Humanities / Social Sciences Division

Humanities / Social Sciences Division
Mission Statement

The division’s mission is to provide a critical understanding of political, cultural, and societal knowledge via transfer and general education courses.

About the Humanities/Social Sciences Division

The Humanities Department offers courses in anthropology, art, college skills, dance, drama, education, gender studies, foreign languages, English composition, history, journalism, literature, music, philosophy and speech.

Other Areas

The vast MCCC Art Collection has grown mostly through donations by our visiting artists and become the “largest collection of any college in Michigan outside universities with museums,” according to state auditors who visited back in the early 2000s. Funding for the development of a publication cataloging the collection was made possible by The Foundation at MCCC’s Cultural Enrichment Endowment. 

The publication designed by Doug Richter, MCCC’s graphic designer, and written and edited by Paul Hedeen, retired dean of the Humanities/Social Sciences Division. It was made possible with the help of the contributing artists; Gary Wilson, associate professor of art emeritus and co-curator; Ted Vassar, assistant professor of art emeritus and co-curator; Richter; Hedeen; Mark Spenoso, photographer; the Office of Marketing and Communications (project management); Josh Myers, executive director of The Foundation at MCCC (project management); Therese O’Halloran, assistant professor of art and consultant, and our donors.

The MCCC Art Collection Book PDF

MCCC Art Collection Book - ISSUU Link

The College/Community Symphony Band is a very popular performance-based group. It is open to students, dual-enrolled high school students and citizens from the community who have experience with instrumental music. The band plays at least four concerts a year as well as at the MCCC commencement. Each year, several band scholarships are awarded to area high school students. Membership is by audition. Each year, the college awards 10 performing music scholarships.

The College/Community Agora Chorale is another performance-based group. Like the symphonic band, the Agora Chorale uses students and citizens from the community. It performs at least four concerts a year as well as at commencement. Each year, the college awards 10 performing music scholarships.

Performing Music Scholarship

MCCC provides students with a number of theatre experiences. A general introduction to theatre history, an introduction to acting and directing, and opportunities for student productions are routinely offered. During the winter semester, either a lab performance or a major production is produced. It is not unusual for the casts to contain students, community members, and/or college staff.

Images is an annual publication of poetry, prose, and art. Faculty members of the Humanities/Social Sciences Division edit the magazine. Although most of the work chosen for publication comes from the art classes and our creative writing course, this magazine welcomes submissions from all students. The deadline for submissions to Images is usually in early February. Posters announcing the art and writing categories and other information are prominently displayed around campus leading up to the submission deadline.

Images 32 PDF

Images 32 - ISSUU Link

One of the transfer program areas at MCCC leads to a degree in education. Students interested in elementary education are able to transfer a large number of introductory courses such as English composition, history, mathematics, political science, science and speech. This program also contains art, literature, mathematics and music courses, which are specifically geared to students planning a degree in elementary education at a four-year institution.

Those interested in teaching at the secondary level also have many classes available for transfer. Classes in art, English composition, dramatic arts, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, sociology and speech are frequently taken for transfer credit.

Students interested in special education may take transfer classes whether they are interested in a secondary education endorsement or an elementary education endorsement.

MCCC also offers a class (EDUC 151, Exploring Teaching) that fulfills the pre-teaching requirement of many four-year institutions.

The Agora is published approximately 8 times during the fall and winter terms. The newspaper is produced by MCCC students enrolled in journalism classes under the guidance of a faculty advisor and student editors. Often the recipient of state awards, the Agora reports on school events and other issues of interest to the college community. Students interested in getting involved with The Agora should the advisor at (734) 384-4296 or the Humanities/Social Sciences Division.

Visit The Agora website: http://www.mcccagora.com/

The Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program was developed to encourage faculty to use writing as a learning tool. The WAC program at MCCC views learning as a process and writing as a unique and important part of that process. The WAC program is committed to the idea that all students, regardless of the academic discipline they are pursuing, can benefit from writing.

Each year, faculty nominate students for their writing ability and their willingness to work with people. Nominees are screened and interviewed extensively before becoming writing fellows. Writing fellows are then assigned to individual courses. They help students by reading first drafts of writing assignments and conferencing students to discuss methods of improvement.

Because writing fellows are trained to work with a variety of abilities, the WAC program is available to all students regardless of their writing ability. Students who seek help from the Writing Center range from at-risk students to the best writers at MCCC. Visit their Web site.

Learn more about the Writing Fellows program

Faculty

B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Contact Information

(734) 384-4295, jbazzell@monroeccc.edu, C-204

B.A., Wayne State University
M.A., Wayne State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4281, mbergmooser@monroeccc.edu, C-203

B.A., M.A., University of Central Missouri

Ph.D., University of Missouri

Contact Information

(734) 384-4288, mbird-meyer@monroeccc.edu, C-209

 

A.S., Monroe County Community College
B.S., Troy State University
M.A., Eastern Michigan University

Contact Information

(734) 384- 4285, lcouch@monroeccc.edu, C-210

B.S., Central Michigan University
M.A.., Central Michigan University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4238, elaclair@monroeccc.edu, C-213

B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4284,  jlocher@monroeccc.edu, C-207

B.S., University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Contact Information

(734) 384-4232, kmohney@monroeccc.edu, L-219

A.A., Monroe County Community College
B.A., University of Toledo
M.A., University of Toledo
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4154, cnartker@monroeccc.edu,  C-211

B.F.A., Limerick College of Art and Design
M.F.A., Illinois State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4158, tohalloran@monroeccc.edu, A-167

B.A., Arkansas Tech University
M.A., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Contact Information

(734) 384-4156, droberts@monroeccc.edu, C-215

B.A., Bradley University
M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield
Ph.D., Queens University Belfast

Contact Information

(734) 384-4157, msnyder@monroeccc.edu, C-212

B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Contact Information

(734) 384-4336, mpersin@monroeccc.edu, C-202

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

B.A., Ma, Eastern Michigan University

J.D., Thomas Cooley Law School

Contact Information

(734) 384-4297, danielwood@monroeccc.edu, C-206

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The associate of fine arts degree with specialization in fine arts is designed to provide the student with an excellent foundation upon which to build a profession or an avocation.

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Division Spotlight: The MCCC Art Collection

The MCCC Art Collection The vast MCCC Art Collection has grown mostly through donations by our visiting artists and become the “largest collection of any college in Michigan outside universities with museums,” according to state auditors who visited back in the early 2000s.  Funding for the development of a publication cataloging the collection was made possible by The Foundation at MCCC’s Cultural Enrichment Endowment. 

Check out the MCCC Art Collection

Division Contact Information

Kevin Cooper

Interim Dean
Phone Icon 734.384.4128
Building / Office IconL-126

Rachel Eagle

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences
Phone Icon 734.384.4153
Building / Office IconC-201

Hours

Monday – Friday

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.