New York City

New York City

Bridges of New York

CE 497 or ENGR 497

Dates: May 13-15, 2019 (on campus), May 16-21, 2019 (New York)

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Dr. Chris Mullen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Cost: $1,125 plus tuition

Application Deadline: April 11, 2019

  • Learn the common types of bridges, typical span ranges, and basic structural design concepts. 
  • Learn the historical and political context of selected Hudson and East River bridges in the metropolitan New York City area.
  • Experience the scale and technological achievement of NYC bridges by visiting select sites, including one or more of the bridges operated by the Port Authority or MTA, and the newly opened Mario Cuomo Bridge.
  • Discover the impact of major bridges on the transportation system in New York.
  • View depictions of major bridges in the artwork of the city’s world-class museums.
  • Visit other New York City sights of interest from a civil engineering standpoint, such as the Stuyvesant School Bridge, the High Line, the Guggenheim Museum, and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
  • Meet professionals responsible for design, maintenance, and rehabilitation of bridges.

Itinerary subject to change. Please verify specific dates with instructor and confirm that the course has adequate enrollment to make before making travel arrangements.


Students will attend class on the Oxford campus May 13-15 and then depart for New York City on Thursday, May 16. They will spend five nights in New York City, returning on Tuesday, May 21.


Shared hotel accommodations will be provided at The Pod 39 or a comparable hotel.

This course is open to all majors. Students who might be interested include Civil, Geology and Geological Engineering, Mechanical, and General Engineering; International Studies; Art and Art History; History; Political Science; Public Policy Leadership; Business; and Journalism and New Media majors. Engineering majors seeking technical elective credit must have junior standing and complete specific technical assignments to fulfill the requirements. Engineering students should check with their advisors to ensure they enroll in the appropriate course to fit their elective credit requirements.

The course fee is $1,125 plus tuition. Included in the course fee are accommodation, tours, one group meal, and group ground transportation once in Manhattan. Excluded from the course fee are the Study USA application fee, tuition, meals, airport transportation, airfare, and personal spending money.

Students will make their own travel arrangements to and from New York. Airfare can be billed to their bursar account by making arrangements through Amber Gregory at Travel Leaders at or (800) 624-6579, ext. 151.