Social Sciences Department
Amy D’Olivo, Department Chair; Associate Professor of Sociology
Jeffrey Carter, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration, Graduate Director for Leadership and Public Administration, and Director of Prior Learning Assessment
Norman Cetuk, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Candice Daly, Assistant Professor of Social Work and BSW Program Field Director
Kitsy Dixon, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Robert Shane Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of Global Studies and Political and Governmental Affairs
Terri Klemm, Associate Professor of Social Work and BSW Program Director
Christopher Linne, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Elizabeth Panuccio, Visiting Professor of Sociology
George Petersen, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Tara Veerman, Associate Professor of Social Work
Robert Verry, Assistant Professor of Political & Governmental Affairs
About the Department
The Social Sciences Department is committed to providing the students of Centenary College with a broad humanistic education through the social sciences. The learning process developed through sound social sciences programs can serve a student for a lifetime. The Social Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Criminal Justice, Global Studies, Political and Governmental Affairs, and Sociology, and a Bachelor of Social Work. All academic writing in the social sciences is to be done using the American Psychological Association (APA) format; this is the standard writing format for the social sciences.
The Department's major program in Criminal Justice prepares students for employment in any of the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts, or corrections. Faculty members who have experience working in the criminal justice system teach courses, and expert guest lecturers are frequently used. Students in their senior year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above may apply for an internship with an appropriate criminal justice agency. Eligible criminal justice students must first meet with their faculty advisor to apply.
The Department's degree program in Global Studies is designed specifically for American students who wish to develop knowledge of a second language and global affairs. This program is characterized by history, political science, business and economics, and foreign language study. Students pursuing this major may also choose from a variety of courses in related disciplines to fulfill the 15 credits of Global Studies electives. Thus, students gain considerable expertise in intercultural communications, historical patterns, ideology, and global dynamics. Those interested in careers in law, international relations, and international business will find that this major is of great value. As part of this program, students are encouraged to study abroad, either for a summer program or for one to two semesters, after the completion of their sophomore year.
The Department's major in Political and Governmental Affairs provides the student with a strong foundation in the study of governments and governing procedures: what they are; how they change; and what they should be. It also seeks to provide the students with a fundamental knowledge of the workings of legislative, executive, and judicial bodies that are formally part of government, as well as the activities of political parties, voting behavior, and interest groups. Traditionally called political science, this discipline has been the major of choice for those students interested in pursuing careers in government service, law, journalism, and criminal justice. For students interested in a teaching career, the Department recommends that they should obtain a History/Teacher of Social Studies Certification with a minor in Political and Governmental Affairs.
The mission of the department’s Sociology program is to prepare students for the challenges faced in a 21st Centenury global socielt. The major allows students to engage wilth sociological concepts and develop strong conceptual, research, and interpersonal skills. As part of the Sociology major, students have the option of developing concentrations in Criminal Justice or Human Services. The Sociology major also prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in social services, public relations, research, government, urban affairs, the nonprofit sector, and gerontology, or to pursue advanced study or a professional degree. Students in their senior year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above enroll in SOC4010, Field Work in Sociology, and gain firsthand experience in their field of interest. The department’s Bachelor of Social Work mission is to prepare students for generalist social work practice and/or entry to graduate school at the advanced standing level. The BSW program is guided by the purpose of the social work profession, that is to promote and enhance human and community well-being, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. The BSW program curriculum is grounded by the core values of service, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, social justice, human rights, scientific inquiry, integrity, and competence, and is framed by the strengths perspective. The BSW program is committed to fostering relationships with the regional social service community and to the ongoing process of creating and sustaining learning environments in which respect for all persons and understanding of diversity and difference are practiced, and providing educational experiences that encourage a commitment to self-care, community service, and lifelong learning and development.
The BSW program teaches the necessary knowledge and skills needed to work with clients in a wide range of fields of practice. This program provides students with a structured 420-hour internship working with an agency-based Field Instructor in a social service agency during their senior year, allowing them to practice their skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The Bachelor of Social Work Program is fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education. A Certificate in Criminalistics (Forensic Science) is available within the Criminal Justice major. It also is available as a separate certificate for criminal justice practitioners or someone with at least an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice Minor Students interested in completing a minor in Criminal Justice must complete a minimum of 16 credits in Criminal Justice above and beyond the classes in their areas which may be used to fulfill the College’s core requirements or other program requirements. To minor in Criminal Justice, all students must take the following courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice (first), two sophomore 200- level, and one junior 3000-level Criminal Justice courses.
Political and Governmental Affairs Minor Students interested in completing a minor in Political and Governmental Affairs must complete a minimum of 16 credits in the Political and Governmental Affairs above and beyond any courses that may be used to fulfill the College’s core or other program requirements. To minor in Political and Governmental Affairs, all students must take the following courses: U.S. Political Systems, two sophomore level and one junior level Political and Governmental Affairs courses.
Sociology Minor Students interested in completing a minor in Sociology must complete a minimum of 16 credits in Sociology above and beyond any course that may be used to fulfill the College’s core or other program requirements. To minor in sociology, all students must take Introduction to Sociology and any three Sociology courses above the 1000 level.