Marymount Manhattan

Department of

Minors / Concentrations

The department offers minors in Sociology, Social Work, and Justice Studies.


Studying people and culture can be a critical complement to almost all areas of study. Non-Sociology majors can minor with these requirements »

Social Work Minor

Social Work is a focused study of interactions between people and their physical and social environments linked to specific practice skills that are directed to improving the quality of those interactions. Learn more about the program »

Justice Studies Minor

The minor in Justice Studies is designed for students interested in understanding the theoretical foundations, practical implementations, and resulting consequences of justice in contemporary Western society. Learn more about the program »

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/971-crystal-hall"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/8429_c_hall.jpg" alt="Crystal Hall" title="Crystal Hall" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Crystal Hall is a child protective services (CPS) investigator with the Department of Family and Children Services in her home town Calhoun, GA.  Beyond her role as a CPS worker she is an advocate for change within her community reaching out to local politicians as well as writing letters to local papers. She is currently working on a research project that will look at the similarities between nutrition and drug addiction as well as link the two to the vast carpet and farming industries of northwest Georgia post 2008 recession. Since graduating in May of 2012 she has been writing her autobiography titled <em>Pennies & Prodigies</em>. Her book will look at the many ways her upbringing in the rural south led her to a career in social work as well as a journey in self-realization. She has also been accepted to the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and intends to pursue a masters degree.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/971-crystal-hall">Crystal Hall</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/963-alex-epstein"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/src_region/0,41,323,364/8428_a_epstein.jpg" alt="Alex Epstein" title="Alex Epstein" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I took a job working with Planned Parenthood as a sexual education teacher in Cleveland public schools. After taking David Linton’s course, The Social Construction & Images of Menstruation, I fell in love with the idea of educating and empowering young girls. This job allows me to do just that!”</p><p>  </p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/963-alex-epstein">Alex Epstein</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/962-ragon-duffy"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/8427_r_duffy.jpg" alt="Ragon Duffy" title="Ragon Duffy" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Social work has been an immensely rewarding experience.  I am continually inspired by the stories our clients bring to us and I’ve been honored to help them on their journey.  I hope to continue to grow in this profession; learning, teaching, training and mentoring.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/962-ragon-duffy">Ragon Duffy</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 1997</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/964-millie-clarkson"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/src_region/0,81,1205,1286/8426_m_clarkson_-_edit.jpg" alt="Millie Clarkson" title="Millie Clarkson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “As soon as I took the Introduction to Social Work course at Marymount I knew I wanted to be a social worker. I really liked that there were so many different opportunities in social work and that the therapist provided clients with counseling as well as resources. Part of the minor at MMC involved participating in an internship that students were required to find on their own. This was very helpful in learning how to navigate different systems. My internship was at the Lennox Hill Neighborhood house in a group for elderly people with Alzheimer’s and memory impairments. This was such an amazing experience. The internship helped me better understand strength-based approaches and see how it can be implemented in direct practice.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/964-millie-clarkson">Millie Clarkson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/959-gemma-inguanta"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/src_region/127,68,473,414/8430_g_inguanta.jpg" alt="Gemma Inguanta" title="Gemma Inguanta" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I’ve spent the past year working with children, and although one would not think that a sociology degree and childcare go hand in hand, I can tell you that they absolutely do. My degree has sharpened the way I understand our education system and how to creatively reimagine how to engage little people. I am hoping to move to NYC in the winter, and get some more traveling under my belt by hiking in the West Coast this summer. As for graduate school I am continuing to narrow down my choices, thinking that maybe I’ll attend school in Colorado for a movement based therapy program or in NYC to further my critical thinking skills in the field of feminist/queer/intersectional thought. I’ve grown so much from the day I threw my cap up at Lincoln Center to now, but the basis of my understanding began when I took a seat in the sociology program, and that is what I will always take with me no matter what I do or where I go.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/959-gemma-inguanta">Gemma Inguanta</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/967-g-claire-mathieson"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/src_region/0,0,321,321/8432_mathieson.jpg" alt="G. Claire Mathieson" title="G. Claire Mathieson" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “…I still think about the courses and professors in the Social Sciences. The experience had a profound impact on me… I truly believe I am the social justice advocate I am, from the education and support I received at MMC. I don’t know what is in store for me professionally, but I know have the passion to keep the social justice fire alive. “</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/967-g-claire-mathieson">G. Claire Mathieson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1027-ingrid-sotelo"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/4068_4038_socfaculty_copy.jpg" alt="Ingrid Sotelo" title="Ingrid Sotelo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “When I was in college I did an internship with State Senator Jose Serrano, which led to a full time job.” Now as Community Liaison at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President for New York City’s East Harlem, Inwood, and Washington Heights neighborhoods. Ingrid Sotelo ’10 is the eyes and ears for the Borough president.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1027-ingrid-sotelo">Ingrid Sotelo</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in <a href="/departments/political-science/">Political Science</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1051-pamela-kirsch"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/src_region/97,37,393,333/8431_pam_kirsch.jpg" alt="Pamela Kirsch" title="Pamela Kirsch" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “In my final year at MMC I had the privilege of participating in the “inside out” class, which was offered to MMC students from the Manhattan campus as well as the MMC students enrolled in the Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP). The class took place weekly inside the maximum security prison. This intimate experience in a total institution focused my attention to the school to prison pipeline complex that marginalized communities endure and clarified my commitment to social justice.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1051-pamela-kirsch">Pamela Kirsch</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Sociology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1266-kaitlin-luongo"><img src="/live/image/gid/115/width/215/9554_k_luongo.jpg" alt="Kaitlin Luongo" title="Kaitlin Luongo" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “I took an Introduction to Social Work course in the fall of my sophomore year at Marymount Manhattan with Dr. Sperling. I connected immediately to the values and ethics of this profession. I knew I wanted to work with more than just an individual person, but also the whole system in which they’re involved. I was able to complete internships through the social work minor, which led me to pursue my Masters in Social Work. My career interests were broadened and I have been able to use my skills learned as a social work minor at Marymount to have a wide variety of jobs in the field of social work.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1266-kaitlin-luongo">Kaitlin Luongo</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Minor in <a href="" target="_blank">Social Work</a></p></div>