Undergraduate Studies

Leadership Through Ethics

One of the Freshman Learning Communities, "Leadership Through Ethics" spent time volunteering to revitalize Los Potrillos, a restaurant in Port Richmond.
Food, History and Culture

This Intermediate Learning Community gives first-year students an opportunity to bridge two disciplines—anthropology and history—around a single topic, food. Part of The Wagner Plan, this interdisciplinary approach prepares students for careers where they need to bring disparate pieces of information together into a coherent whole.
Teaching Glocal: Prof. Abe Unger

Prof. Abe Unger teaches Wagner students about urban policy, economic development, and being glocal.
Chris DeFilippi profile

Chris DeFilippi stops on his commute to the Clinton Foundation to chat about his Wagner experience as a government & politics major.
Faculty Profile: Prof. Lori Weintrob, history

Prof. Lori Weintrob teaches history at Wagner College using visual images, films and novels to provoke discussion. Prof. Weintrob pushes students to "think outside the box" — then she takes them outside the classroom and into communities. Photography: Lori Weintrob, Rita Reynolds, Anna Mulé, Corey Wascinski Music: "Rythme Gitan" by Latché Swing (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license) Production: Anna Mulé | Wagner College
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The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts

Wagner College has developed a curriculum that unites deep learning and practical application. The Wagner Plan incorporates our longstanding commitment to the liberal arts, experiential learning and interdisciplinary education with our geographical location and enduring bond with New York City.

Beginning their very first semester at Wagner, students not only study issues and learn critical-thinking, writing and problem-solving skills, but they also see and practice what they are learning. This “practical” side of liberal education is clearly seen in our Learning Communities and Reflective Tutorials and in the investment faculty make in connecting students with the world outside the classroom.

Under the Wagner Plan, students complete a liberal arts core program and a major, totaling 36 units/courses. As part of these requirements, students complete three Learning Communities (LC’s)-one in the first year, one during the intermediate years, and one in the senior year in the major.

For students admitted to the Honors Program, courses are designed to stimulate and challenge them intellectually and to offer exceptional academic and co-curricular opportunities. Honors courses are more challenging, involve more discussion/debate, and often (if not always) require longer and more in depth research papers and oral presentations by students. The Program is affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Wagner Plan Faculty

Dr. Lily D. McNair

Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

718-390-3211 lily.mcNair@wagner.edu Union 4th Floor

Oversees faculty, students, and all academic programs, services and resources.

Dr. Jeffrey Kraus

Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

718-390-3254 jkraus@wagner.edu 4th Floor Wagner Union

Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, Health Policy and the Politics of Sports

Prof. Patricia Tooker, RN, MSN, FNP

Dean of Integrated Learning, Associate Professor

718-390-3443 ptooker@wagner.edu Union, 3rd floor

Dr. Alexa S. Dietrich

First Year Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Anthropology

718-420-4313 alexa.dietrich@wagner.edu Parker Hall 209

Dr. Amy Eshelman

Intermediate Learning Community Coordinator, Professor of Psychology

718-420-4278 esh@wagner.edu Parker Hall 112

Interests: social psychology, prejudice, stigma, gender, relational aggression

Dr. Sarah Donovan

Senior Learning Community Coordinator, Associate Professor

718-420-4273 sdonovan@wagner.edu Parker Hall 305