Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
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The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences includes the following departments: English, History, Media Culture, World Languages and Literatures, Performing and Creative Arts, Political Science and Global Affairs, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, and Social Work.
Lee Papa, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Distinguished Professor: Sarah Shulman
Professors: Sarah Benesch, Janet Ng Dudley, Maryann Feola, Timothy Gray, Hildegrad, Hoeller, Frederick Kaufman, Catherine Marvin, Ira Shor, Christina Tortora. Associate Professors: Charlotte Alexander, Alyson Bardsley, William Bernhardt, L. Matthew Brim, Ava Chin, Ashley Dawson, Ellen Goldner, Katharine Goodland, Tyehimba Jess, Dalia Kandiyoti, Christopher Miller, John Miller, Steven Monte, Lee Papa, Terry Rowden, Patricia Smith. Assistant Professors: Maria Bellamy Rice, Kelly Bradbury, Amber Buck, Peter Keil, Suha Kudsieh, Sohomjit Ray. Lecturer: Harry Thorne. Higher Education Assistant: Robert Brandt.
The department offers the Bachelor's degree in English, with options in Literature, Writing, and Linguistics; and the Master's degree. The department also offers non-credit courses in reading and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English.
A general course of study provides students in career programs and in baccalaureate programs with essentials in the important areas of writing and literature. A more advanced series of courses is available for students interested in obtaining a deeper and broader understanding of the discipline, including those students who will pursue English as a major. Students with majors in other disciplines may minor in English with a literature, linguistics, or writing option. The department offers a program in Communications jointly with the faculty of the Department of Media Culture and programs in Dramatic Arts and Dramatic Literature jointly with faculty of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. The Master's degree program is coordinated by Professor Maryann Feola.
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Susan Smith-Peter, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Samira Haj, Calvin B. Holder, Richard G. Powers, Jonathan Sassi, David Traboulay. Associate Professors: Sandra Gambetti, Eric Ivison, Catherine Lavender, Mark Lewis, Richard Lufrano, Emmanuel Mbah, Susan Smith-Peter. Assistant Professors: Zara Anishanslin, Bryan Averbuch, Melissa Borja, John Dixon, Natalie (Tasha) Kimball, John Wing.
The department offers a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in History. Its courses combine the traditional function of the scholarly examination of the past for its value in general education with the utilitarian concern for preparing students with the basic skills to enable them to live more meaningfully. It seeks to train future historians, to update the teaching of history by secondary school teachers, and to provide opportunities for lifelong education. History may also be taken as a minor. Assistant Professor John Dixon coordinates the Master’s degree program in History and Professor David Traboulay coordinates the interdisciplinary Master’s degree program in Liberal Studies.
The directors of two interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree programs reside in the History Department. They are Assistant.Professor Emmanuel.Mbah – African and African Diaspora Studies; and Associate Professor Catherine Lavender – American Studies.
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Ying Zhu, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: David Gerstner, Edward Miller, Sherry Millner, Jason Simon, Cindy Wong, Ying Zhu. Associate Professors: Cynthia Chris, Michael Mandiberg, Valerie Tevere. Assistant Professors: Christopher Anderson, Jillian Baez, Racquel Gates, Tara Matiek, Bilge Yesil.
The department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Cinema Studies and in Communications, and a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies. Programs in this department focus on the principles of media, interactions with the media, and the cultures dependent upon communications technologies. The department serves students interested in the history and theory of film and various electronic and computer-related media, and in producing works with these media. The program in Communications is offered in collaboration with the Department of English. A minor is also awarded in the Baccalaureate programs. The Master’s degree program in Cinema and Media Studies is coordinated by Associate Professor Edward Miller.
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George Emilio Sanchez, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: Sylvia Kahan, Nanette Salomon, George Emilio Sanchez, Maurya Wickstrom. Associate Professors: Frank Galati, Tracey Jones, Beatrix Reinhardt, Charles Thomas, Siona Wilson. Assistant Professors: Dan Auerbach, William Bauer, Kevin Judge, Sean F. Edgecomb, David Keberle, Marianne Weil. Lecturer: Michael Morreale. Higher Education Assistants: Craig Manister, Jennifer Straniere.
The department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Art, with a concentration in Photography; Dramatic Arts; and Music; with concentrations in Classical Performance, Theory and Literature, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies and Performance with the BS in Music; and a Dramatic Literature concentration jointly with the Department of English. Students may minor in Art, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Music and Photography; a program for Psychology majors interested in dance therapy provides for a minor in Dance.
The department serves the needs of students who wish to pursue both the practice and the theory of the arts. In addition to preparing students majoring in the arts and those planning to continue in graduate school, the department’s courses meet the needs and interests of students in the liberal arts and sciences and in career programs, and foster the role of the arts within the framework of a liberal education.
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Mark D. White, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: Peter Simpson, Mark White. Associate Professors: Robert Lovering, Barbara Montero. Assistant Professors: Stephen Morris.
The department offers a Bachelor's degree and a Minor Philosophy; and it offers a dual major jointly with the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs in Philosophy and Political Science. Courses meet the needs of students in a variety of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and the department’s programs provide a solid background for a number of careers as well as for graduate or professional school.
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Richard Flanagan, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Deborah Popper, Ming Xia. Associate Professors: Richard Flanagan, Jane Marcus Delgado, Peter Kabachnik, Michael Paris, Assistant Professors: Aaron Gilbreath, Cary Karacas, Roshen Hendrickson, Anat Niv-Solomon. Lecturer: James Falkin.
The department offers a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geography. A dual major is offered jointly with the Department of Philosophy in Philosophy and Political Science. Minors are offered in Geography, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Public Administration. Courses meet the needs of students in a variety of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and the department’s programs provide a solid background for a number of careers as well as for graduate or professional school. Associate Professor Michael Paris is the adviser to students planning to apply to law school.
Betram Ploog, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: Patricia Brooks, Benjamin Kest, John Lawrence, Edward Meehan, Nan Sussman, Bertram Ploog . Associate Professors: Comfort Asanbe, Sarah Berger, Florette Cohen, Kathleen (Katie) Cumiskey, Darryl Hill, Dan McCloskey, Irina Sekerina. Assistant Professors: Russ Clay, Valkiria Duran-Narucki, Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Sandra Hunt, Lana Karasik, Lauren Rogers-Sirin, Jennifer Wagner. Lecturer: Peter Costa and Frances Melendez. Senior College Laboratory Technician: Joanne Camhi. Higher Education Assistant: Victoria Baker.
The department offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students can also earn a minor in psychology which can be combined with many other majors. In addtion, the department offers the Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. The department participates in the Master’s program in Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities.
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Christine Flynn Saulnier, Chairperson and Professor
Professor: Christine Flynn Saulnier. Associate Professors: Sondra Brandler, Barbara Teater. Assistant Professor: Vandana Chaudhry, Raquel Marta e Silva, Esther Son. Lecturers: Patti Gross, Kari Meyer.
The Social Work Programs at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York are committed to excellence in teaching, service, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge. We draw upon social constructionism to inform and guide transformative social work practices. We strive to create an environment in which the human rights of all people are respected, diversity is embraced, and the values and ethics of the social work profession are upheld. We provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and values to dismantle oppression and injustice; foster human and community well-being; and create a world that is socially and economically just and equitable.
To achieve this mission, the College of Staten Island offers social work degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree prepares students for entry level generalist urban practice. The BSSW program provides a local and global context for understanding and addressing the experiences of people and societies that includes knowledge of cultural, economic, and political factors; and that fosters human and community well-being, with particular emphasis on matters of social and economic justice, and global interconnectedness. The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree prepares students for advanced urban transformative practice with people with disabilities (intellectual, physical, sensory, psychiatric, chronic health and other impairments). The MSW program educates social workers from a critical disabilities perspective to employ transformative social work practices with people with disabilities. Acknowledging our global interconnectedness, we strive to understand and address the experiences of diverse people and societies; foster human and community well-being; and, create a world that is socially and economically just and equitable.
Arthur (Leigh) Binford, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: Roslyn Bologh, Kate Crehan, David Goode. Associate Professors: Jeffrey Bussolini, Rafael de la Dehesa, Ismael Garcia Colon, Jean Halley Grace Mitchell-Cho, Anaya Mukherjea, Phil Sigler, Saadia Toor. Assistant Professors: John Arena, Ozlem Goner, Hosu Kim, Don Selby,Thomas Volscho.
The department offers a combined Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor is offered in Sociology. The department also participates in interdisciplinary major/minors in Disability Studies; Liberal Studies (MA); Science, Letters, and Society; and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. The Co-Coordinator of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies is Associate Professor Ismael Garcia Colon.
Gerry Milligan, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Giancarlo Lombardi, Francisco Soto. Associate Professors: Chao Li, Gerry Milligan, Jane Marcus-Delgado, Nuria Morgado, Oswaldo Zavala. Assistant Professors: Alvaro, Baquero-Pecino, Lucas Marchante-Aragon, Felipe Martinez-Pinzon, Sarah Pollack, Paola Ureni, Chapman Wing. Lecturers: Dorey Houle. Director, Modern Languages Media Center: Valeria Belmonti.
The department offers programs of study leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees in Italian Studies and Spanish; minior in Chinese, French, and Spanish. Courses are also offered in American Sign Language and Arabic. The programs are designed to give students knowledge about the literature and culture of the language studied, in addition to linguistic competence.
The director of the International Studies program is Associate Professor Jane Marcus-Delgado. This interdisciplinary program offers the option of a major or minor course of study. The director of the Science Letters and Society program is Professor Francisco Soto. The Co-Coordinator of the Certificate Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies Program is Assistant Professor Sarah Pollack.
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