Expanding Your Horizons

Wagner College offers a program that broadens opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to be able to enhance their educational experience. We have created short-term programs that provide opportunities for experiential learning through 10-12 day international and domestic faculty-led excursions. Upon return from these trips, each course continues throughout the semester. Courses count as one unit towards graduation requirements.

Whether you are interested in becoming a global citizen, performing voluntary work, or immersing in a new culture, these courses have the potential of truly expanding your horizons beyond the traditional classroom lectures. We hope you will take advantage of these off-campus learning opportunities.


Student EYH Application Deadline: November 20, 2018



For additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Rita Reynolds, EYH Faculty Chair
History Department, Parker Hall 202
Wagner College
One Campus Road
Staten Island, New York 10301
Email: rita.reynolds@wagner.edu

Spring 2019 EYH Programs:

ILC: Art and Theatre in Ancient Greece

AH222: Nymphs and Heroes in Greek Art: A Survey of Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
TH 105: Theatre Appreciation

An “Expanding Your Horizons” Course

        Spring 2019

            Wagner College

                Wednesdays, 1-2:30

Instructors: Drs. Sarah J. Scott and Felicia Ruff

E-mail: sarah.scott@wagner.edu, fruff@wagner.edu

Office: Main Hall 43C, Main Hall 5

Required Texts: 

Available at Wagner Bookstore:

John G. Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology

Aeschylus’ The Oresteia

Sophocles’ Electra

Euripides’ The Trojan Women and The Cyclops

Supplementary texts:

 (These texts are meant to enhance the class reading list, small selections from these books may be offered throughout the semester via Moodle):

  1. Kinzl. A Companion to the Classical Greek World. Blackwell.

P.M. Warren.  The Aegean Civilizations. Phaidon, 1989.

Perseus Website: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/

Reserve articles and readings (on-line via Moodle)

  1. Sherratt, “‘Reading the Texts’: Archaeology and the Homeric Question,” Antiquity 64(1990) 807-824

Chapin, A.P. “Power, Privilege, and Landscape in Minoan Art”  Hesperia Supplements, Vol. 33, ΧΑΡΙΣ: Essays in Honor of Sara A. Immerwahr (2004), pp. 47-64

Cohen, B. “Herakles and Olympia.” Art Bulletin 76 (1994): 695-715

Fontenrose, J. “The Cult of Apollo and the Games at Delphi,” in W. J. Raschke (ed.), The Archaeology of the Olympics (Madison 1988) 121-140

Pollitt, J.J.  ‘The Meaning of the Parthenon Freize’ Studies in the History of Art, v. 49, 1995.

Tanner, J. “Nature, Culture and the Body in Classical Greek Religious Art.”  World Archaeology, Vol. 33, No. 2, Archaeology and Aesthetics (Oct., 2001), pp. 257- 276

Aeschylus, The Oresteia

Sophocles, Electra

Euripides, The Trojan Women

ILC Course Description: Greece is often cited as the birthplace of western civilization and religion.  In this course we will examine this concept while surveying the history, art, architecture, and theatre of the Bronze Age Aegean and Classical Greek civilization.  Students will develop an understanding of ancient Greece through examinations of texts and written sources both ancient and modern, as well as material culture such as ceramics, sculpture, painting, and architecture, and finally through travel to Greece and first-hand interaction with ancient sites, monuments, and theatre.  This survey will work interdisciplinarily between both Art History and Theatre History, touching upon issues also relevant to the disciplines of Archaeology, Literature, and Religion.


Our Methods: The teaching philosophy of the instructors is based on learning through active participation of the students structured around instructor-led presentations/lectures and article discussions.    Short writing assignments will test the students’ absorption of the course content.  Students will also be responsible for an article presentation, class discussions, a travel journal, a site presentation and trip participation (in Greece), and a Final Project/Paper (approx. 8 pages).


Course requirements: You are an adult.  You are responsible for keeping yourself informed about due dates.  Doing your best on all the assignments, paying attention to detail, asking questions, and actively engaging in every part of this class is important.  The syllabus, assignments, some images, reading materials (articles and worksheets) can be found on the Moodle website.  Be sure to consult it on a regular basis (every other day) to see postings, announcements, and information about the course.  You can also email your fellow classmates and the instructor through this website.

Grading Criteria:

            Article/reading Presentation               10%

            Reading Discussion Responses (5)     20%

Journal                                                                   20%

Site presentation                                                   10%

Trip participation                                                  10%

 Final Project/presentation                                 30%


Classroom Policies:  Attendance is very important for this class; by absorbing the lecture material and engaging in discussion students will learn the material much faster, thereby cutting down on ‘at-home’ studying time.  It is a partial-lecture class and you will be responsible for any information you miss. Absence will put you behind and leave you without information vital to our end goals.

We expect you to show as much respect to your classmates as you do to me; you will learn as much from them as anyone.  We are not just a class but a community and team of researchers.  The power of many is greater than one.

Papers turned in late will receive a 10 point deduction per day.  Extensions will be granted only in special cases when requested ahead of time! 

Plagiarism is unacceptable.  An instance of this horrendous crime will result in the failure of the assignment and appropriate disciplinary procedures.  Be aware of Wagner’s academic honesty policy.

Absences:  If you are absent more than once this semester it will put your final grade at risk.  We meet only once a week, and so it is imperative (unless you are very ill) you attend.  If you miss class, it is up to you to obtain notes and assignments from another student.

Course Schedule:

Wednesday, January 16

Introductions, Syllabus

Introduction to the Study of Art History and Archaeology

Timeline, Chronology, Geography

Article Sign up

Article (presented by Dr. Scott): Tanner, J. “Nature, Culture and the Body …”

Wednesday, January 23

Neolithic and Bronze Ages

Pedley, Introduction and Chapters 1-3

Art History reading: Sherratt, “‘Reading the Texts’: Archaeology and the Homeric Question,”

or Chapin, A.P. “Power, Privilege, and Landscape in Minoan Art”

Theatre reading: Selections from The Orestia

Complete Reading Discussion #1

Wednesday, January 30

Dark Ages, Geometric, Orientalizing Periods

Pedley, Chapter 4-5, 6

Art History reading: Ebbinghaus, S. “Protector of the City, or the Art of Storage…

Theatre reading: Selections from Euripides’ The Cyclops

Complete Reading Discussion #2

Wednesday, February 6

Archaic Period; The 5th Century, Olympia, Delphi

Pedley, Chapters 6 & 7

Art History reading: J. Fontenrose, “The Cult of Apollo and the Games at Delphi,”

Theatre reading: Selections from Sophocles, Electra

Complete Reading Discussion #4

Wednesday, February 13 

Classical Period

Pedley, Chapters 8-9

Art History reading: Cohen, B. “Herakles and Olympia” or Pollitt, J.J. ‘The Meaning of the Parthenon Frieze’

Theatre reading: Selections from Euripides, The Trojan Women

Complete Reading Discussion #5

Wednesday, February 20

Hellenistic Period (Altar of Zeus)

Pedley, Chapter 10

Student selection and workshop of site assignments for trip


Wednesday, February 27

Dry-run for site presentations

Time for trip prep!


Thursday, February 28 Evening departure for Greece!

Friday, March 1 (Arrive on Crete, Overnight stay in Heraklion, Crete)             

Saturday, March 2 (Overnight stay in Heraklion, Crete)

            Tour of Heraklion and Archaeology Museum, Tour of Mochlos or Mallia

Sunday, March 3 (Overnight stay in Heraklion, Crete)

            Tours of Phaistos and Knossos Palaces

Monday, March 4 (Fly back to Athens, travel by bus to Nafplio, overnight stay in Nafplio)

Morning on Crete, late afternoon and evening exploring Nafplio

Tuesday, March 5 (Travel to Olympia, overnight in Olympia)

            Morning visit to Nestor’s Palace, Pylos, Lerna, and Mycenae

Afternoon travel to Olympia

Wednesday, March 6 (Overnight stay in Olympia)

            Tour of Olympia and the museum

Thursday, March 7 (travel to Athens, Overnight stay in Athens)

Day trip to Delphi

Friday, March 8 (Overnight stay in Athens)

Day in Athens, Tour of the city, Acropolis, and Agora       

Saturday, March 9 (fly home)

BACK ON CAMPUS Wednesday, March 13

            In-class research paper discussion

Wednesday, March 20

            Meeting with research librarian

Wednesday, March 27

            Paper discussion, annotated bibliography due

Wednesday, April 3

            Preliminary presentations and rough drafts due

Wednesday, April 10

Independent meetings to go over projects     

Wednesday, April 17

            Final drafts due, movie

Day of Final Exam; Final Presentations due


All applications and $1,000 deposit are due November 20, 2018

Click here to apply: EYH Student Application

Click here for  Greece ILC: From Homer to Dionysus: the Birth of Greek Art and Theatre Presentation.

Check out the EYH trip to Bangladesh 2012:

Expanding Your Horizons - Bangladesh

Prof. Mohammad Alauddin took five Wagner students to Bangladesh for his class "Environmental Pollution and Health." In this video, students Krey Keller and Nicolette Faison talk about their experiences. Photos: Habibul Haque Audio & Production: Anna Mulé | Wagner College Watch Expanding Your Horizons - Bangladesh
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EYH Faculty Proposals

All faculty EYH application and proposal for 2019 and 2020 are due May 1, 2018.

Click here to complete Faculty Application. 

Click here to complete Staff Application. 

Click here for PA EYH Application Packet

Click here for EYH/Travel Documents

Click here for EYH/Nursing Documents