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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

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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 Letters 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. 

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


TESL Curriculum

  Curriculum Grid   Year 1 Session Course # and credit Course Title Fall I ENG-518    (3 credits) Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language* Fall II EDU-557   (3 credits) Effective Teaching Strategies* Spring I ENG-519   (3 credits) Teaching the Multi-cultural/ Multilingual Student* Spring II EDU-614   (3 credits) Human Development in Education Summer I ENG-504   (3 credits) Second Language Acquisition Summer I ENG-510   (3 credits) Structure of Modern English Summer II ENG-512   (3 credits) Seminar on Theories and Practice of Second Language Learning and Testing Summer II EDU-611   (3 credits) Theories and Practices in Exceptionalities Year 2       Fall I EDU-608   (3 credits) Diagnostic Teaching of Reading* Fall II ENG-590   (3 credits) Practicum* Spring I (3 credits) Elective/Thesis Spring II (3 credits) Elective/Thesis   *Courses require EFE as mandated by the Council of Professional Educators (CPE)   Electives       ENG-520. Foundations of Bilingual Education                                                                               EDU-601. Contemporary Issues in American Education                                                               EDU-604. Theories and Methods of Instruction                      EDU-625. Introduction to Statistics and Research in Education  


Faculty Dr. Carla Becker Dr. Carla Becker has a Bachelors in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington.  Her interests have led Dr. Becker to Ghana, West Africa (2000) where she produced research in “Drum Language of the Ashanti”, and “Ghanaian Children’s Games and Songs for the Elementary Music Classroom.” The research in Jamaica (2000-Present) produced “Rastafarian Representation in Reggae Music (2008-2010).  She earned her Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University Dr. Becker is an active percussionist trained in Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, and World Music.  Her percussion experience includes Symphonic Percussion in Michigan based Symphonies, Trinidadian Steel Pan with Ray Holman, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Nigerian Juju Music with Chief I.K. Dairo, and Ghanaian Palm Wine Music with Koo Nimo.  Recordings include the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble from the DMP label. Dr. Becker’s taught K-12th grade music for 17 years in various Seattle, Washington Public Schools.  Classes include 4th-5th grade Instrumental Band and Strings, K-5 Elementary General Music, H.S Marching Drum-line, 6th-8th grade General Music, and 5th-12th grade Steel Pan Ensembles.  Her collegiate teaching experience includes teaching World Music Courses, Percussion Ensemble, and Music Education.   Dr. LaPointe Davis Dr. Davis received his bachelor of science, master of music, and doctor of philosophy degrees in instrumental music education from Virginia State University, The University of Michigan, and The Ohio State University respectively. He has established the reputation of being a highly successful public school and university marching and symphonic band director.  Dr. Davis has presented numerous music education topics at professional conferences, and he has authored many music education articles that have appeared in various state and national publications.   Dr. Frank Gazda Frank Gazda has performed with, among others, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Sioux City (IA) Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and The Supremes. Dr. Gazda received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, his Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctorate from the University of Maryland. He has been a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the IWBC National Solo competition, and appears nationally as a guest artist, adjudicator, and author.   Dr. Patrick Hoffman Patrick Hoffman earned the undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Working as a Marketing Coordinator for several months was enough time to convince him to pursue his passion for music.  He went on to earn the degrees of Master of Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Hoffman has studied trumpet with Chris Jaudes, Susan Slaughter, Ray Sasaki, Bernard Adelstein, and Fred Mills.  After the completion of doctoral study under Professor Mills at the University of Georgia, he accepted a position with the Rekkenze Brass Quintet of Hof, Germany. For the next three years he performed as Assistant Principal Trumpet in the Hof Symphony, and toured with the quintet throughout Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and the United States.  As Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Ensembles at Delaware State University, Dr. Hoffman also teaches courses in Music Theory, Ear Training, Arranging, and Orchestration. He is active as a recitalist and performer in the Delaware, Philadelphia and New York areas.  In addition to arrangements and transcriptions for brass quintet and brass ensemble, he has also written several original works for brass. Since 2002, he has enjoyed his summers in upstate New York, serving as Trumpet Instructor and Director of Brass Ensembles at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. Dr. Hoffman has taken DSU student ensembles to summer workshops in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, as well as study abroad music programs in Changchun and Ningbo, China.   Dr. Horace Lamar Horace Lamar, a native of Mobile Alabama, received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Mississippi Valley State University, Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and the Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Before coming to Delaware State University, Dr. Lamar taught in the public school system in Mobile, AL, Alabama A&M University and retired as Dean of the School of Music at Alabama State University.  He has conducted workshops, master classes, and has served as an evaluator for SACS and the State Department of Education. Dr. Lamar has adjudicated and guest conducted both choral and instrumental groups and was a member of the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band and principal clarinetist in the Montgomery Choral Orchestra.   Dr. Lloyd Mallory Dr. Mallory is the director of choral activities at Delaware State. He received degrees from Oakwood College, Morgan State University and the University of California at Los Angeles.   Ms. Mable R. Morrison Mable Morrison received the Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in Louisiana and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago. She received certificates from Fontainbleau Fine Arts and Music Scholl under the direction of Nadia Boulanger, and from L’Academie InternationaleD’Ete of Nice, France under the direction of Lucette Descaves.   Dr. David Tolley David Tolley received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The Ohio State University.  He pursued further studies in Music Business at UCLA and Film Scoring at USC.  Dr. Tolley is a Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned pianist, composer and producer. He has performed for United States Presidents, Ford, Reagan, and Bush, as well as a concert for Boris Yeltsin in Russia, and several performances on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson.  He has composed and produced music for all of the major Networks, as well as a project for Steven Spielberg, and all of the original music for the EURO-DISNEY theme park in Paris. He has also written seven complete musicals including one that ran off-Broadway and was nominated for two Grammy awards.   Staff Mr. Marty Denson, Music Industry Mr. Denson holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Delaware State University, and a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Music Technology from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. As a producer/engineer, Marty has worked with industry artists like Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Johnny Gill, Phyllis Hyman, Keith Sweat, and more. Marty and his rhythm and blues band “Final Mixx” won the 1989 National Budweiser Showdown Band Competition, which resulted in a recording contract with Motown Records. During his time at Motown, Marty was able to build his career in recording, engineering, music production and music technology. Along with serving as the Music Technology Specialist and Director of Studio Recording at Delaware State University, Marty also owns a private filmmaking and recording studio where he works with industry artists and many DSU Music Industry students seeking experience in advanced recording and engineering techniques.   Mr. Randolph J. Johnson, Band Director Mr. Johnson has 13 years experience as a university band director, 2 years experience as an administrator, and 11 years experience as a high school band director. Prior to returning to Delaware State University, Mr. Johnson was on faculty at Alcorn State University, was the Supervisor of Music for the Wyandanch School District in Long Island, New York, and from 1990-2001 was Director of Bands at Delaware State University.  From 1981-1987 he was the band director at Liberty High. Mr. Johnson has conducted band clinics in locations from Seattle, Washington to New York.   Mr. Chester Knapp, Assistant Band Director  

Dr. Samuel Hoff

Education Ph.D. in political science, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987 Dissertation Title: “Presidential Support in the Veto Process, 1889-1985"   M.A. in political science, Stony Brook, 1983   M.A. in political science, American University (DC), 1981   B.A. in political science, Susquehanna University (PA), 1979   Diploma, Williamsport Area High School (PA), 1975   Click here for a link to Dr. Hoff's current C.V.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Dr. Susan West

Dr. West completed her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2005. Her research interests are wide ranging, including Ancient Greek philosophy, existentialism, Nietzsche and psychoanalysis. Dr. West’s teaching interests are reflective of her diverse research interest, with courses taught in History of modern philosophy, history of ancient philosophy and critical thinking.   Click here for a link to Dr. West's C.V.   Contact Information: EH 218 302-857-7322  

Dr. Niklas Robinson

    Dr. Robinson earned his PhD from Tulane University with a research focus on modern Latin American environmental history. His forthcoming book focuses on water and energy management policies in southeastern Mexico. His teaching interests include politics, the environment and the Atlantic World.   Contact Information: ETV 208 302-857-6629     

Dr. Alexa Cawley

    Dr. Cawley earned her PhD in history from American University, focusing on the colonial history of the Chesapeake region. She focuses on local history and helps area historical societies to develop strategic plans to both preserve local history and educate the public. She has published numerous articles concerning local history.   Contact Information: ETV 206 302-857-7954