If you were planning a vacation outside the United States, you would probably consult a travel agent or guidebook. You’d want to know something about the weather, the currency, the tourist attractions. You’d need to know about any political instability or upheavals that could affect your personal safety or ability to travel freely. It would be in your best interest to learn at least a few meaningful phrases of the language(s) and something about the culture and customs. In a nutshell, you’d want to know something about the “do’s” and “don’ts”, and how things are done there.
This is a useful metaphor for going to college, particularly if you are a first-generation college student.
Consider College Road Map your personal travel agent and tour guide to The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE).
The name is quite a mouthful, we know. There’s a history behind it.
CWE was established in 1981 by The City College of New York in partnership with several New York City labor unions whose members wanted to attend college in the evening after work. CWE began by offering B.A. degrees in Liberal Arts, and expanded its offerings several years later to include B.S. degrees in Early Childhood Education.
CWE had such success in educating working adults that four of its students were selected as valedictorian in the span of twenty years. Many more have gone on to pursue successful and distinguished careers as social workers, professors, writers, publicists, entrepreneurs, and teachers. CWE has been an engine of reinvention for adult students. This is consistent with City College’s legacy.
The City College of New York (CCNY) was founded in 1847 and is the oldest and one of the most distinguished public universities in the United States. It began as the Free Academy, in a single building on Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street. In response to a rapidly growing student body, it established its current campus in Hamilton Heights in 1907.
Now for a brief lesson about the structure of your college…
CCNY is made up of several schools: the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Macaulay Honors College, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is composed of four divisions: the Division of Humanities and the Arts, the Division of Social Science, the Division of Sciences, and the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS).
DIS is our division. It houses the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Program.
Our next post will discuss who does what at DIS @ CWE.