At the heart of a great college are the disciplines of the humanities & social sciences. Our division includes nine departments: English, History, Media Culture, Performing & 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 & ten interdisciplinary programs provide a rich curriculum to all 14,000 students enrolled at CSI through general education, baccalaureate majors, minors, associate, certificate & 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
Sarolta Takacs

Meet The Dean:

Dr. Sarolta Takács is a Professor in History and holds a B.A. in Classics from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She taught at the University of Oregon, at the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, and, before coming to the College of Staten Island, at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. At Harvard University, Dr. Takács served as an academic dean in residence (John Winthrop House) and at Rutgers University, she was the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and most recently the Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program. 

Dr. Takács’ research focuses on aspects of Roman and Byzantine history. One of her most recent books, published by Cambridge University Press (The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium. The Rhetoric of Empire), deals with the power of rhetoric, how words and notions of virtue shaped the ancient but also our modern political discourse.  Another of her books, Vestal Virgins, Sibyls, and Matrons: Women in Roman Religion (University of Texas Press), looks at Roman women and the role they played maintaining Rome's socio-political structure as well as the understanding of the Roman self by means of religious rituals. Dr. Takács believes in the importance of making historical knowledge accessible to all levels of learners. In this spirit, she oversaw the creation of two sets of dictionaries, one for the ancient and the other for the modern world (ten volumes altogether), that introduce high school students to civilizations of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Americas (The Ancient World and The Modern World, M.E. Sharpe). Presently, Dr. Takács is exploring ancient Roman perception of space as well as the integration of computer generated modeling in the humanities and social sciences. 

As the daughter of a political refugee, an immigrant herself, and the first of her family to go to college, Dr. Takács is passionate about learning, knowing first-hand what it means to have access to educational opportunities that are deeply transformative. 


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