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Curriculum Overview

HLLC scholars participate in a shared interdisciplinary curriculum built upon themes related to “local citizenship in a global world.” The curriculum promotes critical intellectual inquiry, increases cultural competence, and explores what it means to be a responsible citizen, both locally and globally.

The HLLC curriculum serves as a second concentration and seamlessly intersects with each scholar’s major curriculum, encouraging scholars to explore how local and global issues emerge in their various fields of study. The curriculum also engages HLLC scholars in existing anchor institution collaborations in Newark, allowing them draw out the local-global connections in publicly engaged scholarship and education. The HLLC curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 credits in HLLC designated courses (with the timing of courses subject to student’s’ major and/or status as a first year or transfer student).

The curriculum includes four core classes and a combination of HLLC inter-disciplinary elective courses taught by world renowned-faculty from various academic departments, local community leaders, and public scholars. 

HLLC Electives — Special Topics Courses

All HLLC elective courses are focused on themes related to local citizenship in a global world. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. HLLC elective courses provide scholars with opportunities for intellectual exploration, as well as an introduction to advanced techniques in critical analysis, research, or fieldwork. Elective courses are intentionally cross-disciplinary and may satisfy requirements in a variety of academic majors.


The capstone experience builds upon the foundations of the HLLC core courses to engage scholars more deeply in how issues of social inequity can be addressed through the lens of their specific academic disciplines and community-engaged scholarship. Each scholar is expected to create a capstone project to be conducted at RU-N, in a local community (preferably Newark), or at an international site. For example, scholars may be involved in research projects, intern with local not-for-profits or government agencies, or engage in international academic or service learning projects, among others.

Current Classes

Fall 2018

Black Music & American Cultural History

Wayne Winborne, Director of Institute of Jazz Studies


Braven Instructors

Environmental Justice in the Ironbound

Julie Winokur, Instructor Professor of Arts, Media, & Culture

Hair: Culture, Politics, & Technology

Patricia Richard-O’Brien, Founder of Move It Nation Inc.

Local Citizenship in a Global World

Timothy Eatman, Dean – HLLC
Mark Krasovic – Associate Director of Price Institute & Associate Professor of History

Negotiating Space, Place, and Identities

Marta Esquilin, Associate Dean of HLLC
Tsihai Hanson, Director of Special Projects
Bil Leipold, Associate Vice Chancellor
Engelbert Santana, Assistant Dean of HLLC

Urban Innovation Solving Socioeconomic Disparities

Arturo Osorio-Fernandez, RBS-Management & Global Business
Guest Presenters: Rutgers School of Law, FASN-Social Work, & Policy Developers


Spring 2019

Braven (21:526:296)

Foundational course, designed to begin preparing students for the increasingly competitive, globalized job marketplace. Through online and peer learning, interactive experiences, and reflection, students will build meaningful networks, discover their innate leadership, and cultivate the “hard” and “soft” skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in twenty – first century workplaces and make a positive impact through their careers upon graduation.

Braven Instructors
(Spots still available: Apply today!)

Everyday Data (STEAM) (21:526:396)

This course combines computing, data, and art to promote awareness of local and global issues that stem from personal interests. Students will be challenged to ask: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? How will I get there? What are my anticipated challenges? Students will answer these questions by collecting data, using computer programing to analyze and visualize the results, and critiquing their own work and the work of their peers for clarity and impact. Students will gain insight on how personal stories, told with data, can influence communities.

Professor: TBA

Intergroup Dialogue (21:050:488)

Intergroup dialogue is intended to build relationships amongst students with different social identities through the use of personal storytelling, empathetic listening and interpersonal inquiry. It integrates three core educational goals: consciousness raising, building relationships across differences and conflicts, and strengthening individual and collective capacities to promote social justice. HLLC Scholars who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply to serve as a Co-Instructor for HLLC’s Navigating Spaces,Places, & Identity Course. (Course will be listed through the American Studies Department as an elective.)

Marta Esquilin, Associate Dean of HLLC

Islamophobia and the Law (43:600:112)

This course explores the social, economic, political, and legal factors that contribute toward prejudice and discrimination against Muslims in the United States. The course will focus on how law and public policy both facilitate and protect individuals from anti-Muslim discrimination. Among the specific topics students will study are the racialization of Muslim identity, selective immigration enforcement, countering violent extremism programs, hate crimes, mosque vandalizations, and discrimination in employment and public accommodations. (Open Juniors & Seniors Only; Course will be listed through the Pre-Law Department as an elective)

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law

Newark and Urban America (21:526:405)

Discussion/Seminar style course which examines many of the historical and contemporary social and economic trends in Newark, and major issues facing the city. Through this course students will gain a better understand of issues that affect urban cities and ways that local citizens, business, and local officials address these challenges.

Steven Diner, University Professor

Showtime: The Business of Arts & Culture (21:083:301:05)

This course will explore how the arts has been used as an engine of social change in Newark and nationally. Through engaged  coursework at NJPAC, students will understand the critical role that NJPAC plays as an anchor arts institution within the city of Newark.  Students will gain first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the entertainment and arts industries through exposure to various  producers, directors, publishers, podcasters, and leaders in theatre, music, dance, film, TV, graphic and visual arts, and nonprofit arts  management. This course will be co-taught by John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC and Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor of RU-N. (Course will be listed through the ACM Department.)

Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor, RU-N
John Schreiber, President & CEO of NJPAC

Urban Politics & Social Justice (21:526:395)

This course seeks to develops students’ skills in active citizenship, public problem solving, and joins Rutgers students with Newark public school students in building community and in community problem solving. Through this course scholars will understand, through class discussion, reading, and the development of class projects, the basic ideas of public work as community problem solving and as a democratic practice. Students will learn and practice the skills required to engage public problem solving such as the methods used in Public Achievement cooperative community projects. (Course will be listed through the Political Science Department as an elective.)

Jyl Josephson, Professor of Political Science

Voice, Citizenship, and Community Engagement (21:526:302)

Through student involvement initiatives, special projects, and university collaborations, this course offers a variety of opportunities for scholars to explore and develop their voices, interests, and skills as community engaged citizens. This course challenges scholars to be active participants in the design and implementation of projects that contribute to the greater good of the campus community and help them to enact change based on shared passions and interests. (Required for Cohort 18 HLLC scholars.)

Staff – HLLC

Student Resources

Academic Affairs

BOLD Women’s Leadership Network (BOLD)
Program designed to support ambitious and talented women.


Business Student Transition at Rutgers (B-STAR)
Program is designed to support high – performing and high -potential freshmen minority students who have accepted admission to RBS.

Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)
Program designed to support first – generation and low income student.

Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation (LSAMP)
Program designed to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors from minority groups who are traditionally underrepresented.

Student Affairs

Internship/Research Opportunities

The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, DC. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. by offsetting living expenses.
Mayor’s Office Internship Program, Newark NJ
The Mayor’s Office Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop the capacity to solve Newark’s most pressing issues. The mission of the Mayor’s Office Internship Program is to build a diverse pipeline of future public service leaders. This highly selected diverse group of men and women collaborate with staff to better the Office of the Mayor and Newark.
HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
Our program’s mantra is “Opening Doors of Opportunity, Abriendo Puertas de Oportunidad” because we believe that HNIP can be the formative experience by which you can grow both personally and professionally.  Federal agencies and corporations partner with us because year after year HNIP recruits some of the brightest and most talented students from across the country.  Join the more than 10,000 program alumni who have benefited from the exposure to industry, professional development, and mentoring and networking opportunities.
SEO Career
SEO Career is a pre-professional development and internship program for talented Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergrads. We provide the Education, Development, Growth and Experience needed to gain a competitive advantage and launch your career.
There are three keys to success for INROADS students: Selection, Education & Training, and Performance. For over four decades, INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.
Project L/EARN

The program is an intensive, hands-on summer research training internship for undergraduate students from groups that have been previously under-represented in graduate schools and health research. Eight to ten interns are selected annually from colleges and universities nationwide to participate in a ten-week residential internship at Rutgers University. During the summer, they obtain research skills and “hands-on” experience in health research through a combination of coursework on statistics, research methods, research writing, ethics and health topics and an individual research project under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. Many continue to conduct research during the academic year with their summer mentor or a faculty researcher at their home institution.

Art Studio Internships

The Gallery Aferro runs dual studio practice/arts administration internships. Student interns are paired with accomplished artists in residence, and spend some of their time working with that artist in their studio, and some of their time with our team learning arts/nonprofit administration. This unique experience is a real resume- and skill-builder, and gives students access to contacts in the art world, furthering equity and access in career exploration.

21 Progress BOLD Summer Internship Program
21 Progress interns learn about social justice education and leadership, impact their community, and meet amazing activists and mentors! The Bold Summer Internship Program allows college students to engage in nonprofit work in the social justice field while making impactful community change. All positions include a stipend and fun perks!
Department of Children and Families Student Internship Program
The Student Intern Program provides college students with field experience in courses that they are taking for credit toward a diploma or degree in social work or in a related field (e.g., psychology) or in a field related to management support services (e.g., information systems, business management, computer technology, human resources, legal). It is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience in your field of study.  Student interns may provide many direct and indirect services in various Local and Area Offices, and in the CP&P and DCF Central Offices.