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2012-2013 Academic Catalog: Humanities and Social Sciences Department


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



  • 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.
  • 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 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.” Therefore, Wentworth students must identify a set of values which will help them exercise integrity, vision, community involvement, and knowledge of self. 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, and professionalism.

The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore and master critical thinking skills, essential for the basis for lifelong learning. Innovative problem-solving skills develop when students engage in a wide variety of learning opportunities and challenges, such as are offered by our department. The curriculum generally 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, comprised of English, humanities, and social science courses, with at least one course from the humanities and one course from the social sciences.

Certificate Program

Professional Communications: Leading to a Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Technical 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 Head for admission to the PCC 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