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Dr. Steven Newton

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    Dr. Newton earned his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, specializing in military history. His extant publishing record includes monographs on the Civil War and World War II. Dr. Newton also serves as associate chair of the North and South Magazine, worked as the President of Delaware State’s AAUP chapter from Fall 2007 though Spring 2009. Contact information: ETV 207 302-857-6627 snewton@desu.edu    

Psychology

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  Introduction Most students who choose the psychology major at Delaware State hope to use their degree to make an impact in their communities. We’ve designed our Bachelor of Psychology program accordingly, creating opportunities for students to learn in the real world as well as in the classroom.   Our psychology degree students get a hands-on education by assisting on research projects, volunteering at counseling centers, and getting other types of direct experience. On the academic side, they complete an intensive survey of current theories in psychology, while developing professional skills such as writing and research design. Because Delaware State is an HBCU, the psychology major has a strong multicultural orientation, exploring how factors such as gender, race, culture, and language intersect with the discipline. Professional Preparation Students who earn their Bachelor of Psychology degree from Delaware State possess the academic background and practical experience to make an impact as researchers, scholars, and practitioners. The graduate with outstanding research, writing, and “people” skills — and therefore they compete very successfully for jobs and graduate school placements.   Many of our graduates go into community-oriented practice as social workers, family counselors, or specialists in substance abuse and crisis intervention. Others go into research, building upon the abilities they developed at Delaware State. Our psychology major prepares students for a variety of career paths. Faculty Psychology faculty and students form a close-knit community that emphasizes personal attention. Instructors go out of their way to help students achieve their educational and career goals. In addition to providing classroom instruction and academic support, they offer psychology majors the opportunity to get involved in research and make connections with professional practitioners and scholars. Our faculty have a long list of accomplishments and a large, diverse array of active research projects. Research and Experience All psychology degree students conduct a senior research project, and they have the opportunity to gain practical experience on a research project or in an applied setting (such as a mental health clinic or social work practice). In addition, the psychology department has partnership agreements with the social work and nursing departments, broadening our students’ opportunities to gain practical experience and direct observation.   Many of the Psychology Faculty are actively engaged in their own research programs and are delighted to mentor students in the research process.  

Political Science

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  Introduction Delaware State University’s political science department is ideally suited to the current era of political change — one marked by the first multiracial U.S. president. Our poli sci program offers a multicultural perspective that emphasizes ethnic / racial diversity and cultural convergence. Our courses and faculty share a strong global orientation, enabling students to gain an understanding of politics on all five continents.   We also take a multidisciplinary approach to political science, integrating it with material drawn from philosophy, law, economics, sociology, history, and other disciplines. The result is a political science degree of extraordinary academic breadth and richness. Multicultural and multidisciplinary, it is truly a liberal arts education for the 21st century.   Political science majors can choose to minor in Black Studies, Law Studies, or Philosophy. Professional Preparation Graduates from the political science program enter the job market with a set of adaptable, marketable skills. They are proficient writers, excellent critical thinkers, and outstanding researchers. Through their studies, they develop an ability to synthesize multiple perspectives and insights into a single, balanced point of view.   The degree offers excellent preparation for graduate school in political science or a related discipline, as well as advanced degrees in law, business, journalism, or education. Graduates may go directly into the work force in education, or any type of career that involves writing or research. Faculty The political science department has a young and dynamic faculty. Instructors come from a diverse set of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and they have a broad range of research and publishing interests. The department is small and intimate, which means students have a lot of direct interaction with professors and receive much guidance and encouragement. Research and Experience The political science department is in the process of developing a study-abroad program that will enable students to gain credit while taking courses overseas. In addition, the department sponsors a lecture series and hosts numerous visiting professors with varying areas of expertise.  

Historic Preservation M.A.

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Archaeology at Wildcat 2011

Footing excavated during the first field season at the Wildcat property by DSU graduate students in historic preservation under the direction of archaeologist Craig Lukezic and in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Delaware.

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Introduction The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation concentrates on the identification and preservation of African American historic resources. The program seeks to provide students with the necessary training and preparation for employment in this field of applied history. Courses in the program emphasize the practical and applied nature of the preservation field. The program courses are offered on Friday evenings and weekends, making the program ideal for those with current full-time employment.   Professional Preparation The goal of the program is to develop a cadre of professionals trained in the specialized methods of the preservation of African American historic resources.  Community based projects will provide students practical experience working through real preservation issues.  All courses connect to the real world of historic preservation professional practice in Delaware.    Faculty The program director, Robin L. Krawitz, professional preservationist with over thirty years of experience in field in the public, private and non-profit sectors and across the country, specializing in African American heritage preservation.  Her goal is to provide the students with hands-on and practical experiences in all classes, from guest lecturers who are expert on specific topics, to field exploration of historic resources and exploring the understanding of landscape development and preservation through extensive fieldwork.     The faculty for the historic preservation program is drawn from the practicing professionals in the field in Delaware, as well as from the history department faculty.  Graduate students have a lot of direct interaction with professors and receive much guidance and encouragement.   Research and Experience All students in the graduate program in historic preservation complete an off-campus internship with a private historical group or a local, state, or federal government agency. In addition to cultivating skills that translate directly to the workplace, students gain professional contacts via their internships, which may lead (directly or indirectly) to future employment.  Tools and methods taught in the program are based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation and will be generally applicable to any historic preservation situation across the country. Program Contact:  rkrawitz@desu.edu
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The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Delaware State University is a proud member of the National Council for Preservation Education: www.ncpe.us/

Program Contact Information:

Robin L. Krawitz, Director
Historic Preservation Program
Office Phone:  302 857-7139
Office Location:  ETV Building, Room 214
 
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The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at Delaware State University is a proud member of the National Council for Preservation Education: www.ncpe.us/

Program Contact Information:

Robin L. Krawitz, Director
Historic Preservation Program
Office Phone:  302 857-7139
Office Location:  ETV Building, Room 214

 

 

Forest Landing at Wildcat Farm in the Hunn Conservation Area


In addition to other projects and field exploration, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a partner in the development of the historic resources in the Hunn Conservation Area, a Kent County recreational amenity under development.  This learning laboratory for the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation provides an opportunity for students to explore historic preservation and archaeological methods in a practical environment.  Work here contributes to the development of this public asset as it grows into a county park. Students will also participate in the ongoing archaeological research project underway at the property.

Themes to develop include:

  • Slavery and Abolition
  • Delaware’s Political Landscape in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Development of the 18th Century Port of Forest Landing
  • Development of the Worker Community at Hunntown
  • Material Culture through Archaeology

 

The Hunn Family


In addition to the Kent County and Delaware State University partnership for the development of the Wildcat Farm at the Hunn Conservation Area, the third partner in the development of this property is the Hunn Family.    Owned by this family since the 1760s, the Wildcat property continues to be of great importance and interest.  The family raises funds for projects here through the Friends of Wildcat Fund through the Delaware Community Foundation.  Family members are a key part of the Wildcat Advisory Committee that oversees and develops the path forward for this important historic place.

History

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    Introduction The history major at Delaware State offers a liberal arts education for the 21st century — multicultural and multidisciplinary.   Compared to most universities’ history programs, ours is more tightly integrated with other liberal arts subjects, such as philosophy, political science, economics, and sociology. Courses and material from all these disciplines reinforce each other, yielding a history degree of extraordinary academic breadth and richness.   Second, the history department at Delaware State emphasizes cultural and racial diversity. Students gain a broad range of perspectives — not merely “mainstream” interpretations but also history as told by (and about) women, slaves, immigrants, and ethnic and cultural minorities. No matter which area of concentration students choose (United States, European, African American, or World History), they get a well-rounded education that covers many perspectives.   History majors can choose to minor in Black Studies, Law Studies, or Philosophy. Professional Preparation Graduates from the history program enter the job market with a set of adaptable, marketable skills. They are proficient writers, excellent critical thinkers, and outstanding researchers. Through their studies, they develop an ability to synthesize multiple perspectives and insights into a single, balanced point of view.   The degree offers excellent preparation for graduate school in history or a related discipline, as well as advanced degrees in law, business, journalism, or education. Graduates may go directly into the work force in education, or any type of career that involves writing or research. Faculty The history department has a young and dynamic faculty. Instructors come from a diverse set of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and they have a broad range of research interests that include military history, Latin America, Africa, maritime history, Colonial U.S. history, and the U.S. presidency.   Because the history department is small and intimate, students have a lot of direct interaction with professors and receive much guidance and encouragement. Research and Experience The history department is in the process of developing a study-abroad program that will enable students to gain credit while taking courses overseas. In addition, the history department sponsors a lecture series and hosts numerous visiting professors with varying areas of expertise.   .  

General Music

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    The music degree program at Delaware State isn’t merely a stepping stone to the big time. It is the big time. Our marching band, jazz band, concert band, and choir perform at major venues all over the world — including at President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade. We opened a state-of-the-art teaching studio in 2009, fully equipped with digital recording, composing, and editing tools, and our students have launched their own record label.   Delaware State’s Bachelor of Music program celebrates diversity, covering many genres of music from all over the world. And graduates from our music degree program routinely go on to prominent careers as performers, composers, recording artists, educators, and music industry executives.   But it’s in the classroom that Delaware State’s music major truly stands out. In addition to developing superior instrumental skills, students get an excellent, well-rounded academic education that includes professional preparation for a broad range of music-related careers. Professional Preparation Delaware State’s Bachelor of Music degree includes a new component that focuses on the business of music. Students learn about everything from marketing and promotion to songwriting, recording, and producing — material that is covered by few (if any) other university music programs.   In addition, students get a comprehensive musical education that includes advanced ear training a four-course music theory sequence instruction in piano, woodwinds, and brass music history composing and arranging conducting Faculty As a group, Delaware State’s music degree faculty boast extensive professional experience as musicians, educators, and bandleaders. Members of the music faculty have worked as major-label recording artists, producers, and composers directed award-winning bands and choirs written books and journal articles performed on national TV and in major venues nationwide Their experience and professional contacts in various aspects of the music industry are an invaluable resource for students. Faculty act as mentors and career coaches, helping students to find the right niche within a highly competitive industry. Research and Experience Few music degree programs can match the range of performing experience offered by Delaware State. Our bands and choirs tour the country and the world, performing for heads of state, festival audiences, stadiums and arenas. Delaware State’s Marching Band, popularly known as “The Approaching Storm,” is recognized as one of the nation’s best university-level performing units.   On the business side, Delaware State has launched a student-run record company that prepares students for a seamless transition into successful careers in the music industry.  

Music Education

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  Introduction For students who want a career in music education, there’s no better preparation than a Bachelor in Music Education from Delaware State. Our department has a national reputation for excellence in the field, so Delaware State’s music education graduates are in very high demand. They enter the work force with outstanding musical technique, lots of performing experience, an excellent general academic background, and a professional teaching credential. After graduation, most music education majors pursue careers as music teachers at the K-12 level. Some establish themselves as community band directors or private teachers, and others continue their studies in graduate school. Delaware State’s music education degree is flexible enough to support a broad range of music-related professional options. Professional Prep Upon earning a Bachelor in Music Education from Delaware State, graduates are fully licensed to teach in Delaware and all states with reciprocal agreements. Students receive a comprehensive teacher education that includes coursework and hands-on experience in developmental psychology educational psychology multicultural education instruction and classroom management multicultural student populations student teaching In addition, students get a comprehensive musical education that includes advanced ear training a four-course music theory sequence instruction in piano, woodwinds, and brass music history composing and arranging conducting Faculty As a group, Delaware State’s music degree faculty members possess decades of experience as music educators. They have taught at the high school and college levels, while directing award-winning bands with extensive performing credentials. In addition, members of the music faculty have worked as major-label recording artists, producers, and composers written books and journal articles performed on national TV and in major venues nationwide Their experience and professional contacts in various aspects of music education and the music industry are an invaluable resource for students. Faculty act as mentors and career coaches, helping students to find the right niche. Research and Experience During the senior year, all music education majors complete a 12-week student teaching placement in a real-world classroom. Throughout the four year program, students in the music education program can gain performing experience in Delaware State’s nationally renowned bands and choir. Our students tour the country and the world, performing for heads of state, festival audiences, stadiums and arenas. Delaware State’s Marching Band, popularly known as “The Approaching Storm,” is recognized as one of the nation’s best university-level performing units.  

Spanish - Non Teaching

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    Introduction As America’s Spanish-speaking population rises, so too does the demand for professionals who have advanced Spanish skills. Delaware State’s Spanish program offers outstanding preparation for a whole range of potential careers. Students acquire fluency in the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world — skills that are increasingly marketable in a diversifying nation.   Spanish majors get a global perspective at Delaware State, whose international faculty and student population include many native Spanish speakers. In addition, students take classes overseas via our extensive study-abroad program, spending up to 6 months in countries as varied as Mexico, France, Senegal, Mauritania, China, and Mexico.   With its emphasis on cultural diversity, this program provides a foundation for numerous types of careers in the global village of the 21st century. Professional Preparation Graduates of the Spanish program enjoy excellent career prospects, due to the rising demand for fluency in the language and cultures of Latin America. Job possibilities exist in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and can be found both in the United States and overseas. Our graduates commonly find employment as teachers translators and interpreters business personnel international lawyers and patent attorneys diplomatic corps US. naturalization service agents Faculty The foreign language programs at Delaware State are taught by a multicultural faculty who combine real-world experience with academic expertise. With small class sizes, instructors can get to know each student personally, offering one-on-one mentorship and guidance that goes far beyond textbooks and lectures. The faculty consists of specialists in literature, linguistics and foreign language education.  

French - Non Teaching

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    Introduction Delaware State’s unique French major focuses on the global reach of the language. In addition to mastering French in classroom setting, students take courses overseas in Delaware State’s outstanding study-abroad program, spending up to 6 months in countries as varied as France, Senegal, Mauritania, China, and Mexico. With its emphasis on cultural diversity, this program provides a foundation for numerous types of careers in the global village of the 21st century. Professional Prep All French majors take required courses in translation, business, world literature, and global societies. In addition, students can build professional skills via a field placement as a French teacher, or by studying abroad. Many students become fluent in Fulani, Chinese, Spanish, or another language in addition to French. This broad base of language and cultural skills prepares students for a range of professional opportunities in teaching, diplomacy, interpreting, international business, and other fields. Faculty Faculty in the French department have a long list of research and publishing credits. They also represent a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, providing a broad global perspective. Intimate class sizes enable professors to provide students with personal advice, encouragement, and mentorship throughout the undergraduate years and even after graduation. Research and Experience Delaware State has study-abroad relationships on four continents, providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in foreign cultures and languages. Overseas study usually occurs in the senior year. In addition, students can apply for field placements (in the United States or overseas) as French teachers, gaining valuable work experience while earning credit.  

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