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Our Mission

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Our Mission The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is committed to the principles of a liberal education and to assisting its students to think sociologically in order to better understand human behavior.  The Department’s curricula are designed to not only prepare students for careers and graduate studies in Sociology and Criminal Justice, but also to equip them with a far-reaching view of the world consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education and to prepare them to recognize the social institutions and patterns upon which everyday life rests.  The mission of the Department is intricately tied to the mission of the University which recognizes the richness in multiculturalism and cultural diversity.  In this regard, an important part of the Department’s mission is to educate students for world citizenship.  This requires knowledge that values the multitude of cultures in society, a critical understanding of multicultural perspectives and experiences, and the emerging interdependencies among members of the now global community.  Central to the Department’s mission is fostering in our students critical and analytical thinking skills, research capabilities necessary to systematically explore the complex interconnectedness among people and their social world, and to engage in life-long learning.  The Department places heavy emphasis on application of the principles of sociology and criminal justice, encouraging students to demonstrate an awareness of social inequalities and a commitment to social justice.  In this context, the Department seeks to provide an enabling environment within which students are provided with the knowledge and skills through coursework, real-life experiences, and through internships that empower them to create a more just society.   The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is committed to the principles of a liberal education and to assisting its students to think sociologically in order to better understand human society and human behavior.  The department’s curricula are designed to not only prepare students for careers and graduate studies in sociology and criminal justice, but also to equip them with a far-­reaching view of the world consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education and to prepare them to recognize the social institutions and patterns upon which everyday life rests.

Past Graduates Career Paths

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Past Senior Testimonials Internship Career Connections Hands on Delaware State Police Internship Experiences

Credential Possibilities

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  DAR (Diversity Agent Recruitment) Program FBI Process and Disqualifiers FBI Special Agent      

NOBLE - National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives

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Dear Teachers and Faculty, As the National Conference approaches for NOBLE (National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Collegiate Chapter is attempting to raise funds to pay for eleven (11) of their memberships to attend. Please take a moment to look over their fundraiser and participate where you can. This is an exceptional opportunity for them, any support you can offer is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful week! The average American spends $667 per year shopping online and that number is growing.  One of the largest online retailers is Amazon.com.  When you make purchases at Amazon after visiting our Fundinco homepage we earn a commission for every sale.  If all of our supporters simply moved their online purchases over to Amazon by visiting our Fundinco homepage we would generate an amazing $500 in commissions!  But we need everyone’s help, working together and are relying on you.  Thanks for your continued support; we couldn’t do it without you!                The link below will take you directly to our Fundinco homepage where you can start shopping by clicking the Amazon button: http://www.fundinco.org/orghome.php?orgid=1309  Make sure to add the Fundinco link above to your favorites (a.k.a. bookmark) so that you can come back anytime you shop online and raise money.  Also, make sure to follow Fundinco on Twitter and Facebook to stay advised of great deals.  You don't want to miss these! - Marcus Smith Marcus Smith, President of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Excutives) Collegiate chapter Delaware State University 1200 N DuPont Hwy Box 288 Dover, Delaware 19901     Classification: Junior  Major: Criminal justice Minor: Philosophy https://www.linkedin.com/pub/marcus-smith/90/464/608 “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  ~ Neale Donald Walsch    

Lee Streetman

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Lee Streetman Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 112 Phone: 302.857.6678 Email: lstreetman@desu.edu   Education PhD, University of Delaware MA, University of Delaware   Courses Taught Introduction to Sociology Courts and Criminal Justice Victimology Principles of Correction   Research Interests Ethnic boundary maintenance Offender reentry Speciesism   Recent Publications Streetman, L. G. (2013). "NASCAR's Obama Phenomena & the Overculturalized Conception of Fan.” Journal of Social Sciences Research, vol. 2, 75-108. Streetman, L. G. (2007). Offenders in Transition: Just Trying to do Good. A Health Risk Assessment of Released Inmates. New York: iUniverse.   Recent Presentations Streetman, L. G. (2015). Signifiers and Spatial Practices that Reconstitute and Challenge Ethnic Boundaries at American Stock Car Racing Events. Presented at the International Sociology of Sports Association World Congress in Paris, France. Streetman, L. G. (2015). Attitudes toward the Treatment of Nonhuman Animals and the Influence of downstate Delaware and the State Fair. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York, NY.

Kevin Ralston

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Kevin Ralston Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall - Room 134 Phone: 302.857.7616 Email: kralston@desu.edu   Education BA, Wake Forest University MA, University of Delaware PhD, University of Delaware   Courses Taught Research Methods Elementary Statistics Social Deviance Victimology   Research interests Race, class, gender, and victimization Masculinity and victimization Sexual victimization   Recent Presentations: Ralston, K. (March 2016). Recreating and Revising Masculinity after Sexual Victimization. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society annual conference in Boston, MA.

Dorothy Dillard

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Dorothy Dillard Department Chair Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 122 Phone: 302.857.7510 Fax: 302.857.7774 Email: ddillard@desu.edu   Education Ph.D., University of Delaware M.A., University of Delaware B.S., Auburn University   Courses Taught Senior Seminar Capstone Juvenile Delinquency Social Institutions   Research Interests Social Policy, with an emphasis on impact on minorities Juvenile Justice System:  DMC Assessment:  Social/public programs and student learning   Recent Publication News Journal Op-Ed, January 3, 2016, “Time to Re-examine Policing in America” Juvenile Court/Essay 3, entry for Book 10 Juvenile Justice, digital resource published by Wisewire. Drug Treatment In Prisons and Jails/Essay 10, entry for Book 7 Criminal Justice, digital resource published by Wisewire.   Recent Presentations Dillard, D. (August 2015). Instructor Role in Assessment, Presented at DSU New Faculty Orientation. Dillard, D. (June 2015). Community Role in Drug Prevention and Addiction Recovery, Presented at IMAC’s Faith Based Approach: Substance Abuse Prevention Forum.

John Balzarini

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John Balzarini Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice   Contact Information Delaware Hall – Room 129A Phone: 302.857.7103 Email: jbalzarini@desu.edu   Education Ph.D., Temple University M.A., Temple University B.A., West Chester University   Courses Taught Urban Sociology Social Stratification Sociology of the Family Introduction to Sociology Writing in the Major Social Deviance Social Change   Research Interests Urban sociology Community urban culture Gentrification Urban policy Social movements and Social change Social capital   Recent Publications Balzarini, J. E. and Shlay, A. B. (2015).  “Gentrification and the Right to the City: Community Conflict and Casinos.”  Journal of Urban Affairs.  DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12226. Shlay, A. B. and Balzarini, J. E. (2015).   “Urban Sociology.”  In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 24.  Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 926–933.   Recent Presentations Balzarini, J. E. (2016). Place-Identity and the Right to the City: Gentrification, Ethnicity and Anti-Casino Activism. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, San Diego, CA . Balzarini, J. E. (2015). The Strength of Strong Ties and Collective Power in a Gentrifying Philadelphia Community. Delaware State University Roundtable Seminar Series, Dover, DE. Balzarini, J. E. (2013). Social Capital and Community Power over Urban Casino Construction. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, San Francisco, CA. Balzarini, J. E. (2013). Strong Community Ties Revisited: Social Capital and the Mobilization of Community Power in Fishtown. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA .  Balzarini, J. E. (2012). Framing Place: Conflict over Casino Development and the Right to Community. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Space and Place Regular Session, Denver CO. Balzarini, J. E. (2012). The Right to the City and the Casino Dispute: The Framing of Neighborhood Legitimacy and Value over Casino Development in Philadelphia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

SCCJ Advising / Enrollment Checklist

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It is important to make sure you are taking the courses you need to in order to graduate on time, and in the order that will promote learning and academic success. In order to go through advisement as quickly as possible, please follow the following steps (ESPECIALLY THE STEPS YOU MUST DO BEFORE MEETING WITH YOUR ADVISOR): When is Pre-Registration?  Look on MyDESU's academic calendar to find out when pre-registration is.   Find your curriculum sheet.  Generally, this is based on your major and the year you began at Delaware State University.  Most students in our department will be using one of these curriculum sheets:   Criminal Justice 2012-2013 Sociology 2012-2013 Criminal Justice 2013-2014 Sociology 2013-2014 Criminal Justice 2014-2015 Sociology 2014-2015 Criminal Justice 2015-2016 Sociology 2015-2016 Criminal Justice 2016-2017 Sociology 2016-2017 You can also find hard copies of these in our main office in Delaware Hall 122.   Fill out your curriculum sheet.  You can find your grades on MyDESU or in DegreeWorks.  Write down all the grades for courses you have taken at Delaware State University.  If you have taken courses at another university, make note of this, but ask your advisor about what these courses count for.  If you have submitted the proper paper work, transferred courses will appear on your transcript as TR. At this point, it should be clear what courses you need to take next.  The goal is to slowly fill up the top of the sheet and move down to the bottom.  If you can avoid bouncing around the curriculum sheet, you will improve your GPA and graduate on time.   Do you have over 60 credits?  How many credit hours have you passed?  If you look on MyDESU or Degree Works, you can find the answer under "Earned hours."  Depending on how many credit hours you have completed, you do one of two things: If you have fewer than 60 credit hours, take your curriculum sheet to the Advisement Center, at EH 268. If you have 60 credit hours or more, make an appointment with your academic advisor in the department.  You can find a list with who your advisor is in the main office. Fill out the Course Request Form, including the courses you want to take next semester.  These courses should be the next logical step in the curriculum sheet.  To find times, locations, & CRN numbers, please go to MyDESU, Student Services, and click on the dynamic course catalog (not course descriptions).   Have your meeting with your advisor.  If you're meeting your advisor during pre-registration, they may give you an alternative personal identification number (or an "Alt-PIN").   Register for classes.  Using the Alt-PIN, go to MyDESU Student Services to enroll for courses.  

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