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Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Department at the Quad-Cities Campus offers courses in the academic disciplines of Anthropology-Archaeology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Fire Service, History and Political Science. Specific courses within these disciplines are designed to appeal to students intending to become discipline majors, as well as those fulfilling the college’s general educational requirements or other curriculum requirements.

The department offers both transfer and career degrees. The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science (e.g., Criminal Justice and Fire Service Officer) degrees are available, depending on student goals. In addition, certificate programs are available in Law Enforcement and Private Security. Courses applying to pre-law are also available.

Due to the variety of disciplines and course offerings within the department, students should carefully consult with advisors to ensure that, if they intend to transfer to four-year institutions, they are taking the correct series of courses.

Quad-Cities Campus


Rachel Horner Brackett (2010)
Instructor– Anthropology/Archaeology
Ph.D. (Anthropology), University of Iowa
Office: Building 1, Room 366
Phone: 309-796-5322

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Rachel Horner Brackett is an Instructor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Black Hawk College, where she has been teaching since 2010. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL and went on to earn her doctoral degree in Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Horner Brackett also completed a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Iowa, with a focus on community and behavioral health issues. Prior to coming to Black Hawk College she taught anthropology as a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa and Augustana College. Over the past ten years she conducted research on a variety of topics, including the education of chiropractic students at Palmer College in Davenport, the ethical dilemmas faced by medical students during their training, and how veterans with high blood pressure utilize the VA health care system. She also spent over twelve months conducting dissertation research on food and agriculture in Tuscany.

Dr. Horner Brackett grew up on a family farm in northwestern Illinois and has since lived in Brazil, England, and Italy. Her favorite activities include traveling to new places, trying different foods, fiber arts (including knitting and hand-spinning wool), and organic gardening. She lives with her husband, stepchildren, and an impressive menagerie of pets.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:
• Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102)
• Introduction to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 101)
• Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH 203)
• Special Topics in Anthropology (ANTH 290)

Joan Eastlund (1982)
Professor – History/Political Science
M.A., Iowa State University
Office: Building 1, Room 461
Phone: 309-796-5421

Mark Esposito (2001)
Professor – History/Political Science
Ph.D., West Virginia University
Office: Building 1, Room 454
Phone: 309-796-5427

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Mark’s Bio
Mark Esposito is Associate Professor of History at Black Hawk College, where he has been teaching since 2001. Professor Esposito considers himself a versatile generalist with interests in the history of the United States and world history. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the Director of the Asian Studies Development Program Regional Center at Black Hawk College, through which he works with faculty members to promote Asian studies on campus. Professor Esposito has also served on the Advisory Board of East West Connections: Review of Asian Studies since 2007, and on the Executive Council of Local 1836 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers since 2008.

Mark Esposito received a Bachelor’s degree in History at Baker University in 1993, a Master’s Degree in History at Pittsburg State University in 1996 and a PhD in History from West Virginia University in 2005. At West Virginia, Esposito wrote a doctoral dissertation on the United Auto Workers union and U.S. trade policy. Prior to coming to Black Hawk College, Professor Esposito taught at West Virginia University, Baker University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Mark Esposito lives in Rock Island, Illinois, with his wife, Alicia, and their three children, Dominic, Vincent, and Alaina. In his spare time, he likes to play with his children, coach youth sports, fish, canoe, and camp.

Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • History 105: History of the United States to 1877
  • History 106: History of the United States since 1877
  • History 141: History of Asia I
  • History 142: History of Asia II
  • History 151: History of the Middle East since 1700
  • History 190: A History of American Labor

Donald Gano (2010)
Instructor – Criminal Justice
M.A., Western Illinois University
Office: Building 2, Room 252
Phone: 309-796-5281

James Johnson (1990)
Professor – Economics
M.A., University of Missouri
Office: Building 2, Room 259
Phone: 309-796-5248

James Larrabee (2007)
Assistant Professor – History/Political Science
M.Phil, Trinity College
Office: Building 1, Room 465
Phone: 309-796-5634

Paul Lockard (1994)
Professor – Economics
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
Office: Building 1, Room 355
Phone: 309-796-5326

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Paul’s Bio
Courses taught at Black Hawk College:

  • Economics 150: Consumer Economics
  • Economics 221: Principles of MacroEconomics
  • Economics 222: Principles of MicroEconomics

Jay Pearce (2001)
Department Chair
Associate Professor – History/Political Science
Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington
Office: Building 1, Room 459
Phone: 309-796-5412

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Jay’s Bio
Jay Pearce is a Professor in the Department of Social, Behavioral, and Educational Studies. Holding graduate degrees in both History and Political Science, Dr. Pearce brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to every course he teaches. Working with Professor Joan Eastlund, he serves as a faculty advisor on the Executive Board for Model Illinois Government as well as preparing and taking delegations from BHC to the MIG simulation each year. He is actively involved in the work of the college, having served and chaired numerous committees as well as serving on the QC faculty senate.
Dr. Pearce spent ten years teaching for the Dallas County Community College District at the Eastfield Campus just outside Dallas, Texas before coming to Black Hawk. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University, and Collin County Community College. Additionally, Dr. Pearce has worked in both the public and private sectors, performing research and statistical analyses for bodies ranging from Tandy Corporation, to the City of Dallas, to the Texas State Bar Association. In the discipline of Political Science he has published A Predictive Model of Legitimacy. In the discipline of History, Dr. Pearce published Crime and Punishment in a Texas Cow Town. He also is the editor of Retrieving the American Past which is now on its fifth edition.
Dr. Pearce completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2000, having already taken his M.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 1990. His B.A. was also earned in Political Science at Texas Tech in 1986.

Dr. Pearce has supported the following courses at BHC:
• HIST-105 US History to 1877
• HIST-106 US History from 1877
• HIST-254 American Civil War
• HIST-265 World War 2
• IS-220 International Studies-Global Issues
• POLS-122 American National Government
• POLS-200 Introduction to Political Thought
• POLS-258 Model Illinois Government
• POLS-265 Comparative Government (Non-Western)

Career and Transfer Programs

The Compact Agreement
Black Hawk College has an explicit agreement with a number of four-year colleges and universities which simplifies the transfer from Black Hawk College. According to the agreement, Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree graduates from Black Hawk College may enter these schools with both junior status and the assurance that they have met all lower division general education requirements of that school.

Graduating at Black Hawk College
Because of the Compact Agreement, the four-year schools mentioned above strongly urge all AA and AS students to graduate from Black Hawk College before transferring to a four-year school. Students who do not graduate before transferring will not receive the above mentioned benefits of the Compact Agreement and may, as a result, transfer with the need to complete additional coursework on the freshman-sophomore level.