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The Human Rights Project (HRS) promotes an understanding of worldwide genocide and human rights oppression and activism through academic coursework and co-curricular events open to the college and community at large. For further information, contact Professor Florence Boodakian, Bradley Hall, room 227, 516.572.8101, Florence.DeeBoodakian@ncc.edu.

The Jewish Studies Project (JWS)
provides students with an introduction to the world of Judaism beyond the limited images presented by mainstream media. JWS 101 presents the fascinating multicultural, multiracial diversity of the world Jewish experience through readings, discussions, field trips, films, and guest speakers from various academic and artistic disciplines. JWS 101 transfers to four-year colleges; students from all backgrounds and fields are welcome to enroll. Related courses are Literature of the Holocaust, Department of English, and Hebrew, Department of Foreign Languages. The Jewish Studies Project also sponsors events and presentations open to the campus and outside communities. For further information, contact the Jewish Studies Project Coordinator, Professor Barry Fruchter, Bradley Hall, room 203-B, 516.572.7188, Barry.Fruchter@ncc.edu.

The Latin American Studies (LAS) Project promotes knowledge and an understanding of Latin American and US-Latino peoples, cultures, history, languages, literature, politics, economics, and relations with the US and other countries. The Project supports related courses in various departments, including History, English, and Foreign Languages, and offers two interdisciplinary courses: LAS 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies and LAS 105 Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the US. These courses help students explore this field of study and provide a useful background for different careers. For more information and/or advisement, contact Dr. Ines Shaw, Bradley Hall, room 228, 516.572.7840, Ines.Shaw@ncc.edu.

Multidisciplinary Courses (MDC) are designed to make connections between ideas in different disciplines, especially in the sciences and humanities. In the contemporary world it is important to see that events, discoveries, and social policies, as well as the creative arts, are motivated by some of the same ideas, and that they constantly influence one another. The world is a multidisciplinary place, and learning should follow suit. The five courses offered are open to all students in any field, especially those who intend to move on to a four-year school or compete for meaningful employment in a complex world. MDC 102 and MDC 130 may be taken for General Elective credit. There are no prerequisites and they also may be taken in any order. For further information, contact MDC Program Coordinator, Professor William Moeck, Bradley Hall, Room 213, 516.572.9810, William.Moeck@ncc.edu.

Multidisciplinary Science Courses (MDS) are 4-credit Laboratory Science classes and have been approved as SUNY GenEd requirements. There are currently two courses in this area. MDS 101, Connecting the Sciences: a Macroscopic Approach examines scientific ideas, methodology, and principles by studying the evolution of the universe, solar system, and Earth. MDS 102: Connecting the Sciences: A Microscopic Approach examines scientific ideas, methodology, and principles by studying the evolution of life through the organization of atoms into living and nonliving structures. Both of these courses emphasize "hands-on" laboratory investigations. A more detailed description of these courses can be found under course descriptions. For further information, contact MDS Coordinator, Professor Frank Frisenda, Cluster D, Room 2086, 516.572.3556, Frank.Frisenda@ncc.edu.

Women's Studies (WST) a multidisciplinary project emphasizing diversity, serves hundreds of students each academic year. Sponsoring departments include Art, Communications, Economics, English, History, Health/PED, Library, and Sociology. Every term we offer several sections of Introduction to Women's Studies (WST 101), a course that examines women's roles cross-culturally in the family, workplace, community, professions, and popular culture. A second course, Women's Issues in Global Context (WST 201), looks at labor, reproductive rights, education, sexual identity, and grassroots activism in targeted areas around the world. In addition, the Project recommends a variety of related courses in Communications, English, History, and Sociology. For further information, contact WST Program Coordinator, Professor Joylette Samuels, Bradley Hall, room 222, 516.572.7957, Joylette.Samuels@ncc.edu.