American Sociological Association)
Did you know that Michelle Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Kal Penn,
among others majored in Sociology in college?
CoursesSOC 3100 – INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3 crs. 3 hrs.) An introduction to the scientific study of society and social interactions. This course covers social theories, methods, culture, deviance, social inequities (including race, class, and gender) and social situations (such as the family, education, and religion). Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and critique social structures and to understand social change.Flexible Core:Individual and Society (Group D)Some sections are designated as
Women's and Gender Studies,
Honors Enrichment, and/or
Learning Communities, check CUNYFirst for information.
SOC 3200 – URBAN SOCIOLOGY (3 crs. 3 hrs.) The origin of the world's cities, industrialization and the global spread of cities, post-industrial cities and cities of the future. Urban research methods. The development and contemporary life of multicultural American cities. Prerequisite: SOC 3100 or ANT 3700Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Group B)
SOC 3300 – SOCIAL PROBLEMS: INSTITUTIONS IN CRISIS(3 crs. 3 hrs.) Focusing on problems whose origins lie outside the individual and how their effects are reflected in the behavior of individuals and the institutions of society. Students will explore problems relating to health care, education, criminal justice, inequality, etc. Prerequisite: SOC 3100 or ANT 3700Flexible Core: Individual and Society (Group D)
SOC 3500 – SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (3 crs. 3 hrs.) The sociology of the family study areas include: definitions, pattern variations, developmental theories and specialized functions and their effect on socialization, courtship, marriage, divorce and the life cycle. Prerequisite: SOC 3100Flexible Core: Individual and Society (Group D)
SOC 3600 – MINORITY GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES(3 crs. 3 hrs.) Selected minority groups in American society are studied. Topics discussed include: nature of prejudice and discrimination, social meaning of minority, annihilation, assimilation, competition, conflict, exploitation, social and cultural change, past and present trends and developments. Prerequisite: SOC 3100Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Group B)
SOC 3800 – SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER (3 crs. 3 hrs.) An exploration of the ways people construct gender and how gender structures our everyday lives and society in general. Issues that are covered include: how gender is produced, the relationship of gender to biology, gender and sexuality, the social evolution of gender, the gendered division of labor in the home and the workforce, gender and religion, micro politics of gender and race, class and gender as intertwined systems of inequality. Prerequisite: SOC 3100Flexible Core: Individual and Society (Group D)Women's and Gender Studies Elective
SOC 3900 – THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3 crs. 3 hrs.) Introduction to the study of religion and society, basic definitions and concepts, methods, organizational structures, secularization, church-state, immigration and multi-cultural environments, interactive effects with socioeconomic status, ethnicity and gender. Prerequisite: SOC 3100 or PSY 1100 or ANT 3700Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues (Group A)
SOC 81XX – INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.) Independent study of sociology is developed individually between student and faculty member and must be approved by the Department.
SOC 82XX – (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.) This course is of a topical and pilot nature and is designed to meet the immediate needs and interests of various student populations. It is offered for a maximum of two semesters.
SOC 31, SOC 32, SOC 33, SOC 35, SOC 36, SOC 38, SOC 39 are all
Civic Engagement Certified Courses
Alison Better, Ph.D. Sociology Area Coordinator, Associate Professor Courses Taught: SOC 31 (Introduction to Sociology) and SOC 38 (Sociology of Gender) Office: D107 Telephone: 718.368.5894 Email:
Professor Alison Better is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University. Dr. Better's research engages two distinct areas, one on sex-toy stores, women's sexual agency, and reimagining sexual categories and another exploring the role of using personal experience to enhance learning in urban community college sociology classrooms. Dr. Better was a member of the American Sociological Association's
Task Force on Community College Faculty and served as a council member for the ASA Sections on
Body and Embodiment and
Teaching and Learning. She has published articles in
Sexualities, Sexuality & Culture, Teaching Sociology, and
The American Sociologist and is the co-editor (with KCC colleagues Emily Schnee and Martha Clark Cummings) of the book
Civic Engagement Pedagogy in the Community College: Theory and Practice (Springer 2016).
Avri Beard Office: E318 Phone: 718.368.5215 email: email@example.com
Avri Beard is a full-time Sociology lecturer, who joined the department in 2008. She holds Master's degrees in Community and Regional Planning and in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her past research examined the role of economic elites in democratic transitions in El Salvador and Guatemala. She currently teaches Introduction to Sociology and Urban Sociology and has taught Minorities in the U.S.
Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology
Evrick Brown received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Kingsborough Community College. He is the co-author of two edited volumes with Timothy Shortell entitled Walking in the European City: Quotidian Mobility and Urban Ethnography with Ashgate Press and
Walking in Global Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice with Temple University Press. His areas of interest include Urban Sociology through the exploration of Mobility and Community, along with Political Sociology and Race and Ethnicity.
Anna Karpathakis, Ph.D Associate Professor Teaches Introduction to Sociology, Urban Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of the Family, Social Problems Office: E107 Phone: 718-368-5238
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Research and Writing Interests: Immigration and Immigrant studies, Race & Ethnicity, Religion
Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Minority Studies, ESL, Integrative Seminar
Phone: 718.638.5219 Email: Jennifer.Mitchell@kbcc.cuny.edu
Jennifer Mitchell joined Kingsborough in the Fall 2009. She is a full time lecturer of Sociology. Her previous experience includes teaching Sociology in West Texas as well as working in Community Development organizations in the Mississippi Delta and the Bronx. Ms Mitchell earned a Master's of Community Development from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Stuart Parker Assistant Professor Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Urban Sociology Office: D302 Phone: 718-368-6751 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Parker has been teaching sociology at Kingsborough since 2011. Before that he worked for 25 years in urban public schools as a teacher, program developer and administrator. His most recent position prior to moving back to Brooklyn was as the Director of Alternative and Vocational Education for an urban district in Pennsylvania. His primary research interests are in the fields of urban education, race theory and narrative analysis.
Katia Perea, Ph.D. Associate Professor Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Urban Sociology, Social Problems Office: M-116 Phone: 718-368-5679
Katia Perea holds a PhD in Sociology and Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. She is a cartoon scholar, her research specializes in television girl cartoons where she explores the counter-hegemonic potential that exists within the culture industry in the form of playful transgression to gender normative coding.
Dr. Charles Swift Assistant Professor Courses Taught: SOC 31 (Introduction to Sociology) SOC 35 (Sociology of the Family), SOC 36 (Minority Groups In the United States) Office: E223 Phone: 718-368-5658 Email: Charles.Swift@kbcc.cuny.edu
Charles Swift began his teaching career as an adjunct in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College; He is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Kingsborough Community College. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. Prior to teaching Dr. Swift served as a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and as a Program Director at FEGS--a behavioral health organization. He received his MPhil/Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School, MSW from Fordham University, and B.A. in Sociology from Delaware State University. His research interests include Caribbean immigrants, migration, and urban health policy.
Dominic Wetzel Associate Professor of Sociology Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Social Problems Office: D211 Phone : 718-612-1200 Email:
Professor Wetzel received his PhD in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include critical social theory, politics, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, social justice, labor, critical pedagogy, ecology and religion. His work has been published in Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; Research in the Sociology of Work; Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; and in the Routledge anthology Religious Queers, Queering Religion. He is currently working on a book based on his dissertation: Re-enchanting the World; Religion, Desire and the Crisis of Modernity.
Pierre Balthazar Adjunct lecturer Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology and Urban Sociology Office: E 320 Phone : 718-368-5888 Email: Pierre.Balthazar@kbcc.cuny.edu
A former student, Professor Balthazar joined KBCC in 2003. He hold a BA in sociology from York College, a MS in urban studies from Hunter College, a MS in Education. He is currently working toward completing his Doctoral Degree in Transformational Leadership at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.
Courses Taught: Soc31 (Intro to Sociology) Soc36 (Race and Ethnicity in Society) Office: E320 Phone 718-368-5888 Email
Emmanuel Garcia has been with the Behavioral Sciences Department at Kingsborough since 2014. He also works with New York City youth, teaching documentary video as a means of developing critical literacy and youth led civic engagement. He holds an MA in the Sociology of Education from NYU.
Orit Hirsh, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor
Courses Taught: Sociology 31 (Introduction to Sociology) Phone: 718.368.4780 Email:
Orit Hirsh holds a PhD in Education with concentration in Educational Technology from Walden University. Her research interests is centered on teaching and designing engagement in online courses and integration of technology and social network applications in education.
Alan Hoffner Adjunct Lecturer Courses Taught: Sociology 31 (Introduction to Sociology), Sociology 35 (Sociology of the Family) Phone: 718.982.2381 Email:
AA (Liberal Arts), Kingsborough Community College; BA (English/Education), Brooklyn College, MS.Ed (Education), Baruch College, ABD/Ph.D (Sociology), CUNY Graduate Center TAUGHT AT: Kingborough Community College, College of Staten Island, Wagner College, Hudson County Community College
Michael Ortiz Adjunct Lecturer Courses Taught: SOC 3100 Office: E320 Email:
Michael Ortiz has been teaching Introduction to Sociology at Kingsborough since 2012. "I enjoy teaching sociology because students can have fun and learn at the same time."