History & Literature

History of New York City

New York City boasts the nation’s richest treasure trove of cultural sites and historic landmarks. Energized by change, enriched by immigrants and entrepreneurs and enlivened by provocative artistic and political leaders, New York became a premier global center of creativity and innovation.

History of New York City explores the history of New York City and will cover topics including; September 11th, the rise of Wall Street, the Civil War Draft Riots, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of immigration.

You will learn about political, cultural and economic transformations in the classroom and see their impact first-hand at sites in all five boroughs of New York City. Trips may include: The Museum of Finance, the African Burial Ground, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Central Park, the New York Historical Society, the Museum of Modern Art and walking tours of neighborhoods.

Faculty: Dr. Rita Reynolds


Introduction to Literature: Empire State of Mind

“Few cities have inspired as much great writing as New York,” Phillip Lopate; writer, educator, and native New Yorker, writes. This course will introduce you to some of that great writing while teaching the basics of composition at the college level.

We will practice critical reading and analytical writing by looking at New York City through the eyes and words of famous authors such as: Don DeLillo, Zora Neale Hurston, Herman Melville, Dorothy Parker, and Colson Whitehead, among others. Through their texts, we will explore how literature works and how to write effective arguments about it. This course will also feature library workshops that introduce you to Wagner’s excellent resources and expose you to methods of conducting research.

Finally, we will take our literary explorations out of the classroom in weekly field trips to some of the same places that fascinated these writers.

Faculty: Eileen Cameron


Credit Earned
2 Units (1 Core History & 1 Core English)
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