Experiential Learning

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

There are a huge number of hands-on learning opportunities available for School of Liberal Arts students. These include working with our distinguished faculty on a variety of research projects, attending local and national conferences, doing a study abroad semester and interning with potential employers. Additionally, there are a number of vibrant cocurricular organizations and various lecture series that provide the chance for learning and enrichment outside of the classroom.

Field Trips

New York City is the ultimate classroom, and there are a number of School of Liberal Arts courses that take advantage of the College’s special location. Many of our art courses include field trips to some of the world’s greatest museums, galleries, studios and performance spaces. Others classes examine firsthand the architecture and urban design of various Manhattan locations. Courses that study aspects of religion, social justice, sociology and urban affairs often include field trips to diverse ethnic communities, homeless shelters and community organizations. World famous sites such as Wall Street and the United Nations are also among the destinations our students visit on field trips.

Study Abroad

All Manhattan College students are encouraged to do a study abroad semester. This unforgettable experience gives you the opportunity to live and attend school in a foreign country for a semester, providing a rich cultural immersion experience. We offer some specific programs with partner schools abroad, but our staff can also work with you to do a program in any location deemed safe for tourists by the State Department.

Language majors and minors particularly benefit from study abroad experiences, but all students will gain a tremendous amount seeing firsthand the cultural institutions, historical sites, different ways of living, and fascinating local traditions found outside of your own backyard. For many individuals, a semester abroad is a life-changing experience that becomes one of their most treasured and important memories.


There’s no better way to get a taste for your future career or start to build your all-important professional network than undertaking an internship. Given our location in the throbbing heartbeat of the planet, New York City, arts students at Manhattan College enjoy a wide array of internship opportunities. Unsure where you want to go or how to go about setting it all up? Don’t worry — the Career Development office can help you land your dream internship. In the past, arts students have interned everywhere from the United Nations to Rolling Stone.

Student Research Opportunities

Liberal arts students have the opportunity to complete research projects in collaboration with their professors, including writing papers, presenting at conferences and doing independent research projects. This level of work and support gives you an extra edge and insight into something you’re passionate about. Students also have the opportunity to do advanced-level independent study with a faculty member in an area not ordinarily covered by coursework. Class sizes are also kept small to give students the ability to build close relationships with their professors.

Branigan Scholars Fund

The Edward Branigan Fund was established in 1976 through the generous contributions of Mr. Branigan and matching gifts from Exxon. Enhanced by additional support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Branigan Scholars Fund provides financial resources for students to pursue projects independent of their coursework. Several grants in excess of $3,000 each are awarded every year for student-initiated projects.

Students enrolled in Manhattan College School of Liberal Arts or School of Science, who are not seniors at the time of application, are eligible to apply. The grant may be used to support a creative or traditional research project or to facilitate student participation in a conference or an internship experience. Applicants must submit a description of the project, objectives and work plan, and a letter of reference from the Manhattan College faculty member who will direct the research. The Branigan Scholars committee selects the award recipients.

See past Branigan Scholar Grant Recipients [+]

  • Carolyn Amarant “Culture, Health, and Illness in the Shuswap Nation of Canada” 
  • Antonio B. Azios “A Sea of Change: Environmental Conservation along the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico”  
  • Serena Barresi “Silenced She: Margaret Atwood's (Un)Spoken Woman”  
  • José Batista “Eugene Onegin: A Romantic and Realistic Work”  
  • Carolina Boutureira “The Role of Regionalism (1931-1950): Literary Representations of Galicia during the Spanish Civil War” 
  • Michael Brady “The Unspoken Masses:  Gender and Class in The Mask of Anarchy”  
  • Monica Cabarcas “AIDS Activism: Origins and Impact of a Social Movement”  
  • Edward Cardillo “A Cross-Cultural Video of Manhattan College”  
  • Andrea Castano   “The Whore: Medieval to Modern Continuities in Prostitution” 
  • Katelyn Connor “Meaning Making in Freshman Writing Classes”  
  • Astrid Cook-Dail “The Other Woman: Female Roles in Nineteenth-Century Sensation Novels”  
  • Catherine Cox Summer Research Institute in Geometry, University of Utah 
  • Maureen Curtin “Joyce's Dublin: Fiction and Fact”  
  • Frances DiSalvo “From History to Her Story: Reading Feminist Utopias through Matriarchy” 
  • Margaret Driscoll “The Representation of Latinos in Television”  
  • John W. Easterbrook “Men and Women:  A Re-evaluation of the Work of Ernest Hemingway”  
  • Thomas Engelhart “A Whaler’s Toil at Sea, in Port, and in Memory”  
  • Michael Fahey Washington Center Seminar: “Law and Society”  
  • Christopher Farley “Capital Punishment in the United States”  
  • Andrada Frunza “What's the Problem? The Historical Jesus”  
  • Sarah Glessner “The Door Slam Heard ‘Round the World’: Considering the Performance of Gender in A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler” 
  • Brian Haman “St. Joseph in Medieval Art” 
  • Eugene R. Hamilton “The Relevance of Thomas Aquinas’ Moral Theory to the Teaching of Ethics in Catholic Colleges and Universities”  
  • Elizabeth Harris “Lighting Out for the Territory: Ecocritical Perspectives on American Road Trip Narratives”  
  • Kimberly Hickey “Portrayals of Women in Advertising, 1950-1959” 
  • Hannah Kaplan “Spectacle in the Art of Kara Walker – Exploitative or Transformative?” 
  • Kyle Knee “The Contrasting Portrayals of the Glorified Woman versus the Woman on the Fringes of Society in Nineteenth-Century French Painting” 
  • Todd Kranock “A Permanent Revolution: Reflections on Research, Interviews, and Experience at the Highbridge Community Life Center”  
  • Gianmarc Manzione “Songwriting as Poetry” 
  • John Mark “Power from the Pulpit”  
  • Matthew McGrath: Washington Center Seminar: “Initiative in the Independent Sector”  
  • Adam M. Morris “Joyce and Shelley: A Re-evaluation”  
  • Altagracia Pierre “Oppression and the Struggle for Emancipation in Feminist Caribbean Literature”  
  • Maxwell Reid “Yogacara Buddhism and the Modern World”  
  • Christopher Rizzo “Crisis in New York Harbor?”  
  • Courtney Roy “The Politics of Anger:  A Study of Kinship in the Selected Plays of John Osborne and Tennessee Williams”  
  • Elizabeth J. Safrey “The Staten Island Secession Movement: A Study of New York’s ‘Forgotten Borough’”
  • Pamela Segura “Treating and Mistreating Gender Malaise in Demonic Horror and Possession Narrative Films” 
  • Dorothy Sinnott “Hard-Boiled Modernism: The Works of Dashiell Hammett as Products of the American Modernist Movement”  
  • James Snyder “On Our Lunatic Dreams of Prosperity: Work and the Worker in Twentieth-Century American Literature” 
  • Scott Spicer “Symbolist Roots of Surrealist Art”  
  • Ethan Hasbrouck Van Ness “The Crescent and the State: The Role of Islam in Turkish Politics”  
  • Regina Verdeschi “Hamlet Loves Ophelia”  
  • James R. Vreeland “The Missing Link: Guadeloupe and Haiti during the Revolutionary Period (1789-1804)”  
  • Ryan Waters “Culture and National Identity in a Global City: The Case of Tel Aviv” 
  • Joshua Zarcone “American Military Tribunals: Historical and Legal Foundations”

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For more information about the Branigan Scholar's Grant, contact:
Keith Brower, Ph.D.

Joan Cammarata, Ph.D.