The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools has accorded Drew University full accreditation. The College’s programs are approved by the American Chemical Society, and, for pre-legal training, by the states of New Jersey and New York . The New Jersey State Department of Education recognizes the University with full approval for veterans’ training.
The University is a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and other regional and national organizations.
Other Academic Programs
The London Semester
Offered in the spring semester annually, allows students to explore political and social change in Britain. Courses focus on the interplay of British history and politics, and literary and theatrical portrayals of social and political themes. The program is directed by a Drew faculty member, and classes are taught by a continuing staff of distinguished British faculty. Field trips to political meetings, party conferences, theaters, and museums, along with guest speakers from British political, literary, and theatrical life, are a regular feature of the academic program. Students live in apartments prearranged by the program staff. A variety of cultural activities and special events introduce the students to the cultural life of London.
The Semester on the United Nations
Students interested in the study of international relations have the unique opportunity to participate in the Semester on the United Nations. This fall semester program, directed by a Drew faculty member, offers focused study of an important international organization. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester, the students meet in New York at the Drew facility on United Nations Plaza. Speakers from various organizations associated with the United Nations share their insights about how the organization functions and how it deals with the issues confronting it. Students participate in segments of the same training developed for diplomats new to the United Nations. This is an eight-credit program, and students take two additional courses on campus to complete a full academic schedule.
The New York Semester on Contemporary Art
New York, the center of the contemporary art world, is home to more than 100,000 artists, 1,000 galleries, and 10 major art periodicals. It is the vital location for the Drew Semester on Contemporary Art, directed by a Drew faculty member and offered in the fall semester. Students in this eight-credit program spend two days each week in New York visiting artists, critics, and arts professionals, and viewing art in museums and galleries, plus attending a seminar on campus. There are many opportunities for dialogue with leading figures in New York ‘s contemporary art world. To complete a full academic course load for the semester, students may do an internship in New York or take additional courses on campus.
The Theatre Semester
Each year senior Drew theatre arts majors have the opportunity to spend a semester studying and interning with a theater company in New York City or another location in the metropolitan area. Each internship involves a degree of responsibility and a variety of tasks, allowing the student to gain a working knowledge of the professional theater as both a business and an art. During the semester, regular meetings and seminars are held with program participants, supervising faculty, and theater supervisors to examine the student’s work and discuss various topics relating to the professional theater. In addition to the internship and its activities, students in the program write several research papers under the direction of a faculty supervisor.
The Wall Street Semester
The Wall Street Semester, offered annually in the spring, gives students a thorough introduction to financial markets and institutions. Students spend two days per week in New York City, attending presentations and discussions by prominent executives, government officials, institutional shareholders, economists, and other members of the financial community, and participating in a course offered by the program director, a member of the Drew faculty. This eight-credit program focuses on the operation of the financial sector located in the Wall Street area and considers the impact of Wall Street on the U.S. economy at all levels (local, state, national, and global). It offers students a solid background in the relationship of Wall Street to the rest of the economy, centering on finance but also including macroeconomic, historical, and ethical dimensions. Two semesters of introductory economics are prerequisites for participation in the Wall Street Semester, which is open to students majoring in any discipline.
The Social Entrepreneurship Semester
The Social Entrepreneurship Semester, offered in the spring, provides students with the opportunity to study the concept of social entrepreneurship through both an experiential and an interdisciplinary lens. The course meets twice a week, primarily in New York City, and involves guest speakers, field trips to both non and for-profit organizations with a social mission, skills workshops, and a hands-on group project with a non-profit. The field trips include visits to arts institutions, cooperatives, rights as well as international development and relief organizations, religious institutions, research and policy institutes and foundations, among others. The skills workshops may tackle such diverse topics as how to design a mission statement, fundraising strategies, project implementation, cost benefit analysis, and steps for building an advocacy campaign. The main philosophical question tackled in the course is an examination of whether and how non-profits are feeling pressure to become more entrepreneurial while at the same time for-profit firms are feeling pressure to behave more socially responsibly.
Communications and Media Semester
New York City is the media and communications capital of the world. From historic Madison Avenue to Silicon Alley, the city is home to an astonishingly wide array of U.S. and international broadcasting, cable, advertising, public relations, publishing, music, film, and digital media companies. From TriBeCa to the Upper East Side, firms both big and small disseminate the ideas, information, and stories that shape our culture and collective psyche, craft the messages that establish the identities of companies, organizations, products, and political candidates around the globe, and develop the new technologies that are changing the way we communicate.
The New York Semester on Communications and Media brings Drew University students into the heart of it all, to learn from professionals who work in the interconnected world of communications, public relations, advertising, and media, and to visit the places in which meaning is created, stories conveyed, and information consumed. In this semester, the student will take a critical look at the operations of New York City’s media and communications industry, critically examine the making of – and meaning behind – the messages, and the discuss ethical and moral issues at play. At the end of the semester, you will have a deep understanding of the role of media and communications within American culture, as well as an appreciation for topics and controversies affecting New York’s media and communications world.