Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A02. Cities and Suburbs

This seminar explores Americans’ love/hate relationship with cities and suburbs through the lenses of history, urban planning, and politics. How has the development of cities and suburbs reflected American ideas about community, independence, family, gender, and race? How have American settlement patterns, attitudes, and design principles changed over time? What can we learn from looking at the buildings, roads, and public spaces that surround us? What are some current ideas about how to reimagine the American metropolis? On a personal level, how has the American built environment influenced your daily rhythms and your vision of a good life? How have you been shaped by the shape of your hometowns? This course will encourage thoughtful reflection about where (and how) you want to live after graduation.

Scott GelberScott Gelber
Associate Professor of Education