May 05, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Institutes and Programs



Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation has been established in 2017 thanks to the generosity and record $15 million gift to Iona from James and Anne Marie Hynes. The Hynes Institute is an emerging program that aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to move the world. It aims to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills and experience required to create, innovate and lead in a global economy.

Under the direction of Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director Dr. Christoph Winkler, the Hynes Institute will develop a robust program that will provide students with an environment that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset through practice and creative problem-solving across all disciplines and schools. In detail, the Hynes Institute will offer:

  • Interdisciplinary curricular focus in entrepreneurship and innovation for all students in any major
  • Co-curricular programming such as student clubs, speaker series, workshops, competitions, community engagement, internships, as well as coworking, mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Work with Hynes Faculty Fellows, Entrepreneurs in Residence, accomplished alumni and visiting entrepreneurs
  • Access to start-up support, mentorship and funding, and a newly established community incubator

For more information contact:

Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Iona College
715 North Avenue, Spellman Hall (4-217)
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Phone: 914-633-2040

Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) is the premiere center for the study of the life and legacy of Thomas Paine and his eighteenth century-world in the United States. Home to the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Archive (TPNHA), a collection of approximately four hundred artifacts belonging to Thomas Paine and relevant to the study of the Revolutionary and Early National periods of American history, the work of the ITPS is at the forefront of digital humanities, pedagogical studies, and wide-ranging academic research. Its commitment to the interdisciplinary study of the political, economic, and cultural contributions of Thomas Paine provides students of multiple majors and backgrounds - including history, business, literature, and political science - with tools to advance their own professional goals in the context of contributing to American democracy.

With the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and the Provost Office’s Strategic Initiatives, the ITPS has many exciting projects underway. The Authorship Attribution Project, spearheaded by the ITPS with support from faculty in the computer science department, is focused on using digital techniques alongside traditional research methods to determine what documents were written by Paine and which were the result of others in his communication networks. The ITPS is also working on a collected works project and is soon to launch the digitization of the TPNHA archive. The ITPS will also soon be offering short-term fellowships as part of this process, as well as collaborative scholarships with other archives. In the Fall of 2018, the ITPS will host an international conference on Paine, bridging the digital and traditional study of his work with ongoing developments in the broader field of Early American studies.

The ITPS is also an important home for undergraduate intellectual and professional development at Iona. The work of Thomas Paine as a writer, activist, economist, and advocate provide students with a framework in which to advance their own efforts in the related fields of public history (such as museum studies, media, and education), digital communication, technology and innovation, law, publishing, and politics. The minor in Paine Studies will benefit students interested in any of these fields by situating them uniquely in the job market and will also provide a bridge into employment, internship, and scholarship opportunities at the ITPS and its consortia organizations. For questions about the ITPS, you can contact Director Scott Cleary, Gardiner Professor Nora Slonimsky, and/or Coordinator Gary Berton.

Special Programs

Air Force ROTC

Iona College participates in an extension of the Air Force ROTC program at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, and an extension of the Army ROTC program at Fordham University, Bronx, NY. To learn more about opportunities to participate in the Air Force or Army ROTC programs, students should contact the Office of the Dean, School of Arts and Science at Iona College.

Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies

The Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies is a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rudin ‘86H, to lona College to honor President Emeritus Br. Driscoll’s fifty years as a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. As a program in Jewish-Catholic Studies, the Driscoll Professorship adds a unique perspective to the fulfillment of lona’s mission to prize the values of justice, peace and service.

Through an array of programs including course work in a variety of departments, interreligious study with in-state area Jewish and Catholic congregations, networking with organizations such as the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, sponsoring national lecturers in Jewish-Catholic studies, and building library collections in Judaica and Jewish-Catholic Studies, the Driscoll Professorship dedicates itself to:

  • effecting mutual understanding between the peoples of the Jewish and Catholic faiths;
  • fostering learning about the similarities and differences surrounding shared beliefs in God, faith, and the values of justice and life;
  • exploring a common foundation in the themes of covenantal relationship;
  • deepening understanding about the effects and implications of the Shoah; and
  • celebrating the spiritual vitality and gifts of the two faiths.

The department of Religious Studies offers the course “Jesus and Judaism” on a rotating schedule. The departments of English and history have supported the following courses as special topics: “The Bible as Literature” and “Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe,” respectively. The Driscoll Professorship has also sponsored the not-for-credit continuing education course: “A History of the Holocaust.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Elena Procarlo-Foley of the Driscoll Professorship at (914) 637-2744, fax, (914) 633-2248.

Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Seminars

Child Abuse Identification and Reporting seminars are given on a regular basis. They fulfill New York State licensing requirements for educators, health care workers, law enforcement and fire personnel, etc. There is a nominal fee, and an official certification of completion is presented to each participant. Call (914) 637-2756 for further information, or visit:

Council on the Arts

The Iona College Council on the Arts is dedicated to sponsoring artistic and cultural programs for the enrichment of the Iona College community, particularly the student body. With an endowment from the Baron Lambert Fund for the Arts established by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Murphy, the Council exists to make the arts more present and visible-providing the unique awareness, inspiration and participation that the arts promote. Consisting of Iona College faculty, administrators, students and alumni, the Council on the Arts seeks to expand and deepen the cultural life of our student body. The Council produces and coordinates events whereby students, faculty, administrators and community members may experience the arts communally. The Council sponsors performing arts events and exhibitions in the Brother Chapman Gallery. Through the ArtsLink program, students enrolled in Fine and Performing Arts courses are required to attend one or more of these special arts events.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies program at Iona College offers an interdisciplinary BA major degree Environmental Studies draws from Biology, Political Science, Religious Studies, and other pertinent disciplines to raise student consciousness about the complexity of local, national, and global environmental issues. The program combines interdisciplinary breadth with depth in a chosen field of study. Students will be able to choose from three major concentrations: Politics and Policy, Religious Studies, or Ecological and Environmental Literacy. There are two interdisciplinary team-taught courses required at key points in the program. Please consult page 76 to learn about the program requirements and courses.

Inter-Institutional Cooperation

Iona College maintains articulation agreements with several two-year colleges. Details regarding current articulation agreements with Bronx Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Rockland Community College, SUNY-Orange, and Westchester Community College are available at those institutions for students who wish to transfer to Iona to complete a four-year degree. Iona also has an articulation agreement with St. Thomas Aquinas College for its students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in History at Iona.

Iona has special accelerated agreements with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York Chiropractic college for students who are interested in these careers. Contact the chair of the Iona College Biology Department for further details.


Internships are available for qualified students in both the School of Arts and Science and the School of Business. Arrangements for internships should be made through department chairs and departmental internship coordinators. lnternships are available in the United States and abroad.

Iona in Mission

The Iona in Mission program is a unique cross-cultural learning experience offered by the Center for Campus Ministries. This program expands the classroom context by engaging students in service to those most in need through winter, spring or summer break immersion in diverse cultures. Providing ample opportunities for reflection, analysis and spiritual nourishment, Iona in Mission trips introduce students to the causes and effects of violence, poverty and racial injustices. Each year 8-10 Iona in Mission trips are typically offered and these may include, but are not limited to:

  • An urban immersion in Chicago, New Rochelle, or Washington, D.C.
  • A rural immersion in Appalachia or Massachusetts
  • A cross-cultural program with Native American communities in Arizona or New Mexico
  • Christian Brothers outreach sites in Kenya, Bolivia, Zambia or New Orleans.

A brochure detailing these programs is available in the Center for Campus Ministries (LaPenta 217) or on the department web page.

Learning in Retirement at Iona College

Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) is a self-governing and independent membership institute within the college community, which also has an affiliation with Elderhostel. LIRIC offers daytime courses, study groups, and cultural and social activities for men and women of retirement age. There are no membership restrictions. The curriculum varies from semester to semester but usually includes classes in art, music, current events, science, computers, book discussion, literature and film. Field trips and visits to museums and other sites of interest enrich the program.  For information and to request a catalog, call (914) 633-2675 or visit the website:

Minor Concentrations

In addition to minors in those disciplines offering major programs, lona offers several special minors. The School of Arts and Science offers minor programs in film studies, fine and performing arts, German, peace and justice, women’s studies, writing, Diversity and Social Welfare, Environmental Studies, and Thomas Paine Studies. The School of Business also offers a minor in Business for students in the School of Arts and Science.

The Family Therapy Center

The Family Therapy Center is operated by the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Individual, couple, and family therapy, is available to members of the Iona College community and local neighborhoods. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Limited times available on Saturdays. The Center is located in Egan Hall, 45 St. Paul’s Place, New Rochelle, NY. There is no fee for members of the Iona community. For more information or an appointment, please call (914) 633-2074 or (914) 633-2418.

Pre-Professional Programs

Students interested in admission to the study of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or related areas of professional practice should follow a well-balanced program of study that includes the humanities and social sciences. There is no one major that provides the best preparation for admission to professional schools. Students should choose a major which is best suited to their interests and alternate career objectives, should the decision be made not to enter professional school after graduation from Iona College. However, students who wish to enter medical or dental schools are strongly advised to complete the following courses: BIO 101 -BIO 102 ; CHM 109 -CHM 110  and CHM 209 -CHM 210 ; PHY 101 -PHY 102  and MTH 231 -MTH 232 . For more information, contact the Health Professions Adviser.

Returning Alumni Program

With the continuing intellectual development of lona graduates in mind, the College has established the Returning Alumni Program. Since this program is designed for personal enrichment rather than for college credit, courses are not reflected on the student’s college transcript. Interested alumni may arrange to take one undergraduate course during either the fall or spring semester for a nominal fee (refer to Tuition and Fee Schedule ). Registration in a course is subject to space availability and/or an acceptable number of regular students registered. Registration and payment takes place at the Office of Student Financial Services on the day preceding the start of the term.

Alumni requiring continuing education credit to submit to an accrediting or professional body will need to pay the full course audit price per the Tuition and Fee schedule and have the course reflected on the student transcript.

Save Workshop

All candidates registered in the teacher education programs leading to certification in the classroom teaching service, pupil personnel service or administration and supervisory service shall complete a two-hour training session in school violence prevention and intervention. Call (914) 637-2756 for further information, or see website:


n the spirit of its dual commitment to academic excellence and social justice, Iona College sponsors courses that engage students in the integration of community service and the academic pursuit of specific disciplines.  Semester-long courses that may utilize a service-learning pedagogy include:  Theology of Christian Service, Introduction to American Government, Dance Outreach, Camp Viva, and Non-profit Marketing.

Spirituality Institute

The lona Spirituality Institute is a center for the cultivation of the spiritual life through the sacred arts of study, prayer, creative expression and service to the community of earth in a commitment to justice and ecological responsibility. The Institute offers opportunities for spiritual reflection and experience in a variety of settings, at modest cost. These opportunities include lectures, workshops, retreats, pilgrimages and celebrations intended to bring us closer to the wellsprings of the spiritual life.

The Institute has offered such programs as:

  • Spirituality reading groups
  • Christian/Buddhist dialogue
  • Spiritual biographies: Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel, Teilhard de Chardin
  • Prayer according to the spiritual master Thomas Merton
  • Concerts of vocal and instrumental music for the sacred days of Advent and Lent

For information, contact the Spirituality Institute, (914) 633-2590

Study Abroad

Iona College encourages students to broaden their educational experiences and gain cultural perspectives through study and travel abroad.  Many interesting options are available such as summer programs in Rome, Paris, London, Oxford, Barcelona and Athens, as well as semester programs in Dublin, Ireland (at the Marino Institute of Education) and Freemantle, Australia (at the University of Notre Dame - Australia).  Furthermore, students of the highest caliber are invited to apply to a junior-year-abroad program at Oxford University.  In addition, an intensive one-week program is offered during spring break in Auschwitz (Osweicim), Poland.  New programs are in development, such as proposed semester programs in Rome, Paris, and Barcelona, as well as summer programs in China, Morocco, and Jerusalem.

Students may also spend a summer, a semester, or a year studying independently at a foreign university.  Earned credits may be transferred to Iona College with prior approval.  Please refer to “Credit for Study at Other Colleges and Universities ,” elsewhere in the catalog. Honors Program students can use their six free credits per academic year for study abroad.

For further information concerning study abroad options, contact the director of Study Abroad, or visit Iona’s website at