College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work (SASW)

Welcome from the Chairperson of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work (SASW)

If you're looking for a future with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, consider sociology, anthropology or social work. The Department of SASW offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. We offer a minor in Sociology and an interdisciplinary minor in Disability Studies. We also participate in the interdisciplinary majors/minors Liberal Studies (MA); Science, Letters and Society; and, Women and Gender Studies.

We invite you to explore our website and contact us if we can provide more information. A degree in either field (Sociology/Anthropology or Social Work) provides a foundation for active engagement in cultural, political and social life. 


Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport. (American Sociological Association, 2002, p. 1).

The 18 full-time faculty in the Sociology/Anthropology program are world-class scholars and educators. They come from around the globe (for example, Pakistan, South Korea, Brazil, Italy, India, U.K., U.S.A.) from many prestigious universities (Georgetown, Harvard, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, The University of Texas). We offer courses on topics such as Food, Self & Society; Ethnicity & Immigration; Class, Status & Power; and, Women & Work. All of our faculty are actively engaged in research in their area of expertise, which provides real world examples of the many fascinating topics we teach. We invite you to check out our course offerings, which vary each semester, and are continually expanding.

Social Work

Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, who want their work to make a difference. … Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services [and/or] working for change to improve social conditions. …  Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts, and countless other interesting workplaces. Social workers serve individuals, families, and communities. They are managers, supervisors, and administrators. They serve at all levels of government. They are educators. They are therapists and researchers. More and more, they are also elected political leaders and legislators. (National Association of Social Workers, n.d., p. 1).

The nine full time social work faculty have over 100 years of social work practice experience among them. They have engaged in social work practice and research on a variety of social problems and issues, including child abuse and neglect, disabilities, poverty, disasters, domestic and sexual violence, aging, international adoptions, street children, and the sex industry. The Social Work program is undergoing accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, our national accrediting body. Students must apply to both the undergraduate social work program and the MSW program for admission in the spring; students are only admitted for the fall semester.  Visit the social work program website to learn more.

Leigh Binford, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Sociology, Anthropology
Location: Building 4S, Room 223
Phone: (718) 982.3752

Christine Flynn Saulnier, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Social Work
Location: Building 2A, Room-201G
Phone: (718) 982-4004