Science & Literature

Plagues, Outbreaks, and Biological Warfare

With terrorism concerns at an all time high, this course will introduce you to many of the ways that scientists and government are addressing biological threats. The course focuses on historical epidemics with emphasis on how scientists discovered, treated, and halted the spread of these illnesses and how the diseases shaped societies. Present-day epidemics are examined and attention is given to future epidemic threats. The different organisms used in biological warfare will also be described.

Faculty: Dr. Christopher Corbo


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 Science & 1 Core English)

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