Academic Residencies

Residencies allow students the opportunity to take credit-bearing courses using a blended model that combines online learning or independent study with periodic onsite meetings that occur over several days or several weekends. Courses offered through residencies focus on a specific AOS or topic and include professional and academic enrichment opportunities and experiential learning. During the onsite meetings, students meet in small groups to focus on their selected course and have the opportunity to participate in group activities, hear from guest speakers, and engage with faculty and fellow students. Before and after the onsite meeting(s), students will study online or independently with their faculty instructor.

Residencies are open to students in all areas of study and from any SUNY Empire State College location. Students will need to determine if the courses offered at the residency fit into their degree plan program and if they are able to attend the onsite meetings. All residency courses are 4-credits unless otherwise noted in the term guide.

In addition to SUNY tuition and fees, each residency has a one-time residency fee that helps support the residency activities. The residency fee varies by residency and students receiving financial aid may use aid to pay for the residency fee.

Note: For the 2020-2021 academic year, some of the onsite meetings will be held virtually. For updates and announcements about the residency meetings, please visit the residency websites or contact the Collegewide Residency Coordinator, Lori McCaffrey (518-783-6203 ext. 5944 or Lori.McCaffrey@esc.edu).

A complete list of residency studies is available on the Residencies website and in the Term Guide. The Term Guide is accessed by visiting MyESC; clicking on the Registration and Course Offerings icon, then” Browse the Term Guide.” To see the complete list of residencies, select your term of study then type “residency” in the “Mode of Study” field. Residencies also can be found by title using the attribute search feature in the Term Guide.

Adirondack Environmental Studies Residency (Fall: Session A)

The Adirondack Environmental Studies Residency gives students the opportunity to choose from environmentally related courses using a blended model that combines an online or independent study component with one onsite meeting in October at Camp Huntington on Raquette Lake (Adirondacks). While at camp, students will attend plenary sessions and group activities, hear from guest speakers, and meet in small group seminars to focus on their selected course. Many of the courses help satisfy SUNY General Education Requirements, and any of them would contribute significantly to student degree programs in a wide variety of fields. This unique setting and experience will provide students with a broader perspective of issues related to the environment and offer hands-on activities to enhance the learning experience.

Examples of courses from previous years’ offerings include Photography and the Environment, Inside the Animal Mind, History of Hiking, Environmental Ethics, Adirondack History, and Nature Writing.

The residency fee covers lodging and meals while at camp. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Additional information is available through the residency’s website.

American Revolutionary War Era Residency (Fall: Session A)

The American Revolutionary War Era Residency offers students the opportunity to survey the history of the American Revolution era from the end of the Seven Years War until the end of the War of 1812 and introduces them to the major historical issues of this era. As part of the course, students participate in a two-day onsite meeting in Saratoga Springs, NY, which includes a one-day field trip to the Saratoga National Historical Park.

The course, HIST-3645, will cover the core topic of America in the Age of Revolutions and Constitutions, 1763 -1816. To allow for further exploration in a particular interest/topic, the course is offered in different sections (listed below). Students are allow to register for more than one section after consulting with their mentor. All sections fulfill the American History general education requirement.

  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Constitutional History
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Federalists and Jeffersonians
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Founding Fathers
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Medical and History
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Military History
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Religious History
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Slavery and the Founding Fathers
  • HIST-3645 American Revolutionary War Era: Women's History

The residency fee covers lodging and meals while in Saratoga. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Additional information is available through the residency’s website.

A limited number of spaces for guests and/or alumni may be available. For more information, please contact Jane Cudmore at 716-686-7800 ext. 3836 or Jane.Cudmore@esc.edu.

Civil War History Residency (Spring: Session A)

The Civil War History Residency offers students the opportunity to survey the history of Ante-bellum slavery, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era. Embedded within the courses, is a three-day field trip in April to the battlefields of Gettysburg and Sharpsburg to experience Civil War history firsthand.

Students may registered for one of several courses connected to the residency (all taught by Dr. Gregory Edwards). Each course focuses on a different aspect of warfare, the Civil War, and American military history. Several of the courses fulfill SUNY general education requirements.

In addition to the required attendance at the onsite meeting, students will complete other learning activities for their course throughout the term in various ways: a study group, face-to-face or at-a-distance independent study (depending on the student’s location).

The residency fee covers lodging, meals, and transportation to and from Gettysburg.

Additional information is available through the residency’s website.

A limited number of spaces for guests and/or alumni may be available. For more information, please contact Jane Cudmore at 716-686-7800 ext. 3836 or Jane.Cudmore@esc.edu.

Early Childhood Residency (Spring: Session A)

The Early Childhood Residency gives students the opportunity to choose from several courses using a blended model that combines an online or independent study component with an onsite meeting at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. The courses cover a variety of topics related to early childhood and the onsite meeting encourages students to engage in small group discussions, observe play in the museum’s interactive exhibits, and to apply their understanding to their own practice.

The residency fee covers lunch and admissions to the museum.

Guests and non-SUNY Empire State College students are welcome to attend the day at the museum and do not need to register for one of the credit-bearing courses.

Additional information is available by contacting Timothy Cosgriff at 585-224-3271 or Timothy.Cosgriff@esc.edu.

Ecology and Earth Systems Field Research Residency (Summer: Session B)

The Ecology and Earth Systems Field Research Residency is a unique opportunity for students to work closely with experienced faculty to develop field and laboratory research and analysis skills that are valuable in the environmental and earth systems sciences. As part of the 8-week course (ENSC-4600), students attend a three-day meeting in Cooperstown, NY. During their time in Cooperstown, students will gain hands-on experience, become familiar with laboratory equipment, and apply this technology to field work and data collection. Students will camp at the field station over the three days, attend workshops, share scientific presentations, and connect with students and faculty from all over New York Student. Before and after the onsite meeting, students will actively engage in their course online using Moodle. This course is of particular interest for students studying ecology, earth science, and geology.

The residency fee covers the cost of lodging (camping) and most meals while at the field station. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Additional information is available through the residency website.

Saturday Residencies (Fall and Spring: Session A)

The Saturday Residencies offer courses that use a blended model that combines online learning with three Saturday meetings during the term. The courses fulfill degree requirements from a variety of disciplines including business, human services, history, science, arts, and in some cases, fulfill SUNY general education requirements. The residencies are open to students in all areas of study from any SUNY Empire State College location. While onsite, students will meet with their selected course(s) and attend Lunch and Learn that provides academic and professional enrichment through guest speakers and workshops. Note: In a typical year, the onsite meetings are held in Buffalo, Syracuse, or Saratoga. However, for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 terms, the meetings will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. This means that students do not need to travel to the location for class meetings and are welcome to mix and match courses from any of the three locations.

The residency fee covers lunch and onsite activities (there is no residency fee for the 2020-2021 academic year).

Additional information is available through the residency websites:

BME and CHS Residency - Buffalo
Central New York Learning Communities - Syracuse
Saturday Residency - Saratoga