Students spend a full semester in New York City, and receive a full-time course load of credit (12 hrs.). Credits consist of:
- 3 hrs. Communication Internship Credit with a New York City company/organization. (Previous Baylor interns have worked for ESPN, NBC, MTV, VH-1, American Movie Classics, and many other nationally-known employers; many were given job offers). The internship must be a CSS or FDM internship. Should the student wish credit for their internship in another academic major/department, he/she must pursue that department for credit (via academic petition or other means); the student must enroll for the course by its assigned class number.
- 3 hrs. Independent Study (Should be designed to support and inform your specific internship). This independent study will be headed by Dr. Joe Kickasola. Should the student wish credit for their independent study in another academic major/department, he/she must pursue that department for credit (via academic petition or other means); the student must take the course by its assigned class numbers. Note: the Speech department (CSS) does not currently support a CSS independent study in this program; speech majors will need to register for a FDM or JOU independent study, specifically designed for NYC, to meet the requisite 12 hours of credit; see “registration info” for more details.
- 6 hrs. of classes, taught by Dr. Joe Kickasola, from the following list:
- Communication and Culture (fall and spring semester): A study of prominent modes of cultural criticism, as they focus on the intersection of communication and modern culture. Several spheres of culture are examined in light of communication theory, and these spheres may change from semester to semester. Past spheres have included: the arts, film/TV, new technologies, architecture/neighborhood planning, journalism, business, and music. The class features a mixture of lectures, guest lectures, museum visits, and cultural events.
- Art and the Moving Image (fall semester): A study in the confluence of the visual arts and moving image media. The course emphasizes classic aesthetic concepts, contemporary concerns surrounding those concepts, and unique aesthetic concerns arising from modern technological society. The class features a mixture of lectures, guest lectures, museum visits, and cultural events.
- Topics in Contemporary Cinema (spring semester): An academic investigation at the intersection of contemporary cinema and contemporary culture. A variety of critical paradigms are studied, as well as contemporary philosophical ideas. Cinema is approached as a cultural artifact, pregnant with issues of genre, aesthetics, philosophy (especially postmodernism), theology, and cultural history. In other words, students are encouraged to think deeply and reflectively about their own time through the lens of cinema. The course draws upon and utilizes the many art theaters and cinematic resources of New York City.
The class assignments are built around the students' experiences in New York, encouraging them to think more deeply and philosophically about "everyday" communication activity, from work to leisure.
Classes meet Tuesday and Wednesday nights, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm (i.e., two classes, one night each per week). There is break in the middle of each class each evening.
Baylor Communications in New York students are housed in an
apartment building in the up-and-coming Long Island City neighborhood, in the
borough of Queens, just across the 59th Street bridge from the Upper East Side
of Manhattan. Our building, Packard Square (http://packardsquare.com/), is located near seven different
subway lines, offering quick commutes to internships, classes, and other
activities in the city. The building has a 24-hour doorman, gym, laundry, and
rooftop garden. Our apartments are one- and two-bedrooms, shared by 2-4
students. All are fully furnished, and have a balcony, dishwasher, cable TV,
and wifi. Two-bedroom apartments have a Manhattan view.
Classes are held at New York Center for Art and Media Studies (http://nycams.bethel.edu/) in the artsy Chelsea neighborhood, with frequent field trips to locations and cultural activities around the city.
The "Baylor Communications in New York Handbook" (given to students admitted to the program, and available by request) offers plenty of additional detail about housing, facilities, and daily life in New York City.