Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
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The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences includes the following departments: English, History, Media Culture, Performing and Creative Arts, Political Science and Global Affairs, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, and World Languages and Literatures.
Lee Pap, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Distinguished Professor: Sarah Shulman
Professors: Sarah Benesch, Ashley Dawson, Janet Ng Dudley, Maryann Feola, Katharine Goodland, Timothy Gray, Hildegard Hoeller, Frederick Kaufman, Catherine Marvin, Christopher Miller, Ira Shor, Christina Tortora. Associate Professors: Alyson Bardsley, Maria Bellamy Rice, William Bernhardt, L. Matthew Brim, Ava Chin, Ellen Goldner, Tyehimba Jess, Dalia Kandiyoti, Steven Monte, Lee Papa, Terry Rowden, Patricia Smith. Assistant Professors: Jason Bishop, Rosanne Carlo, Christina Hagedorn, Peter Keil, Suha Kudsieh, Christine Martorana, Sohomjit Ray, Simon Reader, Lara Saguisag. Lecturer: Gloria Gianoulis, Stephen Greeley, Susan Rocco, Harry Thorne, Sloane Celeste von Wertz. 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 Drama and Dramatic Literature jointly with faculty of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. The Master's degree program is coordinated by Professor Katherine Goodland.
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Eric Ivison, 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: Bryan Averbuch, Melissa Borja, Jacob Collins, John Dixon, Natalie (Tasha) Kimball, John Wing, Alexander Zevin.
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.
Associate Professor Emmanuel Mbah is the director of the interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree program in African and African Diaspora Studies.
Center for the Arts 1P
David Gerstner, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: David Gerstner, Michael Mandiberg, Edward Miller, Sherry Millner, Jason Simon, Valerie Tevere, Cindy Wong, Ying Zhu. Associate Professors: Christopher Anderson, Cynthia Chris, Bilge Yesil. Assistant Professors: Jillian Baez, Racquel Gates, Bang-Geul Han, Reece Peck, Tara Mateik.
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 co-coordinated by Assistant Professor Jillian Baez and Professor Edward Miller.
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George Emilio Sanchez, Chairperson and Professor
Professors: Sylvia Kahan, Beatrix Reinhardt, Nanette Salomon, George Emilio Sanchez, Maurya Wickstrom. Associate Professors: Tracey Jones, Kevin Judge, Charles Thomas, Marianne Weil, Siona Wilson. Assistant Professors: Miguel Aragon, Dan Auerbach, William Bauer, Sean F. Edgecomb, David Keberle, and Chris Verene. Lecturer: Michael Morreale. Higher Education Assistants: Craig Manister, Jennifer Straniere.
The department offers BA, BS, or BFA degrees. The areas in which degrees are offered include Art, (with concentrations in Photography and Studio Art), Drama; and Music (with concentrations in Classical Performance, Theory and Literature; Music Technology; and Jazz Studies and Performance). There is also a Dramatic Literature concentration jointly offered with the Department of English. Students may minor in Art, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Music and Photography. Assistant Professor William Bauer is the director of the Interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree program in American Studies.
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: Rob Lovering, Barbara Montero, Stephen Morris. Assistant Professors: Andrew Lambert.
The department offers a Bachelor's degree, a minor in Philosophy, a minor in Ethics; 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 Professor
Professors: Richard Flanagan, Ming Xia. Associate Professors: Roshen Hendrickson, Peter Kabachnik, Cary Karacas, Jane Marcus Delgado, Michael Paris, Assistant Professors: Anat Niv-Solomon and H. Ege Ozen. 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. Associate Professor Jane Marcus Delgado is the director of the Bachelor's degree in International Studies. 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 advisor to students planning to apply to law school.
Kathleen (Katie) Cumiskey, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Patricia Brooks, Benjamin Kest, John Lawrence, Edward Meehan, Nan Sussman, Bertram Ploog, Irina Sekerina. Associate Professors: Comfort Asanbe, Sarah Berger, Florette Cohen, Kathleen (Katie) Cumiskey, Darryl Hill, Dan McCloskey. Assistant Professors: Collette Chapman-Hilliard, Russ Clay, Ellen-ge Denton, Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, Sandra Hunt, Lana Karasik, Timothy Ricker, Lauren Rogers-Sirin, Jennifer Wagner, and Leora Yetnikoff. Lecturer: Peter Costa, Valkiria Duran-Narucki, 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 addition, the department offers and Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The department participates in the Master’s program in Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities. The director of the Master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is Dr. Frances Melendez. The coordinator of the Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder is Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch.
Ismael Garcia-Colon, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Roslyn Bologh, Arthur (Leigh) Binford, Kate Crehan, David Goode. Associate Professors: John Arena, Jeffrey Bussolini, Rafael de la Dehesa, Ismael Garcia Colon, Jean Halley, Hosu Kim, Grace Mitchell-Cho, Ananya Mukherjea, Phil Sigler, Saadia Toor, Thomas Voscho. Assistant Professors: Jaime Alves, Ozlem Goner, Don Selby.
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.
Associate Professor Ismael Garcia Colon coordinates the Master’s degree program in Liberal Studies. Associate Professor Rafael dela Dehesa is a co-director of the Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies Program.
Gerry Milligan, Chairperson and Associate Professor
Professors: Giancarlo Lombardi, Francisco Soto, Oswaldo Zavala. Associate Professors: Chao Li, Gerry Milligan, Nuria Morgado, Sarah Pollack. Assistant Professors: Alvaro Baquero-Pecino, Chiara Ferrari, Lucas Marchante-Aragon, Russell Rosen, Francisco Salgado-Robles, Fatoumata Seck, Jean Tsui, Paola Ureni, Chapman Wing. Director, Modern Languages Media Center: Valeria Belmonti.
The department offers programs of study leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees in Italian Studies and Spanish; minors in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. 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 Science Letters and Society program is Professor Francisco Soto. Assistant Professor Alvaro Bacquero-Pecino is the director of the Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies Program.
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