Fall 2023

International Trade and Globalization

Director:  Jeff Pliskin, Associate Professor of Economics
Phone:  315-859-4143
Email:  jpliskin@hamilton.edu

  • Open to all majors
  • Prereq:  Econ 100 and 166
  • One course counts towards the Economics concentration or minor
College 395 Seminar in Global Processes:  Globalization, International Trade, and Global Finance

Critical examination of international economic policy disputes as well as exploring the role of national sovereignty in a world where economies are globally integrated. Issues that will be discussed include immigration, international labor standards, international environmental standards and global warming, whether trade deficits are a problem, how the FED’s recent increase in the federal funds rate affects other countries and should the FED take these effects into account, and the role of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The class is organized around policy briefs prepared by think tanks and government agencies, Harvard Kennedy School case studies, videos of conferences and panel discussions organized by think tanks, and class discussion.

College 396 Independent Study

Students will write a substantive paper based upon research supervised by the director of the Program in New York City. The research should integrate some of the material covered in the academic courses with some of the on-the-ground events and ideally your internship experiences.

College 397 Internship

Work experience with a firm, federal, state, or local government department or agency, international organization, nonprofit, or an advocacy group appropriate to the theme of the course. Weekly electronic journal entries chronicling and reflecting upon the work experience required. Approximately 32 hours per week over 4 days (M, T, TR, and F).  Internships can be paid or unpaid.  Graded CR/NC.

College 398 Global Trade Relations

Examination of international trade in goods and services, immigration, foreign direct investment, and selected international trade policy tools and disputes.  Topics include why nations trade, what goods and services a nation trades, global supply chains and offshoring, the gains and losses from international trade, immigration, foreign direct investment and multinationals, trade policy tools such as tariffs and quotas, protection of intellectual property, international labor standards, international environmental standards, and the trade war with China. Applications of these topics to firms located in New York City and residents of New York City will include the role of immigrants in the local economy, intellectual property rights and the local publishing and entertainment industries, international trade and local firms in financial services, multinational corporations located in New York City, the City as a destination for foreign tourists, and New York City firms and global supply chains.  Prerequisite 100 and 166.  Counts towards the concentration in economics.

Spring 2024

Everyone Eats:  Food Culture, Security, Sustainability, and Media in New York City

Director:  Naomi Guttman, Professor of Literature and Creative Writing
Phone:  315-859-4780
Email:  nguttman@hamilton.edu

Our semester will focus on the study of food policy and culture and their effects on the environment, examining issues of identity, equity, sustainability, and security in the great “kitchen” of New York City.  We will focus on New York as a classroom in which we learn about our relationship to food via media and culture, as well as the environmental and social effects of food policy.  Field trips, courses, and independent studies will center on discovering the city via food cultures, sustainability, policy, and advocacy.

College 395: Food in the City

This is a course in food writing.  We will read about and explore the food culture of New York while learning about its rich historical, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity.  Local media outlets that focus on food, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Eater, Grub Street, will provide the texts for most of our readings.  Students will contribute to a weekly blog with different kinds of journalism about their food experiences.

College 396: Independent Study

Each student will contract with the director to pursue an independent project under the director’s supervision that stems from the internship experience and that relates in some way to the semester topics of sustainability, security, and/or food.  Deadlines for this project will be outlined in the course calendar.  The general expectation is that students will produce a written research paper (at least 12 pages, plus a bibliography/works cited).

College 397: Internship

This course is directly connected to a required internship.  Students will complete weekly electronic journals documenting their experience (what they are doing, what they’ve learned and how it connects to the themes of the semester).  They will also be asked to consolidate journal entries into a summary at the mid-term and again at the end of the semester.  In addition, the internship supervisor will be asked to write a short report which will contribute to the final grade. 4 days/week: M,T, Th, F. Grade: C/NC.

College 398: Seminar on Food, Security and Sustainability

As an international center for culture and commerce, New York offers a unique opportunity when it comes to food and questions of planning for food security and environmental and commercial sustainability. Students will read about these topics and prepare to meet and interview  people responsible for designing, implementing or advocating for changes in policy with regard to the environment, labor, sustainability, fair trade, nutrition, and hunger.  Credit-bearing elective course for Environmental Studies.


Fall 2024

Inequality in U.S. Cities

Director:  Paul Hagstrom, Professor of Economics
Phone:  315-859-4146
Email: phagstro@hamilton.edu

Spring 2025

Inequality, Identity, and Immigration

Director:  Steve Orvis, Professor of Government
Phone:  315-859-4310
Email:  sorvis@hamilton.edu

Fall 2025

Innovation in the Global City

Director:  Chris Georges, Professor of Economics
Phone:  315-859-4472
Email:  cgeorges@hamilton.edu

Spring 2026

Photography and Arts Leadership in the Global City

Director:  Robert Knight, Associate Professor of Art
Phone:  315-859-4266
Email:  rbnight@hamilton.edu


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Karen Boots

(on behalf of Professor Katheryn Doran, General Director)

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