University-Wide and Independent Programs

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Experiential Education

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development at Binghamton University views experiential learning as a crucial component of a college education. "Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, education abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education and internships." (National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE.) Our staff encourages students to engage in these experiences to enrich the depth of their career development and exploration.

In addition to communicating with students regarding the importance of gaining internship and other experience and supporting internship and part-time job listings in hireBING by Handshake, the Fleishman Center offers academic courses to support students' career development in this area. A signature program for the Fleishman Center is the Career Development Centralized Internship Program (CDCI 385, 395, 491, 496), which is the largest credit-bearing internship program at Binghamton. Open to undergraduates from all majors, the CDCI Program provides opportunities for students to earn from 2-12 credits for their internship experience during any semester. A course on career exploration (CDCI 200) is also offered.

Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students may also earn credit for internships through their academic departments.

The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is a comprehensive career center serving all Binghamton undergraduate and graduate students. The Center encourages students to engage in opportunities early in their college years to explore career options and build career-readiness competencies. For more information visit the Fleishman Center online  or in the University Union.

 

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Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP) Minor

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention offers a minor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP). The GMAP minor allows students to combine and supplement their major curricular requirements with a closely integrated set of undergraduate courses exploring the historical, conceptual, and practical issues and challenges surrounding the prediction and prevention of mass atrocities globally. This interdisciplinary minor encourages students to: 1) study historical and contemporary instances of genocides and mass atrocities from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches; 2) gain familiarity with the basic political, moral and legal concepts and theories by which we understand the origins, characteristics, and context of real and threatened atrocities; and 3) explore deeply and critically current approaches for identifying risk factors for impending atrocities, deploying a spectrum of mechanisms designed to mitigate such risks, and assessing the degree of success of those mechanisms.

The GMAP Minor requires six courses, including a core course and courses drawn from three distribution categories.

  • The core course is GMAP 480 (cross-listed with PHIL 480 and CCPA 480B): Essentials of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered every fall semester).
  • At least one course from each of the three categories:
    • GMAP 281, 381 or 481. Historical and Contemporary Studies
    • GMAP 282, 382 or 482. Concepts and Theories
    • GMAP 283, 383 or 483. Practices and Methodologies
  • The remaining two courses can be drawn from any of the three categories.

The following additional conditions apply:

  • At least four of the six required courses must be upper-division.
  • No more than one 200-level course may count towards the minor.
  • No more than two courses from the GMAP minor may count toward a student’s major.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied to the GMAP minor.
  • Students interested in the minor must be advised by one of the Institute Co-Directors for the purposes of course selection and declaring the minor.

As of 2017, the following classes are recognized as meeting the requirements of the three GMAP categories. Additional courses will be added as appropriate.

(A) Historical and Contemporary Genocide and Mass Atrocity Case Studies Courses (GMAP 281, 381 or 481)

  • AAAS 282Q. Migration and Human Rights in Korea and Japan
  • COLI 380B. Holocaust Literature
  • GERM 380P. War Stories
  • GMAP 281A. The Nazi State
  • GMAP 481A/AAAS 454. Unresolved Issues: Wars in Asia
  • HIST 381. Borderland - East Central Europe
  • JUST 345/HIST 345A. The Holocaust
  • PLSC 380A. Political Violence in Latin America
  • SOC 300. Genocide: Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • SOC 302. Sociology of Latin America
  • WGSS 382D. Human Trafficking in History

(B) Concepts and Theories Courses (GMAP 282, 382 or 482)

  • ANTH 480G. Global Social Movements
  • ARAB 480C. War Crimes and Global War
  • GMAP 382B/HDEV 379. Migration, Citizenship, and Human Rights
  • GMAP 482B/GMAP 482C/HDEV 400. Social Justice
  • HDEV 351/LACS 380G/WGSS 382C. Forms of Global Violence
  • HDEV 342. Intro to Human Rights Theory and Practice
  • HIST 333. Human Rights Since 1945
  • PHIL 456. Refugees
  • PHIL 456B. Violence, Non-Violence, and War
  • PHIL 458. Foundations of International Law
  • PLSC 380D. International Organizations
  • PLSC 380N. Introduction to Human Rights
  • PLSC 380T. Dynamics of Civil Wars
  • PLSC 485O. Human Rights and Oppression
  • PLSC 486C. Terrorism
  • PLSC 486L. Crisis, Development, and Human Rights
  • SOC 326. Global Criminal and Social Justice

(C) Practices and Methodologies Courses (GMAP 283, 383 or 483)

  • AAAS 380M/HIST 380M/HDEV 361. Global Migration Flows and Processes
  • AFST 450. Global Health
  • ECON 314. Economy of Developing Countries
  • GEOG 465. Remote Sensing and GIS
  • GEOG 482. Race, Ethnicity, and Location
  • GMAP 383B/HDEV 365. Psychology of Racism
  • GMAP 483A, Building Public Memory
  • HDEV 387A. Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • HIST 286. Gender, Genocide, and Humanitarian Aid
  • HIST 480U. History and Memory
  • PHIL 457. Transitional Justice
  • PLSC 380C. Conflict Resolution
  • PLSC 389Z. Human Rights: Issues for Debate
  • PLSC 486Y. Foreign Intervention Problems
  • SOC 305. Social Research Methods
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Education Abroad Programs

Binghamton University encourages students to study abroad as valuable preparation for an increasingly interdependent world. Education abroad programs provide opportunities to live and learn in societies around the globe. A variety of semester, academic year, summer, winter, and short study tours are generally available. Many academic disciplines are represented, and the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) encourages students to remain on track for graduation progress while completing coursework abroad. Graduate study may be possible at some sites, as well.

Binghamton University currently sponsors over 50 education abroad and exchange programs in wide variety of locations and sites - and new programs are constantly being developed. In addition, Binghamton students have access to nearly 1,000 education abroad programs sponsored by SUNY institutions, and even have the option of looking at programs outside the SUNY system. For more information, visit https://www.binghamton.edu/iegi/

The Education Abroad Withdrawal Policy is guided by both the SUNY tuition liability schedule and the campus policy for broad based fee liability.  Financial liability for Education Abroad programs begins to accrue on the Education Abroad program's published start date. As such, financial liability is calculated based on the published start date and the withdrawal date.  Education Abroad Program Fees paid for by Binghamton University, on behalf of a student, prior to the Education Abroad start date are the full financial responsibility of the student, regardless of when the student withdraws from the program.  Questions about withdrawing from an Education Abroad Program should be directed to: iegi@binghamton.edu.

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University Summer Session

The Summer Session is composed of three terms within an 11-week period (Term I, late May-June; Term II, July-August; Term III, variable dates) during which a wide variety of both traditionally taught and online learning courses are scheduled in most upper- and lower-division areas of the University curriculum. A Summer Session website, https://www.binghamton.edu/clt/summer-session/, lists the courses to be offered. A schedule of classes for Summer Session is also available on the BU BRAIN. Students may earn up to 16 hours of academic credit (a maximum of eight credits in Term I and maximum of eight credits in Term II). Binghamton University students should contact the financial aid office to determine eligibility for financial aid during the Summer Session. The Center for Learning and Teaching administers Summer Session.

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University Winter Session

The Winter Session is composed of a single four-week term that runs from mid-December to mid-January. Winter Session hosts a select variety of traditionally taught and online learning courses from across the upper- and lower-division areas of the University curriculum. A Winter Session website, https://www.binghamton.edu/clt/winter-session/, lists the courses to be offered. A schedule of classes for Winter Session is also available on the BU Brain. Students may earn up to 4 hours of academic credit during Winter Session; financial aid is not available during Winter Session. The Center for Learning and Teaching administers Winter Session.

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Non-Degree Students

Advising

The Harpur College Academic Advising Office offers advising to all undergraduate Binghamton University non-degree (non-matriculated) students. At Binghamton University, a non-degree student is approved to take courses, but is not admitted into a degree program or a declared major. Non-degree students must apply and be approved after certain criteria are met, after which students are free to take any classes that are open at the time of registration.

 

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University-Wide Courses

University-wide courses, offered under the UNIV rubric, are credit-bearing courses whose subject matter is not accommodated in existing University departments or schools. UNIV courses are open to all undergraduate students, regardless of school. Students may count no more than eight credits of UNIV courses toward graduation.

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Binghamton University Scholars Program

Each year, Binghamton University invites a small number of outstanding incoming freshmen to join the Binghamton University Scholars Program, a highly selective all-University four-year honors program for students of exceptional merit. The mission of the Scholars program is to provide incoming students of exceptional merit with a four-year commitment to an intellectually stimulating program of both curricular and extracurricular activities that connect students to each other and to the best minds across the University and beyond, with a goal to provide Scholars with foundations and opportunities in:

  • Leadership
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Civic engagement
  • Integrity
  • Building community
  • Balance and well-being
  • Diversity of perspectives
  • Creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experiential/active learning
  • Effective communication

All freshmen Scholars live in the Newing College residential community as part of the Scholars Learning Community and have the option to remain in Scholars housing for all four years. Graduates of the Scholars program earn "President's Honors" or "All-University Honors" recognition upon graduation.

The Binghamton University Scholars curriculum includes:

  • A freshmen experience course, SCHL 127, Thinking Like Leonardo da Vinci
  • Service learning and engagement in SCHL 227, Community Engagement: Where It Starts, How It Works, and Where You Fit In
  • The opportunity to take courses created for, and offered only to, Scholars
  • Special experiential-learning and capstone-project opportunities in the junior and senior years

For further program details, visit https://www.binghamton.edu/scholars.

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English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute serves international undergraduate and graduate students as well as students who have graduated from American high schools. Its goal is to help students improve their ability to use English in an academic context so that they may achieve their academic potential. Undergraduate students register for an ELI course after taking an English Language Assessment given during International Student Orientation or by special arrangement with the director of the program. Undergraduate students receive credit for ELI courses. Graduate students may register themselves for courses and will receive between one and four credits that count toward the number of hours they need to be full-time students, but no course credit. ELI classes are for full-time, matriculated students, but limited spaces are available for non-matriculated students as well.