The Sophomore Enrichment Program at the Baruch Leadership Academy introduces rising 10th graders to the college experience. This enhanced curriculum at the Academy introduces students to variety of advanced subject matter. The broad program content ranges from wealth management to pre-medical studies in order for students to discover their passions in addition to mastering the college admissions process.
The Sophomore Enrichment Program at the Baruch Leadership Academy strives to give students a comprehensive overview of college level coursework and the college admissions process:
McLecture - Unwrapping the Happy Meal
This anthropology lecture encourages students to question what the McDonalds Happy Meal reveals about American culture. By "making the unconscious conscious" & "the familiar strange," we are able to analyze and discuss cultural norms and values associated with the demographic that purchases and enjoys a Happy Meal.
What is Globalization?
This lecture provides an overview of globalization and the major players who participate in the internationalization of the world’s economy. Students examine how multinational corporations and international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, and the United Nations affect globalization. The class is intended to propel students to think about economics on an international scale.
Philosophy as a Way of Life
This lecture discusses the history of philosophy and how philosophy is something we as human beings already participate in. We philosophize all the time about those experiences that are uniquely human and ones we share with others. Though we have different perspectives on these subjects, we can see that philosophy allows us a way to avoid relativism and productively discuss the different perspectives we have in various aspects of life such as science, politics, art, and ethics.
Trader for a Day
At the Wasserman Trading Floor in the Subotnick Financial Services Center at Baruch College, students are taught economic, financial, and technology principles using professional market data systems and analytic software. Through a real time simulation exercise, students are able to trade stocks and navigate the market. Students step into the shoes of a Wall Street broker and participate in an intense game to see which broker would come out on top.
The College Admission Essay
Specialized instructors help students identify unique and meaningful personal stories that they can showcase within their college admission essay. Students are provided with guidance to begin to tell those stories in with their own authentic voices, and are encouraged to discover the pleasure of writing, reflecting, and sharing a piece of themselves with the world.