    • BA, Williams College
    • MA, JD, Yale University
  • Lecturer of Philosophy
    • BA, Philosophy, Purchase College
    • PhD Candidate, Columbia University
  • Lecturer of Philosophy
    • MA, Graduate Center, CUNY
    • BA, Purchase College, SUNY
    • BA, University of Southern Maine
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy
    • BA, Swarthmore College
    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Courses

Graduate Courses

Art History

Description:

The MA program in modern and contemporary art, criticism, and theory offers a unique and interdisciplinary program that centers engagement with art—as a material, critical, and social practice—in a curriculum designed to train scholars, artists, and museum and gallery professionals in the analytical skills, historical perspective, and theoretical fluency necessary for cultural workers today. Our students learn how art and its institutions have developed over time and acquire the tools to reimagine what they could become.

The program provides an intensive study of contemporary critical and theoretical issues surrounding 20th- and 21st-century artistic practices. During weekly first-year colloquia, students are also introduced to the work of some of the most prominent critics, artists, curators, and historians in the field today. Many courses are supplemented by field trips to museums and art galleries in New York City, just 20 miles south of the Purchase campus. The college’s Neuberger Museum of Art is also a major resource.

Updated 9-24-20

Requirements:

Requirements for the master’s degree in art history include eight courses (32 credits), proficiency in one foreign language, and an 8-credit thesis. A minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA must be earned at Purchase College. The total 40 credit requirement can be completed on a full-time two-year program or part-time three-year program.

MA Required Courses:

  • ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History
  • ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I
  • ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II
  • ARH 5—/One course dealing with art before 1950
  • Four elective courses in art history
  • ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis I: 4 credits
  • ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis II: 4 credits

*Foreign Language proficiency is not a prerequisite and can be completed at Purchase College.

Museum + Curatorial Studies (M+) Option

The Museum + Curatorial (M+) track engages students in object-based research and the study of critical histories of museums and museum practices with an underlying commitment to cultivating more inclusive and accessible institutions and notions of exhibition-making. Building on the required courses for the MA degree in art history, required courses for M+ students include, in the first year, Museology (fall semester) and Critical Curatorial Studies (spring semester). In the second year, students’ coursework will be augmented by workshops, on- and off-campus internships, and the development of an exhibition series based in the Neuberger Museum.

M+ Required Courses:

  • ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History
  • ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I
  • ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II
  • ARH 5—/One course dealing with art before 1950
  • ARH5035/Museology
  • ARH5037/ Critical Curatorial Studies
  • ARH 5025—/Exhibition I
  • ARH5026—/Exhibition II
  • ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis I
  • ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis II

MA/MFA Academic Requirements

In most cases, obtaining both an MA in Art History (through the School of Humanities) and an MFA in visual arts (through the School of Art & Design) at Purchase College requires three years of in-residence study with a total course load of 98 credits. For successful progress through the program, a 3.0 (B) GPA must be maintained.

First Year: 32 credits

Second Year: 34 credits

Third Year: 32 credits

Notes:

Students must take VIS 5760/Graduate Critical Topics two times.


Faculty

  • Professor of Art History
    • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • MA, PhD, Stanford University
  • Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
    • BA, Princeton University
    • MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
    • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Associate Professor of Art History
    • BA, Oberlin College
    • MA, University of Iowa
    • PhD, University of Southern California
  • Lecturer of Art History
    • BA, MBA, PhD, New York University
  • Professor of Art History
    • BS, Wheelock College
    • MDiv, Harvard University
    • PhD, Emory University
  • Assistant Professor of Art History
    • BA, Harvard University
    • PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Contributing Faculty

  • Alex Gordon Curator of Art of the Americas, Neuberger Museum of Art
    • MA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    • BA, MA, PhD, University of Montreal
  • Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing
    • BA, Princeton University
    • MA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
    • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

Anthropology

Description:

Anthropology is the study of human differences and commonalities in a world of global and transnational connections.

Cultural anthropologists study a wide range of contemporary concerns, from identity and community formation to popular culture and political economy. They engage in long-term ethnographic research in rural, urban, and suburban environments around the world and apply critical cultural analysis to their field experiences.

Anthropology at Purchase College takes the study of culture to be an inherently interdisciplinary practice, drawing not only on other social sciences, but also the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Courses in the anthropology program provide the core of a broad liberal arts education for students majoring in anthropology. These courses also introduce students from a range of other disciplines to the vital connections between anthropology and their own fields of study.

Our graduates go on to careers in social work, development, and activism for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, curatorial and archival work at museums and historical societies, consumer research and creative communications for marketing and advertising firms, end-user practices for product design firms, and teaching at colleges and universities.

Requirements:

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all anthropology majors must complete the following requirements (35–39 credits):

  1. The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher:
    • ANT 1500/Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology: 3 credits
    • ANT 3150/Classics in Anthropological Literature: 4 credits (*offered in the spring)
    • ANT 3560/Fieldwork: Qualitative Methods: 4 credits (*offered in the fall)
    • ANT 4070/Current Anthropological Literature: 4 credits (*offered in the fall)
    • Four anthropology electives: 12–16 credits
  2. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  3. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Anthropology majors are encouraged to undertake an internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study. Students may petition to take credit-bearing internships with anthropology faculty sponsors in lieu of one upper-level elective for the major.

Refer to The Senior Project for additional information.

Minor requirements:

The minor in anthropology is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the discipline and to introduce them to some of the major subfields.

Students interested in the minor should consult with a member of the anthropology faculty, then submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study. A student is assigned to the faculty advisor who best meets the student’s academic interest in the minor.

Academic Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology

Five courses, to include:

  • ANT 1500/Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Plus four elective courses in anthropology, chosen with the assistance of the anthropology faculty

Faculty

  • Lecturer of Anthropology
    • BA, Florida International University
    • MA, Florida International University
    • PhD, Florida International University
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
    • BA, Trinity College
    • MA, New York University
    • PhD, Columbia University
  • Associate Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology
    • BA, Hampshire College
    • MA, University of Washington
    • PhD, Columbia University
  • Professor of Anthropology
    Director of Natural and Social Sciences
    • BA, Yale University
    • MIA, Columbia University
    • PhD, Stanford University
  • Professor of Media Studies and Anthropology
    • BA, University of Chicago
    • MA, New School for Social Research
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    • MA , Brooklyn College
    • MPhil,Goldsmiths College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Contributing Faculty

  • Interim Director of the School of Liberal Studies
    Assistant Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies
    • BS, Hunter College, City University of New York
    • PhD, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
    • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
    • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
  • Professor of Media Studies
    • BA, Grinnell College
    • PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Courses

Biochemistry

Description:

The interplay between biology, chemistry, and even mathematics has rapidly changed the field of biomedical research over the past 25 years.

Students entering this field need to have an in-depth interdisciplinary background that includes advanced courses and research experience in both chemistry and biology. The curriculum in the biochemistry major provides a solid foundation for students who plan to continue their study in biochemistry, biomedical sciences, or pharmaceutical science.

Rapid advances in the biomedical field in recent years have created a great demand for a work force that is well trained in the interdisciplinary area of biochemistry. Students completing the biochemistry major are also well prepared for employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and other biomedical areas. The biochemistry major also prepares students for medicine, dentistry, and other allied health professions.

Requirements:

To declare biochemistry as a major, students are required to have passed General Chemistry I and II (or the equivalent courses for transfer students) with grades of C or higher.

Other courses required for the biochemistry major, including support courses but excluding the senior project, must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all biochemistry majors must complete the following requirements (83.5 credits):

Biology Courses (17.5 credits)

Go to Biology Courses for descriptions.

  • BIO 1550/General Biology I: 4 credits
  • BIO 1551/General Biology I Lab: 1.5 credits
  • BIO 3530/Cell Biology: 4 credits*
  • BIO 4620/Molecular Biology: 4 credits
  • One advanced elective in biology: 4 credits minimum

    *When registering for BIO 3530, biochemistry majors will need to obtain an instructor override exempting them from two prerequisites—BIO 1560 and 2890 (not required for biochemistry majors).

Chemistry Courses (36 credits)

Go to Chemistry Courses for descriptions.

  • CHE 1550/General Chemistry I: 4 credits
  • CHE 1551/General Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  • CHE 1560/General Chemistry II: 4 credits
  • CHE 1561/General Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  • CHE 3150/Chemical Instrumentation and Analytical Methods: 5 credits
  • CHE 3310/Organic Chemistry I: 4 credits
  • CHE 3311/Organic Chemistry I Lab: 1 credit
  • CHE 3320/Organic Chemistry II: 4 credits
  • CHE 3321/Organic Chemistry II Lab: 1 credit
  • CHE 3510/Physical Chemistry I: 5 credits
  • CHE 4610/Biochemistry: 4 credits
  • CHE 4611/Biochemistry Lab: 2 credits

Support Courses (18 credits)

Go to Mathematics and Physics Courses for descriptions.

  • MAT 1500/Calculus I: 4 credits
  • MAT 1510/Calculus II: 4 credits
  • PHY 1510/Introductory Physics I: 4 credits
  • PHY 1511/Introductory Physics I Lab: 1 credit
  • PHY 1520/Introductory Physics II: 4 credits
  • PHY 1521/Introductory Physics II Lab: 1 credit

Biochemistry Courses (12 credits)

  • BCM 3880/Biochemistry Junior Seminar: 2 credits
  • BCM 4880/Biochemistry Senior Seminar I: 1 credit
  • BCM 4890/Biochemistry Senior Seminar II: 1 credit
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Practice in Chemistry
    • Vordiplom, MS, PhD, Georg August University (Germany)
  • Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry
    • BS, MS, Un