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Humanities and Social Sciences Department

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

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

Ronald R. Bernier, Chair

Beatty Hall Room 404

617-989-4353

FACULTY

Professors

Lois J. Ascher

Jonathan G. Ripley, Ph.D.

Michael W. Carter

Marilyn R. Stern

Leon L. Cort, Ph.D.

Amos J. St. Germain, Ph.D.

George N. Katsiaficas, Ph.D.

Joanne W. Tuck

Associate Professors

Ronald R. Bernier, Ph.D.

Paul J. Lazarovich

Beth Anne Cooke-Cornell

Gloria Monaghan

David Downey

Edward Rooney

Lisa Falvey, Ph.D.

Elaine Slater

Christopher Gleason, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Jody Gordon, Ph.D.

Nicholas Park, Ph.D.

Mark John Isola, Ph.D.

Kristen Rosero, Ph.D.

Faith Litchock-Morellato

DEPARTMENT VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences plays a crucial role in the Wentworth undergraduate experience.  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,” by identifying a set of values which will help them exercise integrity, vision, community involvement, and knowledge of self and other.  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 definitions of leadership, personal responsibility, creativity, and professionalism if they are to achieve the Institute mission of “Do. Learn. Succeed.”

The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore and master critical thinking skills, essential for engagement in interdisciplinary project-based learning.. Innovative problem-solving skills necessary for student success develop when students explore a wide variety of learning opportunities and challenges, such as are offered by our department.

The curriculum typically begins with a two-course English sequence, the purpose of which is to instill in our students the skills necessary to communicate, both orally and in writing, in their classes, in the workplace, and in their community. Subsequent courses consist of a wide variety of humanities and social science electives that introduce students to the concepts of community, society, and self. 

Students are required to complete a minimum 28 credits from department offerings, comprised of the English sequence and five electives in humanities and social science courses, with at least one course from the humanities and one course from the social sciences.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT

Students must complete an English sequence in order to take humanities and social science electives. What sequence a student must complete is determined by the results of the English Placement Exam (administered online before New Student Orientation) and other standardized testing (such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL). The sequences are:

English Sequence

Alternate Sequence*

ENGL100, English I

ENGL130, English II

ENGL100, English I

ENGL145, Honors English II

ENGL125, Honors English I

ENGL145, Honors English II

ENGL125, Honors English I

ENGL130, English II

ENGL090, English Language Skills

ENGL100, English I

ENGL130, English II

ENGL090, English Language Skills

ENGL130, English II

ENGL070, English as a Second Language I

ENGL080, English as a Second Language II

ENGL100, English I

ENGL070, English as a Second Language I

ENGL100, English I

ENGL130, English II

*Students who earn an A in the first class of the sequences starting with ENGL070, ENGL090, or ENGL100 may complete the alternate sequence based on the recommendation of their instructor and a review of coursework. Students who start the Honors sequence may opt to complete the sequence with ENGL130.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE REQUIREMENT

The satisfactory completion of an English sequence is prerequisite to all other courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences department.  All day program students must complete 20 credits of elective coursework in these two areas. Because the Humanities and Social Sciences department believes there should be a balance in the student’s program, day program students must take at least:

  • Four credit hours in Humanities (prefixes HIST, HUMN, LITR, and PHIL)
  • Four credit hours in the Social Sciences (prefixes COMM, ECON, POLS, PSYC and SOCL)
  • Twelve credit hours in either category

The entire 20 credits may not be taken exclusively in Humanities or exclusively Social Sciences.  Students whose English sequence requires 3 English courses may use the final English to satisfy a Humanities Elective requirement.

Critical reading, writing and thinking are essential to both academic and professional success.  To ensure mastery of these skills and consistency of academic rigor across the curriculum all Humanities and Social Science electives will require students to write an average of twenty (20) pages during the course of the semester and read an average of forty (40) pages per week.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Communications

Leading to a Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Communications (PCC) 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 Chair for admission to the PCC certificate program. Students accepted for the program must then complete a readmission/change of major form, with the department chair’s signature, and submit it to the Student Service Center.

Required Courses

Course

 

Credits

COMM330

Introduction to Mass Communication

3

COMM390

Social Perspectives of Journalism

4

COMM580

Society and Visual Media

4

COMM610

Public Relations Writing

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR CERTIFICATE

15

Minor – Media, Culture and Communications Studies

The minor in digital humanities provides a focus for students who, while completing their humanities and social sciences elective requirement, are interested in exploring the role of digital technologies in the study of contemporary culture.

To earn the minor, the student must complete two core courses and three elective courses, all with a grade of C or higher.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core

HUMNXXX

Introduction to Digital Humanities

4

HUMNXXX

Digital Humanities II: Studio-Lab

4

Elective Courses

COMM155

Oral Communications

4

COMM330

Intro to Mass Communications

4

COMM580

Society and Visual Media

4

COMM610

Public Relations Writing

4

HUMN402

Shakespeare on Film

4

HUMN403

History of American Folk Music

4

HUMN407

Special Topics in Humanities

4

HUMN425

Technical Theater

4

HUMN430

History of Motion Pictures

4

HUMN436

Graphic Novel to Film

4

HUMN437

American Cinema & Culture

4

HUMN440

Television Studies

4

HUMN460

Contemporary Art & Theory

4

HUMN475

Myth America: From Colonies to Culture War

4

HUMN496

Film and Literature: Art of Adaptation

4

LITR460

Science Fiction & Fantasy

4

MGMt220

Management Communications

4

SOCL406

Special Topics in Sociology

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

20

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