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Women's and Gender Studies Events

Quintessential Diversity Roundtable (Monthly) “Quintessential Diversity Roundtable” is a humanities project that is intended to emphasize gender, race, sexuality, and ethnicity. It seeks to promote public dialogue on human rights that are non-negotiable in the call for human dignity. The project is further intended to examine the ways in which religious, historical, literary, and philosophical texts have been used to invent laws and perpetuate mores that oppressed and denied Americans’ access to basic human rights and an acceptable quality of life Opening Event Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 pm: “‘To Be or Not to Be’: What Literary History Teaches on Suicide.” Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity, University of Delaware, Keynote Speaker Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Discussion on the representation of suicide of famous literary figures who committed suicide, led by Dr. Susmita Roye, DSU English and WGS professor. Student panelists: Emily Teel (English major) and Kyle Sheppard (Psychology major, WGS minor).   Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 pm: “Surviving Violence in Relationships: Sex and Gender.” Discussion on the problems faced by lesbians, bisexuals, gays, transgenders, queers, intersexuals, and asexuals, co-led by Dr. Melissa Harrington, DSU Biology and WGS professor. Student panelists: Brittany Smith (English major) and Omolade Oludare (Biology major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 pm: “Taking a Stand for the Right to Life: When the Law as Fiction Is Obviously Limited.” Discussion on suicide bombing, euthanasia, mass murder, and mass suicide, co-led by Dr. Kylie Parrotta, DSU Sociology and WGS professor. Student panelists: Damara Jones (Criminal Justice major, WGS minor) and Ashlee Bruner (Political Science major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00 pm: “When Dating Goes Wrong: The Ethics of Relationships.” Discussion on dating violence, blind dating, and the pitfalls of social media dating, led by Dr. Stephen Taylor, DSU Philosophy professor. Student panelists: Keda Dorisca (Political Science major, WGS minor) and Dominique Lockett (Pre-Nursing major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm: “Celebrating Women’s History: Focus on Native American Heritage, Migration, and Women in the Workplace.” Discussion Native American women’s achievements and currents challenges that they and women in the workplace, led by Carla and Allan Messinger, Cultural Educator and Consultant, Native American Heritage Programs. Faculty co-panelist: Ramona Beverly, DSU English adjunct. Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 pm: “Because Knowledge Empowers: What World Religions Teach about Temperance, Moral Responsibility, and Individual Choices.” Discussion on alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and individual responsibility, led by Dr. Dennis Burke, DSU Philosophy professor. Student panelists: Jordan McClements (English major, Philosophy minor) (Mass Communications major, WGS minor). Location: Bank of America, Longwood Auditorium   This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact

Dr. A. Myrna Nurse, Director
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Dr. Padmini Banerjee, Assistant Director
Department of Psychology


Dropping Courses Although students are allowed to drop courses, they are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor in order to discuss the various support services available and curriculum planning. After meeting with an advisor, if the student has exhausted all avenues for successful completion of a given course, the student may then obtain approval from their advisor and submit the DROP/ADD form to the Registrar’s Office thereafter, bearing the required signatures. A drop fee of $10.00 per course will be assessed after late registration. Please refer to the academic calendar for the last day to drop classes for each semester.   Official Withdrawal from the University All withdrawals from the University are initiated in the Office of Records and Registration, Administration Building, first floor.    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Satisfactory Academic Progress, SAP, is a process to review a federal aid recipient’s academic record and compare it to defined criteria. Learn more about SAP.   Class Attendance Regular class attendance is a vital part of the educational process. Students are required to attend all classes. If a faculty member chooses to evaluate attendance as part of a grade for a course, such a policy must be written in the syllabus, which is distributed at the beginning of a course. The policy must state what part of the course grade is based on attendance and how individual absences will be assessed. If a faculty member declines to integrate attendance as part of a course grade, under no circumstances may a student's final grade be reduced solely because of class absences. The Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs issues excuses for students who are absent from classes due to participation in official University related activities or on University related travel. In all other cases, only the instructor can approve a student's request to be excused from class.   No Show Report/Documentation for Non-Attendance All enrolled students are required to attend each class at least once during the first week of classes in order to verify attendance in the class. Failure to verify attendance in a class before the end of the first week of classes will result in the course being deleted from the students’ schedule.   Academic Probation, Suspension and Dismissal A student on probation who fails to earn a 2.00 average at the following semester will be suspended academically.  At the expiration of the period a student may apply for readmission on probation.  The student must complete a minimum of nine (9) semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (“C”) or better during the semester of his/her reinstatement. If a student on probation fails to earn the necessary 2.00 average, he/she will be dismissed from the University. He/she may apply to the Office of Admissions for reinstatement if he or she successfully completes twelve semester hours with an average of 2.00 (“C”)  in summer school at the University or attends another accredited institution and completes twenty-four semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (“C”) or better. A student on probation will be allowed to take no more than thirteen semester hours.  Students on academic probation and have incompletes in courses taken the previous semester will not be permitted to register until the incompletes are removed and an average of 2.00 is achieved. A student whose grade point average is below 1.70 at the end of any semester shall be placed on academic probation for the succeeding semester unless the student’s cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or greater.  A student on probation is ineligible to hold elective positions or to represent the University in any capacity. Students with academic probationary status or students who are academically suspended may attend summer school at Delaware State University.  The grades earned in summer school will be computed with the grades of the last semester that the student was enrolled to determine the academic standing of the student.

CAHSS Advisement Center

Mission The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Advisement Center is committed to intentional engagement in providing quality advising to all students within the College; more specifically, freshmen and sophomores develop an academic plan for achieving educational and life goals.  It is our mission to effectively advise students by providing the resources and tools necessary for then to complete a degree program within four (4) years or less. What We Do As the College with the largest number of course offerings, we strive for excellence in providing assistance to students in seven (7) academic departments: Art; English and Foreign Languages; History, Political Science and Philosophy; Mass Communications; Music; Psychology; and Sociology and Criminal Justice.  We provide one-on-one guidance to freshman and sophomore students regarding academic, departmental and curriculum requirements to successfully navigate their way through degree completion. We also provide awareness for various academic support services available to students on campus.  


Ms. Rhonda D. Thompson, Director
English & Foreign Languages and Music      

Mr. Raymond Lee, Academic Advisor
Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Mrs. Karen Robinson, Academic Advisor
Art, History, Political Science & Philosophy and Mass Communications


General Registration Facts

Registration Students are officially registered for courses only when they have complied with all of the procedures applying to registration, including the full payment of tuition and fees, and the validation of the student I.D. Tuition and applicable fees are payable at the time of registration for all students. Delaware State University uses an e-mailing method to send bills (e-bills) to students’ DSU email address, but cannot assume responsibility for them viewing the bills. If students do not receive bills on or before the published removal for non-payment date, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Student Accounts at 302.857.6240 to obtain information relative to their bill or go online at MYDESU to view their Account Summary by Selected Term. Late Registration Any student who did not pre-register or participate in on-site registration may register during the Late Registration Period. Please refer to the academic calendar for the Late Registration period each semester. The Late Registration fee is $50.00.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides students at Delaware State University with advanced academic skills and knowledge through teaching, research, and service, thereby instilling in them a sense of competency that will help them assume leadership roles in their respective fields of study. In addition, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a variety of opportunities to students, whether they emanate from under-represented or majority populations, to become technologically advanced and intellectually aware in the context of multi-culturally diverse yet global world. Learn about the changing currents of the political realm, mold a career around the diversely exciting world of the arts or explore the social and psychological tapestry of individuals and groups. There are a variety of appealing majors in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The art and music departments provide degree opportunities that encompass the areas of art creation, art management and music performance, as well as training students to become teachers within those disciplines. The mass communications programs give students hands-on experience with television and radio/audio production, as well as instruction in news gathering, news dissemination and public relations. We also have humanities programs in English and foreign languages, along with education programs in English, French and Spanish. The University currently has collaborative agreements with 33 institutions abroad, resulting in an atypical, international portfolio. Current study-abroad and emerging destinations include Cuba, Senegal, Uganda, Namibia and China (where seven mass communications students were selected as interns for the 2008 Summer Olympics). Additionally, there are degree programs in history, criminal justice, black studies and law studies. In the area of music, the University boasts its band and university choir programs and has cultural programming that includes the Schwartz Center for the Arts, theatre and dance programs and student opportunities in the Art Center Gallery.  



Graduate Studies

Delaware State University now offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).  A Master of Science in Art Education is also offered, and is designed to prepare art educators for research and practice in art education. Read More

The Second Regional Undergraduate Research Conference

Abstracts Listed alphabetically by presenter’s last name   “Preparation and Characterization of Temozolomide-Loaded Chitosan Nanoparticles for Targeting Brain Tumors,” Jennifer Boucicaut; Dr. Cherese Winstead, Faculty Sponsor   “The Effects of Nordic Walking Poles on Middle-Aged Women with Metabolic Syndrome,” Taffie Brown; Dr. Carla Murgia, Faculty Sponsor   “Perceptions of Natural Hair in the 21st Century,” Jessica Bull; Dr. Maggie Ussery, Faculty Sponsor   “Diversity, Competition, and Localism: Re-examining the Federal Communications Commission,” Shantel Campbell; Dr. Daniel Yanich, Faculty Sponsor   “Examining the Underlying Psychopathology of Adolescent Males Who Have Committed Homicide,” Charles Casteel; Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Faculty Sponsor   “Beneficial Effects of Rhiozopheric Microbiota on Rice,” Janet Cordero; Dr. Harsh Bais and Dr. Venkatesan Sundaresan, Faculty Sponsors   “Speech Impediments and Delayed Cognitive and Social Development in Children,” Alexis Davis; Dr. Padmini Banerjee, Faculty Sponsor   “The Bell Curve: Its Social, Economic, and Political Effects on African Americans, the Poor, and Other Minority Groups,” Delvise Fogwe; Dr. Andrew Blake, Faculty Sponsor   “The Split of Sudan: How Crimes against Humanity Affect Sudan’s Economic Status,” Malik Foster; Dr. Samuel Hoff, Faculty Sponsor   “Crosslinking Venom Protein to Melanoma Cells,” Michelle Francis; Dr. Mary Ann McLane, Faculty Sponsor   “The Effect of Paternal Parenting Stress on Child Cognitive Development at 24 Months of Age,” Kimele Gray; Dr Antoinette Farmer, Faculty Sponsor   “The ‘Sophomore Slump': The Invisible Year,” Gianna Harris; Dr. Millicent Carvalho-Grevious, Faculty Sponsor   “Abolish or Not? The True Public Policy of Capital Punishment through the Northeastern Perspective,” Samantha Holsey; Dr. Samuel Hoff, Faculty Sponsor   “Starving for Perfect: The Disconnection between America’s Food Waste and Insecurity,” Sonya Inderbitzin; Dr. Andrew Blake, Faculty Sponsor   “Reinventing Black Womanhood in the Writings of Phillis Wheatley and Zora Neale Hurston,” ReShawn Johnson; Dr. Andrew Blake and Dr. Myrna Nurse, Faculty Sponsors   “African Americans and Mathematics: A Literature Review,” Cearra Jones; Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa, Faculty Sponsor   “The Effects of Appointment Defaults on Attitudes toward Influenza Vaccinations,” Shatice Jones; Dr. Gretchen Chapman, Faculty Sponsor   “Single Mothers vs. Single Fathers: The Academic Performance of Children Raised by Opposite Sex Parent,” Sashalee King; Dr. Rebecca Fox-Lykens, Faculty Sponsor   “The Underground Railroad: Past and Present,” Monet Le’Mon; Dr. A. Myrna Nurse, Faculty Sponsor   “Friend or Foe? Crisis Communications during the 2011 Japan Tsunami,” Rashidah McCoy; Dr. Francine Edwards, Faculty Sponsor   “Dopamine Modulation through an Auto-Receptor in C. Elegans Behavioral Plasticity,” Rochelle McDonald; Dr. Harbinder Dhillon, Faculty Sponsor   “Children Learning Words through Categorization,” Jazzmyn Molson; Dr. Rachel Pulverman, Faculty Sponsor   “Jail Punishment in Education: Disciplinary Actions and Young Black Men in the Third and Fourth Periods,” Tobe Ofuani; Dr. Jacqueline Aldridge, Faculty Sponsor   “Using Basketball for Social, Physical, Psychological, and Educational Development,” Darice Owens; Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, Faculty Sponsor   “Autism’s Emotional Impact on Mothers of Autistic Children,” Khalice Payne; Dr. Andrew Blake   “The Metabolic Cycle of Life-Linking Glucose Anabolism and Catabolism,” Michelle Pleet and Lisa Centrone; Dr. Robert A. Sikes and Dr. Carlton R. Cooper, Faculty Sponsors   “The Continuous Role of Religion on Public Policy,” Akiah Powell; Dr. Samuel Hoff, Faculty Sponsor   “Investigations of Syntactic Bootstrapping,” Kara Rice; Dr. Rachel Pulverman, Faculty Sponsor   “Gender Disparity in the Public Relations Field,” Michelle Rolsal; Dr. Michael Casson, Faculty Sponsor   “Skin Tone, Beauty, and Marriage: Colorism and Skin Tone’s Effect on Marriage Rates for Black Women,” Kristin D. Rowe; Dr. Carol E. Henderson and Dr. Phillip Mink, Faculty Sponsors   “What Is the Cause of Mid-Air Collisions?: A Study of the Reasons for the High Rate of Collisions in Instructional Flights,” J. Jamel Smiley; Captain Stephen Speed, Faculty Sponsor   “Extended Internet Use: Friend or Foe?” Synquette Wilks; Dr. Myna German, Faculty Sponsor   “Efficacy of Pumpkin Seed Oil on Parasite Control in Lambs,” Clinton Williams; Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O’Brien, Faculty Sponsor   “Trust: A Measure of Bias,” Mikhail Wint; Dr. John Rich, Faculty Sponsor   “The Effect of Ethanol on the Mauthner Cell,” Travis Worrell; Dr. Theresa Tszabo-Maas, Faculty Sponsor

The Second Regional Undergraduate Student Research Conference

Social, Technological, and Scientific Advancements of the 21st Century


Participating Institutions

Delaware State University

Lincoln University

University of Delaware


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Robin Smith Williams

Salome Thomas-El


Program Coordinators

Dr. Andrew Blake

Dr. Carol E. Henderson

Dr. Myrna Nurse

Dr. John Rich


Panel Sessions

“Colorism and Culture in the 21st Century”

            ReShawn Johnson

            Yetunde Olayinka

            Taria Pritichett

            Kristin Rowe


“Community under Pressure: Parenting and Social Development in the New Age”

            Kimele Gray

            Sashalee King

            Richard Faison

            Charnele Davis


“Donning Culture in the Digital Age”

            Thiasia Johnson

            Mikhail Wint

            Brooklynn Hitchens

            Jessica Bull


“Growing up in the Age of Technology”

            Jazzmyn Molson

            Khalice Payne

            Darice Owens

            Alexis Davis


“Inventing Race in the Social and Scientific”

            Tobe Ofuani

            J. Jamel Smiley

            Kara Rice

            Delvise Fogwe


“Mind, Body, Spirit Advancements in the New Millennium”

            Jennifer Boucicaut

            Taffie Brown

            Latia Manning

            Sonya Inderbitzin           


“Re-examining America’s Social Contract”

            Shantel Campbell

            Michelle Rolsal

            Michelle Francis           


“Scientific Progress in the 21st Century”

            Shatice Jones

            Rochelle McDonald

            Clinton Williams

            Travis Worrell


“Social Media and Public Policy”

            Rashidah McCoy

            Malik Foster

            Samantha Holsey

            Charles Casteel


“Social Networks and Race”

            Synquette Wilks

            Cearra Jones

            Gianna Harris

            Lavine Grimes


Poster Presentations

            Janet Cordero

            Michelle Francis

            Hillari Howard

            Monet Le’Mon

            Michelle Pleet

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Teaser for Home: 
Minor in Women's and Gender Studies Delaware State University's NEWEST Interdisciplinary Degree
MISSION STATEMENT The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Minor is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a theoretical understanding and appreciation of the historical and societal issues involving all peoples. The program's mission is to equip students with the skills adequate to appreciating all of human diversity beyond what they may experience at Delaware State University; motivate students to pursue their interests in matters related to identity and power relations regarding the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality; and provide diverse learning experiences that advance the call for social justice for all peoples, with a specific emphasis on people of African and minority descents. THE COURSES WMGS 201-Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies This course is required of all students who have declared the minor. Pre-requisites: English Composition I & II Semester offering: Fall and Spring WMGS 210-Women, Feminism and the Media Co-requisite: Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies Semester offering: Fall WMGS 220-Dimensions of Women’s Health Co-requisite: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies Semester offering: Spring WMGS 231-Introduction to Feminist Philosophy Pre-requisite: None Semester offering: Spring WMGS 240-Women in Physical Education and Sports Pre-requisite: None Semester offering: Spring WMGS 310-Gender Representation in Visual Culture Pre-requisite: English Composition 1 & II; Introduction to Art: 05-101 Semester offering: Fall and Spring WMGS 320-Biology of Sex and Gender Pre-requisite: One semester of a college-level biology course. Semester offering: Spring WMGS 330-The Psychology of Gender This course is the same of The Psychology of Gender/PSYC 216. Students majoring in Psychology who complete this course will receive credit for it in their major. Pre-requisites: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies OR Introduction to General Psychology/PSCY 201. Semester offering: Spring WMGS 340-Men and Women in Society Pre-requisite: Open to Sociology/Criminal Justice Majors Semester offering: Fall WMGS 410-Research on Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Pre-requisites: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics, Introductory Statistics or Elementary Statistics Semester offering: Fall WMGS 420-Women and Men of the Classical Lettres Pre-requisite: Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies Semester offering: Fall and Spring  

For more information, contact

Dr. A. Myrna Nurse, Director
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Dr. Padmini Banerjee, Assistant Director
Department of Psychology

EVENTS 2015-16


The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor is affiliated with MAIASM (Making the Academic Interests of All Students Matter). MAIASM meets monthly in an informal setting to discuss topics that concern all students, irrespective of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and other difference. Student-involvement is not contingent upon declaring the minor. 

Law Studies Program Event

On Tuesday, July 19, 2012, the DSU Law Studies Program will join the Delaware Consumer Recovery Coalition and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services in sponsoring a TOWN MEETING to discuss imminent changes to the mental health service system in Kent and Sussex Counties and proposed legislation that may change the mental health commitment law in Delaware.  The event will be held at Dover Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 54 State Street, Dover, from 6:30-8 pm.  For more information, contact Dr.

Art Education

  Introduction We offer the only Bachelor of Art Education degree program in the state of Delaware and one of the best in the mid-Atlantic region. Art Education students develop advanced skills in illustration, painting, sculpture, and other studio arts, while earning a professional credential to teach art at the K-12 level. The Art Education program combines strong academics with practical teaching experience in real-world classrooms. Because of Delaware State’s strong reputation for teacher preparation, our Art Education graduates compete very effectively in the job market. The Art Education degree also offers excellent preparation for postgraduate study. Professional Preparation Upon completing the Bachelor of Art Education degree, graduates are certified to teach in the state of Delaware and all states that have reciprocal agreements with Delaware. The program includes a supervised 12-week student teaching placement during the senior year. In addition, students take coursework in developmental psychology multicultural education methods and materials for elementary and secondary art teachers art for special education classroom management Faculty All of Delaware State’s art faculty are successful practicing artists and dedicated teachers. The various members exhibit their art internationally, lead workshops and lectures, serve as judges, and participate in national conferences. Taken together, these activities provide the Delaware State art program with a wide network of contacts and a national reputation. The faculty’s broad range of experience enhances their ability to function as mentors, helping young artists to carve out satisfying professional and creative niches. The department has a family-like atmosphere, in which instructors and students help each other meet the challenges of creative growth and career development. Research and Experience All seniors in the Art Education program complete a 12-week student-teaching placement, getting hands-on experience in teaching, evaluation, classroom management, lesson planning, and more. Each year Delaware State hosts the Regional Scholastic Art Awards, an event that brings together high school art students and teachers from throughout Delaware — a prime networking opportunity for Art Education majors.  

College Advance (formerly Project Advance) Learning Community


College Advance students: in the classroom and at an archaeological site, Wildcat Manor.

What is the College Advance Learning Community? College Advance (formerly Project Advance) in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is coordinated by the dean and faculty members in CAHSS. It links first-year students in three areas: English Composition I* and US History since 1865* (Fall semester) and English Composition II* and Critical Thinking/Philosophy (Spring semester). Students are expected to continue as a cohort by registering for African American Literature I* in the fall sophomore year and Global Societies* in their fall junior year. *course meets General Education Breadth requirements   The Program’s Learning Goals/Outcomes See below links English Composition History Critical Thinking African American Literature I Global Societies   The Program’s Benefits Being part of a cohort of students with your shared academic interests Learning in special inter-disciplinary classes sharing a common theme, assignments, and extracurricular activities Working with Supplemental Instructors to ensure your academic success in the program Developing a strong academic infrastructure to facilitate success in your college career   Application Information:  Please note: As an enrollee in the program, you are required to attend New Student Orientation sessions I, II, III, or IV to secure your early registration for your fall semester courses. NSO 2014 Information is forthcoming! To apply for the College Advance Learning Community, we request that you do so online by clicking on the following link:    Should you opt to mail or fax a paper application, the address and fax number is listed below:   Delaware State University College Advance/College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1200 N. DuPont Hwy Dover, DE 19901   Download Application (pdf) Email:  


Marshall Stevenson, Ph.D. 
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Mr. Raymond Lee, M.Ed
Academic Advisor
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
EH 268
Phone: 302-857-7629
Fax: 302-857-7623


Niklas Robinson, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of History
Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy 
A. Myrna Nurse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Susan West, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy
Raymond Asare Tutu, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Global Societies Program
Department of History, Political Science & Philosophy
Edward Dawley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
English Instructor
Department of English and Foreign Languages