Elective Opportunities

Project Rousseau students from the New York chapter have been hard at work this past semester in Business 101 and Cultural Studies, the two different electives available to them. Taught by a retired business professor and a teaching fellow respectively, the Business 101 and Cultural Studies electives are intended to further the students’ knowledge in subjects which might not be part of their everyday lives and help them discover new topics of interest to them.

The Business 101 elective is an introduction to the fundamentals of business, including lessons around how companies are structured, the world of work, and marketing. The students  are led in discussion by an experienced professor with teaching experience in 10 different countries around the world. Each week, students engage in conversation about how business works around the world, and how it differs from country to country.

This semester in the Cultural Studies elective, students focused on learning about the value of cultural exchange, in particular about the experiences of other Project Rousseau students who have travelled abroad. One lesson included discussion of students’ experiences while abroad in Japan, followed by a lesson about the experiences of Japanese Americans in the United States and a trip to a talk about the Japanese Incarceration. The event, which included a poetry reading, was linked to the exhibition "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II" at the International Center for Photography. Students heard from those who had personal or family experiences with the Japanese Incarceration and had the opportunity to explore the exhibition.