Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department
OFFICE: Building G, Room 357, 516.572.7452
CHAIRPERSON: Patricia Halcrow, Patricia.Halcrow@ncc.edu.
FACULTY: N. Barker, E. Boussios, A. Feuerbach, P. Halcrow, J. Varacalli, V. Wilson-Corzen,
E. Wood, J. Young.
COURSES OFFERED: Sociology (SOC), Human Services (HMS), Anthropology (ANT).
The Department offers survey courses in sociology and anthropology and human services,
as well as thematic courses and field work courses that allow students to investigate
the social world in greater detail. Our courses explore the kinds of questions that
arise as soon as we start to look more closely at the world around us. Why is there
economic and social inequality in American society? Why are some nations rich while
others are poor? Are anti-drug policies effective? How do we explain why some people
commit crimes? How are different religions organized, and how do they fit into societies?
Are "traditional" gender roles really traditional? How are important elements of identity
like gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexuality, socially constructed? How can we change
the world we live in, and how does it shape our lives? How is health care delivered?
How do consumer practices shape our lives? What kinds of struggles do typical families
Sociology and anthropology courses are designed to meet the needs of general liberal
arts and social science students as well as those planning to pursue sociology or
anthropology majors at the baccalaureate level and beyond. Human services courses
are designed to help students explore career options within social work and human
Students wishing to pursue study at the baccalaureate level in sociology, anthropology
or social work should see departmental advisors.
The following curricula are offered by this Department:
Human Services: Community Service and Social Welfare (A.A.) -
This program leads to the Associate of Arts degree and is designed for those students
who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate program in social work or a related human
services field. The program includes a broad variety of required and elective courses
in community service (social-work oriented courses), social sciences, humanities,
literature, science and math, and addictions. Various articulation agreements are
in place for successful graduating students.