Division of Humanities & Social Sciences

At the heart of a great college are the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Our division includes nine departments: English, History, Media Culture, Performing and Creative Arts, Philosophy, Political Science & Global Affairs, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, and World Languages & Literatures. The division also includes the major in Science, Letters, & Society; Interdisciplinary majors and minors in African & African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, International Studies; and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; as well as minors in Disability Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies, and a Graduate Certificate In Autism Spectrum Disorders.   In total, the academic departments and ten interdisciplinary programs provide a rich curriculum to all 14,000 students enrolled at CSI through general education, baccalaureate majors, minors, associate, certificate and graduate programs.

School information

Building 1A Room 312
Phone : 718.982.2315
Fax : 718.982.2316
Office Hours:

Mon. – Fri. 9am  – 5pm.
The office is closed from 1 – 2 for lunch.

Contact Via Email
Photo of Dr. Nan M. Sussman

Meet The Dean:

Dr. Nan M. Sussman was trained as a Social and Cross-cultural Psychologist at the University of Kansas (M.A., PhD.), became a Professional Associate at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and completed her training at the Intercultural Communications Institute at Stanford University.  She has had a 30-year career in the field of cultural psychology: as a scholar, educator, and practitioner.  Dr. Sussman has also served in a variety of administrative positions.

As a researcher, she has maintained a 30 year program of research focusing on the psychological aspects of cultural transitions. She has been awarded two Fulbright Senior Research Awards, conducting studies in Japan and Hong Kong. Other research has focused on acculturation and health, and culture and nonverbal behavior.  Her recent book, Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case, is published by Hong Kong University Press. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Intercultural Research.  She is also an invited grant panelist for the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. Her work has been reported in the Wall St. Journal Asia, South China Morning Post, the China Daily, the Los Angeles Times, and Hong Kong Magazine.  She was a featured guest on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC radio.

As a practitioner, she specializes in training people for the global workplace and in preparing employees to live and work abroad and successfully return home.  She has trained Indo-Chinese refugees, American executives, Nigerian trainees, American students embarking on study abroad, repatriated JET teachers, World Bank staff, Chinese technicians, Foreign Service officers and managers from developing countries. She wrote and produced the training series, American Social Behavior: Sources of Cultural Misunderstanding.

As an educator, she taught at five US and six international universities.  In 1982, she joined the College of Staten Island, and Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has been promoted from Assistant to Associate and is currently a full Professor of Psychology and a member of the CUNY doctoral faculty.  As an administrator, Dr. Sussman was Director of the Center for International Service, Associate Dean of Faculty, Special Assistant to the President, Dean of Advancement and Executive Director of the CSI Foundation.  She is currently Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, a division that encompasses 9 academic departments, and 10 interdisciplinary programs.

Curriculum Vitae


Our division includes departments teaching the full range of these disciplines: literature, history, performing and creative arts, media, world languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, and geography.


Graduate Programs:



Phone Number


Autism Graduate Certificate

Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

(718) 982-4121


Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Dr. Jillian Baez

(718) 982-2143


English (MA)

Dr. Katharine Goodland

(718) 982-3639


History (MA)

Dr. John Dixon


(718) 982-3307


Liberal Studies (MA)

Dr. Ismael García Colón

(718) 982-3766


Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Dr. Frances Melendez

(718) 982-3960



Degree Program


Phone Number


African and African Diaspora Studies

Emmanuel Mbah

(718) 982-2875


American Studies

Bill Bauer

(718) 982-2534


International Studies

Jane Marcus Delgado

(718) 982-3441


Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Ismael García Colón

(718) 982-3766


Science, Letters and Society (SLS)

Cary Karacas

(718) 982-2890


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Matt Brim

(718) 982-3645



Certificate Program


Phone Number


Autism Graduate Certificate

Kristen Gillespie-Lynch

(718) 982-4121





Phone Number


Disabilities Studies

Barbra Teater

(718) 982-2166


East Asian Studies Minor

Cary Karacas

(718) 982-2890


Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies

Rafael de la Dehesa
Alvaro Baquero Pecino

(718) 982-3762
(718) 982-3700