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2011-2012 Catalog

Humanities and Social Sciences Department

Ronald R. Bernier, Chair
Beatty Hall Room 404
Phone: 617-989-4353



  • Lois J. Ascher
  • Michael W. Carter
  • 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.
  • Paul J. Lazarovich
  • Gloria Monaghan
  • Edward Rooney
  • Elaine Slater

Assistant Professor

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

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 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 and Social Sciences 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.

Certificate Program

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.

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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