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  • Locations: New York City, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer 1st Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Electives Away
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Pre-requisites: See Below
Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

HIS4619 Crossroads Manhattan
New York, NY

** Course Cancelled **

UG Manhattan - Stonewall Inn

Marjorie Feld, Professor
History & Society

Summer 1st Session 2020

New York, NY

Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Date

Monday, September 16, 2019
5:00 PM
Location: Olin 101


Application Deadlines

Application Opens

Thursday, September 5, 2019; 12:00 PM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday, September 29, 2019; 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Monday, October 7, 2019; 9:00 AM ET

Rolling Application Deadline (to fill open slots)

Sunday, February 2, 2020; 11:59 PM ET

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Pre-Departure Class #1

Monday, March 23, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: TBD   

Pre-Departure Class #2

Monday, April 6, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: TBD   

Pre-Departure Class #3
Monday, April 27, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: TBD


Course Travel: Sunday, May 17 (morning) - Monday, May 25, 2020 (evening)
Course Dates: Sunday, May 17 (afternoon) - Sunday, May 24, 2020 (morning)


Final Deliverable due: June 13 at 5:00 PM ET.

Academic Overview

Course Description

In this course, students will acquire knowledge and appreciation of the history of one of the world’s great metropolises, New York City.  They will learn the major cultural and political forces that shaped its development by tracing the histories of the native and immigrant people who lived there.  We will focus on the experiences of indigenous and enslaved populations as well as waves of migration from Holland, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, China and East Asia.  Looking at sites of contest, reform and liberation—such as settlement houses and LGBTQIA meeting places—will help us to analyze the encounters among these diverse groups.  Because above all, we will talk about Manhattan as a crossroads, a place where the lives and histories of diverse groups of people intersected and overlapped in the past and still today. 

This course will involve researched presentations and written reflection pieces on Manhattan as a crossroads—in pre-departure sessions, while travelling on the course, and afterwards with our final project.  Students will be active and thoughtful participants as we learn the language of the Lenape people, take a Gay Rights tour of Greenwich Village, study archival artifacts from the Harlem Renaissance, and map out immigration patterns in Chinatown.  What did Manhattan offer members of these diverse groups, and what will it offer us as students of its history?

UG Manhattan - Subway Image


Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts


 4 credits


First Year, Sophomore, Junior

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for the duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.


RHT1000 Rhetoric I
RHT1001 Rhetoric II
AHS1000 AHS Foundation
ONE intermediate liberal arts course (HSS/LVA/CVA)

Course Documents

Draft Syllabus & Proposed Itinerary 2020  |  Information Session Slides

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability are encouraged to visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Manhattan, NY


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotel in New York during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on an Elective Abroad/Away, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


Travel to/from NYC (NOT Included in Program Fee)

Transportation costs to/from NYC are not included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for booking their own transportation to/from New York City/Manhattan. Once the course is confirmed, students will receive a course confirmation email with required arrival and departure times. Students should not book transportation until they receive the course confirmation email.

For rail arrivals/departures to NYC, the following terminals are recommended for planning purposes:

  • NYC Penn Station (NYP)
  • NYC Grand Central Station (NYG)

For students flying to NYC, the following airports are accessible to Manhattan:

  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK)
  • Newark,NJ (EWR)

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: 
  • Manhattan: subway passes to accommodate travel within the city for course programming. 


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, group dinner, and farewell dinner.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost: $3,050 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $2,250 (Tentative)

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, transportation to/from NYC/Manhattan, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office. Tuition will be billed from and paid to Student Financial Services.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad/Away cancellation policy. Please review this policy carefully to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2019-2020 credit rate ($1,644 per credit). Each Elective Abroad/Away is 4 credits. Summer tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $800

  • Train from Boston (South Station) to Penn Station NYC (round trip): $200
  • Estimated Additional Meals: $400
  • Estimated Incidentals: $200
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses for New York City.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Majorie Feld  

Professor Marjorie Feld

Marjorie N. Feld received her Ph.D. in History at Brandeis University in 2001 and has been at Babson since Fall 2001. Her teaching and research interests include U.S. social, labor, and women's/gender history, along with the history of global human rights movements. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Councils of the Jewish Women's Archive, the American Jewish Historical Society, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Her first book, Lillian Wald: A Biography, published in 2008 by University of North Carolina Press, won the Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society, an award presented biannually to an "outstanding book in American Jewish History." At Babson, she received a Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference award in 2009, the Martin Luther King Leadership Award in 2014, and the Babson Pride Award in 2017. From 2011-2015, she was the faculty director for Babson's Center for Women's Leadership. Her second book, Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in July 2014.


Program Manager

Alex Nesbeda  

Alex Nesbeda 

Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania and Israel. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.


Course Administrator

Lo Chow  

Lauren (Lo) Chow

Pronouns: she / her / hers

Lauren (Lo) Chow is an education abroad advisor in the Glavin Office. She advises for undergraduate abroad programs in Asia (China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan), Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland), and the Middle East (Jordan, UAE).



Feld, Marjorie. "Sight And Memory At The Crossroads In Manhattan." The Gotham Center for New York City History, 7 November 2019.
Monti, Michelle. "In Elective Away, Students Explore Manhattan’s LGBTQ History." Babson Thought & Action, 19 June 2019.

Student Videos



Yesterday Babson students spent the day in New York’s Lower East Side learning about immigration and stories of community spaces there. Swipe ⬅️ to see all the places we went! . We visited Henry Street Settlement in its 125th year to learn about Lillian Wald’s “baptism of fire” from public historian Katie Vogel. Special thanks to Talia DeRogatis for sharing what it means to be an Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager with our students. Henry Street has been offering its immigrant neighbors services and advocacy for over a century! . Students also stopped by Bluestockings bookstore to learn from Matilda Sabal about a unique business model of a volunteer-run, cooperative, radical bookstore. We capped off the day with a tour of a restored home at the Tenement Museum, hearing the stories and voices of immigrant families who lived in this part of the Lower East Side that was once the most densely populated place in the world. . @henrystreetsettlement @bluestockingsnyc @thetenementmuseum @babsoncollege #babsoninnewyork #babsonelectives #babsonaway #crossroadsmanhattan #babsoncollege #immigration #lowereastside #newyork #manhattan #feministbookstore #immigrantstories

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This program is currently not accepting applications.