Professor: Dr. Mark Noonan / / 917-575-0339

Weekly Office Hours:  To be determined based on class availability

Course Description

In this course, we will explore the history and literature of the United States from its first settlement by Europeans until the end of the Civil War. We will discuss the political, economic, and philosophical roots of democracy, migration, and religion; contact between Native American and European populations; race, class, gender, war, nature, and expansion. Our readings, including firsthand accounts, poetry, short stories, slave narratives, political writing, sermons, and letters, will raise a variety of ethical, social, and aesthetic problems that we will examine. I welcome and encourage you to draw connections with other contemporaneous disciplines (science, art, etc), American and otherwise, as well as with current political events.

ENG 2200 Fulfills US Experience in Its Diversity Category for Pathways

Our Course Tools

  • OpenLab  course site
  • Zoom office hours (recorded and shared)
  • Email (check your City Tech email regularly)
  • Google Drive Dropbox  (for assignment collection)

Grading Breakdown

Essay #1     (3-4 pages)                                           30%

Essay #2        (3-4 pages)                                         30%

Weekly Participation (OpenLab posts)         40%                             


Required Materials

  • Syllabus texts (linked on the course schedule)
  • Computer folder dedicated to this class. The folder will house your assigned essays.

Policies and Procedures

Participation      Though we are not in a physical classroom, we are still a community. Respect for everyone in our course (not just the professor) is crucial.

Accessibility Statement 

Your success in this class is important to me. We all need different accommodations because we all learn differently. If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we will develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course. If you have or think you may have a disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments as provided under applicable federal, state and city laws. You may also request services for temporary conditions or medical issues under certain circumstances. The Center for Student Accessibility can be reached at 718-260-5143 or . Visit

Academic Integrity

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.



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