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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar

Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115

Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management

Jonathan G. Ripley, Interim Department Head
Beatty Hall Room 403
Phone: 617-989-4382

Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty


  • Lois J. Ascher
  • Michael W. Carter
  • Leon L. Cort, Ph.D.
  • Michael T. Greene, Ph.D.
  • Barbara A. Karanian, Ph.D.
  • George N. Katsiaficas, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan G. Ripley, Ph.D.
  • Marilyn R. Stern
  • Amos J. St. Germain, Ph.D.
  • Joanne W. Tuck

Associate Professors

  • Russell G. Bramhall, Jr.
  • Beth Anne Cooke-Cornell
  • David Downey
  • Christopher Gleason, Ph.D.
  • Alexandria Peary, Ph.D.
  • Carl E. Petersen
  • Edward Rooney
  • Elaine Slater
  • Cindy P. Stevens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Ronald Bernier, Ph.D.
  • Mark John Isolda, Ph.D.
  • Faith Litchcock-Morellato
  • Gloria Monaghan

Management Science Faculty


  • Jack A. Green, Ph.D.
  • Patrick Hafford
  • Hossein Noorian

Associate Professors

  • John M. Cooper, Ed.D.
  • Joseph Schellings, J.D.
  • Paul J. Lazarovich

Assistant Professor

  • Michael Dunlop, Ed.D.

on leave Fall 2010

Degree and Certificate Programs

Bachelor of Science: Management
Professional Certificate: Technical Communications

Departmental Philosophy

The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management (HSSM) believes that it plays a critical role in the education of the Wentworth student. Our students are engaged in their major fields of study in disciplines whose goal is to utilize design, engineering, and technology to make life “better.” The purpose of Humanities and Social Sciences is to help students define “better.” Further, no academic discipline of the human experience exists independent of that human experience. Therefore, Wentworth students must acquire a set of values which helps them to understand and exercise integrity, vision, community involvement, and knowledge of self. As a part of this values set, students must understand the application of their discipline to contemporary issues, they must acquire strong communication and team-building skills, and they must understand the definition of “leadership.” Most importantly, they must understand themselves and their personal responsibility; i.e., develop a sense of professionalism.

The Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management curriculum offers an opportunity for students to explore and master critical thinking skills, an essential for flexibility and the basis for lifelong learning. Innovative problem-solving skills grow when students are provided with a wide variety of learning opportunities and challenges, such as are offered by our department. The technical purpose of the writing/communications component at Wentworth is to instill in our students those skills necessary for them to communicate, both orally and in writing, in their classes, in the workplace, and in their community.

The purpose of the Lower Level three-credit Social Sciences is to introduce students to the concepts of community, society, and self. The four-credit Upper Level Humanities and Social Sciences courses in the Wentworth curriculum reflect our belief that all students must understand the application of their discipline to contemporary issues, acquire a sense of professional and personal ethics, and be sensitive to the human condition.

Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Students enrolled in the Management (BSM) program are exposed to the functional areas of management and gain the various managerial and analytical skills necessary to successfully administer human, natural, and technological resources within an organization. A study of financial analysis, marketing principles, operations management, manufacturing, strategic management, economics, organizational behavior, information systems, and the legal aspects of business is introduced in this program. In addition, Management (BSM) students have the opportunity to select a four course concentration in Technology Management, Communication or Project Leadership, as listed below. The management skills that students acquire are applied during two required cooperative work semesters.

The discipline of management requires of practitioners both technical knowledge and the skill to communicate. From the first year through the senior year, BSM students are required to compile an Electronic Career Portfolio (ECP) of their work in consultation with their concentration and academic advisors and concentration track advisor. The ECP Requirement Guidelines are available in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management Department office. In the spring semester of the senior year, seniors register for their final graded portfolio assessment.

Graduates of the Management (BSM) program may seek entry-level management positions in project management, operations, sales, production management, marketing management, or new product development. They may also pursue positions as field service engineers, product support specialists, MIS specialists, or quality assurance analysts. It is possible for students to pursue graduate degrees in business, law, public administration, and other related fields.

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) degree is designed to help students become leaders by acquiring knowledge and competencies in both management and technology. With a strong professional foundation in domestic and international management, policy, and practice, the BSM program strives to prepare diverse students for positions of leadership in the private and public sector. Graduates are prepared to create, refine and sustain an organization’s competitive advantage by developing processes, managing technological resources and leading its people. The BSM program promotes and assesses an evolving scholarly environment in conjunction with academic and industry leaders. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate studies and lifelong learning. Note: Qualified students from other majors may transfer into this program with the approval of the Department Head. Refer to page XXX for details or contact the department.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COMM155 Oral Communications 2 2 3
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 3 2 4
MGMT112 Introduction to Management 2 0 2
MGMT140 Introduction to Computers and Business Applications 2 2 3
Total 13 6 16
Spring Semester Course R L C
ECON115 Macroeconomics 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Natural or Physical Science (with lab) 3 2 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MGMT200 Decision Analysis for Business 3 2 4
MGMT390 Financial Accounting 2 2 3





Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COMM270 Business Communications 2 2 3
ECON215 Microeconomics 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
MGMT250 Research Methods in Business 3 2 4
MGMT210 Management Information Systems 3 2 4
Total 14 8 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Management Concentration Course I1 - - 3
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
MGMT473 Principles of Marketing 3 2 4
MGMT280 Contemporary Manufacturing 3 2 4
MGMT435 Managerial Accounting 3 2 4
Total - - 18
Summer Semester Credits
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all pre-requisite courses listed above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Management Concentration Course II - - 3
MGMT410 Management of Contemporary Organizations 4 0 4
MGMT462 Business Law 3 2 4
ELECTIVE General Elective2 - - 3
PHIL450 Ethics 4 0 4
Total - - 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MGMT450 Financial Management 4 0 4
MGMT466 Human Resources & Labor Management 2 2 3
MGMT515 Operations Management 3 2 4
Total 13 4 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
MGMT4XX Management Elective2 - - 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Management Concentration Course III1 - - 4
MGMT570 Strategic Management 3 2 4
MGMT615 Management Electronic Career Portfolio 0 0 0
MGMT625 Business Negotiation Principles 2 2 3
Total - - 18
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Management Concentration Course IV1 - - 4
MGMT585 The Global Economy 3 2 4
MGMT650 Senior Project 2 4 4
Total - - 16

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Note: The following management concentration courses will be offered only if there is sufficient student interest and enrollment. Students select courses from the Technology Management, Communication or Project Leadership concentrations listed below with the consent of the faculty advisor.

Technology Management Concentration

Course Name R L C
I. MGMT320 Introduction to Technology Management 2 2 3
II. MGMT530 Technology Assessment and Acquisition 2 2 3
III. MGMT620 Technology Transfer 3 2 4
IV. MGMT630 Advanced Topics in Technology 3 2 4
Total 10 8 14

Communication Concentration

Course Name R L C
I. COMM330 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 0 3
II. COMM290 Social Perspectives of Journalism 3 0 3
III. COMM580 Society and Visual Media 4 0 4
IV. COMM610 Public Relations Writing 4 0 4
Total 14 0 14

Project Leadership Concentration

Course Name R L C
I. MGMT325 Introduction to Project Planning and Leadership 3 0 3
II. MGMT525 Group Process and Team Building 3 0 3
III. MGMT520 Power and Leadership in Organizations 4 0 4
IV. MGMT406 Advanced Topics in Project Leadership 4 0 4
Total 14 0 14

2General and Management electives are selected with the faculty advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

Technical Communications
Leading to a Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Technical Communications (PTC) is designed to further develop communications skills and enhance a student’s value and employability to business, industry, and government.

Wentworth undergraduates with at least junior status and an overall GPA of 3.0 may petition the Department Head for admission to the PTC certificate program. Students accepted for the program must then complete a readmission/change of major form, with the department head’s signature, and submit it to the Student Service Center.

Students earning the certificate may use COMM580 and COMM610 as upper level social science electives. They then must take an upper level humanities elective to complete the upper level elective graduation requirement.

Technical Communications (PTC)

Course Name R L C
COMM330 Intro to Mass Communication 3 0 3
COMM290 Social Perspectives of Journalism 3 0 3
COMM580 Society and Visual Media 4 0 4
COMM610 Public Relations Writing 4 0 4
Total 14 0 14

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

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