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

Meet The Dean:

Dr. Gerry Milligan is an Associate Professor in Italian and holds a B.A. in Italian and International Business from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He joined the College of Staten Island in 2003, where he has most recently served as the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

During his time at the College of Staten Island, he has maintained an active research agenda, focusing on questions of gender in Renaissance literature. He was awarded a year-long research fellowship at The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy. He has published articles on masculinity, Italian theatre, and women writers. His volume, The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain, co-edited with Jane Tylus, is the first study to consider the cross-cultural exchange of masculinity between Italy and Spain in the early modern period. His forthcoming book, Moral Combat: Women, Gender and War in Italian Renaissance Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2018) discusses the extensive debate about women in the military that occurred during the Italian 16th century.

As an educator, he is staunchly committed to the mission of rigorous and meaningful public education. He has studied and taught at state institutions in Italy and the US. After arriving at the College of Staten Island, he co-developed the Italian Studies major. Since its launch in 2010, dozens of Italian Studies graduates have successfully secured exciting careers in the New York area and beyond. Outside of Italian, he teaches in several programs at the College, including Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Science, Letters, and Society program. He has led a CSI course on Renaissance Culture in Florence, Italy, and he has taught courses at the CUNY Graduate Center on Dissimulation and Masculinity in the Renaissance. He is currently Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, a division that encompasses 9 academic departments, and 10 interdisciplinary programs.


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